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Tricia - posted on 11/15/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 9 months old, and I have been trying to get him used to regular milk, but it's not working. Yes I know doctors say wait until they are 1 but I started my daughter when she was 9 months and she took right to it. He refuses to drink it and gags himself, BUT if I give him a bottle of regular SOY milk he downs it. How can I get him to drink regular whole milk? (I've also tried skim, 1%, and 2% milk... also added strawberry flavoring thinking that might work, it didn't) I've tried giving him a half bottle of formula and milk and he knows the difference. Help!

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Casey - posted on 12/07/2009

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why did you start a conversation then....you dont wanna hear everyones opinions then dont ask for them

Casey - posted on 12/06/2009

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he needs the vitamins and everthing breast milk or formula has until age one. listen to your drs they know what they are talking about....he is showing you he doesnt want it for a reason he is not your daughter every child is different!

Rebecca - posted on 12/03/2009

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Tricia, you don't have to "deal" with your son drinking soy milk. No other beverage, besides water, is necessary. Baby's ideal food in the first year of life is breastmilk -- period. Since you've chosen to give artificial baby milk made from soy, you need to stick with that as the primary food source through the first 12 months. There is PLENTY of scientific evidence out there to support this. It's not just "one person's opinion". Tara is right, and you are being ignorant to the truth. It's not just about lactose intolerance. The proteins in cow's milk and soy cause intestinal upset immediately and can trigger allergies later in childhood.



As for the "our parents only had formula/carnation milk and they're fine" argument -- GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Have you looked around lately at all the overweight/obese people? All the people with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc? All the people battling cancer in their 30s and 40s??? Do you really think our nation is HEALTHY??? Obviously there are a lot of factors that are making us sick, but you can't discount the negative impact of generations of babies who have been deprived of nature's perfect food -- breastmilk.



Most importantly, LISTEN TO YOUR CHILD. He is rejecting it. He doesn't like it, he doesn't need it, leave him alone!

Megan - posted on 11/29/2009

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i really admire doctor sears since i read his vaccine book. he seems to look at things from a very objective point of views and from multiple angles. he list pros and cons of milk and possible allergies plus the statistics of actually, even getting/having a milk allergy. hopes this opens a few minds. http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/t032100...

Shara - posted on 11/23/2009

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Just a point of interest, I was recently told by a lactation consultant that you should limit soy products in boys due to the high estrogen content in them. Hadn't heard that one before.

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Tricia - posted on 12/15/2009

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I might try the next step enfamil. Though regular formulas have not worked either. As for the doctors not knowing this is right. I have talked to my doctor about it, and she told me to try what I feel is best and come back to her to let her know what is working and what is not to see if she had anymore ideas on the matter.

Missy - posted on 12/13/2009

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Everytime I go on these "forums" to ask a question or see a reply, it seems that everyone has a different opinion of things. I speak to my husband about the answers and he thinks I am completely crazy for even listening. In reality, we make the choices we do as moms based on insticts, prior knowledge, and information we receive from others. I think we all need to take a step back and make our decisions from those "others" that are educated in early childhood development. I am a teacher, and therefore have no right to decide what my child eats, drinks, does, etc. because I am by no means a master of the subject of how to raise a child. I trust in my doctor to not only guide me, but to help ensure that I am making the right decision based on research, evidence and knowledge of the subject. I hope we all take these things into account and do not look to what other moms do or say we should do. As a first time mom, I would be completely lost without the guidance of my doctor.

Just a thought to process. I respect that everyone chooses to do things differently, I just felt after reading all of this that someone should say it. =)

Dorinda - posted on 12/13/2009

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Wow... ok so here is my advice...though it's just a thought. I haven't gone through this. My daughter is 10 months, i breast fed til 9 months and now formula feed. but that's just me. So i was thinking (and others have said) he probably prefers soy because he's on soy formula right now. what if you were to switch formula, to more of a milk based so then milk would then taste possibly better to him. I use Next Step formula they make it in different brands. it is for 9 months and up. Just an idea...might not work at all. but i suggest consulting your pediatrician for their opinion, and maybe seeking opinions of other medical experts. not to discredit all of us mom's opinions on here.

