what is a good age to put my daughter on cows milk??

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Jessica - posted on 04/19/2010

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i got this off of babycentre.com
its about switching to cow's milk

Why wait?
It is important to wait until your baby is one year old, as cow's milk doesn't contain sufficient iron to recommend its use before then, although small amounts of cow's milk can be used in cooking from six months. Infant formula milks and follow-on milks contain more iron and vitamins than cow's milk, and are the only alternative to breastfeeding for the first year. This means using foods such as lean red meats, iron fortified breakfast cereals, purées of fruit, and tofu in your baby's diet.

How much?
From one year, milk should still play an important role in your baby's diet, as it provides essential protein, calcium, magnesium and vitamins B12 and B2 (riboflavin). Your baby needs to have a minimum of 350ml (two thirds of a pint) of full-fat cow's milk each day. If he or she becomes reluctant to drink milk, try offering two portions of calcium-rich foods a day. Yogurt, cheese, tinned mashed sardines, tofu, white bread and chick peas all contain calcium.

Why full fat?
Full-fat or whole cow's milk is essential for your baby because she needs the energy that the fat in milk provides. Fat also carries essential vitamins A and D, so by skimming the fat off the milk, the vitamins are reduced, too. You should give your baby full-fat milk until she is at least two years old.

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Viki - posted on 04/22/2010

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I would try to get him on cold milk, then you don't have to worry about warming it up for him. i know it will take some time, but gradually make it cooler and cooler. When you're out and about you can buy one, when you're at a restaurant or something, or you can carry a thermos of milk. Thermos' can keep it cool for at least 4 hours. They don't need milk more than 3 times a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. the other times you should give them water, very little juice.

Marcia - posted on 04/22/2010

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When my son hit 11mths i subsituted 1 of his formula bottles for cows milk and i havent had any problems as yet...I plan to keep him on 1 bottle of cows milk for at least 2 weeks then i will increase him to having 2 bottle of cows milks and 1 bottle of formula and gradually wean him off formula all together...

Lucy - posted on 04/21/2010

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THAT IS HARD SO WHEN WE GO OUT I JUST CARRY THE POWDER MILK IM USUALLY HOME I HADNT THOUGHT ABOUT IT HOW DO U KEEP IT FROM SPOILING? I THINK ID RATHER CARRY SOME JUICE OR WATER FOR HER AND JUST STOP AND BUY HER A LITTLE BOTTLE OF MILK! YOU MADE ME THINK!! HOW TO DO IT......?

Kerri - posted on 04/21/2010

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You don't carry around with you. Your child shouldn't be needing about a bunch through out the day anymore. My son only drinks maybe 2 bottles if he gets that most of the time he only gets one.

So your child should be weening his/her self off of it. And if he/she isn't then you should be starting to.

Cledia - posted on 04/21/2010

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OK once you do the switch, how do you carry the milk around when you are out and about? How do you keep it cold, then how do you warm it up? Man, I thought changing was the best thing because of the expense but now I have to make sure I keep it cool then warm... AAHHH!

Lucy - posted on 04/21/2010

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I STARTED MY KIDS ON FRESH MILK AT 9 MONTHS BUT I STARTED BY GIVING THEM HALF AND HALF HALF OF THE FORMULA AND HALF OF FRESH MILK MIXED TOGETHER THEN GRADUALY INCREASING THE FRESH MILK I HAVENT HAD PROBLEMS MY DOCTOR TOLD ME TO DO IT THAT WAY

Kerri - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son just turned 11 months and his doctor and I have decided that I was going to start it Monday. He gets a 8oz bottle before bed so last night I made him a 6oz bottle and then put 2oz of milk in it to make the 8oz and through out the month Im going to slowly put more milk and less formula that way by the end of the month he will be drinking nothing but cows milk and wont even realize it! :)

Lequita - posted on 04/20/2010

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i would wait til your daughter is 12 months old. i have read on the cdc website that introduction to cow's milk before then can make baby anemic. that is not a road you want to go down because there are needles, little baby tubes of blood, and screaming.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/20/2010

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I had a nurse who came about once a month to see the baby and she said not to give him cows milk until one year because his developing brain still needs the fat from the breast milk and formula, at 12 months give him whole milk. I gave him 4oz of milk a few days ago (11 months and 1 week) I thought it was close enough- and he loved it.

Ann Marie - posted on 04/19/2010

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It all depends on the child. Some want milk versus formula. It is hard to digest before a year. My pediatrician said at ten months I could give it to my daughter< at eleven months she still hasn't had it. Look it up in articles :)

Nicole - posted on 04/19/2010

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After you make the switch the switch to whole milk, then what? How many times should he drink it? Should it take over the bottle schedule?

Maria - posted on 04/19/2010

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My doctor told me I could start giving my son homo milk (2% doesn't have enough nutrients) at 9 months (definitely not earlier) but most experts say wait until 1 year. My son stopped nursing around 10 months during the day and rather than switching to formula because he would still nurse in the morning and evening I started giving him milk and he's been able to drink it with no issues, although he prefers water during the day.

Cledia - posted on 04/19/2010

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I have a similar question.. My son is 11 months today! (Yay!) He has no teeth but eats everything from chicken nuggets to veggies and until now no allergies. First of all how do I start the switch? Then, can it be 2% milk, which is what we use at home? Ok, now brand, does it matter if it's the generic? Ok I Know it's too many questions I'm usually not that traumatized but I want to make sure I don't mess up especially with something that might harm his digestive system. You can tell he's my first born :)

Kristi - posted on 04/18/2010

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Your pediatrician will tell you to wait till the child turns one but I didn't. My son is 11 months old and we started him on whole organic milk about 3 weeks ago (he is doing fine and perfers it over the formula (we do too at $4 versus $23)). When you switch just try to do formula milk formula for 2 days then milk formula milk until you phase out the milk in case it constipates him. If he has problems going to the potty then you can put a tablespoon or 2 of Karo Syrup in the milk and that will help him go (don't ask why but my mom said it would work and it did). Good Luck! I was also told by a friend of mine that her pediatrician told her to start her little girl on organic milk so the hormones that are in milk now will not make her develope early. This is your child your know when its time so relax and try it.

Shannon - posted on 04/18/2010

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usually they say when they are a year old, but you can always call your doctor to check

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