If your baby is about to turn 1 and you're still breastfeeding, you are to be congratulated! Keep it up as long as you and your healthy baby are enjoying it. But if you’re both ready to make the switch from breast or formula to cow’s milk, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
A child younger than 1 should not be given cow's milk; it could cause allergies and other problems in her delicate digestive system. Once that big birthday arrives, most healthy babies should drink whole milk, because the fat and fatty acids in it are important for baby development. However, if your child is already overweight by 1 year of age or has a family history of obesity, your doctor may recommend reduced-fat or 2 percent milk in her second year of life.
If your baby has been on a special formula, check with your pediatrician before moving on to cow's milk, and remember that a 1-year-old should be drinking about 24 ounces of milk or breast milk a day. Finally, the 1-year birthday might be a good time to introduce a sippy cup. Your baby is growing up!