would it be ok to give my 11 month old milk from a cow?? he turns one in about 7 days
I don't think it should be a problem. Are you feeding him solid food yet? you should start feeding him solid food at about 7 months regular food like bread and green beans... nothing he might have a hard time chewing.
but once you introduce solid food, it is time to start taking him off the bottle. And if he is getting enough nutrients from food, it will be ok to have 2% or skim milk. It won't hurt him to give him cow's milk, but make sure he's staying healthy. if he looks under nourished then take a step back. Consult his doctor if you have further questions.
I wouldn't break him off his regular milk (whether it be breast milk or formula) and put him straight on cow's milk.
You need to wean him slowly. It's been a long time since I've done this (my baby is 10), but I remember the way I had to do it was to introduce cow's milk to the regular milk little by little, increasing it each week until it was only cow's milk. You should check with your public health nurse to see if that has changed over the years before you do it.
Just remember that a child that age needs whole milk, not 2% or skim.
I started giving my kids cow milk when they were 11 months. The easiest and best way to do it is gradually. Start by switching 2 ounces of formula or breast milk for cow's milk. If he gets an 8 ounce bottle give 6 of formula or breast milk and 2 of cow's milk...mixed together. Every week add 1 or 2 ounces more until you end up with a whole bottle of cow's milk. Make sure that you use whole milk because babies need the fat for brain development.
NO is defininetely the answer !!! there are different enzymes in cow milk much different then mothers milk.. watch out... sincerely Doc