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6 months old. Breast feeding every hour. Can I give him cow's milk twice a day?

Hi ,I have a baby boy of 6 months old. I am breastfeeding him since birth.Now i feel my breast milk is not sufficient for my baby ,he needs to be fed every 1 or 2 hrs. Can i feed him cow s milk once or twice a day? Please suggest me. And i want to know when can i completely stop breastfeeding and start to feed cow s milk.
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for your query.
This is very good that you have breast fed your baby till 6 months of age.
Now i advise you to start complementary feeding ,in addition to your milk you can start giving him rice water,coconut water,boiled pulses water.
Introduce one thing at a time and give it for 4 to 5 days before adding new item.
Cows milk should be started preferably after 12 months of age.

Wishing your baby good health.
God bless
Answered: Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013
Hi Usha Rani,
Thank you for your query,
Breast milk will be sufficient exclusively for the baby till 6 months and from there onwards in addition to breast milk, complementary feeds to be started.
You can continue breast feeding till the age of 2 years.
Don't introduce cow's milk as it will lead to indigestion, cow milk protein allergy.
So start complimentary feeding in addition to your breastmilk and it will be sufficient for your child.
Hope I have answered your query.
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hi welcome to hcm.see after 6 month u even start semi liquid diet like khichdi,upma,plus rice water fruits like banana and apple crush ceralacs plus don't stop breast milk since 1yr of age u can give cow's milk but dilute it before giving to him.
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