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When Should You Stop Using Baby Formula?

Babies should drink breast milk or formula until their first birthday, says Dr. Parnell Donahue, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based pediatrician. After your child turns 1, his diet should consist of whole cow's milk and solids. “Babies younger than 12 months of age are not able to completely digest cow milk protein, and the residue irritates the intestinal wall, which can lead to loss of iron, and iron deficient anemia,” Donahue notes. During the first year of life, your child needs breast milk or formula, because it contains the vitamins and essential fats needed to develop.

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