Giving your baby full fat milk

Sara - posted on 07/09/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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When you start to give your baby full fat milk at 12 months old can you stop giving them formula altogether or should you still give them both?

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Tabitha - posted on 07/27/2010

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I started the switch to whole milk a almost two months ago and he has now been taking whole milk for a month. I did not know however that switching to early before they have established a complete diet can lead to iron deficiency. He is now taking half whole and half formula because he is anemic. The whole milk offers the fat he needs to grow and the formula gives him the extra iron he needs for his body.I would take it slow and make sure he gets plenty of table foods like green veggies and meats. If you rush into it to fast or make the switch to early he could become anemic. Also try not to give him to much other things during the day that contain lots of calcium, it can affect the absorbtion of the iron in the formula.

Laurie - posted on 07/27/2010

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Once I ran out of my last can of formula (around 11 1/2 months) I started my daughter on whole milk. I have 3 kids and I've always been told at a year old start whole milk util they're 2 and then give them 2%. I've had no issues doing this. At the same time in transitioning the milk, I took the bottle. I'd give them their first cup of milk with no problem, and continued with the cup from then on. No more bottle, and no problem. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 07/14/2010

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our daughter transitioned from nutramigen to whole milk at 11 months...she has been on exclusively whole milk now for a little over a month. i was concerned with her being able to handle it because she couldn't do regular or soy formula. instead of mixing formula and milk together in the same bottle, we just replaced one of her formula bottles with milk and did that for a few days, then replaced another one with milk...kept doing that every few days until she was off of formula...no problems and she loves it

Jaime - posted on 07/12/2010

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With my son we would give him both at first and than by the time he was 16 months he only wanted milk. Plus it helped that his baby sister was on soy formula.

Kay - posted on 07/10/2010

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I changed completely with my first two but had 12 month check with health vistor for no. 3 on Thu and she advised to carry on with formula as main drink as research has shown they still need the iron, so that's what I'm going to do this time.

Janet - posted on 07/09/2010

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It does no harm to keep giving them both, but the idea is to replace formula with the milk, that's what our doctor just advised us to do at her 1 year appt.

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