can i give my 10 month old son cows milk yet?

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Kathy - posted on 11/11/2009

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Here's the deal, as far as a mom of 4 ranging from 10 yrs old to 11 mths is gonna say from her own personal knowledge and peds advice. If the child is over 20 lbs with no other medical conditions (in other words, otherwise healthy) you can start on cows milk. My 4th child is not quite 20 lbs yet (the "runt" of the litter-LOL) and so we haven't started her on cows milk yet. When she initially had to be switch from breast to formula (rather abruptly at 8 mths thanks to mother nature taking away moms bm supply) we went with soy cause of prior experience with the other one's projectile vomitting milk-based formula's. At 20 mth we switched her to milk based and luckily she suffered no reactions!! Now I am hoping at her 12 mth check she will be over the 20 lbs mark for cows milk. Formula is expensive!!!! (FYI my other 2 were on cows milk at 10 mths because they were large enough per their ped)

Diane - posted on 09/04/2012

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My son is 10 mo old and he no longer wants formula. Desperate as I was to give him the vitamins that only the milk has it, I introduced him to cow's milk, reduced fat. I boiled it well, and then added to it a teaspoon of semolina, continuing to boil it for another 4 minutes. He loves it! He is doing great. It varies from child to child, I guess. He has 8 teeth while my friend's son has only 1. I would say, try a little bit, but BOIL IT FIRST and then let it cool out (with some ice cubes).

Joni - posted on 11/15/2009

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Hmmm..that's question for the doc, but i started mixing half formula and half whole milk at 11 months with my son.

Rose - posted on 11/12/2009

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most certainly there's nothing wrong with it plus it's cheaper then formula go for it. all my kids where on it when they where 8 months old.

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Krista - posted on 11/12/2009

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I gave all my kids cows milk in moderation by this age, They are all super healthy kids. They had no reactions to it, but at the same time moderation is the key and also talk to your family dr. That what I did and he told me to go for it, but to slowly introduce it. I didn't give it to them fully no formula till they were 12 months.

Tanya - posted on 11/12/2009

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You aren't supposed to give it to them until they are 12 months but we started both of our children on cows milk at around 8/9 months and it didn't affect them. Just introduce it slowly, start with just on their breakfast, then slowly introduce more plain milk feeds to get their body used to it. If your baby is on formula, it has a degree of cows milk in it anyway so their body is already introduced to it a little. If you are still breastfeeding I assume you drink milk and a certain amount of that would be going to bub as well. I say go for it, all the Mum's I know (and there's a lot) started their kids early and it hasn't affected them.

Stephanie - posted on 11/12/2009

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American Ped's says you should wait till 1 yr old untill introducing cowsmilk...whole milk for a yr and then at 2 switch to 2 %...So no cows milk they can't digest it very well.

BRANDI - posted on 11/12/2009

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HEY GIRLY!!! DO NOT GIVE YOUR BABY COW'S MILK UNTIL THEY ARE AT LEAST 1!!! THEIR LITTLE BODIES CAN'T BREAK DOWN THE BACTERIA IN COW'S MILK YET!!!!! GOOD LUCK...HOPE THIS HELPED!!

Stephanie - posted on 11/12/2009

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my mum put me on it at 6 months cos all formulas made me chuck my daughters the same and ill be doing it asap with her but you should water it down tho not just full cows milk

Danielle - posted on 11/12/2009

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Yes you can hun... Just start introducing it... keep his bottles as formula and introduce cow's milk with his porridge etc, you can then tell if he is ready gradually and getting him used to the taste to, then when he is 12 months you can start replacing his bottles with cow's milk, knowing he is not allergic to lactose... Good luck, my little boy hated the taste lol, xx

Miriam - posted on 11/11/2009

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Usually they tell you to start after they turn 12 months old thats when they get off the formula.

Ashley - posted on 11/11/2009

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its diffrent w/ every child i gave my daughter mixed formula and reg. milk at 9 months but u should ask his dr if u really wanna get a good answer

Brooke - posted on 11/11/2009

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I started weaning my daughter on cows milk at about 10mths...it was just a little at a time though...just started with it mixed into her cereal in the morning..and increased the amount a little every week until she was on it full time by her first birthday.

