I'm planning to wean my daughter. She's just about 8 months. Do I need to switch her to formula?

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Melissa - posted on 05/06/2009

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I would research all of the different brands of formula. I prefer similac because they are organic, they aren't USDA approved as organic but if you want that then you can pay a dollar more for the USDA seal. I believe that she will really benefit from the nutrients in the formula. In the end it is your choice, so make sure that you do what you feel is the best thing for your child.

Emily - posted on 05/06/2009

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Good! 12 mos is the minimum. Like others have said while dairy formula is based on cow milk it is formulated to resemble breastmilk and babies with dairy intolerance. There is very little iron in cow's milk anyway, and the iron that is there is poorly absorbed. Concern about iron-deficiency anemia has led the American Academy of Pediatrics, backed by solid research, to discourage the use of cow's milk in children under one year of age often do not exhibit them until switched to cow milk.

Kari - posted on 05/06/2009

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Thanks for all the advice, ladies. I'll switch her to formula. I sounds like the best thing to do. I appreciate the input.

Rachel - posted on 05/06/2009

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Yes! She is way too young for regular milk. If she doesn't need any special formula, the target and walmart brand are just as good as the others, and much cheaper!

Meredith - posted on 05/05/2009

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i have been exclusively pumping for my son for quite some time. i feel this will make it easier to wean when the time comes because he has already been drinking out of bottles, but it is still breastmilk. at times when my milk supply is low, i supplement his bottles with formula. enfamil and similac both have formulas that are specially designed to be more like breastmilk, otherwise i'd recommed the soy-based formula. that is just from my personal experience, my son spits up a lot and seems to spit up less with breastmilk or soy-base formula! if you are concerned with having to buy formula (it gets expensive!) you can sign up online with enfamil or similac for coupons. also, starting solid foods is another alternative, obviously still giving a bottle with each meal just to be sure your daughter is getting enough in general.

Brandi - posted on 05/05/2009

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I think you would have to put her on formula to make sure she is getting enough iron. Cows milk doesnt have much iron. Well ,whatever you decide, I hope you have a great trip!

Sarah - posted on 05/05/2009

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We use goat's milk. It is the most similar milk to breastmilk and is about the same price as formula (depending on where you live). My doctor told me that he has never seen a baby have a reaction to the goat milk, but alergies to cows milk and formula are common. Also goat's milk is a much less intense transition from breastmilk than formula would be.

Cheryl - posted on 05/05/2009

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if you are worried about allergic reactions, you should know that formula is made from cows milk, for the most part there is alternatives like soy. but if your daughter was to get an allergic reaction to homo milk she whould get it to formula. My son was just over 8 months and the ped told me to go right to homo milk, I thought I would try formula first and he wouldnt drink it and I can not blame him it is terrible tasting. So homo milk it was. I also added probiotics to it which gave it a sweeter taste and it was easy switching him over to a bottle.

Good luck i know its hard

Mel - posted on 05/05/2009

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if you'd like to go straight to cows milk that is fine 6-12 months is a good age to start weaning. formula has more nutrients but at the end of the day its your baby and your choice if wont hurt her unless her body isn't ready yet. just try half water half cows milk and see how she goes then do full cows milk. as long as there is not constipation or reactions you are fine to keep her on the cows milk.

Tisa - posted on 05/05/2009

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I weaned my daughter when she was 8 months old...she had to be on formula until she was 12 months (they recommend either breast milk, formula, or a combination until they are 1 year old), but switched her to whole milk (cow's) at 1 year...I also weaned my son at 1 year, and put him straight to whole milk. This worked fine for both of them.

Lindsay - posted on 05/05/2009

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I did not breastfeed but I did give formula until they turned 1. I would ask her doctor because I'm sure she's familiar with this situation and can atleast give you her opinion on it!

Kari - posted on 05/05/2009

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We are planning a vacation in about a month, and I'd really like to be finished with nursing. I was planning to wean her at a year, but I'm just ready to be done, and I feel like she's losing interest. My milk supply is diminishing. I know I shouldn't give her cow's milk, but I don't really want to buy formula. Are there other options?

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