Can I Give My Baby Evaporated Milk?

Can I give my baby evaporated milk?In a pinch you might consider giving your baby evaporated milk, but is it safe?

When it comes to the health of our child, we often wonder what foods and drinks are the healthiest and safest for our baby. There are so many products out there that we are told to avoid and so many others that we are told work wonders. So what is true?

When it comes to your baby’s health, growth and development, some parents often wonder if they can replace regular whole milk with evaporated milk. The answer to this is no. While evaporated milk is healthy and perfectly fine for a child over one year of age to consume, it should never replace your child’s intake of whole milk.

Evaporated milk is regular every day milk that has had the majority of its water removed. Doing this makes it better for travel and gives it a longer shelf life. Out of the can (yes, can) evaporated milk is extremely thick and creamy, and most people need to add the water back in to it in order to drink it. While some people swear that it contains the same health benefits as fresh whole cow’s milk, it does not.

Until your child is one year old, he or she gets the most nutrients from breast milk or formula. As infants, breast milk and/or formula is the best way for our children to ensure healthy growth and development. No other food or drink can replace the essential vitamins and nutrients found in either drink, and you should never replace your child’s intake of either with another beverage.

Can I Give My Baby Evaporated Milk? Answer: No.

After your child’s first birthday, he or she can start having whole cow’s milk. Whole cow’s milk contains the essential vitamins, minerals and fats that your child needs for healthy growth and development throughout their toddler years. Children under one year of age should never be given whole cow’s milk because it is too hard on their digestive systems and could cause some major stomach upset.

It’s No Replacement
While evaporated milk is fine for your child (over one year of age) to consume every now and then, it should never replace their intake of actual milk. Evaporated milk does not contain the same amount of essential vitamins, minerals and fats as whole cow’s milk and will not benefit your child in the same way. Most evaporated milk is extremely thick and creamy, and in order for a small child to enjoy, would have to be watered down. This dilution does not make evaporated milk any healthier to consume.

Go With Whole Milk
When it comes time to switch your child from breast milk or formula to milk, whole cow’s milk is always the best choice. Even if your household drinks a lower-fat version of milk, it is essential that your child consume the fats found in whole milk. Believe it or not, but the more healthy fats your child consumes, the more beneficial it is for their growth and development.

If your child suffers from any dairy allergies or lactose intolerance, evaporated milk is also not a good choice for your child. Evaporated milk is still milk, just minus the water, so it still contains dairy products that could be harmful to your allergic or intolerant child. Diluting evaporated milk with water does not remove the dairy.

Remember, whole cow’s milk is always the best choice for your child over one year of age. Before then, your child’s main source of nutrients comes from breast milk and/or formula. When your child has celebrated his or her first birthday, you can safely switch them over to whole cow’s milk. Whole cow’s milk is essential to your child’s growth and development because it contains the best source of vitamins, minerals and fats that your child needs.

What It Actually Is
Evaporated milk is simply milk without the water, but even with the water added back in, it should never replace your child’s intake of fresh whole cow’s milk. It does not contain the same amount of vitamins, minerals and fats and is not as beneficial to your child’s health. Evaporated milk is perfectly safe for you child over one year of age to consume, as long as he or she does not have any dairy allergies or suffer from lactose intolerance.

As always, if you have any questions about evaporated milk, feeding it to your child, or making the transition from breast milk or formula to whole milk, it is always best to consult with your child’s doctor. He or she is able to discuss your concerns and answer your questions in more thorough detail.

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Diasy July 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Saying that evaporated milk isn’t good for babies or even that it causes problems such as gastrointestinal bleeding is a scare tactic used by lobbyiests for the formula companies. Actually, formula companies should be ashamed to promote their product as healthy while using soy in every and all of their products knowing that it is a GMO product. Yes, GMO (genetically modified organism) soy. That product causes, amongst others, sterility and gastrointestinal problems. It’s like giving contraceptive to your newborn baby. Is this what we really want ? Have you never ask yourself why the fertility rate today is that much lower then before ? Soy is everywhere, especially in baby product. Before critiquing the way our mom and grandma raised and fed us (on evaporated milk) maybe we should take a closer look back to how things were done and learn from it. After all, the rate of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal problems were a lot lower then than now. Funny coincidence ? True, the FDA is suppose to protect the public by ensuring the quality and safety of product consume by their population. But don’t forget one detail, we live in a society now where corporations and money rules, not the people and their welfare.
If you follow the recipe for evaporated milk, please don’t use the one where you add corn sirop as corn is also a GMO product and corn sirop is completely made out of GMO corn.


Sarai August 1, 2013 at 5:47 am

I just wanted to see if i can give evaporated milk to my baby, for just one feeding, im not replacing it with her formula, i just simply ran out of the Enfamil she usually takes & i thought this milk would be ok. But i wasnt sure.


Amy November 29, 2013 at 2:48 am

If you are looking for something to give a baby as his or her ONLY source of nutrition then evaporated milk may not be nutritionally sufficient. However most regular milk has been pasturized to death and lost all it’s nutrients, too. But if you are breast feeding your baby primarily and you want to give her a bottle of evaporated milk and water just to fill her up or for travel, etc, then I don’t see a problem with that.

Everyone should know by now that in the 70s and 80s, formula companies went to hospitals and promoted their products to new moms, and did other things to turn people off from breast feeding or from cow and goats milk suppliments in order to make more money.


canigivemybaby December 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Hi Amy,
thanks for your thoughts and comments, they are always appreciated.


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