The protein in whole milk is much larger and more difficult to digest than the proteins in breast milk and formula (yes, even in cow’s milk formula).
By 12 months of age, the great majority of babies are now capable of safely digesting that protein, and therefore you can make the switch to regular milk.
Signs that your baby is not ready to switch include a dramatic change in stools that includes mucus or milk, as well as an upset baby. There are also toddler formulas on the market, but with rare exception, there is no medical need to graduate first to these products. They are expensive and unnecessary at this time.
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