my son, can i give my 6month old whole milk? i believe its fine im just not sure.

Ariel - posted on 06/08/2011 ( 67 moms have responded )

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hi im ariel,i was wondering is it fine that i give my 6 month old whole milk? i think its okay but i just wanted to get another opinon.

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Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2012

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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

Kelly - posted on 06/11/2011

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yes it is ok. both of my girls were on whole milk at that age and they r both perfectly fine. u have to go by your child, try it and see how he reacts. if it doesn't agree with him u can always switch back to formula

Heather - posted on 06/09/2011

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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

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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.

Nikki - posted on 06/09/2011

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My childrenwere unab;le to tolerate formula andbecause of that have both ben on whole milk since 6 months and 7 months respectively. We were dvised to this by our Dr. But if you do give it to him make sure t suplement with vitamins. Enfamil makes one called poly-vi-sol with iron that is good. And limit his mlk inte to less than 30 oz, per day because more than that and he might not want to eat an can become anemic. if you want more info PM me.

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Jodi - posted on 04/30/2012

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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

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@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.
http://kidshealth.org/parent/pregnancy_n...

Hope - posted on 10/23/2011

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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

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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.

Jenna - posted on 10/22/2011

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Alberta Health Services recommends not giving whole milk until 9 months of age and only if they are eating a variety of solids in order to get all the iron and other nutrients they need.

Kristi - posted on 06/15/2011

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I gave my daughter milk from day one cuz she couldn't handle formula... i dunna if i would use whole but milk yea it wont hurt him!

Hope - posted on 06/15/2011

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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).

RENEE - posted on 06/14/2011

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I THINK YOU SHOULD WAIT, I HAVE TWO BOYS, 20 AND 10 YEARS OLD AND BOTH GOT WHOLE MILK AT 1 AND AT 2 I SWITCHED TO 2% AND THEY R STILL DRINKING IT TO THIS DAY

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011

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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

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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

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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.
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Stifler's - posted on 06/13/2011

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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.

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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.

http://www.notmilk.com/forum/761.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles...

http://www.ivillage.com/formula-why-use-...

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?...

Michelle - posted on 06/13/2011

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Fabiana - posted on 06/13/2011

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when you say whole milk u mean cows milk? i would't not before he's 1 but you can ad on his food breakfast but personally i only gave cow's milk to all my 3 boys when they were 2 years x

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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

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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.

Sherri - posted on 06/13/2011

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NO...Not until he is 1 yr old. He must remain on formula of breastmilk until then.

Samantha - posted on 06/12/2011

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i ment to say eating alot of meat...and homo milk is short for homoganized milk which is whole milk

Samantha - posted on 06/12/2011

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i asked my daughters doctor when she was around that age it is only ok to give them homo milk when they are eating alot of meat if they r not eating alot of milk they can become anemic

Stifler's - posted on 06/12/2011

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I put whole milk in porridge and cereal etc. at 6 months but he still had formula as his milk feeds. Milk doesn't have enough nutrients to replace formula or breastmilk yet.

Katie - posted on 06/12/2011

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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!!

Katey - posted on 06/12/2011

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Doctors say to wait till they are a year. I gave my daughter whole milk at about 6 months and she broke out with a rash, I tried again after she was a year and she did just fine. My advice is to wait till he's a year.

Jenny - posted on 06/12/2011

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No not till 12 mo or older - if you start now you will increase the risk of food allergies. Always talk to the baby's doc before doing any food changes!!!

Jodi - posted on 06/11/2011

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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.

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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

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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.

Danielle - posted on 06/11/2011

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hi ariel they say dont give cows milk to they r at least 1 year old i personally would not be givin my 6 month old cows milk i would stick to formula

Ragan - posted on 06/10/2011

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We started giving our kids whole milk at meals in a cup around that age but we still used formula for bottles, I have five kids and it never bothered any of them :)

Christine - posted on 06/10/2011

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NO, children should have either breastmilk or formula until they are ATLEAST 1 if not older. Whole milk does not have the nutrition that a baby needs.

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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.

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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

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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.

Christina - posted on 06/10/2011

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Well they way I look at is back in the day they did not have formula so they gave us milk so :-p

Victoria - posted on 06/10/2011

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They say not to until 12 months, but we were all brought up on whole cows milk after 6 months and survived. And now is when everyone tells me that I am horrible for saying that. What ever.

Christina - posted on 06/10/2011

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My 8 month old is drinking one sippy cup of milk everyday and he is on the go and grow simalic formula and that is a milk based formula and ge is doing fine on it.

Kendra - posted on 06/10/2011

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They shouldn't have cows milk until about 12 months. Formula or breast milk it is until then.

Nicole - posted on 06/10/2011

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i started mixing my sons bottles half formula and half whole milk when hes was 6months...he was also eating table food by then to....if you think he is ready for it go ahead!!

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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

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I personally would give a baby formula instead of whole milk..because their tummy is not ready yet to digest the whole milk.

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