I'm a bit confused...

Sarah - posted on 08/24/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son will be 1 on Sept 18th & he is on regular Similac formula. I know that once they turn 1 you can start giving them whole milk to drink. But I have noticed that there is a formula called "Go & Grow" for babies/toddlers aged 9 months-24 months. I'm going to ask his pediatrician what she recommends I do at his 1 year checkup, but I wanted to know what everyone else is going to do. Are you going to start giving whole milk right away at 1 year? Or for those who formula feed are you going with a toddler formula? I'm not sure what to do!

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My son gets BM out of a bottle, we started giving him 2 ozs milk & 6 BM, then 3/5 this week, 4/4 etc etc so his stomach can get used to digesting it. Otherwise I hear they can get real backed up! Plus since he's BM fed regular milk is a much different taste...I had not intended on buying whole milk, just regular 2% like the rest of us...My oldest did a milk strike after he got his bottle taken away the day after turning 1...he still doesn't drink it @ 4...I'm not too concerned. He's seemingly healthy to me! His Dr. never seems to care either? Like the other mum said, milk isn't exactly good for you. We are not a milk drinking family so the boys growing out of their baby milk to also become non-milk drinkers seems fitting to me!

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Kelly - posted on 09/01/2010

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I found with my first son that when we first switched him to cows milk that this made him constipated. We got past it, and now he loves the stuff. But because of that experience I plan to introduce it more gradually so will use toddler formula for main drinks and start with a bit of cows milk here and there and gradually increase it. But I've definately been told by health professionals that there are no extra benefits to the toddler formulas as long as they are getting a healthy diet.

Allison - posted on 09/01/2010

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just go to the whole milk. . . that toddler formula is a joke. . . an expensive joke at that.

Jess - posted on 08/31/2010

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We are going to move Ava onto toddler milk in the next few weeks. Her Ped said whole milk should not be introduced until almost 2 because it really holds no value and its hard to digest.

Formula has heaps of vitamins that growing bodies need. With the price of milk here in Australia and its short shelf life, milk really isn't any cheaper than formula.

Amanda - posted on 08/31/2010

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Our doc said as long as she's eating everything she should be.(Fruits, veggies, meat,breads) And has a well balanced diet she can be on whole milk. We started her at 9 months.

Noreen - posted on 08/29/2010

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I don't formula feed, but I am going to continue to breastfeed until 2yrs and beyond.

Angie - posted on 08/29/2010

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my daughter turns one on sept 1...shes been drinking whole milk for about a month now...she still gets formula also....she does pretty good with the milk and i think it fills her up more...but u can only do what u think is best

Annie - posted on 08/27/2010

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My son will be one one Sept 28. I am going to start him on milk this week. I feel that the toddler formula is just a way to get peoples money. But that's just my opinion!

Valynn - posted on 08/27/2010

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Hello, My son will be 1 on the 3rd and we have been giving him whole milk for about 3 weeks and he is doing great. My neice, who is 3mths older than he is, stayed on the toddler formula for a month after because she is lactose and whole milk was giving her tummy problems. Now she is on Soy Milk with no problems at all. Every baby and every tummy is different! Hope all goes well. =)

Sarah - posted on 08/27/2010

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Thanks for the input everyone! I think I'm going to try a little whole milk in his sippy cup (maybe mixed with his formula at first) and see how that goes!

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Ive already started giving whole milk to my daughter, just at nap time and bedtime. During the day she gets apple juice!

April - posted on 08/27/2010

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I breastfeed my daughter and she will be one ong the 23rd, I have been trying to get her used to whole milk for about two weeks now, she wants nothing to do with it. Today I am going to do half breastmilk and half whole milk to see if she will take it now. I only nurse her two times a day so I feel she needs more to drink than just water and juice.

Angie - posted on 08/27/2010

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I breastfed my son since birth, and I myself am lactose intolerant. From day, when I drank milk it made him extremely colicky, so instead of switching him to regular whole milk, I've decided to give him Lactaid for a year, Right now I am in the process of getting him used to the taste by mixing it into his cereal. I tried giving it to him in a cup, but he only drinks it if it's warm and then sometimes he doesn't even want it then. He only occasional still breastfeeds, about 3 times a day, in the morning, at night before bedtime, and in the middle of the night when he wakes up. I think the toddler formula is probably a gimmick, too. Baby vitamins can give him the extra that he doesn't get from me or milk, and since I am on WIC, they are about to switch him to milk anyway.
He tolerates the lactose free milk very well and enjoys eating it in his cereal, so I'm sticking with that method for now.

Shannon - posted on 08/26/2010

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my daughter DaKotah will be 1 on sept 7th and she was on similac isomil soy because she was allergic to the other formulas. However at the end of July we switched her to whole milk and we haven't had a single problem yet. Doctors recommend switching to whole milk at 12 months and my daughters ped said that whole milk is actually better than the toddler formula.

Amanda - posted on 08/26/2010

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I received a sample of Enfagrow in the mail just the other day, and like you, I was skeptical. I think I will pretty much use the formula we have until it runs out, and then I will switch him to other things to drink. He has had milk a few times, but I am not really sure how he feels about it. However, I do not see myself using one of those toddler formulas unless recommended by my doctor.

Cheri' - posted on 08/26/2010

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my son will be 1 on the 8th and he was on enfamil premium, since he was 10 months he has been on enfagrow for 10-24 months, its sooo much cheaper then the regular formula and still has all the benifits of formula like the dha and probiotics. for breakfast or luch i give him whole milk with his meal or yobaby drinkable whole milk yogurt and still gets a bottle like a 1/2 hr after his meal. i like that milk is sooo much easier but i also like that enfagrow has all the extra stuff in it to keep him healthy.

Lacey - posted on 08/25/2010

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my little boy will be 1 on sept 1st and for about 1 months now i have been giving him whole fat milk wiv nesquick milkshake to see how he got on and he seems fine my doc was ok about it too and suggested i try him on a bottle of plain whole fat milk one morning so i did this today and he loved it. toddler formula is jus a waste of money as long as you are feeding ur boy enough protein and stuff he wont need the formula. try a cup of nesquick and whole fat milk see wat ur boy thinks to it
good luck

Lisa - posted on 08/24/2010

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I'll ask my son's Dr too, but I'm thinking I'll continue giving him the toddler formula. He doesn't drink much formula-16-20 ounces, which probably isn't enough but it's all he'll drink. I've read that whole milk gives them unhealthy cholesterol, and I know regular store milk isn't great for anyone - full of hormones and stripped of anything healthy. I figure the formula is full of vitamins, so I'll keep on with that. It can't hurt, right? Most people switch because milk is less expensive and easier than formula.



You can give formula in a cup too, you know. One doesn't have to switch to milk to wean off of bottles.

Sarah - posted on 08/24/2010

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Thanks for the advice! I know what you mean about switching over to the whole milk. My son enjoys his bottles very much too! I'm having a hard time transitioning him over to a sippy cup. Actually, he does better drinking out of a regular cup (which I still have to hold it for him.) I've tried out 3 different kinds of sippy cups & I'm about to try out a 4th (one of the ones with the straw in it).

Kellie - posted on 08/24/2010

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From what I've read toddler formula is just a gimmick. I used Similac as well but I'm going to go cold turkey to whole milk very soon. Everything I've read says do it cold turkey. It is very sad to me because I know he enjoys his bottles so much but like my book says "you have a toddler now, not a baby...the quicker you do away with the bottle, the better. Don't get stuck here." I guess I'll take their advice. Still sad.

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