My Baby is 10months, can I start giving him a little whole milk in a cup?

Sara - posted on 08/10/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I have been nursing and feel that I am drying up. So I dont want to mix it. I would like to be able to just give it to him out of a cup. What do you think. I have read that they cant have whole milk till 12 months. All the help I can get would be great.

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Elaine - posted on 08/18/2009

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older mom of 4 here and whats good for one child isnt always was good for another, my kids were all on whole milk by the time they hit a year, they are 26, 17, 19 and 15 now they all did fine, dr also said no solid foods till 6 months , my oldest screamed for 3 months till a friend who had 3 kids said to mix rice cereal with formula and spoon feed him a little before bedtime it was really thin but still not all liquid , bingo first night he slept through night and he stopped drinking screaming, he was a big baby and drs told me no more than 4 ozes and he was feeding every 2 hrs, we were both cranky, my point is each child is different i started increasing formula to 6 or 8 oz i forget, and suplimenting rice cereal and he was like a totaly different child, oh and he didnt get obese either normal in everything. My 3rd child was eating a half a jar of rice cereal with applsauce and bannas every night at 5 pm before her bottle of formula and she was content and happy and sleeping through the night at 3 months old, i belive she was about 10 months maybe 9 when we started letting her drink whole milk from a sippy cup. she is 17 now and fine. you can ask 100 different people and get 100 different answers, only you know whats best for your child, if the milk doesnt agree with him or her it will be thrown up, try a little see what happens do everything slowly and watch. good luck with whatever you chose, I soooo miss the baby years, not so much the potty training but the rest of it, enjoy teens are so much harder!

Jennifer - posted on 08/10/2009

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My son who is now 7 refused to continue breastfeeding at 10 mos. I started giving him whole milk and he never missed a beat. He was happy and healthy...

Pamela - posted on 08/16/2009

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My daughter decided 2 stop breastfeedin herself at 9 months so i started givin her whole milk (not full cream cause thats stronger), she is now 17 months & is healthy as & loves her milk still, whole milk wont hurt them they just recommend u not 2 give it 2 them till their a yr old.

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Corinne - posted on 08/19/2009

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Try some blessed thistle tea maybe 3-4 cups a day. You will definitely have a good supply of milk then. You may need to look at a local health food store for that. I buy my teas at www.bulkherbstore.com You should not give your baby anything to eat until he is 18 months old or have his eye and stomach teeth in. Babies don't have all their digestive jucies until then. Goat's milk or soy milk would be a good substitue for you if necessary. But cow's milk is not good for anyone of us.

Arianne - posted on 08/18/2009

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I didn't start my son on 2% milk until he was a year old because that was what I was told by my dr. My aunt on the other hand started her son on whole milk at 10 months and feels that help contribute to his dairy allergies. He is 15 now and still has issues with dairy and can only have soy or lactose free products. Honestly, I wouldn't suggest it and would go with the formula option instead. It is only a couple more months that you have to put off giving him whole milk...you can do it!

Beverly - posted on 08/18/2009

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my doctor says babies arent ready for milk until at least 12 months but with my daughter he wants her to wait till 13 or 14 months before giving it to her. And he said to mix the milk with breastmilk or formula! good luck thou

Tenea - posted on 08/18/2009

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I don't think they are supposed to have whole milk that young but you could give him formula in a sippy cup.

Or you could give him juice.

Jana - posted on 08/15/2009

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I breastfed my son until his 1st birthday. I slipped a little whole milk in there everynow and then and he did just fine. Plus with the vitamins they are getting these days (poly drops) I didn't see the big deal as long as he likes it! Seeing as my child had no idea what a bottle was, he really took to the sippy cup and the milk but liked it COLD! weird?

Emily - posted on 08/15/2009

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I was always told not to give whole milk until my girls had turned a year. I would give them dilluted apple or white grape juice in a sippy cup at about 8 or 10 months so they could get used to drinking from a cup. This made the transition from a bottle to a cup much easier and both were off the bottle at a year. My oldest daughter took to whole milk right away, but it took my youngest daughter a little bit longer to get used to the taste. If you are still not sure what to do, consult your pediatrician. All the best...

Ashley - posted on 08/15/2009

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NO they cant have any dairy till they are a yr and older. try formal. similac was my fav also good start.

Amber - posted on 08/14/2009

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When my daughter was 10 months old my pediatrician reccommended mixing milk with her formula, 1 oz to every 4, I think that was the ratio we started with and slowly increasing it over the next two months until she was drinking whole milk. I would get a reccommendation for your doctor or from a nutritionist at your local WIC department. We didn't participate in the WIC program but I found that when I had a question they were usually willing to answer it over the phone.

Jodie - posted on 08/14/2009

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I started mixing 1 ounce of milk with formula/breastmilk every week at 10 months. By the time my boys were 12 months they were on a full 8 ounces of milk. Doing it gradually made it easier on their systems.

Amanda - posted on 08/14/2009

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i gave my daughter whole milk at 10months, mixed in with her formula of course. She didnt like it at first but then she just didnt care anymore. its really up to you on what you want to do. i gave her formula from the day she was born but thats because i wasnt producing anything, and shes has turned out just fine. also, talk to the doctor and see what he has to say. my doctor told me it was fine if i wanted to start to mix milk and formula together(like 3 once milk 3 once formula ) hope this helps

Desaree - posted on 08/10/2009

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No whole milk until 12 months. I think giving him milk in a sippy cup would be fine. To stimulate the production of breastmilk try pumping in between feedings. Like right after you finish nursing. If you are mostly pumping sometimes lack of nipple stimulation will dry you up. You husband will love this you need to manually stimulate your nipple like rubbing your( or his) fingers on them for like 20 min a day sometimes that helps.

Stephanie - posted on 08/10/2009

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I wouldn't recommend it either. They should only have formula until they are a year old. You can give some water and watered down Juice but I would stay away from milk

Jeannette - posted on 08/10/2009

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when my Daughter was 10 months i gave her a little bit of whole milk just to taste but if you feel like you wont have any breast milk left try the similac milk so that way he is getting some type of milk. I had to give my daughter formula because i stopped making milk when she was about 3 months old. But try the formula.

Nicole - posted on 08/10/2009

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I wouldn't suggest you to give him whole milk yet, Similac makes a go & grow formula for older babies. I gave it to my daughter till she was 13 months. I breastfed until she was 6 mos and she really had a time digesting the cows milk based formulas so I had to put her on soy formula (i used similac, but there are tons of choices for you out there)





If you want to skip formula totally I would slowly introduce whole milk with your breastmilk into your sons bottle/cup/sippy whatever you choose. My doctor told me not to take my daughter off of the formula until she was at least a year, because of the extra benefits for their growing brains (the fat for brain) eyes etc. So It really depends on what kind of eater your child is because if he doesn't get his much needed fat and nutrients from his food, the cows milk doesn;t replace breast milk/ formula very well.

It's a great additive to the diet but a child definitley cannot live on cows milk like they can breast milk/formula.



Basically for what a child eats at 10 months I wouldn't suggest totally dropping breast milk and if your supply is drying up my suggestion would be to put him on formula until he is eating more solid foods (meats esp) I don't really know specifics so I hope I could help a little! Good luck:)

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