Giving 6 month old Cow's milk

Amanda - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son just turned six months and we went to his wellness check. We have been feeding him fruits and veggies for the last month and our doc said to start giving him meats as well. He also said that if the meats are working with the fruits and veggies to start milk instead of formula. Has anybody else's doc said this? The doc said that he will be nutritionally balanced when he starts getting all three things- milk, meats, and fruits and veggies.

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Shauna - posted on 09/14/2010

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DId you know formula is made out of cows milk??? Just have always wondered why it is babies cant have cows milk before age 1 yet the formula is based off of cows milk???? ill have to ask my dr about this one!

Shauna - posted on 09/09/2010

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I work with infants at a childcare and have for yrs, i have never ever ever heard of giving a child cows milk before the age of 1. Their stomachs simply cannot tolerate it. But back in the day your opinion was the only opninion so do what you feel is best.

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Mjohn - posted on 06/08/2014

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I would guess you shouldn't supplement formula with cows milk because they need the nutritional benefits of the formula until they are eating enough food, and by " watering" it down with cows milk they don't get the nutrition they need. Just a guess though...

Nicole - posted on 03/05/2013

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I gave my son whole milk starting at 9 months. He is perfectly fine and healthy! He is now 3 years old and drinks 2% milk and doing just fine. He has regular checkups and always checks out well. I have a 6month old and since she eats other baby foods already, I have considered starting her on whole milk rather than formula. I think all kids respond differently and also every doctor as well as any mother will have their own opinion. If your child is generally healthy I don't think there is anything wrong with testing out new things and just wait and see how your baby responds.

April - posted on 09/15/2010

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I was told that once your baby is eating a balanced diet of meat, veggies and fruit that you can start milk products and replace the formula with homogenized milk...with that being said, I was also told that it is usually between 9 and 12 months that a baby is consuming all of these items in a large enough quantity to receive all of the nutrients that they would have been receiving from the formula....this is according to my doctor and the public health nurses where I live (Ontario, Canada). It all depends on how much of the other items the baby is eating b/c that will dictate if they are receiving enough of all of the vitamins, minerals, nutrients that the baby needs that they usually receive from the formula.

Renee - posted on 09/14/2010

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As far as I have heard you are encouraged to keep your baby on formula until they are a year old. The formula has a lot more nutritional things than regular milk. My doc said not to start the meats until 8mos old too.

Jaiy - posted on 09/13/2010

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Most doctors do not recommend cows milk until a year. We started our son at nine months, because he had been refusing the bottle since 6m and we were desperate. He was dehydrating himself to the point it was dangerous and the cows milk was a last resort. Thankfully, he loved it. If you don't have any concerns about your babies weight or hydration, I'd call and ask him why he thinks it's a good idea. Let him know that you'd heard some negative things about giving babies whole milk and you just wanted to make sure.

Maria - posted on 09/12/2010

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I gave my first milk starting around 9 or 10 months in small amounds becacuse her doctor wanted her to be able to drink 1 cup by the time she was 1 year. He wanted to make sure she accepted the taste! IT BACKFIRED! She ended up sensitive to milk because she had it too early and she was only having a little to aquire the taste! So be very careful! 6 months is VERY young in the eating world! The AAP (American Academy of Pediatricians) recommends that an infant not be started on solid foods until after 6 months of age. Many pediatricians still start babies on solids around 4 months of age.

THere is a chart on the following website that tells what foods are appropriate for each age!

http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/solidfo...

I don't plan to give my 2nd any milk until well after he is 1!

Sophie - posted on 09/12/2010

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My little boy eats anything you give him.
Only this morning have i gave him cows milk(whole milk) with his weetabix.
He really enjoyed the new taste!
I make my own dinners too, lasagne, cottage pie... you name it.. i will blend it and give it to my son.
Its great to give them what you eat, so when they get older you dont have to make a separate meal for them!

Taylor - posted on 09/11/2010

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wow.. this is really REALLY strange. are you sure he meant to actually give the milk instead of formula?
i mean, milk can be an allergen but thats whatever.. anything ingested can be an allergen.. the really big problem is that there is sooo much protein even in small amounts of cows milk that it can overload a baby younger than 12months' kidneys. also... formula is specially fortified with iron.. if you sub cows milk for formula too early your baby will be extremely susceptible to anemia and intestinal blood loss.

Michelle - posted on 09/09/2010

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I have 5 kids and run a daycare. I attend classes every year learning new things in regards to caring for children. Oh my goodness, my dr would have my butt if I were giving my baby cow's milk. They are not supposed to be having it until they are 1 yrs of age. I actually did give my 2nd child cows milk when he was 9 mo's old cause I was having a hard time switching from breastmilk to formula and my dr was not happy with me. Kids can not handle cow's milk at this age and can develop allergies to it. I am surprised that your dr said that! Babies at 6 mo's of age should only be eating Oatmeal or Rice Cereal and the baby food fruit and veggies. You can start trying the baby food meats too. You shouldn't be giving them big people's food yet unless you have a food processor that will grind it up very fine so it takes all risk of them getting food stuck in their throat.

Amy - posted on 09/09/2010

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I have not taken my daughter for the 6 month check up but I am 100% positive my dr will not be telling us that. Usually you don't start milk till after a year old. My doctor told us not to even give my daughter more than an ounce of baby food on any given day because her primary nutritien and everything she needs comes from breast milk or formula. At her 4 month check up we asked about the cookies/puffers that melt in their mouth and he said that we wouldn't start giving those till about 8 months. The fruits and veggies that she gets now is just so she learns how to swallow and doesn't serve any nutritienal value.

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