my son, can i give my 6month old whole milk? i believe its fine im just not sure.
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Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2012
were all alive and our mothers did I say ask ur doctor then try it. If u are only trying it because u ran out of formula and are waiting for wic or to get paid i see no problem in it I am going with out formula till tomorrow just make sure u warm the milk and only give a little at a time my other 2 kids were on milk and formula by 6 months cause lets face it my parents did it there parents did it and we are all still breathing and alive
Heather - posted on 06/09/2011
When my oldest daughter was a baby I stopped breast feeding her at 6mos. She couldn't take formula, so my Dr., an old fashioned one is his beliefs, which to me is a good thing sometimes. He told me to give her half evaporated milk, 1 tbsp dark corn syrup, and the rest water. It worked very well with no adverse effects. And the corn syrup kept her from getting constipated. That is what they used to feed babies in the "olden" days.
Amber - posted on 06/08/2011
It's really not a good idea. Cow's milk is deficient in many vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that a young baby needs. It is also very high in protein and some other nutrients that babies stomaches can't handle.
So, your baby is likely to get too many things that it doesn't need and not enough things that it does. Breast milk or formula are made specifically for babies and are the healthiest thing that you could give them.
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Jodi - posted on 04/30/2012
My mother took me home from the hospital in lap too.....still doesn't make it a good idea, or even the right thing to do nutritionally/health/safety wise, right? I HATE that logic, it is so flawed. They also gave tobacco out to my grandfather in the war (like they did to all soldiers). THAT wasn't such a great idea either.
Sherri - posted on 10/23/2011
@Brianna and Ariel Not sure where your from but in the US this is what is said.
When can I start giving my baby cow's milk?
Infants under 1 year still need the nutrients in breast milk or formula. But at 1 year old, you can begin offering your little one whole milk. Why not skim or 2%? Because babies need the fat in whole milk for normal growth and brain development during the busy early toddler period.
Hope - posted on 10/23/2011
Most pediatricians would tell you that you need to give your 6month old either breastmilk or formula. Whole milk doesn't have many nutrients that formula and breastmilk have, which your baby desperately need to help build fat and brain, and immune development. Do not use whole milk or lactaide milk etc until after your baby turns one year old. Still undecided about it or what types of formula would be best for your baby, talk with your baby's pediatrician. :)
Tinker1987 - posted on 10/22/2011
6 months seems a bit soon, thats about the time you start introducing puree and or solids...my son is 11 months and i started mixing homo milk in his bottle to get him introduced to homo... your call but you may want to discuss it with your doctor.
Hope - posted on 06/15/2011
All babies NEED to be on either mom's breast milk or formula for the 1st yr. Check with your pediatrician to see specifically what your baby should be on. Whole milk is only a protein. Formula and breast milk is full of nutrients and antibodies designed for your baby's mental and physical development and to build imune system. My son was a preemie, so he was on breast milk til I couldn't do it anymore, so we put him on formula specifically for premature babies: Enfacare. There are many kinds and store brands of formula. Now my son is 1 yr and about a month and getting off toddler formula to whole milk. We also give a multivitamin to help with nutrients that milk lacks, but it still doesn't have nutrients that formula has. At this age he is eating foods with combination of milk and vitamin helps for his diatary needs. Check with your baby's doctor. You could also look up a formula comparison at your gov website on WIC (Women Infants and Children).
Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011
I find it hard to believe you don't already know the answer to this question....maybe get some parenting and nutrition classes..Call your hospital or local wic office and see what they offer for advice...it may really help on what to feed your baby...
Alice - posted on 06/13/2011
I understand the doctors say no whole milk until age 1 year. Just wondering, what did Moms do in generations before? Breast milk, cows milk straight from the cow, whole milk. Now they feed cows harmones and antibiotics and perhaps the milk is different but people did fine for all those years.
Helen - posted on 06/13/2011
Children under 1year of age do not have a very mature digestive system, the bacterias and enzymes are still balancing themselves out 2 create the best digestive conditions. Cows milk has longer thicker strands of protein which baby bodies find 2 hard 2 break down properly and can cause all sorts of digestive problems (after all cows milk is designed 4 baby cows 2 live on and they have 4 stomachs 2 break down the protein) there's is also the matter of vitamins and minerals which are balanced in formula milk or tailor made by mum when breast feeding to keep baby healthy, cows milk dont have all of the nutrients 2 keep babies healthy.
Stifler's - posted on 06/13/2011
I honestly found keeping my kid on formula until 14 months a lot easier than taking a bottle of milk everywhere and having to keep it cold. He still doesn't like cold milk at 17 months even though he just drinks normal milk and no formula anymore.
I don't know the validity of any of these links, but I just wanted to show that I didn't pull the concept of milk causing intestinal bleeding out of my butt. It IS possible and IMO... NOT worth the risk. Even if the chance were one in a million.... I wouldn't want MY baby to be the one. That was my only intent in posting.... to caution of the possibility because I care.
Michelle - posted on 06/13/2011
Not only is bad to give a 6 month old milk but they can become anemic because of the calcuim in the milk it will take all the iron and he wont get any iron. Babies with low iron can have headaches and get infections more often.
