Milk: why wait?

  • Cow’s milk lacks the nutritional balance your baby needs for healthy growth and development.

Have you wondered why your baby can have yogurt and cheese at the Sitter stage, but not drink cow’s milk? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends avoiding cow’s milk until your baby is at least 12 months old. Here’s why:


  • Nutrition
    Cow’s milk does not provide adequate nutrition to meet the needs of a growing infant.

  • Kidneys
    Large amounts of sodium and Potassium found in cow’s milk put unnecessary stress on your baby’s growing kidneys.

  • Brain
    Iron is needed for your baby’s brain to develop properly and for growth. Not only is cow’s milk low in Iron, but the Iron it has is not easily absorbed by your baby.

    DHA and ARA are two essential fatty acids that support both brain and eye development. They are not found in cow’s milk, but are added to infant formula.

  • Growth and development
    Cow's milk does not have the vitamins and nutrients needed for a child at this stage. 

GERBER® GOOD START® infant formulas are designed, based on years of research, to be gentle to digest, and provide the nutrients that your baby needs for healthy growth and development. GERBER® GRADUATES® formulas are designed for babies 9 to 24 months and are a great choice as your baby transitions into the Toddler stage, as they provide nutritional assurance for your picky eater.

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