Geraldine - posted on 12/13/2009

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I put both of my last 2 sons on baby infasoy formula milk because their older brother has lactose intolerance and had such awful upset stomachs and sickness as a young baby and well into his toddler years that I didn't want the same happening to them. It worked and none of them had what their older brother went through. As long as they were happy to drink it and felt full up I was happy. I think whatever makes your child happy should be the most important thing - all the nutrients and vitamins are still in soya or they wouldn't be allowed to sell it otherwise. None of my sons have ever drunk cows milk - I was very against it as a child, used to make me gag and they have followed suit. They have water on their cereal! :) Good luck I hope it works out for your son

Kim - posted on 12/10/2009

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well my health nurse said to me that at 10mths my daughter can be on regular milk without formula,i spose every doctor/nurse is different but in the end you know ur baby better than anyone.My daughter is 10mths next week and for the past few weeks ive been gradually putting regular milk in with her formula half-half going onto 3/4 regular tomorrow.Good luck

Tricia - posted on 12/09/2009

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no I WANTED opinions. I didn't want the negativty. I wanted to sift through the good advice and try out some opinions to see what was best for my son. I don't need someone telling me I shouldn't try things just because they do not believe in it. that's what I meant. If I ask advice, next time I would like help, not someone pretty much telling me I am a bad mother for doing certain things. thanks.

Tricia - posted on 12/07/2009

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wow. did not mean to start an argument here at all. I'm my sons parent, I in the end choose what to do, but am grateful for the suggestions. I'm sticking to my original plan, and keeping him on 2 bottles of formula a day and the rest regular soy milk since he doesn't like regular milk. All of his blood results and tests have come back just fine, so we are sticking to the soy milk. As for breastmilk being the best option, yes I agree completely, but since I did not produce any... this is the way I PREFER, so I am not being ignorant. I'm going with my motherly instinct and doing what is BEST for my son.



I also agree with our nation being unhealthy. Would I ever want to put my kids at risk for being unhealthy? Not a chance in hell. So for someone to tell me I am being ignorant and not understanding all of the facts, is completely out of their element. I may be a young mother, but I do a damn good job and BOTH of my kids are healthy due to my choices. Not you or anyone else can tell me I am wrong in raising my kids. Why am I on this subject? I feel the need to express to you how wrong you are to sit there and put a mother down for doing what she feels is best for her child and TRYING to get suggestions (not pushed opinions) on how to deal with it. You should never try to push a mother into doing what you think is right, you just give them advice and let them base their outcome on that.



Anyhow.... as I said before my son IS on regular SOY milk, along with formula. For those of you who don't like that, too bad. It's what works for him. As long as he is healthy and happy, I'm happy. But to all of you who were trying to HELP me! thanks I appreciate it! And please remember, it's what YOU ultimately think is best for YOUR child, not someone else.

Chloe - posted on 12/07/2009

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I'd try a lot slower. Take an entire week to change an 8 oz bottle to milk. Start out with 7 ounces of formula and one ounce of whole milk. Give it to him the whole day. The next day do 2 ounces of whole milk and 6 oz of formula. Keep adding one oz of whole milk a day and he'll eventually get used to it.

I've just started giving my twins sippies of whole milk at lunch. There's no milk allergies anywhere in my family. It doesn't replace any of their formula, but I"m hoping that it will get them used to the taste so that they are happy to drink it when it's time. It may or may not work. :)

Miranda - posted on 12/04/2009

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Maybe your child isn't ready to drink cow's milk. If he will drink soy, but refuses cow's milk, maybe it upsets his tummy? There could be a variety of reasons why he won't take to it, I would give it a little more time, and if he still won't drink it maybe check to see if he has an allergy?? (It is always a possibility) You could also try goats milk, it has no lactose in it, so if there is an intolerance it wouldn't upset his tummy...Good luck.

Dawn - posted on 12/03/2009

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Quoting Megan:

wow there are a lot of varying opinions out there! just to balance things - my three brothers and i were all started on regular whole milk at 6months and we are all extremely healthy individuals, rarely ever sick. One of my brothers is a state champion weight lifter for florida! my grandmother's generation of pediatricians pushed formula, my parents pushed breastmilk, now ours is trying all sorts of things like soy products and such. so i hate to push anyone's buttons but to make blanket statements like "milk should be started no sooner than age one" you are just repeating what peds have been told to say just like they pushed formula back in the day over breast milk. you have to pray and decide what you have a peace about feeding your child PERIOD! our job is to be educated about our choices not listen blindly to what others say even if they are pediatricians....because their opinions vary too!



Kuddos to you Megan for knowing how to phrase your opinions without being insensitve or pushy.  There is always a second side to every story, or a third or fourth, and each have "scientific" data to back it up.  It is our job as parents to sift through the information presented to us and make our choice from there. 



 



Tricia, I am glad you were able to get a variety of opinions to work from....I hope you continue to have success with this issue. 

Leiann - posted on 12/01/2009

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Quoting Tricia:

Well thank you all. I have tried alot thus far, and have come to the conclusion he is just going to like the soy milk for now. And just to let you all know.. I have no completely taken him off of his soy formula and don't plan too. I'm just getting him started on regular soy milk (i guess soy since it's what he will drink) to get him used to it. I did the same with my daughter. To Tara: it's up to the parents and how well the child is developing as to when they want to start it. It has not actually been proven that it is a health risk to start giving a baby milk before their 1st birthday. Think way back when all people did was give their children carnation milk from the can with water, and they turned out fine. My 2 1/2 year old started on milk completely at 10 months no formula after that and now she is on 1% milk and she is just fine. But I guess its all up to the parents.


