Which brand of cow milk

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NJ 2009-11-03 11:20:09


Which brand of cow milk to give a 1 year old. I used to give Nan3. But its mostly out of stock and Lactogen has high sugar content. Any brand of cow milk you will recommend?

DivyaRaj12 2009-11-04 10:31:01


Hi NJ,

Had the same issue a few months back when i wanted to switch over from NAN 3 to cow's milk...but my daughter refused to have Cows milk,,,am not sure if she did not like the taste/smell....tried giving her even with a little sugar added. The doctor then told me that it is ok to continue with NAN itself till she is 2, after which we cud shift to PediaSure.

Availabilty of NAN3 is def an issue, but if I dont get NAN 3 , I settle for NAN2 or NAN1.Am a little wary about Lactogen bcos I heard it causes constipation in some kids.

Am also planning to try the tetra packs of Milk, like GoodLife,etc and see if she likes the taste of that.

You could put your little one on the normal Nandini milk and see if he takes to it.Do lemme know!!





NJ 2009-11-04 10:50:24


Hi Divya,

I do not get Nandini in Pune. Here the most famous brand is Chitale cows milk. But I'm not sure about the safety of the packet milk, if they have add more water, other adulterants etc. The tetra packs of Amul , Nestle which I checked out in hurry one day in the super market did not mention if it was cows milk. But I need to check this thoroughly again to be sure.


DivyaRaj12 2009-11-04 11:15:15


Hi NJ,

Oops...am sorry...assumed u were in Blore!! Any local cows milk that is most popular there shoud be fine.....you can boil the milk for a good 5-7 minutes before giving it to him....that will make sure that all the germs are killed.

The tetra packs also can be given safely.....and am sure they are prob more hyegenic than our packet miilk.



aparnab 2009-11-04 11:26:54


Hi NJ,

Branded packed in Pune can be adulterated - depends on the area you live in. There have been media reports that mixing happens at the distribution stage (injecting in packet etc.). Though amonght the current ones, Katraj seems to be OK (not sure if its Cow milk though). I take milk from a local milkman. He has been supplying to our building for few yrs, and hence is reliable. See if you can find someone like that in your area.

I have also tried tetrapacks (Nestle), but my kid did not like the taste.

Hope this helps.



apar_sai 2009-11-04 13:40:03


Hi folks,

From my experience with my 2 kids, I would suggest formula milk as long as possible - upto 2 years or so. Both kids had different allergic reaction to packet-milk - my guess is that the gut cannot digest it at a young age. Also, these packet milks get adulterated very badly before Diwali. Every September/Oct. my son would have a severely upset stomach. I've started using Nestle every September :).

I would say Nestle is the safest substitute. But I'm not too keen on using it all their life. All said and done, the milk is already a month old when it reaches you. I do use the packet more frequently, but both my kids are older now.

From what I read, milk - in general - has higher levels of pesticides/contaminants. It is probably better to go as vegan as possible - buy more organic fruits and vegetables, and look for vegan substitutes wherever you can!





DivyaRaj12 2009-11-04 15:58:53


I completely agree with you Apar_Sai.......i wud like to give my daughter Formula atleast till she is 2....but the biggest problem is the availability of NAN, which,in my opinion is one of the best. More than anything else,I think a lot of children do not take to the smell of our packet.

You have mentioned about Nestle.....are u referring to the Nestle tetra pack milk?


apar_sai 2009-11-04 16:28:05


Yeah, nestle tetra pak.

And in my opinion, Lactogen (despite its disadv) is many times better than tetrapak/plastic-packets.




DivyaRaj12 2009-11-04 17:05:44


Ok...I thought our tetra packs of milk were really safe......remember all the advertisements about how safe and hyegenic they are? Since I am unable to find Nan 2/3, I have stocked up Nan 1...do u think it is ok t give my 16 month old, Nan1, instead of Lactogen 3...i somehow have  a mindblock against it ;)


NJ 2009-11-04 17:14:25


I think Nan1 or 2 will not have adequate nutrition for a 1 year old. I have not compared the list of ingredients in Nan 1 or Nan 2 with that of Nan 3 or Lactogen 3. But I feel N1 & 2 will have much less percentage than that of N3 and L3.  I have not heard of experience constipation issue with my kid on using L3. If water as per the recommended level by the manufacturer is added, then there would not be issue with constipation. Also L3 has a high concentration of sucrose which is sugar and sugar helps with clearing constipation. I'm planning to continue with L3 until I can find Nan3 or decide on any brand of cow milk.


apar_sai 2009-11-04 22:50:32



U r right - Nan3/L3 has the right level of nutrition for the older infant (1 and 2 will have lesser and different nutrients). I'm sure it is more wholesome to follow formula as per recommended age.

And Lactogen did constipate my child, but this eased out completely after I started feeding him some plain water everyday.





Malcolm 2009-11-07 13:57:54


Dear NJ,

If you are in Bombay, please try the red Aarey milk: it is the best that we have used.

With love,



GeethaL 2009-11-11 11:59:06


i am from Hyderabad. Hertitage cowmilk is equally good. Anyways i manage to get direct cow milk fo rmy kid which he likes the most.



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