When and how to switch from breast milk to regular milk?

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Miyuki - posted on 03/12/2009

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I switched my child by slowly mixing some regular milk with the breast-milk and week by week. I increased the the regular milk amount until all he was drinking was regular milk.  At first the milk was warm but also began to let him try cold milk little by little until it did not matter anymore.

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My boys and my daughter were all on full cream cows milk at 6 months old. I still warmed it up till they were 12 months. When we were children and they didnt have carry on formula's our parents gave us cows milk. My kids are thriving. Once my boys turned two they switched to low fat milk. When my daughter turns two she will switch as well. When my kids were 6 months I also gave them the normal kids yoghurts. I always buy preservative, flavour and colour free, you can get them in the fruit flavours. Although my kids dont eat much yoghurt as I believe in making food at home from natural ingredients.

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Stacy - posted on 03/11/2009

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My son is 10 months old and my Pedi said I could start using Whole Cow's milk slowly. First it was in his rice ceral in the morning, then we started a little, warmed up in a sippy cup. He has done pretty well with it. Sometimes he refuses it, but then again, who wants milk at breakfast all the time when there is juice too?? HA HA But seriously, as long as your Pedi says it's okay, you watch for your allergies and stay clear of raw milk (because it's not pasturized) you should be just fine!

Heather - posted on 03/11/2009

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I have heard that goats milk is most like breast milk, and known some who have switched from breast to goats milk then to cows milk. Something to think about I guess.

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Quoting Renee:



what kind of yogurt do u feed a 9 month






I gave my son Yo Baby starting at about 7 months, just to add something different to his diet.  Of course, before I did it, I made sure it was ok with the doctor!  I like Yo Baby though, because it is all natural and has no aspertame.  If you look at the containers, MOST yogurts contain aspertame.  Once my son turned a year and was ok on cow's milk, I looked for a less expensive option than Yo Baby and found that the only one with no aspertame (at least at my grocery store) is Yoplait...not the fat free or low fat, the regular one.  They have strawberry cream and vanilla cream where I shop and I sometimes add fruit to make it a little more tasty :)

Krystal - posted on 03/09/2009

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Lactose is broken down with the culturing of the yogurt or cheese and milk proteins are either semi-removed or limited. The culturing makes yogurt and cheese easier to digest.



the yobaby yogurt is nice because they contain less sugar than other brands. another option to save money is to just buy the plain yogurt and mix in your own fruit flavors!



 



yogurt is safe for babies after 6 months of age (of course the opinion varies on this). my pedi said between 7 -8 months is fine and to treat it as any other food that is first introduced - watch for signs of allergies by introducing only one new food for a few days.



good luck



 



 

Krystal - posted on 03/09/2009

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i found that warming the milk was frustrating because when out and about you don't always have a microwave in your back pocket to warm it up! after a year you can give whole milk. if they're thirsty enough they'll drink the milk cold. it took a while for my son to do that but since he was on enough other dairy (yogurt, cheese, etc) i was not worried about it.



good luck!

Heather - posted on 03/09/2009

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I nursed my son till 15mos, but at 9 mos he began to refuse the bottled breast milk at daycare. He refused formula as well, so per the doc. we switched to whole milk. He wouldn't take it in the bottle though only a sippy cup. He tolerated just fine no porblems what so ever. So we did whole milk in sippy cup through out the day at daycare and with meals at home. I still nursed in between meals and am and pm feedings till 15mos when he just lost interest. Good luck but talk to you doc. b/c milk can be given before 12mos.

Shana - posted on 03/09/2009

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By 12 months, most babies are eating 3 meals a day. I used the last three nursings/day as nutrition in between meals.
As for how...when I weaned my twins at 12 mo, I was only nursing 3 times a day. The easiest nursing to drop was the afternoon one and I replaced it with a snack and a cup of milk (mine never took bottles, so I didn't even bother...) A week later, I replaced the bedtime nursing with a small snack and milk...then the next week, got them right up and fed them breakfast without nursing...they adjusted better than I expected. Only one afternoon did I feel like one of my babies was climbing on me and wanted to nurse, but I just kept playing with him and he forgot all about it!

Julia - posted on 03/09/2009

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At a year is best. I would heat my sons whole milk for 20 seconds and he took it without any problems.

Devon - posted on 03/09/2009

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cold milk will be hard to get them to take, just warm it up, milk gets sweeter when you warm it

Angela - posted on 03/09/2009

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I haven't switched my 11 month old yet. But when I switched my oldest at 13 months (she weaned herself off breast milk); it was hard. She didn't want the cold milk. I just had to wait till she was thirsty. We gave her chocolate and that did it for us. She was so thirsty she drank whatever we gave her. From then on she drank the milk.

Devon - posted on 03/09/2009

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i switched my oldest over at 10 months and my youngest over at 11 months. remember to use whole milk (homo) they need the fat.

Mikayl - posted on 03/09/2009

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Hello,  Its safe to give a child cows milk any time after 11  months.  If you are pumping and feeding him by bottle (wich is what I did, I couldnt properly breast feed)  then just simply switch the milk, be sure to warm the cows milk!!!  Thats what I did with my son and he had no problems at all!!!  Good Luck!!

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