is it ok ot give my 6 month old baby cow's milk instead of formula ,

Taruna - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 45 moms have responded )

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i am still breast feeding my son and hven't started with any top feed

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Kirsty - posted on 08/11/2012

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yea it fine mine 4 month old and on cows mil an it done no harm he been on it since 3 month cuz he went off baby milk

Jessica - posted on 06/18/2013

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my mom started my brother and me on 2% milk at 2 to 3 months old. If your still giving your child formula I don't see a problem with cow milk. Cuz formula hasn't always been around so I just remember that as long as my child is healthy then my decisions are the right ones.

Brenda - posted on 01/27/2010

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In this case, and seing all the different arguments I would suggest that you ask the proffesional people. Maybe a Doctor or Health Visitor....or even a Pharmasist! Those are the people that have the true answers!!

April - posted on 08/11/2012

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Goats milk is awesome. You do have to add vitamins (DHA, Vit D, Vit C and a Vit B supplement) and then it is very close to breastmilk. I was not able to breastfeed my daughter past 7 months and I researched and talked with many drs and the general consensus was that raw goats milk was the best. If a dr suggested formula to me i would run the other direction, there is no need giving your child chemicals. Now my son is almost 10 months old and i still breastfeed him but about once a day he gets a bottle of coconut milk because he likes it. cows milk is not meant for human consumption and can cause allergies if introduced too early... although i dont think humans should ever drink it. if you are wanting to supplement, go with goats or coconut and add some vitamins. even breastfed babies should have some extra vitamins. good luck.

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Samantha - posted on 08/12/2012

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I started my 2 older ones on reg milk at 9 months it helped alot with the perm transition once they were a yr old. I would just put a lil water to mix in it and I only did it like once a day. Id say 6 months is a lil young tho

Jamie - posted on 08/11/2012

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Is your baby eating alot of table food? If she is then go for it and switch! A baby cannot have more than 16 oz per day of dairy milk but soy milk and coconut milk are great alternatives. Switch it up!

BERNICE - posted on 08/02/2012

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30 years ago II put my son on milk at 4 months because no matter what formula I put him on he threw up all the time, and I also gave him poly visol baby vitamlns I puy them in the bottle(its liquid) But again that was 30 yrs ago, so do what you think is right for your child.

Jeanette - posted on 02/20/2010

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I personally would not give any milk other than breast or bottle to a 6 month old. I did however switch both of my kids over to cows milk at 10 months, a bit earlier than recomended but I cleared it with their pediatrician first, who said it was fine as long as they were getting iron from food sources, which they were from their homemade baby food. But 6 months is way to early.

Katherine - posted on 01/26/2010

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If you are still breastfeeding you shouldn't need to give any other milk, how about a little sterilised water?

Sylvia - posted on 01/19/2010

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I would start at 11 months one ounce at a time!! Whole milk that is hope this helps:)
Oh and thx for the laughs tee-hee!!

Michelle - posted on 01/14/2010

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Not sure but i am a mother of 4 and my kids seem to be healthy and I have given them cow's milk, but I put half and half...so half formula and half cow's milk.....my kids seem to be fine and have been checked at the doctor's to see if there is any complications and so far so good.....

Iris - posted on 01/09/2010

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when my son was a baby. he was constantly spitting out his formula.. So i took him the my dr and because he was healty and no problems, the dr told me to give my son homogenized milk.. And he took to that quite well..

Nickie - posted on 01/08/2010

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I think if you are to do anything, you need to go with your gut. You are like me, where you seek out others opinions just so you can weigh the percentages of what is okay and what is not. Like most foods, it is recommended to wait until the child is at least a year old. In our day and age it is hard to figure out what is safe and what isn't because of all the 'extras' that are added now. Every child is different and I suggest that you pay attention to what your child tells you with their body language. My daughter is 16 months old and she still has a little bit of formula every day. I don't think she will need it much longer but it helps to give her those vitamins and minerals she may not get from other foods. At about 8 months old I started feeding her little bits of cheese and small amounts of cows milk. You don't want to give a baby too much of it too early because it can cause problems, like allergies and constipation/diarrhea. I asked my mom about what age I should start introducing dairy, and she told me that I was drinking cow's milk by 2 months.(she also told me I was very gassy because of it) She told me that back then every mom did that because they didn't have doctors constantly telling them when to do things with their babies. They were left to their instincts.
I figure that if you are going to give him milk get the thickest/fattiest one and only start him a small bit at a time, but don't stop with the formula until you know that he can handle full servings.
I hope that even a little of what I have said will help you out.
Good luck!

Hanan - posted on 12/12/2009

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i think it is not ok, the baby is still too young for cows milk, but u can try giving him other kinds of food, i.e.banana, appleand also u can give him very small pieces of meat or chicken, of course with small amounts just to let him practice chewing and try one kind of food only everytime dont mix them.

Taruna - posted on 12/09/2009

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thanks everyone for the time and advice.
all your inputs are of great value to me as it does solve my qurey , with loads of information available which was making me confused.

Lauren - posted on 12/07/2009

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my mom tells me i started on cow's milk at two months old and i was a very healthy baby!

Sammi - posted on 12/07/2009

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no not til 12 months. get a follow on formula otherwise your son will get ill from cows milk

Helen - posted on 12/07/2009

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everything i have herd says wait until 12 months. I am waiting a bit longer to introduce cows milk if any at all. Babies can't handle it until at least 1 year. I would like to add that just because a baby is allergic it has nothing to do with what how or when milk or formula or goats milk was introduced. You are either sensitive to milk or your not. It doesnt show how healthy you are if you dont have a sensitivity to milk. But I would highly recomend you do some reserch, and make sure its not advertisment(misleading). Sometimes we moms dont always know what is best for other babys just our own.

