Earliest an infant can have cows milk
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Veronica - posted on 02/24/2010
Keirnan is strictly breasfed but the past month he hasn't been eating all that much. (9mo. on Feb. 10) At this point I don't want to introduce him to formula, just to change it to cow's milk at a year. I discussed it with his ped. and was told to go ahead and start giving him a little cow's milk now and gradually increase it. Since I am actually going to be weening him to milk at 11 mo. anyway since we will be in the middle of a big move in May and I don't want to be throwing weening him into that crazy time also! The ped. said there is no magical switch that flips on at 1 that makes it ok to have cows milk. It depends on the individual baby! If your baby is ok with it now, then go ahead! Just do it a little at a time!
Right now Keirnan will only drink cows milk out of a regular cup. He does make a little mess and doesn't like that I have to hold it for him. But he won't take it out of a sippy cup! (Though he downs his juice without a thought! hehe)
Krystal - posted on 02/16/2010
hi my mum gave me whole milk in hawlix at 11 weeks because i had gone off all forms of milk (breast milk, formula milk and cows milk any milk you can think of she tried it). the only way she could get me to drink milk was to put it in the hawlix and im 19 now and am healthy and to this day i still dont really like drinking milk. my son is 9 months and he is starting to go off his formula, im giving him 2oz of whole milk a day, been doing it for 6 days now and hes liking it and it hasnt interfierd with pooping, weeing ect. i honestly dont think it will do them any harm to start early, i mean i started my son on solids at 3 months and by 6 months he was on 3 solid meals a day as well as snacks and is also drinking water throughout the day. he,s doing all the things he should, sitting, crawling, pulling himself up, and alot more. if you think your son is ready then let him try it. good luck and best wishes :)
Linda - posted on 02/24/2010
My daughter's doctor did a test at her 9 month check up and said her hemoglobin was good enough to start cow's milk; however, he recommended to keep her on formula because she's small for her age. Everything I've ever read says not before 12 months though.
My Doc gave me a go ahead for Dairy like yogurt, cheese, and small amounts of milk at about 4 months so since then we've just slowly increased now these days with her being 9 months she can clear a 4 oz bottle of milk no problem, we just give it to her like a treat until she is off of her formula completely.
Clarice - posted on 07/02/2014
Started mixing baby's formula bottles with whole milk at 10.5 months, switched to all whole milk by 11 months, mostly because hubby didn't want to buy formula anymore. He did fine with it, just don't overdo it, it can interfere with getting enough nutrition from eating other foods. So limit the cows milk and encourage solid foods, and water. If breastfeeding, keep on as long as you want to, I wouldn't do cows milk much if at all until your baby is older so your supply doesn't diminish. Also, consider a vitamin supplement.
Ashleigh - posted on 02/24/2010
Each baby is different. I am slowly introducing whole milk to my wee girl at 9 months. She has not had any reaction to any diary and loves it. I still give formula 3x's a day but am slowly changing to whole milk one bottle at a time every 2-3 weeks.
We introduced whole milk to Connor at 8months throughout the day. loosing interest in nursing we found him to take to cows milk just fine, it's more filling for him. He has been weaned completly now for 1 week and doing great. Our Doc. said it was a good alt. to nursing. no suppliment needed for iron or vit. D because he is eating three regular meals a day! He's 9 months, 22.5lbs and 30" long, and a healthy little man, no prob. here!
Kerri - posted on 02/17/2010
I was told by my doctor not to give Malachi cows milk till he is a year. But then again my aunt gave my cousin milk at like 6 or 7 months cause she was feeding him baby food regular food and juice and he just stopped drinking his formula. So I personally am not giving it to my son till hes a year (because he does fine with his formula). But what other moms have said I think your child should be fine if you want to introduce it sooner!
Charlene - posted on 02/15/2010
children (usually up until 5 years) need whole milk (for both drinking milk, cheese and yoghurt) the advice generally is not to give cows milk as a milk feed until one, but it can be used in food from the time you start weaning. It may be a good idea to start introducing the taste of cows milk from about 9 months to get them used to it, but not really as a milk replacement (e.g formula or breast feeding) until they are one. good luck!
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