Introducing Cow's Milk

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

3

11

0

You would think I would remember this from my first born. My daughter is 9 months old - has anyone tried to introduce cow's milk at this age?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Suzanne - posted on 02/24/2009

25

17

3

I weened from breastfeeding to homo milk at 9 months and did the gradual increase in the mixture of breast milk and homo milk. I went from the breast to a sippy cup directly. I also warmed the milk at first and within a couple of weeks she took to cold milk. I also used homo milk in her baby cereal to increase the amount of milk she was getting in the day because during the weening process she really reduced how much she would drink for a couple of weeks. A month later and she drinks lots of milk throughout the day, from a sippy cup (the kind with the straw) and is very interested in drinking from a regular cup. Good luck!

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

21 Comments

View replies by

Jennel - posted on 03/03/2009

161

15

15

Hi there I still breast feed and she has still 5 to 6 feeds a day off me so im very interested in starting to introduse some milk. since im starting to think about going back to work. I dont see why it would be bad for just to help keep her saticfied while im not there. Some of these posts have really gave me some great ideas so thank you very much.

Kylee - posted on 03/02/2009

5

10

0

My doctor says definately do not start a baby on cow's milk until at least a year, but I have seen other doctor's introduce it a little earlier. I would ask your dr.

[deleted account]

Quoting Shantell:

we did but after a week she was looking a little pale , when i took her in they said she was not getting enough iron . i was told to hold off on the milk for a little while yet . the only thing is she likes the milk so i don't know what to do there .


Shantell - I may be wrong but I would think that there is an iron suplament that you could get prescribed by your doctor and have that added to the milk so she'd get enough iron.

Melissa - posted on 03/01/2009

100

10

6

Quoting Shantell:

we did but after a week she was looking a little pale , when i took her in they said she was not getting enough iron . i was told to hold off on the milk for a little while yet . the only thing is she likes the milk so i don't know what to do there .



dont give your daughter just cow's milk.......still give her the formula/breastmilk.  that way she still gets what she needs and she still gets what she like.... if she wont take formula or breastmilk at all the mix it with the milk and she if she will take it like that....



 



good luck

Shantell - posted on 02/28/2009

8

24

0

we did but after a week she was looking a little pale , when i took her in they said she was not getting enough iron . i was told to hold off on the milk for a little while yet . the only thing is she likes the milk so i don't know what to do there .

Kim - posted on 02/27/2009

16

7

0

My ped said that you can start giving Vit D milk at 9 months, but I've heard alot of other doctors stick with the old "wait till one year" advice.

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2009

100

10

6

i started giving whole milk earlier this month but i only started that because i ran out of formula in the middle of the night ( didn't think i would need to make any bottles during the night but it was a long night) and i wasn't going to the store so i sucked up my fear of everything i heard and gave him a 6 oz bottle....he made faces at first but then it was gone and he sleep the rest of the night..



so now i only use it for the once in while late night feedings when i can't see to nix the formula right lol......

Valerie - posted on 02/26/2009

32

4

6

I was told not till one year, but I am going to start it with my 9mo this week.  I am going to try just a half a cup a day and build up from there.  He is still BF so I know he will still get what he needs.

Juanita - posted on 02/25/2009

6

0

1

I agree with Stasia- I dont think regular cows milk has all the DHA that formula or breastmilk has.
I have never heard of a dr saying to switch to milk before a year and I have been on so many community boards with my other 2 kids........That is very surprising to me.



 

Stasia - posted on 02/25/2009

590

16

49

I don't belive that cows milk has enough of the good stuff for babies so young, until they are a tleast a year they should be given breastmilk or formula. These have much more nutrient for the growing little ones. THeir brain is still developing at quite an incredible rate and all the nutrients will help

[deleted account]

I know this is a radical site but I thought I'd just pass the info along and you all can make your own judgements. :) http://www.notmilk.com/



I breastfeed exclusively and will be weaning her to a soy based product or some other NON Dairy product. We can get calcium and protein and Vit. D from many other sources. Thats the main nutrients found in cows milk.

Whitney - posted on 02/24/2009

93

19

4

My daughter has GERD so I really HAVE to wait to 1 year and I'm still nervous about it. She handles food great, but milk products I'm not so sure about. Milk is one of the main problems with reflux.

[deleted account]

Our doctor also recommended that we don't start on cows milk until 1 year and then it's the vitamin D milk.

Holly - posted on 02/22/2009

4

27

1

i weened my daughter on cows milk when she was 6 months i was happy with her eating, i felt that it was healthy enough, she took to it straight away, my doc says thats fine and that he didnt see it as a problem!

Cristi - posted on 02/19/2009

13

17

0

I believe it is not reccomended until 1 year.  Plus now they make advanced formula that offers more nutrition than cow's milk.  I give my nine month old Enfamil Next Step with Lipil. 

Ashley - posted on 02/18/2009

858

17

40

my son has been on homo milk since he was 8 months old. he did not like the formula and would only drink about 2 ounces. he was constantly hungry (even with being on baby food) and would wake up every 2-3 hrs during the night for a bottle. once i switched him he slept his nights and seemed satisfied. he was drinking up to 6 oz. he has been fine on it since the day i switched him. every baby is def different though but he has tolerated it just fine. he did get a little constipated at the beginning but once he was used to it he was perfectly fine. he loves his milk now and i will def try it with my next baby at 8 months!....

Emily - posted on 02/18/2009

99

14

12

I was told to wait until at least age 1 before introducing cow's milk to my baby's diet because they are not capable of handling the bacteria and when I do begin to give her milk it should be homo milk because babies still need the fatty milk for development until they are 2 years old.  After that, they can be put on either 1% or 2% (whichever the family uses).

Robin - posted on 02/18/2009

10

29

0

I have tried and it gives my 9 month old painful gas.  Been trying for 3 months off and on.  I have tried homo, 2%, 1% and skim.  Nothing stops his pain.  So I just stopped trying



His daycare suggested doing 1/2 prepared formula, 1/2 milk and gradually changing the ratio.



I have now been doing it for a week with 3/4 formula and 1/4 mil, and its been working without gas !

Amanda - posted on 02/18/2009

2

5

0

I had just went to my doctor for a check up for my daughter. She will be 9 months in two weeks. While there, my doctor told me it would be ok to introduce whole milk to her when she reaches 9 months. The doctor told me to start slow.. Start by putting half formula and half milk in a bottle. Eventually ween her intirely off of formula.

[deleted account]

I always wait till they're a year old because we have a history of intolerance and allergies. You should check with your doctor before you introduce cows milk. It can increase their chances of developing allergies.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms