Here’s something I don’t understand. Why is it that you’re not supposed to feed cow’s milk to infants less than a year old, purportedly because of predisposition to allergies, yet the first ingredient in formula is powdered cow’s milk? Also, the parents’ guidelines published by the American Academy of Pediatrics lists cheese and yogurt as good snacks for your 8-12 month old, yet last time I checked these were made of cow’s milk. Does anyone know the answer to this?
It does sound a bit confusing, but basically processed cow’s milk is digested differently than “straight” cow’s milk. I’ve even seen older children who break out in hives to plain milk, but can eat cheese or yogurt. The milk in formula is processed and somewhat more broken down as is the milk in cheese, yogurt, etc. You see the same thing in other foods like eggs. Babies under 1 shouldn’t be given plain eggs, but do fine with bread and crackers and hamburger which contain eggs!