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Which milk is best for a one year old infant?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: What kind of milk is the best for a one year old.?
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Breast milk is the best option.

Detailed Answer:
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Mother's breast milk is the best milk to be given to a child of one year age. It has to be given along with semisolids. Gradually the amount of semi solids (hand mashed) needs to be increased to eventually replace milk altogether. At this stage milk is just an optional dietary principle provided that the nutrients are procured from the other dietary principles.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (22 minutes later)
Ok, i know breast milk is the best. But i was wondering if cows milk or a formula milk, which is best or which one have more nutritional value?
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Formula milk is actually cow milk based

Detailed Answer:
I am sorry that I did not assume that you had asked something of which you already knew the answer. Cow milk is not comparable to human milk and might be difficult to digest. Most formula milks are cow milk based and contain a few nutritional principles added and removed to make it more like human milk. In that case it is slightly better than mere cow milk. About best, its neither.

Nutritionally they are similar. However, the source of nutrition in a child of one year should primarily be solid or semi solid food and not milk. Milk primarily acts as a source of Vitamin D and calcium, both of which can be procured from other sources.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Which milk is best for a one year old infant?

Brief Answer: Breast milk is the best option. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. Mother's breast milk is the best milk to be given to a child of one year age. It has to be given along with semisolids. Gradually the amount of semi solids (hand mashed) needs to be increased to eventually replace milk altogether. At this stage milk is just an optional dietary principle provided that the nutrients are procured from the other dietary principles. Regards