When Can I Give My Daughter Cow's Milk?

Janet - posted on 11/12/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 9 months and is refusing to drink her formula. She really enjoys solids but has decreased her formula intake by half (12oz) and that's on a good day. She drinks most of her milk before bed, but even that's a struggle. I'm worried she'll be hungry and wake up in the middle of the night; what do I do? Has/is anyone experiencing their child refusing the bottle at this age? What is the rule on giving cows milk at 9 months?? Any advice would be helpful.

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Casey - posted on 11/28/2012

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And just because there are caseins in wood glue and cows produce it doesn't mean that milk is bad. They are in two different forms. You wouldn't mix a drink with wood glue. Just saying =/

Casey - posted on 11/28/2012

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The general rule is to not give a child cow's milk until they are 12 months of age because milk doesn't have the right things to help infants grow. When you do give them milk, it's best to give them whole milk because there are healthy fats in it that help them in their young age. When they turn two then you can start giving them 2% milk. Ultimately though, it's always best to talk to your child's doctor.

Bianca - posted on 11/28/2012

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To be honest, you might want to do your research on cows milk. Dr's wont tell you this but milk has caseins. This is also in wood glue and cows produce it. It is known for causing cancer. I asked my childrens pediatrician for breakfast recipes that dont contain dairy and to my surprise she kept pushing dairy products and processed meals. I tuned her out immediately and decided not to ask anything else. She asked me why I was so against giving my kids dairy and when I said caseins she immediately stopped talking and finished filling out her chart. I still bothers me to know that she clearly has the knowledge to this well kept secret and insisted that my kids consume dairy.

Julie - posted on 11/25/2012

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No Cow milk until one year of age. I would not worry about her formula intake if she is taking in more solids. It is a natural progression. Having her Sippy Cups with water available through out the day is a good habit to start as well.

Amy - posted on 11/12/2012

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Have you tried sippy cups? The general rule for cow's milk is to wait until the child is 1 year so that the child is able to digest the proteins.

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