When do I stop giving my baby Formula

Korran - posted on 08/27/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My baby is 13 months. I keep getting conflicting opinions on Formula. Some say buy the formula for 12months + Others say straight onto normal milk. When I did try and buy the formula for 12months + there wasn't much available, and a lot of it was Vanilla flavoured. The last thing I want to do is introduce flavoured milk into his bottle. When can I stop giving my baby formula?

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Sarah - posted on 09/05/2010

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My son will be 12 months old on the 18th of this month & we are still doing formula. I really struggle to get him to eat solids sometimes & I don't feel like he's getting very balanced meals. Because he doesn't eat very much, I'm afraid that if I stop his formula then he won't be getting enough vitamins, etc. I'm going to talk to his doctor at his 1 year checkup to see what she suggests.

User - posted on 07/28/2011

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My ped said no milk before 12 months. After that I could use either or both milk or forumla. My twins were half and half breast milk and formula until they were one. Then the last of my milk went pfffft and it was milk and formula until around 18 months. I did this until they were eating a full varity of food. I used the formula to help make sure they were getting enough vitamins.
No juice, not now, not ever.

Jennifer - posted on 09/06/2010

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I have always stopped nursing or formula at their first birthday. We were able to transition to cow's milk with no issues. My peditrician has always recommended whole milk until 2 years old.

Jamie-lee - posted on 01/14/2012

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just buy homoginized milk(3.23%) and start by adding one oz to your child's formula and gradually keep adding more(and also using less formula) and it gives them an easy transition. i started my son at about 13 months and he had no issues with it.

Tiziana - posted on 10/30/2010

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If your lo eats solids well and is not allergic to dairy dont see a reason not to switch to regular milk, they say to use whole milk till 2 years old, children need the fats in it till then. As long as lo as a healthy diet they get all the nutrients they need from solids. The only thing I'm considering is to use hormone free whole milk.

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Jen - posted on 06/10/2014

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This is all very helpful! I stopped giving my baby formula when he was 10 months. Is that too young?

Nicole - posted on 01/09/2012

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What I was told was that you should start introducing milk by mixing it in the formula little by little, and eventually just put plain milk. Also I was told to do all I could to get our son off the bottle by a year.

Selina - posted on 01/05/2012

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I strted to give fresh milk at 12months strted with just a little at a time but i still give toddler formula she is 2.5yrs know ill stop formula at 3 yr which is the age the tin goes up to i give nan shes not a good eater and it just gives her the vitamins etc i mix it up one bottle fresh one formula just depends some days only fresh she has rnd 2-3 bottles a day wen she strts preschool feb march we will be sayen gdbye to bottles but at mo she wnt drnk milk frm a cup onlu water and Milk is important so i havenr tken bottle away yet

Ali - posted on 09/01/2011

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I stopped with my oldest at 1 yr and now with my second i am stopping at 18mnth because we are a bit more financially secure and wanted to give him more as I was afraid he was not getting enough vitamins and minerals from his diet..I have kept a small tin of formula incase we run out of fresh as we live quite far out of town..both of my kids do not seem to have any troubles with the move over thank goodness but I think taking it slowly is for the best.

Liz - posted on 08/25/2011

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I gave all 3 of mine a toddler formula at night just to make up for any nutrients they may have not received during the day. If it was a particularly picky eater day, I supplemented with it as well after lunch. After 2yrs old I would supplement with pediasure on bad eating days. I thought of it as a daily vitamin supplement.

Jenna - posted on 08/02/2011

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My son turned 1 a few days ago, and from about a week before that I give him a half-bottle of cows milk before his morning sleep, but a formula bottle for his night sleep. I find he sleeps a lot better on the formula. I also took his dummy away a couple of days ago, since I figured more often than not he spits it out during the night and cries because he wants it back. Since I took it away, he's been sleeping right through :)

Jennifer - posted on 09/25/2010

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My middle daughter was lactose and whey intollerant. As a result, I was unable to nurse successfully. Her peditrician suggested nutramigen (liquid gold). It was the magic cure for her stomach issues. She stayed on nutramigen until her 1st birthday. We transitioned directly to a sippy cup with cows milk with no issue. We did continue to give her infant cearel until she was two years old to ensure she was receiving enough iron in her diet. She has always been very petite and not a big eater.

Linda - posted on 09/25/2010

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my pediatrician says between 10 months and a year old is when you can stop giving your baby formula. Def. start off with a little less formula and add milk, and each day a little less formula and more milk. I'll never forget, no one told me that with my first, I gave him a bottle of whole milk, and he handed it back after one sip...lol. Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 09/21/2010

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I stopped giving my now 15 month old formula about a week after his first birthday. I did do half formula, half whole milk just to help with the transistion, but each baby is different. I kept formula on hand just in case we didn't have any milk on hand. He gets 4-5 oz in the morning with breakfast and then again at night. Durning the day he gets juice and water. If your baby is tolerating the milk just fine I would stick with the whole milk (it's cheaper!!).

Talea - posted on 09/08/2010

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We've always gone to milk after 1 year. But I have to agree with Aimee it is up to you really and what your child can handle. In fact with our 3rd child he couldn't handle any formula at all and was constantly constipated so I ended up having to give him goats milk. (You can find it canned in the baking section.) It was the ONLY dairy he could tolerate by 10 months. We just gave up on formula at all and for whatever reason with each pregnancy I produce less milk so I couldn't provide for him. I was desperate all the doctors wanted to put him on expensive prescription formulas after the soy base didn't work. I asked the women in my family and friends in the medical field what my options were. They were the ones that pointed me in that direction and for him it worked. His peditrician wasn't thrilled but had no real complaints seeing it worked.

Amanda - posted on 09/07/2010

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My son is 15 months old and is still on formula, but he is also lactose intolerant. My Doc told me it really depends on the child but to supplement with other drinks as well like juice and water after 12 months.

Kimberly - posted on 09/02/2010

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I have always stopped formula within two weeks or their first birthday. You can ask your pediatrician for advice on what will be best for you child though.

Brigida - posted on 09/02/2010

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To make sure it's not to hard on a babies tummy I'd suggest half distilled water and half 2% milk and the slowing change the ratio to more milk...that's what we did and it made the transition so much easier on her belly!

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Hello! Its up to you really when you want to stop giving your baby formula. they say that at 12 months its safe to stop giving a baby formula ie. cheaper. If you want to continue giving formula and the baby is tolerating it the by all means continue. :)

Linda - posted on 09/25/2010

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my pediatrician says between 10 months and a year old is when you can stop giving your baby formula. Def. start off with a little less formula and add milk, and each day a little less formula and more milk. I'll never forget, no one told me that with my first, I gave him a bottle of whole milk, and he handed it back after one sip...lol. Good luck!

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Hello! Its up to you really when you want to stop giving your baby formula. they say that at 12 months its safe to stop giving a baby formula ie. cheaper. If you want to continue giving formula and the baby is tolerating it the by all means continue. :)

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