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Jenni - posted on 04/11/2011
You know your child best. Mine went strainght to cow's milk at 10mths due to the fact it stopped her from puking! I was slowly introducing it to her cereal then found she would puke. It is recoomended to wait til 12mths old and to introduce it slowly. My child never had a problem when I introduced new things so I followed her lead. She was eating a varity of food at 10mths and it was better for her to get of formula cos she was allergic to it. At the end of the day it is your child and your choice no one else!
Michelle - posted on 05/03/2010
Do not go straight to milk. This could upset your baby's digestive system. Instead, depending on how much your baby drinks, lets say 6 ounces of formula. Do 3 ounces of formula to 3 ounces of WHOLE MILK. The whole milk has the vitamins that your baby needs for eye and brain development along with growth. If you baby is under a year of age, do not switch until they reach one. The formula has so much more to offer than milk does in vitamins and minerals.
Cecelia - posted on 04/29/2010
my daughter was a year yesterday and I just started switching her to whole milk. she is on a lactose free (not soy) formula. I've been told numerous time that formula is still good for there devolopment bc of the dha/ara in it. I'm in no hurry to switch her. I only starting last week giving her 1oz whole milk to 7 oz formula. I plan on her staying with that for about a month and then adding an oz of whole milk a month until she is on half anf half and then staying there for about 6 months. I do plan on trying her on a stage 2 formula once we reach the half and half and see how she does. there is no rush to switch to milk.
Janine - posted on 04/08/2010
yes you can. My cousin did at 10 months, the only thing their going to miss is EXTRA vitamins. If finances are tough just put your baby ot whole milk. I actually never put mine on whole always used 1% and they are fine. This little guy will be the same, he is almost a year and I am starting to wean him to milk now.
Deawna - posted on 04/06/2010
I took my baby off since he is about to be one it made no sense to get more formula when I ran out and they're just going to tell me to start switching at his 12 mo. check-up. You have to make sure the baby doesn't get constipated and you can mix it with a little formula jus for taste to get the baby to drink it. I didn't need t use formula he just took the milk with no problems.
Heather - posted on 04/06/2010
my son is starting half formula and half whole milk this week, he will be one on the 24th. I would would like to start just milk on his his birthday. You should ask your doctor or nurse in case whole milk is not right for your child.
Cherish - posted on 04/05/2010
According to the guide to weening published by the National Health Service, you should let your baby drink only formula or breast milk (now cow's milk) until his first birthday, as cow's milk does not meet your baby's nutritional needs like formula and breast milk does, but you can use cow's milk in the preparation of his food.
After your baby is a year old, he can drink full-fat milk, as by then he should be getting enough nutrition from his food. But if he's a fussy eater, or he goes off his food for a while (if he's teething or ill etc.) then it's a good idea to give him his formula again, to make sure he's getting everything he needs.
Different mums will all tell you different things about when to give cow's milk, but I always think it's best to take the professional advice based upon controlled testing and extensive research.
Arrin - posted on 04/05/2010
i cahnged my daughter a week ago but remember that formula has mor nutrition in it and if they dont eat well you may want to wait to switch them. i had to wait with my three year old who wouldnt eat. just remeber that you are the mom and only you truly know your child so you could try it by mixing half milk and half formula and see how they tolerate it. hope this was helpful to you.
Lisa - posted on 04/05/2010
I have started offering milk in a sippy cup, but still give my little guy formula a few times a day. He likes a bottle of formula mostly just when he's tired or fussy. He does pretty well with the cups at meal times, so hopefully he can be done with bottles and formula when our supply runs out. Not all babies respond so well to regular milk though. Hope this helps.
Debbie - posted on 04/05/2010
This is my third, and like someone else I would switch the first bottle with whole milk, then week 2 switch the 2nd bottle with whole milk till your baby is off formula totally. I did this with my 2 kids now my baby is 11m I am going to start doing this.
Mindy - posted on 04/03/2010
we were told to wait until our daughter was 1 and that has been our plan all along.
at 1, we'll switch her over to milk. and most like skim or 2% milk since recent studies has proven that whole milk is not necessary. children get plenty of fat from other foods that they consume that they do not need whole milk. both 2% and skim milk still have all the nutrients necessary without the unnecessary fat.
Beth - posted on 04/03/2010
i would be careful not to give it to them so much in a bottle because he or she will get used to it and not want the sippy cup at all. i know that with my older children i have had to try different sippy cups to get them to take it. it will also depend on his or hers age. one good transition bottle/sippy cup is the avent bottle you can buy a top that goes on the bottle and handles that makes it a sippy cup.
Danielle - posted on 03/31/2010
My son has been on whole milk since he was 7 months old. Basically when he started eating three square meals a day and snacks in between I switched him. I also put a liquid vitamin in his morning bottle. Since my son has been consistently gaining weight during his first year my doctor has no problem with that.