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One more thing...Until age 8 or 9 months it is important to plan the feeding schedule with formula then solids so that your baby isn't too full for his/her formula (since the majority of their needed calories comes from the formula).

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NO! Not until 12 months of age. Research has shown that the digestive system is not ready until this age. Giving cows milk before 12 months can cause a type of anemia that has be linked with learning disabilities later in childhood. Also, cows milk does not have the fat or calorie content needed for infants. Formula is the most important part of their diet at this age. It is important to start solids by 6 months or infants will have an aversion to the texture and feel of solid food, Cindy, pediatric RN

Christine - posted on 12/06/2009

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All 3 of my children were on cows milk by 6 months of age... they are now 14,8, and 5 with strong growing bodies... they are beautiful... my husband had soda in his bottle and he turned out ok.. i think cows milk is a much better choice...

Katie - posted on 12/05/2009

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That is why you continue harrassing me with private messages. Heres a new one for you obnoxious. Your approach sucks!

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2009

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and again you need to learn some new words. anyway i wont be responding to you anymore. it's like telling a 2 year old no over and over.. only difference is the 2 year old understands eventually.

and please stop sending me private messages i messaged you to say sorry we got into an arguement and tha'ts turned into you messaging me over and over calling me names geez grow up

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2009

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and by the way i know my way isn't the only way.. and at no point did i say that.. i just pointed out the opposite of what you said the risks there are risks and non risks to everything and you were only showing one side .

Katie - posted on 12/05/2009

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Good luck Taruna. You will make the best decision for your child. Michelle you are ridiculous.

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2009

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so becuase 3 kids out of millions dont have health issues you know everything on the subject? yeah ok.. guess your 3 kids are more of a study group then the groups doctors study huh.. but you are right about one thing it's her choice and i was giving her info as you were it's up to her what she does .

Katie - posted on 12/05/2009

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There are many things about your responses that are offensive Michelle. Taruna I recommend you do what your gut tells you is best. Several friends of mine have used goats milk as well. I have an uncle who is a surgeon, but is also a naturopath. He highly recommends it as well. I do find it offensive when I have 3 children who have been supplemented with Goats milk and have NO health issues at all. You obvously think your way is the only way .... different things work for different people. Good luck Taruna.

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2009

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and people are ok with different types of peds... personaly if my ped recommended supplementing an infant with anything other then breast or formula i'd run not walk to a new ped but like i said everyone likes different things..

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2009

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so my agreeing to disagree with you is offensive? a nd tha'ts why 'only' posted like it is... for some people that would be plenty of experience for me the doctors with tons of patience and a ton of internet articles outway your experience of 3 kids.. like i said we dont have to agree

Katie - posted on 12/05/2009

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Okayyyy smarty pants ... I guess 3 kids gives me no experience at all ... Breast is always best, but there are healthy alternatives. I know several people who have supplemented with goats milk, and again my pediatrician highly recommends it. There are several very informative books about this subject, but again you obviously KNOW EVERYTHING .... 3 kids, no allergies .... Give me a break lady!

Katie - posted on 12/05/2009

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I do not and will not agree .... One thing I always go to is doctors are practicing and aren't always right, this is a problem I see in the U.S., people treat doctors like they are all knowing, there are great benefits doctors get for recommending certain pharmaceuticals AND FORMULA. I have 3 children 13, 4, and 10 mos. I have breastfed all 3, but I have ALWAYS supplemented with goats milk when needed (and fortifying it myself). My children have NO allergies and are inordinately healthy. My pediatrician highly recommends it, so obviously it depends on who you talk to. This is my personal experience with goats milk. There are several books on the subject as well that would disregard your "specialists". I myself have personal experience with goats milk and I highly recommend it, esp. as an alternative to formula ..... In fact goats milk is also attributed to a longer lifespan.

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2009

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goat's milk is a poor substitute for breast milk or formula. Goat's milk is low in Vitamin D and it is also low in iron, Vitamin B12 and folate, which can lead to an iron deficiency or megaloblastic anemia (low blood counts). Goat's milk is also very susceptible to brucellosis, a bacterial infection in animals that can be passed on to your infant.

Katie - posted on 12/05/2009

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This is absolutely untrue ... here is a link that may help you http://www.colichelp.com/goatmilkformula... you do need to supplement the goats milk with additional vitamins, it is very easy ... I have done so with each of my children. It is a much healthier alternative than formula, though nothing is as perfect as breastmilk .... I beg to differ Michelle.

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2009

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Quoting Katie:

You CAN give baby's goats milk and it is an excellent supplement. It is the next best thing to breast milk ....



 





goats milk actually has the same protein that causes the reaction that cows milk does.. plus goats milk lacks a TON of vitamins *we went over all milk types with our ped allergiest and a dietican because of our daughters allergies*

Katie - posted on 12/05/2009

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You CAN give baby's goats milk and it is an excellent supplement. It is the next best thing to breast milk ....

Michelle - posted on 12/04/2009

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ermmm no it's not ok to give a 6 month old milk



a baby's digestive system can't digest cow's milk proteins. Cow's milk also has too much sodium, potassium, and chloride, which can tax your baby's kidneys.



Even if his system could handle it, cow's milk doesn't have all the vitamins and minerals (especially vitamin E, zinc, and iron) that he needs for growth and development in his first year. Giving a baby cow's milk could even cause iron deficiency and internal bleeding. And it can increase his risk of an allergic reaction.



take it from someone with a child with an issue with cows milk *she's never directly has had milk just from my breastmilk* you dont want to deal with a cow milk allergy/intolerance... a projectible vomitting grumpy baby

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