my son is one today! How do I switch from formula to milk? Is it too early?

Julie - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I dont see my pedi until sept 11th but I would like to switch him now. How do I do it? Should I wait until I see the doc? I cant remember from my last son! HELP!!!

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Tammy - posted on 08/23/2009

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no its not 2 early 2 give him cows milk i gave my children it when they turned 1 & they loved it

Robyn - posted on 08/23/2009

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My son was 11 months when I first introduced whole milk. I gave him 2 oz of milk and then 6 oz of formula mixed together in his bottle to slowly introduce it, just in case he had an allergy, like I did as an infant. After a couple days, if he didn't show any signs of allergic reactions, I increased the milk to 4 oz and then 4 oz of formula. Just continue the pattern by slowly increasing the milk until he's drinking just the milk. My son was just shy of a year when he had all milk and no more formula.

Candace - posted on 08/22/2009

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My doctor suggested we switch to whole milk at age 10 months but that we should add water to the milk initially 1 part milk and 1 part water. Ask your pediatrician before you switch to milk.

Dyan - posted on 08/22/2009

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I would switch to the whole milk at 1 year and get rid of the bottles. I would not give flavored milk. That is like giving him candy. He will always want it.

Christie - posted on 08/22/2009

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When my son turned 1 he was still and is still not sleeping thru the night so we would give him whole milk during the day and at night formula. Everything I have read and our ped said at one to switch to whole milk so I am sure it would be fine.

Kassie - posted on 08/22/2009

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babies should have formula untill they are one though they need all the nutrients that are in it for brain development.

Kassie - posted on 08/22/2009

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wat i did was ween christopher from 11 months on. he got less and less bottles a day. then when he turned one i just gave him a sippy with milk.

Sara - posted on 08/22/2009

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i put my baby on whole milk at 6 months old, she didn't get on with formula really, mostly threw it up. i just changed it straight away (no watering down or mixing with formula, just straight whole milk) and she was fine, in fact she put on 2lbs in 3 weeks changing. she only has one bottle before bed of milk, she is now 10 months, she couldn't be any healthier. At the end of the day its when you feel comfortable and whether your child is ready, the only way to find out whether he is ready is to try it, you will soon know.

Jennifer - posted on 08/22/2009

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Quoting erin:

well happy birthday to your little man.... The day that my first daughter turned one we switched her right over to whole milk and a sippy she has not touched a bottle since...well besides to help feed her newborn sister. I think if you start putting milk in the bottle you will find it will be harder to drop the bottle. I hope i was some help.



I agree with you about the bottle thing. I have been told the only thing that should be in a bottle is formula. I have my sippy cups ready for when I do introduce milk to my little one!

Erin - posted on 08/22/2009

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well happy birthday to your little man.... The day that my first daughter turned one we switched her right over to whole milk and a sippy she has not touched a bottle since...well besides to help feed her newborn sister. I think if you start putting milk in the bottle you will find it will be harder to drop the bottle. I hope i was some help.

Caitlyn - posted on 08/21/2009

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Not to beat anyone down, but as far as the first post goes, I do NOT advise putting flavoring into your child's milk. Not only does it add unnecessary sugar and calories, but once your child is introduced to something as delicious as that, they will not want to go back to plain milk. My roommate gave her son chocolate milk, and I have not seen that boy drink plain milk in over a year. It's always 'Mommy! Chocolate!' And if there's no chocolate syrup or powder, he SCREAMS! Just a tip. ;)

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2009

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My pedi told me my 6 mth old son could get whole milk, just water it down a little or add some to the formula. He is a little on the small side so I havent done it yet though, prolly will in a few weeks

Krystle - posted on 08/21/2009

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When i switched my daughter to whole milk my pedi told me to do 3/4 formula and the rest milk and if she tolarated that then give her 1/2 and 1/2 and then if that went well then give her plain whole milk she did great.

Janet - posted on 08/21/2009

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My daughter was almost 10 months old when I introduced her to whole milk. And she switched to it completely very quickly and she loved it. And don't be afraid to introduce a sippy cup, even letting him sip from your cup of milk or water is not a bad idea. Mine wanted to do the things I was doing so lead from example. My little girl is just over a year old and she doesn't use a bottle anymore. She has a little bit of juice with her snack in the morning, milk with meals, and water the rest of the time. It's growing up time! Have fun!

Julie - posted on 08/21/2009

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Thank you!! i feel completely ready and I think he is too but some times I feel like Ineed a docs permission to do things (my dr doesnt make me feel like that its my own issues!) just wanted to get other mothers perspective on it! Thank you both!!!

Kiesha - posted on 08/21/2009

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Try having a 17 year gap between the 1st and 2nd child....I did! I switched my daughter to whole milk and discovered that her system couldn't tolerate it and ended up switching her to Lactaid which was a LOT BETTER (in the diaper division)! If you would like to see your pediatrician 1st then wait and provivde the formula made for children 12 to 24 months such as GoodStart 2 . If you are comfortable with making the switch before seeing the pediatrician then by all means go ahead and look for allergy signs such as very loose bowels with every bottle or cup given.

Amy - posted on 08/21/2009

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No! Its not to soon. Just give milk and let him try it. Then you will know if he likes it or not. They will tell you when you go for your next apt. to start giving him some. If he acts like he does not like it, keep trying it or put chocolate or stawberry flavor in it. But you have to keep trying. They will tell you to try to get him off of a bottle and use a sippy cup. Good luck!!

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