Jenny - posted on 03/31/2010
I would go with moms and mother n laws always think they know all. Go with what your doctor tells you and what you feel is right. It is your baby and your decision. My lil guy is 11 months and 1 week and he still is on formula. I will begin the complete switch at 12 months. Some babies tummies arent just ready, and whole milk is best if you do! Dont dilute it, baby needs all the nutrients they can get. But thats only my opinion ;)
Katee - posted on 03/27/2010
I started taking my daughter off the formula about a week ago because she showed more intrest in her big brothers sippy cup of milk, right now she's at 1/4 milk and 3/4 formula and next week i'll go to half and half and see if she tolerates it. You should try it out and let your baby be the deciding factor if he/she does well (ie no vomiting etc) then you'll know it the right time. good luck
Haley - posted on 03/25/2010
I love how people freak out if you take them off formula before a year old.... like something magical happens on their 1st birthday that makes it okay to drink milk!
I put my daughter on whole milk when she was just shy of 11 months. I do plan, however, on putting her on some toddler formula also just because I don't think her eating habits are the best right now and she's not getting enough nutrients.
Anne-Marie - posted on 03/25/2010
I think your mom is correct, my grandsons pediatrician takes them off of formula at 10 months old, we didn't have formula for as long as they keep babies on it today. As long as your baby is getting the proper nutrition, she will be fine. The formula companies try to keep them on for as long as they can. Lets face it, they make lots of money that way.
Renee - posted on 03/25/2010
My son is 11 mo old & he's on formula still. I plan to start doin 1/2 & 1/2 whn he's 1 yr. That's wht I did whn I switched him from breast milk to formula. I think mixing it tht way prepares their system for the total switch. Trust your instincts & baby will be fine. Good Luck!
Sarah - posted on 03/25/2010
i didn't mix milk with formula, i just alternated with a reg. form bottle then a very small milk bottle to get him used to it. i just changed the balance of which he got more of until he was drinking all milk. at 11 months old. (he breastfed for the first 10 months). and about waiting until they're a year old, i don't think that babies have a timer in their bellies that goes off on their 1st birthday...
Lauren - posted on 03/25/2010
We just started giving Alex whole milk. He loves it! My mom has told me there's nothing magical about waiting another 3 weeks to start giving him milk, so we decided to try it one night and he loved it. He likes drinking from a sippy cup or even a regular plastic cup, which we still hold because he likes to throw his sippy cup.
You could always mix a little whole milk in with the formula. Your child will tell you if they are ready for it and whether or not they like it.
Julia - posted on 03/24/2010
Today I actually had an appt. and they informed me that when Jurnee turns 12 months they want to take her off formula! I had to double take and I said " oh you take them off formula now at 12 months" and she said "yes". I was very surprised. It seems that it changes every year or two!
Louise - posted on 03/24/2010
Laura I have to say i agree with you on one thing and thats that a year is appropriate age for starting milk. I have asked about this many times at the paediatricians. I have been told that it is ok in cooking but I don't see what the difference is so I used water or formula when needed and not whole milk.
I must say though that as a mother who for reasons I don't want to go into I wasn't able to breastfeed my kids so I really had no choice but to use formula milk if I wanted them to eat. It wasn't a case of choosing between the two!
I followed every guideline that my paediatrician set down, no solid food till 6 months and healthy wholesome meals and both my kids are thriving!
Laura Zoey - posted on 03/24/2010
I personally don't like the idea of my baby drinking cows milk, goats milk or artificial milk (formula) so I'm going to wait on the whole milk until he is around 18 months or 2 years because there isn't anything he needs from cows milk he isn't getting from my milk. And itseems so unnatural to give him milk from another sourse then his mother. But I would reccommend waiting to 12 months as the people who know best about babies nutrition say this is the safest time to give them cows milk. Guesswork is not in my plan for what I feed my baby. Neither is olden days practice. Or he said she said. I like my advice from experts who have studied all information to the point they can give the best advise possible.
Trina - posted on 03/24/2010
your baby is not ready for milk until they are a year old because their bodies can't handle it yet. it is not to much longer for you to have to wait and if you yourself is unsure call the pediatrician's office and ask them their opinion. this way you know everything medically to make an appropriate decision.
Danielle - posted on 03/23/2010
No, do not give your baby any cow milk until at least 12 months old. Personally I'll be breastfeeding for at least another year, and won't introduce cow's milk until she's at lest 18 months.
Christina - posted on 03/23/2010
I would say wait till a year, that is what I am going to do although I have given him milk once but a small amount. It is important for babies to stay on formula to get the right nutrients and vitimins as milk doesn't contain enough. Formula has extra iron put in it for your babies health. Milk on the other hand does not contain enough iron and that is way babies become anemic which is hard to tell without a blood test. I think that it is very important to keep them on formula and they do have 2nd step formula that gets your baby ready for milk. I would definately consult your doctor if you want to switch now and if you do I would give your baby vitimin supplements.
Louise - posted on 03/23/2010
The general rule of thumb here is 1 year but if you leave them on formula after a year they reccomend toddler milk formula as it has the right nutrients.
I took my son off formula at 1 year and a week later he had a full blown milk allergy and i had no choice but to put him onto soya and the doc recommended the formula just in case. I tried again at 18 months and he was fine!!!
