Transitioning from breast milk to cow milk?

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hey all, anybody have any tips for transitioning from breast milk & formula to cows milk? My baby has nearly no interest in milk. He drinks from a sippy like a champ, but only likes water (not even juice!).

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Angela - posted on 05/08/2009

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My daughter was just the same when she had her check-up at about 9 months and the doctor said she should start having milk from a cup rather than a bottle. Despite loving drinking water from a cup, when I tried giving her her afternoon milk in one we had major screaming fits for a few days. I despaired of her ever accepting it, but slowly she started drinking more of it, and we finally packed the bottles away about a month ago. We just have occasional times now when she's over-tired and screams and signs "milk" when we try to give her a cup of milk, presumably wanting the comfort of the bottle, but basically, keep with it. They'll get used to it in the end.

Sivanne - posted on 05/05/2009

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Thats my daughters issue as well...I have no idea what to do. I NEED to wean her, but she refuses the milk in her sippy, but will drink water when thirsty. I am going to ask her doctor just how much milks she absolutely needs through out the day...

Sarah - posted on 05/01/2009

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Thanks for the tips all. I am going to have to try the 1/2 bm, and 1/2 cows milk trick that many of you suggested. If that doesn't work, maybe the carnation instant breakfast. : )

Terri - posted on 05/01/2009

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that is sooooooo my baby. only WATER in the sippy! not even extremely watered down juice. and formula?? NOPE!

Katie - posted on 04/30/2009

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Mix 1/2 formula/breastmilk or whatever percentage works for him and keep increasing the milk and decreasing the form/breastmilk until he becomes use to the taste.

User - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hi! unlike my first son my second would not take formual when i tried giving it to him after breastfeeding for over 6 months. So I am still breastfeeding as he is not one bot interested in any other milk! I am not keen on breastfeeding after his first birthday which is this Saturday! I think i will just be stubborn about giving cow'smilk to him and persist!

Vicky - posted on 04/29/2009

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It might help to use carnation instant breakfast powder to add a little flavor instead of just chocolate syrup at least there is some good stuff in the carnation powder.

Jordan - posted on 04/29/2009

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I didn't read all the responses to this but have you tried mixing his formula/breast milk with the cow's milk? I did that with mine..

Jackie - posted on 04/29/2009

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My daughter is doing fine we have been mixing it bm and wm. I am still doing one night nursing, but she will not take a sippy cup she will only drink milk from a bottle. How do I get her to drink from a cup?

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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I was able..luckily..to make the transition from breast to cows milk easily. Just went from 1 to the other. I gave him very small amounts in the first few days ie 1-2 ozs at a time & gradually increased the amount. Also, instead of mixing his pablum with water, I mixed it with a bit of milk instead to get his system used to milk as well..Now he loves his milk & he has a bit at each of his 3 daily meals :)

Julie - posted on 04/28/2009

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My daughter did not like the milk AT ALL at first and she also only drank water from her sippy cup. I just get trying and gave it to her with every meal. I think it took like 2 weeks and now shes drinks it all the time!

Rachel - posted on 04/28/2009

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I just switched my boy from formula to cows milk today and he loved it. My sister had trouble with her boys though, she found it helped to add a tiny bit of chocolate flavouring to the milk.

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