Formula milk instead of cows milk after 1year old

Nicole - posted on 03/12/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Does any one know if it's ok to give your baby formula milk after 1yr instead of cows milk? At what age does formula become 'redundant'. I would give him organicmilk, but unfortunately they don't sell that anywhere near my little town

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Mercedes - posted on 03/19/2010

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you can continue with formula, whether it be the one he is currently on or a specially formulated one for toddlers but it is advisable usually to swap them to full fat cows milk at a year as they are starting to get all the important vitamins and nutrients they need from their food so the formula milk is no longer needed. To begin with, my son wouldnt go near cows milk because he just loved his formula so i started to give him mixed bottles (half formula/half cows milk), i kept mixing less and less formula until he was drinking all cows milk, worked a treat!

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Chet - posted on 07/02/2014

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I've heard that a lot of paediatricians would like to see toddlers on formula rather than cows milk, but that the recommendation is one year because of concerns about the cost of formula.

Two our children stopped nursing at 12 months when my milk dried up (I was pregnant) and they got formula as toddlers. Our other two children nursed past 12 twelve months and I didn't worry about it for them.

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2014

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If you child refuses to eat baby food or food made at home, then I believe feeding him formula after one year should be the right thing to do. In addition, give your baby vitamin, so that he continues his nourishment through his formula and vitamins.

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2014

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My baby hates baby food and food made at home. If I feed him, he screams, and ultimately vomits the food I try to feed him. He rejects even a little bit of food, so I have no choice but to stay with the formula.

Vicky - posted on 03/26/2010

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cows milk is sufficient for thier needs at one. however most formula companies produce a follow on milk. it all comes down to the expense, cows milk does not include many of the added vitamins follow on milk does, but it is a quarter of the price.

Kim - posted on 03/16/2010

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I'm not sure, but a friend of mine lives in another country and over there they have older toddler formula. Her Ped recommends it to all the kids. You could check with your Ped and see what s/he says.

Heather - posted on 03/16/2010

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We give our daughter milk from the store and she seems to be fine. if you live near any farms you could maybe see if they would let you pay them for milk.
I also had a friend who drank formula till she was five. Everytime her mom tried to change her to cows milk she wouldn't do it. So, really now is better.

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P.S. The follow-up formula's or toddler formula's just have more added calcium because it's sooo important at that age.....as long as you make sure he's getting the recommended dosage of calcium, fats and proteins try not to worry too much!



P.P.S. I have a can of Nestle's GOOD START 2 right in front of me......does anyone want it!? My daughter decided half way thru it that she's done with bottles and she won't drink it out of a cup?!! I'm in Canada but I can mail it to you?! LOL!

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In most lines you can get a follow-up formula......for infants 12-18 months+! My daughter was on the Nestle one from a year until she was 15 months because of an allergy to the protein in cow's milk.......we've since switched to goat's milk for the little bit of milk she does get! I make sure she gets her calcium and protein from many other sources!

Gina - posted on 03/16/2010

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I don't think formula is a BAD thing but it's really not neccesary after age 1.
There is nothing wrong with regular old milk,and if your worried about the nutrition you could try something like Pediasure. If your wanting organic, ask a friend to bring a lot over and put some in the freezer. But in my opinion, the best thing you can do is give your child the same kind of milk that you use in cooking.

LaCi - posted on 03/16/2010

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Formula would be fine, especially if you're concerned about vitamins. I switched to soymilk and hempmilk at one year. The only reason they suggest whole milk is for fat intake, which you can get around with healthy fat food choices anyway. Avacados, nuts, seeds. Soymilk has half the fat of whole milk, so the difference has to be replaced with the food the kiddo eats. Soy and hemp proteins are more easily digested thank milk protein though, and they are typically better fortified than cows milk.

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2010

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We use goat milk right now, since it is easier on a baby's tummy, and he will switch to whole whenever we feel like it. I do use whole milk to cook with though.

Christy - posted on 03/15/2010

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I tried the toddler formula with my oldest after she turned a year. It was fine. I put it in her straw cups - not a bottle- and she did great with it. My pediatrician is the one that told me not to waste my money on it though. She said that Becca would get the nutrients from her food (she was eating all of her fruits and veggies by that time, but still didn't like meats) and only needed to drink whole milk until she was two for the extra fat and stuff. So I switched to whole milk within weeks. Hope this helped.

Amanda - posted on 03/15/2010

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my son is 15 months now and once he was 12.5 months we put him on full cream milk the only that change was he wee smell went really strong for a couple days... i was going to try toddler formula but i just thought it was a waste when normal milk is fine... ( as i see it if it's ok for you to have why can't your child)

Brittany - posted on 03/12/2010

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no, formula isn't bad for them after one year. however, they do make a formula that's specifically for toddlers instead of babies. that's weird that they don't sell organic milk near you? hmm. well, i'd say ultimately you should talk to your pediatrician and see what they suggest. but i do know that they make a special formula for older babies. good luck! :)

Christi - posted on 03/12/2010

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you should stop all formula at one. we did with my son and he switched to silk because he is lactose intolerant, otherwise he would be drinking whole milk. he doesn't have to drink organic milk, regular milk isn't going to hurt him.

Jessica - posted on 03/12/2010

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I'm not sure if it's "bad" to give them formula after a year, but you really don't need to. I think they sell "toddler" formula but I think that's just a marketing gimmick because they can just have milk.

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