Kimberly - posted on 03/23/2010
My daughter weaned herself from breastfeeding just before she was 11 months. I tried to give her formula and she refused it. I called the pediatrician, and they said that she was close enough to a year that milk would be fine. However, she doesn't like that either!! So what I have been doing is mixing formula or milk into her food at meals so she is still getting the stuff she needs from it, without having to drink it. I just put water or juice in her sippy.
Kristen - posted on 03/23/2010
No we haven't. It's not recommended to even begin the transition from formula to milk until 12 months of age. And once you start doing so, make the transition slowly (1/2 formula 1/2 milk), babies tummies are sensitive. Talk to your pediatrician. Don't be in too much of a hurry, it will work out.
Michelle - posted on 03/23/2010
I've tried giving my 11 month old whole milk in his sippy cup for the last few days and although he likes the taste, he's had major belly issues because of it. Oh well, guess I'll have to continue with bfing for a little longer..I can't handle any more of those crazy daiper messes! Lol
Rachel - posted on 03/23/2010
Her baby is 1 year old! I have no idea what 2% milk is - that must be something you get in America. Probably advice there is different too. But as long as your baby eats a good variety of foods, at 1 it is fine to put them on cow's milk. I think you have to judge yourself whether your baby needs extra vitamins.
Melinda - posted on 03/23/2010
I am a mom of an almost 11th month old and almost 4 yr old. I wouldnt take your baby off formula til they are 1 yr of age and then after that the baby should go on Vitamin D milk then at the age of 2yrs old then they go to 2% milk.
Rachel - posted on 03/23/2010
Hi! It's really up to you. If your baby eats well, then I don't see why not. My first son was a terrible eater (still is actually!), so I kept him on formula to 2 years old. My second son (who is 11 months), is a brilliant eater so I am considering taking him off very soon. There are extra vitamins and minerals in baby milk so I just think, if she needs them, keep her on it, if not, take her off! You get conflicting information and opinions all the way through with children! It can be very confusing.
Crystal - posted on 03/23/2010
My Doctor said to gradually switch from formula the WHOLE milk they need the fat in it for brain development in the second year then when he turns 3 switch to 2, 1, % or skim. So I have already started the switch he has milk with meals etc. And formula before nap and before bed to keep him full @ night. Good luck. This is what I did with my first child as well, and it worked out fine. As long as your child is not under weight or having issues growing then switching to whole milk is the norm.
T. - posted on 03/23/2010
My son is almost 11 months & I was wondering the same thing, so I did some research online. The websites I looked at were advice from dr's and they all said to wait until your child is a year old! At 1 they need whole milk, and at 2 or 3 you can switch them to skim, 1% or 2%. Before 1 yrs old, babies cannot digest the protein in milk properly, & it also said that the fat content in whole milk is not a concern for babies. The best idea is to ask your pediatrician, and not to step on any toes here, but I would think diluting milk would also dilute what your baby needs to take from the milk? Unless advised by a dr, I would not do it. Also, formula containers say NOT to dilute formula, so it makes me wonder what mixing it with milk would do? But I am no dr, I am just relaying what I read! I've heard of some mom's even keeping their kids on formula an extra couple months. I plan on keeping my son on just formula & will ask my pediatrician's advice at my son's 1 yr well check up.
Kate - posted on 03/23/2010
I would really just ask everybaby is different, my daughter went on milk at 11months just fine. now my son is 11 months and I asked the doc said wait, he had to be put on soy formula, and he doesn't feel it would be safe just yet. Some people give there kids the older formula after 12months. It really depends on your baby and you should be able to call just to ask.
Gina - posted on 03/23/2010
Talk to your pediatrician. Babies are very sensitive to milk. The younger they are when you introduce the likelier they are to get sick from it or get a food allergy. It is best to talk to your pediatrician. This is an issue of health for your child.
Jess - posted on 03/22/2010
when my son turned 11 months i asked his dr first to see if i could give him milk. I wanted to start a lil earlier then a year to make it a more of an ease on both of us to get him off the bottle. Definetly asked his ped. first to get his opinion. I dont see anything wrong with taking a baby off formula a month early, gotta start somewhere. I also see a lot of post about how bad it is before a year because of the nutrients that formula has over milk. Thats why you start a lil at a time. I still give my son the same amount of bottles a day minus in the morning i give him milk instead with his breakfast. Later in the evening i'll give him some inbetween lunch and dinner and bottle. A lil bit here and there isn't going to hurt anyone. Just give ur baby milk and formula until their a year then just give milk.
Ketrina - posted on 03/22/2010
Hi. I gave my daughter two bottles half formula half milk to make sure she likes the taste. My older daughter took 3 months to get use the switch and that may be your moms consern I think if we offer a bottle whether half water or half formula to make sure they will drink it then resume formula until one we will be okay. Have you heard of the post 12 month formula? That may be good to mix with milk after one if they dont take to the taste. I see your fiance and moms concern and this is what I will do. ;)