Why can't I give a baby cow's milk?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Before twelve months, babies can have a few bites of yogurt or ice cream (cow, soy, or goat milk), but no more than that. The protein in yogurt is large and can poke little holes in the intestines of young ones. As a baby grows, that's no longer an issue. That's the whole reason why formula was developed: to mimic the proteins found in breast milk, which are easily digestible. It's also one of the reasons why whole milk is not recommended until after a baby turns one.
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