No more formula--How to introduce your baby to reg milk?

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My son will be a yr old June 2 and at that time the pedi says to switch him from formula to reg milk. How in the world am I supposed to make this a smooth transition?

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Ava - posted on 05/27/2010

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Your doctor failed to inform you, perhaps because of indoctrinated bullcrap, that there is no marker between 11 months and 12 months that makes a baby more apt to digest milk. My daughter started regular milk with her formula at 9 months and handled it fine. It's only a GUIDELINE and a preference for doctors. How are you going to do that? You're going to have to start now, or soon. Put just a little milk in her bottle of formula with the water, say an ounce of milk to seven ounces formula, then after a few days, two ounces of milk to six ounces of formula, then a few days later, three to five, four to four, five to three, six to two, seven to one, until she has a whole bottle of regular milk. Also experiment to see if she prefers regular or 2%, but do NOT feed her fat free or skim milk. Whole milk is preferred because babies do not have weight problems and the fat is good for them, but some babies prefer the TASTE of 2% (only rarely that I've seen, though). The idea is that you need to make sure her stomach can handle it---that's the first thing with starting with a single ounce in a bottle, to make sure it doesn't make her sick. If you seem to be transitioning well, then the taste is the only thing you're worrying about, but babies usually have no problem and generally prefer regular milk to formula for taste (since it's sweet, and I have tasted formula---it tastes more or less like partially rotten milk, so it isn't a wonder). Haha. Good luck.

Lauren - posted on 05/22/2010

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Yeah I called the dr and asked too. They said to give her 1oz of milk in her formula to every 7oz for 3 days. Then 2oz and so on and so forth,

Jessica - posted on 05/27/2010

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Yeah, I think a lot of people get confused on the no whole milk till a year thing. The way I understand it is this- many babies will tolerate it just fine before 12 months, so I don't think that's so much the issue. I give my son small amounts of milk in a sippy cup for training purposes- but that's in between bottles and meals.

What is recommended that you DON'T do however, is *replace* all the formula they're getting with milk before 12 months. That's because up until a year they still nutritionally need what is in formula (or breast milk) and replacing it with milk prevents them from getting that. If that makes sense.

Alicia - posted on 05/27/2010

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With my oldest I would start mixing it with her formula. First by doing 4-5 days 1/4 milk 3/4 formula and would gradually keep increasing it.

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Cori - posted on 05/27/2010

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My son has had issues with the normal milk but he has soy milk for his naps and still has regular bottles for before bed and when he wakes up in the morning. Soon we'll switch his morning bottle to soy milk and eventually the evening one as well. Hopefully we'll be able to start switching to regular milk after a while.

Kat - posted on 05/27/2010

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i give Tristan Gerber dairy drink. i think it's a good transition thing. he drinks one a day. but the only way i can get him to eat it is by putting a little strawberry syrup in it :/

Ava - posted on 05/27/2010

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Yeah, Lexi actually won't drink formula anymore, so I have to give her pediasure a year early so she'll still get her nutrition. She gets a sippy cup full of whole milk with her lunch now. She'll get that more frequently when she reaches a year (when we can stop or lessen the pediasure).

Amy - posted on 05/27/2010

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We started a few weeks ago by doing half formula and half milk. And slowly adding more milk and less formula till it was all whole milk. He doesn't seem to notice the differance! We also add the vitamin drops (polyvisol? i think thats what it's called) to his milk so he still gets his vitamins. :-]

Jessica - posted on 05/26/2010

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I have to figure this out too. He's had small amounts of milk in his sippy cup for a few weeks now but not sure how to actually transition to only milk. I'd say try mixing milk and formula in his bottles and then increasing the amount of milk gradually, to give him time to get used to it.

My problem is more that my son still drinks 5 bottles a day and I'm not sure how to decrease that :/

Emily - posted on 05/24/2010

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Try watering down whole milk, that is what I have always done and then gradually they will get up to just milk.

Michelle - posted on 05/23/2010

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I started 1/2 formula, 1/2 milk bottles about 3 weeks ago... he isnt have any adverse affects, but he still wont drink straight milk. My mom switched us like this and other moms I have talked to in his daycare have done the same thing. Hope it works for me! Now if I could just get him to drink out of the sippy cup instead of throwing off the high chair!

Ashley - posted on 05/23/2010

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I have been giving my son (turns 1 on June 26th) whole milk for about 2-3weeks now, i started out 8oz of formula and then filled the rest of the bottle up with whole milk, gradually reduce the amount of formula and increase the amount of milk, right now my son is on 6oz formula and then i fill the rest of the bottle (about 4oz) of whole milk. I also give him 2-3 full sippy cups of whole milk during the day and he loves it! He "yells" at me when i take it away

Keeshea - posted on 05/21/2010

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I asked the doctor about that and she suggested that I give my son a oz of whole milk with his formula. Further, she said to slowly increase the amount of milk.

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we are doing it over a three week period by mixing cows milk with her formula a 1/3 at a time.

we have just done week one... we had a few spit ups in the first few days as she adjusted to it... but now there is no drama and she gulps it like she would her formular!

our plan is to have the switch completed just after her 1st birthday... then we will move onto removing the bottle and replacing it with a cup and straw!

Kim - posted on 05/21/2010

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I've been letting her drink a bit of milk here and there to get her adjusted to the idea of it, because after her 1st birthday on June 4, there will be no more bottle. She loooooves real milk, so I don't think it'll be a problem. Just try giving it to yours once in a while, especially when eating table food. I think once they develop a liking for it, it's so much easier to transition out.

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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My son will be 1 on June 10th and about a week and a half ago I started mixing 2 ounces of milk with 4 ounces of formula then after a few days I mixed 3 ounces of milk and 3 ounces of formula then after a few days I mix 4 ounces of milk with 2 ounces of formula and then a full cup of milk. He did great and he loves milk!! Doing it this way if they start to have a problem you can keep mixing it for a few more days to give their system a chance to get used to it!!

Nichole - posted on 05/21/2010

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My son will be 1 june 10 and ive started to give him milk in a sippy cut just like 2 ounces or so but he looooves it he has had no problem switching from formula to milk!

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I gave my son a real milk bottle at 9 months and gradually introduced it into his diet. He has been having fullcream milk on cereal since 5 months, which is when he started solids. He is now on the fullcream all the time and had absolutely no problems switching over. In fact, he screams when its finished because he just wants more!!!

Melissa - posted on 05/20/2010

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Oh and he drinks regualr milk based formula, eats cheese and other diary products.. he also nurses and I drink milk so I don't know what to do! Good Luck

Melissa - posted on 05/20/2010

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My son will be 1 on June 1st and I have tried adding a little milk into his bottle which was fine with him just not his system. His poor little stomach was so upset and that gave him VERY bad diaper rash!! I am not sure if I just tried to early or what but definitely just do a little at a time to make sure it doesn't hurt him and if it does talk with your pediatrician. I will be doing that at our 1yr visit to see what I should do!

Ellie - posted on 05/20/2010

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im gooing 2 do a straight swap coz my boy has blue milk in things nd likes it, bt make a 6oz bottel nd the put 1oz of normaly mlk in it nd slowly add more milk. many friends say this works. x

Nikki - posted on 05/19/2010

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I need to figure this out too, I have no idea how he`s going to feel about this, he LOOOVVVESSS formula

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