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Please Note: Breastfeeding baby until the age of 12 to 18 months is ideal choice; Babies should be bottle-fed only when breastfeeding is not an option.

Preparation of Cow's or Buffalo's Milk

Preparation of Cow

Preparing milk for bottle feeding from Cow's or Buffalo's milk requires careful handling. All the equipments should be sterilized properly to avoid infections. Milk should be boiled for 10 minutes before cooling. Read on to know more.

Ideally, breastfeeding is the best for the good health and overall development of babies. However, when breastfeeding is not possible, children are fed on formula or on animal milk with the help of a feeding bottle or by using a Vaati and a spoon. Lot of precautions should be taken when cow’ or buffalo’s milk is fed to babies. Cow’s milk or buffalo’s milk can be introduced to babies who are more than 1 year old. Here are some concerns of parents related to feeding cow’s or buffalo’s milk to children.

What animal milk do I use for bottle-feeding?

You can use cow's milk, buffalo's milk or commercial infant milk preparations. Cow's milk and buffalo's milk should be boiled and given to the baby undiluted. In the case of buffalo milk, you should allow it to cool after boiling and remove the cream before giving it to the baby.

How do I prepare bottle feeds if I am using cow or buffalo milk?

The first thing to do is to keep all the sterilized equipment - bottles, teats, bowls, spoons, etc., handy. Wash your hands carefully with soap and water before handling the sterilized equipment and milk. If you are using cow's milk or buffalo's milk, boil it for ten minutes and then allow it to cool. In the case of buffalo's milk, you should remove the cream that forms on the surface of the milk on cooling. Do not dilute the milk by adding water. Add one teaspoon of sugar for every 75 ml of milk before feeding the baby. Test the temperature of the milk on the inside of your wrist before you begin feeding. It should be lukewarm.

Is it safe to give cow’s milk to infants?

It is not easy for babies to digest cow’s milk. Therefore, it should not be introduced to infants before they turn a year old. It also does not contain sufficient nutrients that are required for the healthy growth and development of babies. It contains high levels of sodium, potassium and protein which may not be suitable for a baby’s delicate and underdeveloped digestive system to handle. Infants who are fed on cow’s milk may not receive vitamin E, essential fatty acids, lineoleic acid and iron. The high levels of protein, chloride, sodium and potassium in cow’s milk can also be harmful for the kidneys of babies. Babies who are fed on cow’s milk are exposed to risk of iron deficiency. So, to be on a safer side it is best to give breastmilk or formula as prescribed by the paediatrician until the baby turns a year old and then gradually cow’s milk can be introduce.

Is it safe to give buffalo’s milk to infants?

Just like cow’s milk, buffalo’s milk should not be given to babies who are less than a year old. Baby’s digestive system is not capable of digesting buffalo’s milk. So, during the first year babies should be given breastmilk or if that is not possible they can be given formula milk as it is easily digestible as compared to cow’s or buffalo’s milk.

Is cow’s milk better than buffalo’s milk for toddlers?

If you are introducing animal milk in your toddler’s diet, you can prefer cow’s milk over buffalo’s milk. Cow’s milk contains low fats as compared to buffalo’s milk and also its consistency is thinner than buffalo’s milk. Therefore, cow’s milk is easier for toddlers to digest as compared to buffalo’s milk.

You can gradually, start adding milk to the soups, Halwa and porridges that you make for your toddler. You must also look for the signs of allergies and if you mark any symptoms or allergies, you must stop giving cow’s milk and consult your doctor immediately. It is also important to note children should not be given unpasteurised milk. Unpasteurised milk contains harmful bacteria and parasites which can seriously harm the health of the child. Therefore, only 100% pasteurised milk should be introduced in the diet of toddlers or 1 year olds.

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Sharmin.4 years ago
nice article
Sharmin.4 years ago
dr amita
dr amita.5 years ago
Other milk we cn gv fr whole life bt breast feeding cn b givn only fr 1or 2years...we cn maintain our health later on first breastfeed ur babay until he or she reaches atleast 1yr.
Sunaina.7 years ago
I have a 11 months old baby. Now i am breast feeding my baby, but due to some health problem i am planning to start bottle feeding so please advise me which milk i should use. I heard that cow/buffallow milk can be given after 1 year. so please advise me.
Dr. Deepika
Dr. Deepika.9 years ago
No COW / BUFFALO milk till 12 months.

There are several reasons to delay the introduction of cow's milk until your baby reaches his first birthday. Most important, a baby's digestive system can't digest cow's milk proteins. Cow's milk also has too much sodium, potassium, and chloride, which can tax your baby's kidneys.

Even if his system could handle it, cow's milk doesn't have all the vitamins and minerals (especially vitamin E, zinc, and iron) that he needs for growth and development in his first year. Giving a baby cow's milk could even cause iron deficiency and internal bleeding. And it can increase his risk of an allergic reaction.

Once your baby's digestive system is ready to digest it, though, milk becomes a powerful ally. A great source of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin A, milk will build your toddler's bones and teeth and help his body regulate his blood coagulation and muscle control. Almost all milk is fortified with vitamin D, which helps the body absorb the calcium it needs.

Milk also provides protein for growth, as well as carbohydrates, which will give your child the energy he needs to toddle all day! And if your child gets enough calcium from the get-go, there's evidence that he'll have a lower risk of high blood pressure, stroke, colon cancer, and hip fractures later in life.
Roshni.10 years ago
great tips! keep it up.
Reema Tandon
Reema Tandon.10 years ago
cows milk increase stools of infant
KIRTI CHOUDHARY.10 years ago
i have started cows milk to my daughter and my daughter is very satisfied and feel mor comfortabel.
patam.10 years ago
buffalo's milk is heavier to digest than cow's milk .
Deepak Arora
Deepak Arora.10 years ago
could you please let me know how long can i keep buffalo/ cow milk in bottle outside/inside the refrigerator.
i mean is it ok to keep the milk in bottle for 12 hours in refrigerator
nishabinoy.10 years ago
thankful for this site
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