 Responding to the "To Tara" section. It actually has been proven that children who start cows milk are more likely to suffer from anemia. http://www.babyzone.com/baby/feeding_nut... and http://www.aafp.org/afp/20021001/1217.ht... Tricia I am not commenting on your choice to have your baby try milk that is completely up to you and it doesn't look like you are giving him 24 ounces or replacing his formula. Just thought I would add that there has been study and Doctors do have a reason to suggest children wait.



It also makes sense that your child would prefer the soy since his formula is soy based. Glad you were able to figure something out for now.

Tricia - posted on 11/29/2009

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Shara... I also looked into the estrogen thing in soy milk, that's one reason why I want to wean him off of it. But once again, he is refusing anything BUT soy milk. so I guess I have to deal.

Lee - posted on 11/29/2009

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All babies are different. I tried my son on regular milk it wasn't alot just like a teaspoon of it. He seemed to like it.

Megan - posted on 11/29/2009

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wow there are a lot of varying opinions out there! just to balance things - my three brothers and i were all started on regular whole milk at 6months and we are all extremely healthy individuals, rarely ever sick. One of my brothers is a state champion weight lifter for florida! my grandmother's generation of pediatricians pushed formula, my parents pushed breastmilk, now ours is trying all sorts of things like soy products and such. so i hate to push anyone's buttons but to make blanket statements like "milk should be started no sooner than age one" you are just repeating what peds have been told to say just like they pushed formula back in the day over breast milk. you have to pray and decide what you have a peace about feeding your child PERIOD! our job is to be educated about our choices not listen blindly to what others say even if they are pediatricians....because their opinions vary too!

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Cows milk doesnt have enough nutrients for a growing baby and actually causes bleeding in the intestines.
So think twice before you add it to their diet.
Luisa
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Ashely - posted on 11/23/2009

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some people hate milk lol and he could be that kind of person that no matter what doesnt like milk lol...i dont got much advice bc my son will eat and drink anything you give him he is not picky... but maybe he just dont like the taste and may never like the taste i know alot of people that hate milk!

Shantay - posted on 11/22/2009

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my almost 9 month old doesnt take to formula any more either in a sippy or bottle. my husband started giving him 1% he eats veggies and fruits..some protein...

Tricia - posted on 11/19/2009

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Well thank you all. I have tried alot thus far, and have come to the conclusion he is just going to like the soy milk for now. And just to let you all know.. I have no completely taken him off of his soy formula and don't plan too. I'm just getting him started on regular soy milk (i guess soy since it's what he will drink) to get him used to it. I did the same with my daughter. To Tara: it's up to the parents and how well the child is developing as to when they want to start it. It has not actually been proven that it is a health risk to start giving a baby milk before their 1st birthday. Think way back when all people did was give their children carnation milk from the can with water, and they turned out fine. My 2 1/2 year old started on milk completely at 10 months no formula after that and now she is on 1% milk and she is just fine. But I guess its all up to the parents.

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My daughter (born 2/13) LOVES soy milk. She's been drinking it for about a a month now (it's in her sippy at snack time, I never put it in her bottle - keep the bottle for formula only and it will make it MUCH easier to wean your little one off the bottle when you stop the formula). She also gets vitamin D milk in her breakfast oatmeal and in her dinner "mash" of veggies and baby meat. She still drinks 4 bottles of formula daily, we just add the sippy of soy milk too.



We knew she would be fine with milk because she's been eating yogurt and cheese for quite a while now and there is no history of lactose intolerance in either of our families.



Saying all that, that is what worked for MY kids. I cannot say what will or will not work for yours. In MY experience, milk is fine around 9 months or so, but it is not for EVERY child. You know your child best, and you should go with what your gut is telling you to do.



Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2009

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he probably isn't ready for it then. every baby is different. i still stick by not giving baby cows milk until they are 1. you could try almond or rice milk

Tara - posted on 11/17/2009

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*shakes head* Never ever give any child under 3 soy or skim milk. Never give any infant any sort of beverage besides formula or breastmilk. Giving reg milk is such an allergy risk, same with soy. Not to mention, hello, not enough nutrients for your growing baby! Stick with formula or breastmilk as long as you can!

Dawn - posted on 11/16/2009

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I think he is saying he doesn't want milk yet...LOL!!! I am waiting myself but I heard that you can try soaking some cereal in milk to soften it then give him the cereal. Good luck!

Tricia - posted on 11/16/2009

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yep I've tried that. He still gags himself as long as he knows its regular milk.

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