What age did you put your baby on whole milk instad of formula?

Tanya - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 and a half months old and lately he has been really hungry!!! I fed him his bottle and cereal before he was suppose to go to sleep and an hour later he ate another full bottle!!!!!!!!!!HELP... Would it make a difference if i switched him to whole milk?? would it make it fuller??

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Tara - posted on 07/14/2009

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Hi Tanya, As the others have said I would add more to what you feed him in a day and see how he does with that. I started my son (he is now 9 1/2 months) on whole milk at 8 1/2 months as per the health nurse. He is a very healthy weight and has no problems with food and there are no allergies on either side of the family. I started with 1oz added to his formula bottle a week, then to 2 oz for a week and so on. Nothing has changed for him and he never has been constipated (it can cause that I guess). So now he is on 6oz of whole milk/day this week. I asked the nurse about the age for giving it and she said it can be given between 9-12 months with the goal of having him on whole milk by a year and no more formula.
As far as making a difference in how full they are, I don't think there is one as I think formula would give the same thing.

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Lori - posted on 08/04/2009

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I just switch to whole milk when I run out of formula sometime between 11 and 12 months. Maybe you need to feed him more food, and not just cereal. I had both of my kids eating all table food at 9 months.

Greer - posted on 08/04/2009

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cows milk shouldn't be given till 1 year due to not being able to digest the protien properly, breast milk or formular is being recommended till 2 years of age

Christina - posted on 08/02/2009

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My pediatrician said it is not good for the baby to have whole milk until he/she is one year olld, so I am holding off until then. If your baby is hungrier than just taking the breast/formula, try giving him/her some baby food that is appropriate for their age.

Mel - posted on 08/02/2009

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no it wouldnt make him fuller cows milk has less calories have you tried higher calorie formula that makes them very full it has double the calories of cows milk maybe you could give that just for a feed before bed its called pediasure it works wonders. or feeding more solids during the day?

Carolyn - posted on 08/01/2009

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Changing the milk won't fill him, did you try putting rice cereal or something in the formula. Or if you don't want to put it in the bottle feed him alil more.

Regan - posted on 08/01/2009

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No it wouldn't make him any fuller and it is recommended that you don't start whole milk until 12 months old!

Candice - posted on 07/31/2009

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the recommendations are at 12 months. there is not sufficient iron and vitamins in whole milk and some studies ahve shown iron deficiencies in children given whole milk too soon. however...how many of us were raised on the stuff and lived to tell the tale.



he's probably gowing through a growth spurt. just feed him on demand...it will pass and he will go back to his normal feeding schedule when it passes. my daughter went through this MONTHLY (same week every month) . she would sometimes eat a full bottle 3 times overnight, and eat regularly all day. then she went back to being a small eater for 3 weeks.

ShaTerra - posted on 07/31/2009

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I didnt start until exactly 12 months b/c my son was lactose intolerant plus thats what the doctor's recommended to me as first time mom

Tanya - posted on 07/31/2009

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Thanks to everyone, i have gotten him eating more foods and cereal, he is not as hungry anymore and yes i think i will stick to the formula until he is a year old! Thansk so very much, this whole moms thing rocks!!!!!

Leah - posted on 07/22/2009

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By the way my son has been eating some form of table food since he was 3 months old, cause he was the same way. My doctor said just go with the flow, just no penut butter and honey!

Leah - posted on 07/22/2009

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With him being 8 1/2 months I would try a mixture of half and half (formula and whole milk). Also if if is not eating talbe food yet, I would start and make sure he has a good supper! Also try to add some kind of snack in before bedtime, like cherioes, grahm crakcers, or animal crackers. He probley isnt getting enought to eat adn is just hungry!

Cari - posted on 07/18/2009

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You can also give him table food. Sometimes I subsitute baby food with mac n cheese or smushed green peas or something

Cari - posted on 07/18/2009

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My doctor said not to give your child whole milk until they are a year old. My son is 7 months old and he was hungry all of the time too. Here is what I did: Cereal and a 8 oz bottle in the morning, 2-8 oz bottle and stage 2 baby food, 3- 8 oz bottle, and finally before bedtime a 8 oz bottle and another jar of stage 2 baby food. He is not overweight and very healthy and he stays satisfied all day long. Good luck to you=)

Kylie - posted on 07/18/2009

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Yes definetly dont switch to cows milk to one year old, but try adding 3-4 teaspoons of ricecereal into your babies bedtime bottle-you will need to use a teat with a larger hole though, the teats designed for variable flow for reflux milk are best and use it on the no 1 setting. I have never done this before myself but tried it two nights again in an effort to eliminate emilys 1030 pm bottle(the dreamfeed) especially as i was having the same problem as you some nights with her waking an hour to 2 hours after wanting her dreamfeed then, and it has worked wonders. The first night she went to bed at 8:00 and slept to 1240 and didnt wake for the dreamfeed now she never does this! and has now gone 2 nights with no bottles through the night.