Jennifer - posted on 11/11/2009

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From what I remember I think that Dr's said that you should wait until they are 1 to give them cow's milk. That is the age I started to give my little girl cow's milk.

Jessica - posted on 11/10/2009

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the dr. says you shouldnt, but mine has had it since he was 10 mnths...I just tried a little at first though

Laurie - posted on 11/10/2009

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My daugthers ped told me its okay to introduce cows milk at 9 months from a sippy cup. Of course the cows milk needs to be whole milk but I would say its okay :) My daughter drinks a small amount every day and loves it :)

Caryn - posted on 11/10/2009

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Like some others have said this is something you need to discuss with your childs doctor. It is recommended that you wait till one year though. Most parents I know, that formula-feed, start weaning from formula to cows milk around 11.5months slowly decreasing the amount of formula while increasing the cows milk.
However, if you are still breastfeeding and intend to keep doing so there is no reason you child needs to be put on cows milk, s/he is getting everything s/he needs from your breastmilk

Kitty - posted on 11/10/2009

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UMM they do recommend waiting til 1 yr of age one big reason it is hard on there tummy they wont be able to digest it properly. so NO it wont harm them just will give them a upset tummy so wait til 1 yr keep them on there formula another 2 months! I found out the hard way it is was long nights i didnt need...

Mary Ann - posted on 11/10/2009

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Ask your doctor. When my second son was 10 mo. old he was a very very healthy little boy and had already switched his bottle for a sippee cup, so my doctor said it would be okay to switch him to milk.

Kristina - posted on 11/10/2009

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My first daughter weaned herself from the breast at 10 months and I put her on cows milk with no problem. But ask your baby's doctor before doing so. He/She knows your child from a medical stand point the best and can tell you what you should do in your case. : )

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doctors say that a baby's digestive system isn't mature enough to handle cow's milk until they are 1. My youngest daughter weaned herself at 10 months, so to give her the calcium she needed I gave her rice milk, soy milk, yogurt and cheese. I would definitely recommend waiting until he is 1. You never know what could happen and I don't think your baby's health is worth the risk. They also say there is risk of allergies at a later date.

Dannielle - posted on 11/10/2009

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im mother of 6 i didnt give my 1st cows milk till she was 1 and my 2nd at 10mth all my others were on cows milk from around 6mths i have never had a problem in most i found they took to eating normal food (like pastas) better cause of the taste i always started them with half half bottles half cows milk half water cause they can get a bit muckusie the first 3 to 4 bottles then they ajust to it its just the creamynes of it and doc have always monitor them to see if there is any afects that i dont notice and never had a complant from a doc develamental wise each to there own choise just look for problems
if i had another child i would do it again

Nicole - posted on 11/10/2009

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im a mum of 3. they recommend not 2 giv a 10mth old cows milk. but i did with my kids. and theres nuthing wrong wif them. you should try watering it down till your little1 gets use 2 in Eg:1/2 cows milk, half boiled water. You could even try mixin it up a little Eg: A bottle of cows milk and tha next bottle being of formula. That way your slowly weening him of tha formula, but at tha same time you know his still gettin his nutrience. Good luck with it!

Teegan - posted on 11/10/2009

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my 10 month old girl will only drink cows milk.. we tried her on a little bit a couple of weeks ago and now she has lost all interest in her formula.. just not interested..
i dont think it is bad to give them cows milk as long as its full cream and they are having their 3 meals a day..
my son swapped to cows milk when he was 10 months and he is fine..

Hannah - posted on 11/10/2009

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they do say not to give it to them until they area t least one! but if your not sure the best thing to do would be to give him a little bit and see how he reacts to it. and try not to give him a whole bottle full to start with...maybe just give him a couple of ounces and then see how he is with it!
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Chelle - posted on 11/10/2009

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my friend did it at 6month with her kid but govenment gide lines(in the uk) say at least one year.

Nicole - posted on 11/10/2009

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As far as I know you shouldn't start before your baby is one year old. If you really want to give him milk, then maybe you could buy special milk for babies.

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