Giving cow's milk to children

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Giving cow's milk to children

Breast milk is the best food for a child. The second best food being a cow's milk based formula. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we transition from formula to whole cow's mild at one year of age. I recommend that children take in between one cup and three cups of milk a day. Three cups being an absolute maximum of 24 ounces. The reason is, is that cow's milk is actually a gut irritant and while milk is an excellent vehicle for deliverying calories and calcium, it actually irritates the gut, in excess, it irritates the gut, causes microscopic blood loss and potentially an iron defiency, anemia, that on occasion can be quite profound. So milk is a wonderful component of a person's diet daily but in excess can actually not be good for you.

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Lawrence Kagan, MD, FAAP, is a UCLA honors graduate, with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He received medical training at USC Keck School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. In addition to passionately studying neonatal, general pediatric and adolescent medicine at CHLA, he had the opportunity to train under some of the greatest minds in subspecialty pediatrics, diagnosing and managing the rarest and most complicated childhood ailments. Prior to opening Westside Pediatrics, he worked as an attending physician at the CHLA Emergency Department as well as at Cedars Sinai Urgent Care. Dr. Kagan is a native of Los Angeles and is happily married with two children.

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