Rachel - posted on 07/16/2009

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at 8 months you can start adding protein to their diet too, it will make him fuller and last longer as it takes longer to digest. try chicken, fish, turkey, or cooked tofu ( no spices), cook it and then puree and add to some of the rice cereal, make sure it is not to dry or thick initially. wait at least 3-5 days before trying a new protein rich food. don't give egg yolk until baby has had other proteins first. Also when introducing protein, start with 1 teaspoon daily, then increase the amount to 6-8 tablespoons by the time baby is 12 months old. hope this helps you.

User - posted on 07/15/2009

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I nursed so he never had a bottle, but I started trying whole milk when he turned a year old. It took several months after he weaned before he would drink whole milk. Giving him milk is not going to make him fuller. He is probably ready for more solids during the day or more at each feeding is all.

Jules - posted on 07/14/2009

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My kids were all about 8 9 months when I put them on cows milk. But my kids gave up the bottle then to, they had sippy cups by 9 months old, and that was just for drinks.

Sarah - posted on 07/14/2009

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Most doctors recommend waiting on whole milk until they are a year old. You can start feeding him 2 or 3 meals of baby food a day. When my daughter was around that age we started giving her 2 meals of baby food a day.

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Hi Tanya - we started the whole milk at one year at the direction of our Pediatrician. You may want to try a stage 3 food in addition to the cereal. If I want to make sure my little one is full (and will sleep well- she's 13months so a little older) I give her pasta for dinner. I believe there are some stage 3 pasta choices on the market. They say after 9 months but I know i started stage three earlier than nine months.

Sarah - posted on 07/14/2009

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Doctors usually recommend doing formula until baby is 12 mos. old. Formula has more fat in it than whole milk, which a baby needs for brain development. That is also why they usually have you go to whole milk instead of 2,1 or skim milk. The milk will not fill them up any different with formula or whole milk. In fact, as they get older you want to watch how much milk they are getting. Formula is important in their diet, but as they grow they should be increasing the amount of baby food or table food depending on age and ability. Often times doctors will have a general eating chart of what babies should be eating at what age. It is general, but can give you an idea of where to start. I was always surprised at how much and how often they had them eating baby/table foods.

Heidi - posted on 07/14/2009

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Pediatricians recommend no whole milk until 1 yr. My daughter is 9 1/2 mos old and a healthy eater as well. Her doc told us to start adding more "solid" foods at about 6 mos. We started with Gerber 1st foods and now she's on Gerber 3rd foods as well as some soft or mashed table foods as she only has 2 teeth. Also a good snack is rice rusks. There are no harmful ingredients, all natural, and they disolve with saliva almost instiantly unlike biter biscuits, so the risk of choking is not a concern. They are filling and it helps them learn self feeding. Cereal mixed with some fruit is also a good choice. Mixed to about the consistency of mashed potatoes it's a nutritous and filling meal.

Maggie - posted on 07/14/2009

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He may just be having a growth spurt try giving him a little more at his feeding time instead of feeding him again in an hour. You may end up over feeding and causing tummy aches for your baby. I didn't give my son whole milk until he was 1 like the doc said then stomachs are not mature yet (according to the ped's) and can't handle it, but he's your son. Do what you feel is best for him--

Danielle - posted on 07/14/2009

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Whole milk doesn't fill their bellies more than formula, but you can start giving him milk now if you feel comfortable. I usually start around 6 mos (I have 5 children). I would give him more cereal, not bottles! Adding fruit to the cereal can't hurt either. The heavier the food, the fuller they'll be, so more cereal!! When starting whole milk, i usually add it to a formula bottle... 1/4 whole milk and 3/4 formula, then a few days later, I'll do 1/2 and 1/2, then 3/4 milk and 1/4 formula, until finally it's just milk!! I do each increment for a few days (3-5).



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