The Milk Talk 4

Why you shouldn't drink milk until your baby is 1 year old


The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's “Breastfeeding and Weaning Support Guide (revised in 2019)” states that “when milk is given for drinking, it is desirable to be over 1 year old from the viewpoint of preventing iron deficiency anemia.”


In this way, it is said that it is good to give milk as it is for drinking after 1 year old, but there are several reasons for that.


-Iron deficiency anemia may occur

Iron deficiency anemia can lead to impaired motor and cognitive function, due to the fact that babies can barely absorb the iron in milk and that it contains very little iron itself. Can be mentioned.


In addition, milk contains calcium, and it is said that this calcium may interfere with the absorption of iron. As a result, even the iron obtained from breast milk cannot be absorbed well.


Babies originally store iron in their bodies, but as the iron is used to grow, the iron disappears around the age of 6 months. Although iron is also contained in breast milk, it is necessary to supplement it with baby food because it is a small amount. However, drinking milk interferes with the absorption of iron and increases the likelihood of iron deficiency anemia.


Symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include “pale complexion”, “whitening of the back of the eyelids and a light feeling”, “discoloration and deformation of the nails”, “lack of energy”, “palpitations, shortness of breath, tachycardia”. If you experience these symptoms and suspect iron deficiency anemia or allergies, see a pediatrician.


In addition, if you drink milk by about 6 months of age, it may cause gastrointestinal bleeding, so be careful.