can my 8 month old baby have cows milk in cereal?

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Dawn - posted on 10/21/2009

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My daughter started drinking whole milk at 3 months old and the only problem she had was weight gain at which her pediatrician swiched her to 2 percent. She is happy healthy and almost 24 years old. All my kids started on real food at very early ages due to financial reason and they had no problems but all children are different and it is best to ask your pediatrician before starting any new diet for your child.

Carol - posted on 10/25/2009

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goat's milk is easier to digest at that age, but please consult a physician. BAD allergies can occur if you aren't careful when switiching to any other type of milk.

Tammy - posted on 10/25/2009

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It's hard on their bellies. they don't recommend it until they are at least 12 months old. Then at that time it's whole milk. We were soooo excited on my daughters first year birthday because she got to have cow's milk. good luck

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As per my Health Visitor they can have whole fat cow's milk on cereal and in cooking from 6 months but you must still give them breast or formula for drinking. I did this with my 11 month old and he's fine. You could always check with your doctor or health visitor for reassurance.

Kathryn - posted on 10/21/2009

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They can have full fat cows milk in there cereal or added to any other food but just not as there main drink until they are over a year. My daughter has full fat cows milk in her things all the time. The health visitor and the doctor both reccomended me doing this :)

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Susan - posted on 11/07/2009

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Having that said, if we knowingly know they are putting chemicals then why start it in our baby's bodies at an early age? since you really don't know the side affect until way later in life? Bodies will adapt to whatever you put in it. But bodies don't necessarily need to have it at such an early age. But there is more to it than that. This is a helpful site for parenting but not when it comes to health and trying to get an approval from "general" people isn't the best way to go. Research, research research. I'm not willing to give my children anything not recommended unless i research it at the proper places.Which i have found some things are ok even against recommendations, milk is not one of them.

Janine - posted on 10/30/2009

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From my own experience with my baby who is now 9 1/2 months, she now only drinks cows milk, but she also has a balanced diet and eats everything put in front of her. I had no other choice but to put her onto cows milk, formula was making her very ill and I tried everyone on the market and my breast milk had dried up, if you have any concerns speak to a dietian

Heather - posted on 10/29/2009

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i dont think its safe for the baby to have cows milk at 8 months just wait until the baby is at least a year until then just stick to breast milk because its the best, if you dont nurse than just start with cereal.

Kathy - posted on 10/29/2009

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Ask the pediatrician, I don't see why the baby can't have it at that age and in that small amount. If it's a money issue then go check into WIC, it's different than food stamps allows higher income. My mom suggested using evaporated milk diluted with water - 50/50 for my oldest-she is now 21- for supplementing the formula. I mixed it into her cereal and had no trouble what so ever with her digesting it. I agree that some whole milk isn't processed right and can cause tummy trouble. I'm a poor and can't afford soy or goats milk where I live. A lot of parents haven't ever heard of using evaporated milk, I hadn't until my Mom told me. :) I told the doctor and they said in small amounts it was ok. But every child is different. Good Luck hope this helps too :)

Susan - posted on 10/29/2009

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Though it's everyone's decision on what to give your child. It's no wonder their is so many health problems in this day and age. I would suggest to wait for history reasons of taking cow's milk. It's starting to be proven milk is bad for adults. So...then theirs formula (as long as companys don't contaminate it) and you can't breastfeed that would be the safer bet. If it's money then theirs help (WIC) or what not. Otherwise budget better. I can't see why it's really that difficult to give your new baby the best chance at a healthy life. If your questioning it then maybe it's not the way to go.

Christine - posted on 10/28/2009

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Use your milk or formula, whichever you are using... Children aren't suppose to have regular milk till they are at least 1 year...

Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2009

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I have 3 kids and with all three I started giving them half cows milk and half Baby's milk at 7 months old. By 8 1/2 months all three were drinking whole milk.

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Gwen - posted on 10/28/2009

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If it were my child I would give it to them and see how it worked on them.Every child is different.It doesn't hurt to try.

Jenni - posted on 10/28/2009

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My bub has been having cows milk in her cereal for a month and has had no problems. It is such a small quantity, I don't give it to her as a drink or any other time. It could also depend on what country you are in, in on how the milk is processed. I was recommended by my maternal nurse (now or 9mths) to use 1/2 milk and 1/2 formula (or breast). I know my baby and we just gave it to her straight, she has never had a problem with change in diet so far. If you think your bub is ready its your choice.

