When are you supposed to put your baby on cows milk???

Megan - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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All the books n that say not to put them on it till their 12 months old, but fiance's mum gave her it the other day, n she slept so much better n didnt seem to have any bad reactions from it... so was just wondering about everyone else????

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Tawnya - posted on 02/24/2010

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Dr.s are so stupid go ahead and give your baby cows milk i introduced it to my kids around the time they were 9 mos as long as they still get formula its fine its really not much different than breastmilk

WENDY - posted on 02/16/2010

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I have a 10 month old who is nursing full time. He has drank carnation milk since he was 8 months old and is fine. The way i see it is, there was no formula 100 years ago (or so), so I think if he can digest chicken just fine, milk will be ok. I give him warm milk at times when i need a nursing break, and he does just fine. Dr actually told me NOT to give him ANY COWS MILK AT ALL untill after one. i think its up to the parents to see it baby is ok to drink it. The Dr doesn't LIVE with you to determine it. That's just what i think.

Tessa - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter is almost 11 months and I'm wanting to start giving her a little to get used to it. Might try giving her a little during the day in a cup and see how she does. Nutritionists say formula until 1 year. That is what I have followed. On the other hand my mother moved me and my two brothers to cows milk when we were 6 months old! My how the times have changed!

Pamela - posted on 02/11/2010

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I put my son on it when he turned 10 months my other son was on it from 10.5 months I had been giving him drinks of it in the middle of the day so I knew he would be fine with my first son I spoke to the health nurse that said it was fine I bf until 9 months she said he eats really well and a good balance so its fine and then we moved to australia he got gastro so we took him to emergency and I mentioned maybe it could be that and the head pediatrician at the children's hospital told me no and it was perfectly fine as long as your baby is eating a good balance there is no reason to continue formula.. now at 2 years he is refusing to eat fish so I have in on a child multi v just half every second day to make sure he is getting enough omega 3

Leah - posted on 02/11/2010

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my dr told me at out 9 month old visit that we could start giving them a little cows milk in a sippy cup to get them used to drinking it so that when they are 1 it won't be a shock. I started giving them a little at snack time. Now they are 11 months old and we are swapping out the lunch time bottle with a sippy cup of milk to further the transition.

Carol - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son started refusing the breast at around 9 months and I started him on homogenized milk (with my GP's ok). Talk to your doctor about it, most age recommendations are pretty conservative. As long as you keep giving iron fortified cereals and a good range of foods you should be ok. You can always sneak a little formula into their foods too, if you're worried about the vitamins/minerals.

CINDY - posted on 02/08/2010

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I was thinking the same thing, my little man eats like a horse (solids) three times a day and goes through som uch formula it is not funny! the problem is he still wakes up twice a night (he is just over eleven months) I am thinking about going to the dr to have a chat!!!

Elysia - posted on 02/07/2010

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they say 12months because it is not as easily digested, the body has to work alot harder to break down the proteins. my son is 11months old and ive just started giving him a little bit in his morning weetbix, is soften with water then add a little bit of milk, he was 100% breast fed till 8months and then weened onto the bottle as i was already pregnant with my 2nd but i found it annoying to make up a bottle of formula just to make his brekkie and then there wasnt enough in it for him to b satisfied when he later drank it. But we havent had any allergy problems. But they say to keep up with the formula to keep there nutrient levels up because at this age it can b hard to get them to eat as they assert their independece and want to do it themselves

Leanne - posted on 02/07/2010

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My daughter has been on half and half (half cows half formula) for a few weeks now, im just waiting for the tin to run out and then she'll be on full cows milk. I figure she is getting plenty of the good stuff they get from formula (iron, proteins, vitamins) from her foods so that she doesnt need it, plus she sleeps heaps better on it a well.(As in ALL night)

Kerry - posted on 02/05/2010

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my son has been on homo milk since he was eight months old... i asked my doctor about it first and he said that as long as hes within a few weeks of 9 months it wouldnt hurt.. i made the switch from formula to milk over 5 days... i bought a case of follow up formula and gave himall milk but 2 the first day and then all milk execpt at night for the rest of the case of formula and hes been on it ever since.... and i noticed the same thing with the sleeping better... my doc said its because the milk is a bit heavier than the formula so it keeps Jake full for a while longer.

Danyelle - posted on 01/05/2010

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My doctor said I was okay to try my son with Homo Milk (3.25%) at 9 months! So I started giving it to him one bottle a day, then two etc. Now he has milk in all bottles except for his last one before bed which I still give him a follow-up formula. If your daughter was fine on the cow's milk based formula than she can have cow's milk without an allergic reaction. Maybe see what her doctor suggests, but I would go for it.

Chelsea - posted on 01/05/2010

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i dont think it will hurt the baby to have it earlier then that but formula has more nutirents and thats why it is recomended, as long as it isnt replacing your babies formula or breast milk it should be ok to introduce it to her before then.

Traci - posted on 01/05/2010

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To be safe you should talk to your child's doctor. It is not typically advised to start before 12mths, but your doctor may feel that it is okay for your little one to start on it earlier. Most doctors would recommend Vitamin D/Whole Milk until your child is atleast 2 years old (their developing brains need the extra fat). But you should check with your child's doctor before introducing it again to be safe.

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