Best thing to do, is ask the child's pediatrician what your options are. Otherwise, rule of thumb should be ... wait until they are at least a year old before switching them to something as harsh on the tummy as whole milk. Lactose free whole milk might be an easier option.
But mostly, ask the doctor.
To sherri, I didn't bash anyone. And it's throw not through. I just encourage breastfeeding to every mother. Thanks, have a good day. Ariel, I'm sure you are doing your best with your 6 month old, keep it up and don't rush to get that little one grown up. Yes whole milk is less expensive, but you want your little one to grow up strong. They need those nutrients from formula/breast milk for at least a year if not longer.
Sherri - posted on 06/13/2011
Really A. Knopes you just had to through the breastfeeding thing in there and basically slam her for formula feeding. REALLY!!!!! Totally not necessary or called for!!!! Those opinions and judgments are best kept to yourself unless asked for.
I think all mothers who stay at home full time should breastfeed their babies anyway unless they are physically unable, but at 6 months old it is not recommended to replace formula or breastmilk. Like some of the other people on here have said you can add it to meals like rice cereal and oatmeal or whatever else. Whole milk would be hard on the baby's stomach. Ask you baby's pedi and see waht they say. I started my daughter on whole milk a couple of weeks before she was 1 and she didn't seem bothered by it.
Laura - posted on 06/13/2011
little babies can't digest cow milk. If you want to transition your child to milk from formula, you can switch them to goat's milk at 9 months, because it is easier on their little tummies. Just make sure that they are still getting all their nutrients from solid foods since they aren't on formula anymore.
Katie - posted on 06/12/2011
Its recommended that 12 months you should give it as a replacement to formula / breastmilk. I introduced whole milk when both my boys were 6 months in cooking only and then switched them to whole milk bottles after their first birthday!!
Jodi - posted on 06/11/2011
I have read a study that shows that normal cows milk (or any animal milk other than human milk) not only does not give the vitamin necessary, but actually contributes to the DEPLETION of iron stores, which is highly concerning. Iron is very important to infant development, and because they are rarely on a full diet of solids before the age of 12 months, it is highly unlikely they are getting sufficient iron purely from solid foods. Most formulas are iron fortified, and breast milk generally has iron content that is easily digestible by a baby. But I believe it was the animal proteins in milk that contribute to iron deficiency in very young children.
So my short answer is, don't risk it.
Sure, our parents got by back in thos days, but I didn't die in a car accident because I was carried in my mother's lap either. But that doesn't mean it was the best thing to do, or even safe for that matter.
Hehe, I like your attitude Caroline. I am not a fan of hippy mums either:) With that said the "they" in question are pediatricians (you know the people who have dedicated years of their lives to the study of children's health). Pediatricians would recommend you do not give your child whole milk until 12 months of age. I personally have no idea why ( I don't study children's heath). But if you're interested you can simply call your clinic in the area and ask I'm sure they'd be happy to answer any questions.
Caroline - posted on 06/11/2011
Oh piffle. "They" say it isn't recommended, whoever "THEY" are. My Mother gave me full milk at 6 months, she said back in her day before all these hippy mums with all their advice came along. If you're worried about vitamins, you can by vitamin drops from a pharmacy that you add to the milk, though at 6 months your baby should be having solids too by now, yes? In which case, they're getting plenty vitamins that way too if you are feeding them the correct decent amount of fruit n veg per day. I'm extremely healthy I hardly ever get sick and was brought up on powdered full milk and my older brother on evaporated milk...so if you think your baby will handle it fine, then follow YOUR instincts, recommendations are just that, they aren't law or saying you MUST...Oh and for the person who said it causes internal bleeding, what a load of BS.
Blackwood - posted on 06/10/2011
From my understanding no, the recommendation is a year because their tummy's can't digest it properly and it may cause an allergy or intolerance if given too early. I have heard of people introducing it slowly but not till about 10 months. 6 months is too early. 4 -6 months may not seem like along time but with baby development it can be. Breastmilk or formula has the vits and nutrience babys still need at that age.
Not a good idea at all.
1. Their tummies cant handle it
2. The formula has everything they need in it to grow and develop
I know it is expensive, but its well worth it. Be thankful you baby doesnt have to be on special formula. My son is and its REALLY expensive. 6 months isnt that much longer! Good luck!
Michelle - posted on 06/10/2011
When I gave birth the state government gave me a book on when babies can have what. It says to wait till you give them cows milk TO DRINK. but it CAN be incorporated into their food at around 6mths onwards but it has to be introduced SLOWLY.
âv^âv^ââ¥ - posted on 06/10/2011
I like old remedies but when it comes to stuff like formula and how much more we know now........ I wouldn't be making my own 'old time' recipes. However, like I said, I love home remedies! It would just make me personally too nervous on all the things they would be missing out on possibly. So I'd be looking at what that concoction has in it nutrient wise, and what formula/breast has in it (as far as we can tell) and try to make sure (if I did a mixture of my own) that the baby is definiatly getting all he/she needs. Iron, vitamin d or whatever is in it lol
I wasn't a big follower of the recommendations for foods with my 1st child and she did fine, but I paid for it with my second. I fed him scrambled eggs at 8 months because he wanted a bite and none of us have any food allergies so I wasn't too worried about it. Now we have an epi-pen and if he eats scrambled eggs, he goes to the hospital. I wouldn't risk it.
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