Q: Hello doctor, please what is the difference between cow milk, skimmed milk and full cream milk? Which is safer for regular consumption? Have a great day!
A: Skimmed milk and full cream milk are types of cow milk. Full cream milk has a lot of saturated fats. A diet rich in saturated fats is associated with heart disease. Skimmed milk has the least amount of fats (about 0.1%). There is also semi-skimmed milk which has about 2% fat content.
Here are the recommendations based on age:
- From birth till 6 months, a baby should be getting breast milk only and he should get it on demand several times a day at least 2-3 hourly
- From 6 months to 1 year, continue breast milk with other complementary feeds like fortified cereals
Before 1 year of age, your baby should not get cow milk (the regular milk we have). He should…
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