when to start milk

Beth - posted on 11/14/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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whens a good time to start giving ur child milk? how do u first start introducing it?

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Lisa - posted on 11/17/2009

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My son is 11 months, and he drinks only whole milk now, no formula. I started him at 10 months because he is a really good eater, so i am not worried about him not getting the extra nutrients in formula. After 2 years old, you can switch them to 1 or 2% milk.

Lydia - posted on 11/16/2009

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they do recommend 12months (although I agree that starting little earlier doesnt really matter if they are ready for it) We have already started our daughter at10 months - she has mostly formula with a little milk in it - milk is cheaper but having some formula too just makes sure she is getting extra vits they putin formula. They recommend the whole milk because the fats in it help with development. I dont know what age you would change them to fat reduced milk though.

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Erika - posted on 01/25/2011

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My daughter was on formula until about 1 year. Then we started her on homo milk. She didnt seem to mind. We then switched her to 2% at around... 18 months maybe? It was just getting so costly to buy different milk for all of us. She doesnt seem to mind. She loves milk, juice and water. Never been a problem drinker.

Shirley - posted on 01/24/2011

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for my first child, when it was just about time for her to get off of formula, I would start mixing the cows milk in. I would start like half formula and half cows milk. I didnt start with the whole milk though. I started with the high protein, reduced fat milk. She seemed to take to it very well. I started her at about 11 months old. With my second child, he went straight to cows milk, he's such a little porker though, he's 16 months and the only thing Ive found that he wouldnt eat so far are mashed potatoes and potatoe salad. He eats everything else that is put in front of him, including BEETS! Ewww! = ) It all depends on the child and their system though. You have to find what works best for you and your little one. Good posts though!

Courtney - posted on 11/14/2009

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I thought they weren't suggesting whole milk anymore, but I could be wrong since my little one will be starting on soy milk soon due to an allergy. Shylah will be 1 dec. 7th and we are starting this week, she has never been on formula, and I am eager to be done with my pump! It's not like something magical happens at 12 months and I don't think starting a little eary will make a difference, especially since she is now getting most of her nutrition from food rather than me.

Joana - posted on 11/14/2009

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most pediatricians say 12 months and on whole milk. I had to ease mine onto whole milk because it made her VERY gassy so i mixed half milk half formula and in a bout a week and a half she was good to go. Hope that helped

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