When can you start your baby on Cow's milk?

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Nikki - posted on 01/01/2010

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at 12 months you can give your baby whole milk....docs dont recommend 2% or 1% because it doesn't have enough nutrients your child needs...its also best to start weening off the bottle when weening from formula/breastmilk

Sarah - posted on 12/29/2009

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we've just started introducing it at 11months.
he's never had any problems with dairy products before and it appears to be the same with cows milk so fair it appears that he's coping with it better than formula (he always suffered from wind) though it still very very early days as we only introduced it a few days ago.
after his box of formula is finished were gonna put him on cows milk full time x
he has a bottle of formula in the mornings still but cows milk at bed time.

Melissa - posted on 12/29/2009

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I waited until my son's 12 month check up and was told to do so by the doctor. I didn't want to start him ahead of time, and then worry about having to explain to the doctor why I didn't listen to him if Gabriel had a negative reaction to it. He's now 14 months old though and drinks nothing but water and milk!

Evelyn - posted on 12/29/2009

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my lil on is one year old and i started her on cows milk through out the day she drink 3/4 on the baby bottle and hoping that after a week she will have no problems having a full bottle of cows milk each time and no longer needs formula milk before bed

Jennifer - posted on 12/21/2009

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No earlier than one year old. Babies tummy isn't equipt to digest the protein in cow's milk before then.

Ashley - posted on 12/20/2009

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my friends been giving her son who is younger than mine milk since he was 9 months and he took to it well so im hoping my 11 month old will take to it well, when i start him on it over the next few weeks

Louise - posted on 12/20/2009

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You can use cows milk in baby's cereal & for cooking from 6 months. At 6 months they can also have products which contain cows milk like yogurt & cheese, so long as it's full fat! They should only be given cows milk as a drink from 1 years old, but it cant be semi skimmed..must be full fat!

Brenna - posted on 12/20/2009

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If you ask your physician they will most likely say that you need to wait until your child is 1 year. That is what I learned in school as well as what my physician has told me. I hope this is helpful.

Sarah - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quoting Janice:

I have always been told 1 years old. Your pediatrician will probably say the same.
After 5 years working in daycare, I have never heard of second stage formula or giving a child formula till age 2.



i think she means the growing up milk you can now buy which is suitable for 1-3 years ..



its apparently got more iron in it.



im trying to debate whether to put my son on that or whole milk  at the end of next month when he turns 1.



it appears to be a bit cheaper in that you can still buy the boxes of powder or ready made bottles .. so it may last longer than cows milk.



 



but if we personally had a choice what would rather drink formula or cows milk?! .. hmm ..



 

Mikayla - posted on 12/19/2009

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the guidelines are a baby can have cows milk on there breakfast at 6months also can have dariy based products at 6months but cant have cows milk to drink untill there 1year old.

Renae - posted on 12/18/2009

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Formula has lots of extra nutrients and iron which are specially formulated for babies to be able to easily absorb. The expert recommendation is to wait until at least 12mo for normal milk.

Eleisha - posted on 12/18/2009

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My daughter is 6 months, and I express and bottle feed her. While she still has breast milk for her milk feed, I put watered down cows milk in her breakfast cereal and her veges (it only really equates to about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup per day. I will transition her to cows milk for her milk feeds when she is 1.5 as I still want her to get all the breast milk goodness for a while yet!

Christina - posted on 12/18/2009

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Quoting Daniele:

We started giving Lex a little bit in a cup at 12 months. We never let her have cow's milk in a bottle, but she's breastfed and only got pumped bottles during the day. We weaned her off the bottles by replacing one with four ounces of cow's milk. We waited a week and removed another and a week later the last one. She was off of bottles by 13 months and never gave us problems. She's still breastfeeding, though. I believe formula fed babies are supposed to be on formula for 2 years (second stage formula after 12 months) in addition to cow's milk.



We did something similar with both of my girls, one of which was formula-fed and the other was breastfed. I started introducing a bit of Vitamin D, full cow's milk around 10 1/2 months or so, but actually mixed it with her breastmilk or formula at first (like 2oz of cow's milk and 4-6 of breastmilk or formula) in her bottle.  That's what we were suggested to do when I supplemented with formula when she was younger, and it worked well for us. Once she was a year, we started putting the milk in her sippy cups and cut her off the bottles completely.



As far as formula goes, I have heard of the second stage formula for 12-24 months, but we just used full cow's milk during this time and gave Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol vitamin drops daily to make sure all her vitamins are in there. The "draw" to second stage formula is the DHA and other supplements that it has that cow's milk doesn't have...but lots of baby foods have started adding this in their products anyways (for instance, I know lots of Gerber baby foods do).  Our pediatrician says that it's just a personal preference, really. I personally prefer the smell of cow's milk to more formula!

Janice - posted on 12/18/2009

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I have always been told 1 years old. Your pediatrician will probably say the same.
After 5 years working in daycare, I have never heard of second stage formula or giving a child formula till age 2.

Daniele - posted on 12/18/2009

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We started giving Lex a little bit in a cup at 12 months. We never let her have cow's milk in a bottle, but she's breastfed and only got pumped bottles during the day. We weaned her off the bottles by replacing one with four ounces of cow's milk. We waited a week and removed another and a week later the last one. She was off of bottles by 13 months and never gave us problems. She's still breastfeeding, though. I believe formula fed babies are supposed to be on formula for 2 years (second stage formula after 12 months) in addition to cow's milk.

Anne - posted on 12/18/2009

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My parents started me on milk when i was 6 months old. Same with my fiance's parents. we were both early on milk. my son is almost 8 months and i tried milk with him and he likes it alot more then formula. it hasn't made him sick or anything. i know its not good for him to have whole milk at his age but he does good with it. when i had him on formula he would always spit up. i tired different kinds of formulas for him too. milk is the only thing that don't make him spit up and he seems ALOT happier now.

Tracey - posted on 12/18/2009

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i started my daughter at 12 months just gave her full fat cows milk ans she loved it.

Katherine - posted on 12/18/2009

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I started at about 11 months mixing half with formula, then by 12 months you can give them whole milk

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