Gwen - posted on 10/27/2009

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Yes,and it won't hurt them.My middle child had to have straight cow's milk the time she was born.She couldn't tolerate anything else.

Victoria - posted on 10/26/2009

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It is very difficult for an 8 month old to process the proteins in cow's milk. Try rice milk or formula for cereal instead. =0) Cow's milk with no additives/hormones; and recommend whole (less processing) can be tolerated after 15 months.

Zaphia - posted on 10/26/2009

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First of all sample a little of cows milk to find out if it agrees with her system, if it does cows milk would be anytime better than powdered milk in my opinion.

Raylene - posted on 10/25/2009

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You can get away with it @ 9 months with formula and can get rid of formula @ 12 months

Renee - posted on 10/24/2009

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You know- "they" used to say 9 months, then 12 months. "They" like to make recommendations sound like Biblical edicts. If she won't take the cereal any other way- she needs it. (I'm just saying she, I have no idea) Also, have you thought about goat's milk? For later on, I mean. It's a very healthy alternative.

Webbfam_moejoe - posted on 10/22/2009

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Hi there! There are alot of varying answers here, but my parents gave my son milk when he was 6 mths (freaked me out at first) and he was just fine. I continued to nurse him though, but at nine months he stopped nursing and the doctor said there was no reason for me to start him on formula at that age since he was close to being weaned off that stuff anyway. So I gave him milk on a consistent basis when he was nine months old per recommendations of our doctor, and my son was just fine.
I see no problem with it, and starting your child on it a little now like in cereals would be a good way to get your child used to it.

Liesl - posted on 10/22/2009

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Hi there, I agree no cows milk until almost 2!! The longer you can wait the better. Try and let your baby drink soya milk instead but also only from 1 year old. At 8 months I suggest you rather buy some soya milk for infants (Infasoy) and mix the porridge with that. Later when your baby is a year old you can give her soya milk to drink, it comes in delicious flavours and then by two, you can try to switch to cows milk.

Tammy - posted on 10/21/2009

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NO!!! Do yourself a favor and just wait a little longer. Some kids have little or no problems at all with cows milk, However , their stomachs are just so sensitive. I have 4 out of 5 kids who had formula issues, my last one stayed on nutramigen till 15 months old. I know thats not the norm but I'm just saying I would feel bad if they got a tummy ache or vomited. Safer than sorry

Wenonalani - posted on 10/21/2009

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I wouldnt suggest it their digestive system can not handle it you shouldnt introduce cows milk untill well after their first birthday. You can use formula or breast milk that is the best thing for them :)

Caritia - posted on 10/21/2009

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Yes, I agree with Kathryn that as long as it's not their main source of nutrition it should be fine. That is, of course, dependent upon the child. My daughter is now 9 months old and has been having a little cow's milk from her sippy cup a few times a week for the past month or so. I also mix it into some cereal every once in a while. She sort of detested it at first, but now she loves it! I personally feel that it is good to introduce it now that way they can grow accustomed to it and get a taste for it. Good luck in whatever you decide to do Danielle!

Jacqui - posted on 10/21/2009

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All these comments are true, and at 8 months I can't foresee you having a problem using breast milk or formula instead of cow's milk. BUT my daughter started drinking cow's milk at 10 1/2 months because she wouldn't take formula and wouldn't breast feed, and I wasn't able to express any milk either! So I think when it's your only option, it's better than no milk at all.



Just thought I'd add that in case your situation IS like mine was! Sometimes there is no other option!

La'Toya - posted on 10/21/2009

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No not in anything until they one then you can switch them to whole milk which they need until their 2 the 2% milk is suggested. Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 10/21/2009

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its not safe to try til 12 months..while for some babies nothing will happend before then...while others it could make them pretty sick. try some formula in the milk or breast milk if your breast feeding...sounds (and smells) kinda bad but baby wil like it and no risk.

Dorothy - posted on 10/21/2009

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Although some might say yes, there is a LOT of research that says no. Babies digestive systems can't handle cows milk until at least one year old. Only a few more months! ;)

Vanessa - posted on 10/21/2009

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From what I understand they cannot have cows milk that young. They may begin drinking whole milk at the age of one year. At this age, their digestive system is incapable of handling regular milk. I have 4 kids and I started introducing regular milk to them at around 11 months so they could get used to the flavor and so that their body can recognize it and learn how to digest it

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