Is 9 months old too early for 2% or whole milk?

Bridgette - posted on 06/08/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son is 9 months old and is starting not to drink his formula bottles much..He would rather have juice, tea, water, or something else. He eats table food often and baby food..He is not over weight he is perfect size for his age.So is it too early for 2% milk?

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Christin - posted on 06/09/2009

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if you do switch i want you to strongly consider what was recently found out, that if there is a family history of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or heart disease that then the child should never have whole milk and be put straight on 2%, my ped told me this with my son, they have recently found a connection: higher risk for these diseases later in life (when predisposed, has a family history of even one of them) when given whole milk

just something for thought

Angela - posted on 06/08/2009

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My daughter took whole milk about 10 or so months...she did pretty well with it. I think it depends on the child. Try it and just make sure he can digest it properly....I would do whole mile instead of 2% however....has more calcium and Vitamin D in it....

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Abranda - posted on 12/05/2013

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Facts to think about...farmers us skim and 2% milk to fatten up their pigs. And when milk is pasteurized it kills all the good digestive enzymes and many other good things in natural raw milk...the kind our grandparents grew up on. And if sickness from drinking this is the concern there have been lots more people reported to get sick off pasteurized. It is all in the research. Following the modern medical diet, is not helping the health of our country, so be sure to research both sides if you are up for it.

User - posted on 12/11/2012

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My daughter is 9 about to be 10 months in a few days and it seems like I'm not pumping enough milk for her to have while I'm at work I pump maybe 4oz and work 5 hrs. What can I do to get more of a milk supply.

Natalie - posted on 06/09/2009

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Every child is different.I think people read to many books instead of using their own common sense.If your son is having a full diet with all the 5 food groups then I'm sure he would be fine to go on to cows milk.If you ask your own mother or any older relatives I'm sure they will tell you that they put their children on cows milk before 12months without any drama's.
Its trial and error.Give it a go and see how your son reacts.

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I was always told with mine that cows milk was fine as a food (on breakfast etc...) but should not be given as a drink till their 1 - and it should be whole milk not semi-skimmed.

Erin - posted on 06/08/2009

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Everything that I read said not to start feeding them cow's milk until their first birthday. Their digestive systems sometimes are too delicate to break down the proteins in the milk until then. Also, giving babies cow's milk too early can increase their chances of allergies later on. Our pediatrician told us that we could give her whole milk at one year, and start with 2% milk when she turned two years old. It doesn't have any less calcium or vitamin D; it just has fewer calories from fat. They need the extra calories earlier when they are growing and developing so quickly before age one.

Also, when you do start using whole milk, if you see that your son is having issues with the cow's milk (constipation, etc.) you may want to try goat's milk. It's a little harder to find, but it's gentler on their stomach. Hope this helps!

Lynlee - posted on 06/08/2009

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Where do you live? In New Zealand parents are advised strongly not to feed cow's milk to babys under one year old. Give either breast milk or formula. After one year old they can have full fat milk and not until they are two should they be given reduced fat milk (not trim/green/low fat - whatever you call it there). By the way, babies should not be allowed to drink tea, coffee, coca cola, caffeine drinks etc. Not only will it hype the baby up causing sleeplessness and a myriad of other problems but the tannin prevents nutrients like iron from being absorbed from their food. Sorry to sound like a lecture! :-)

Jessica - posted on 06/08/2009

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My son has had 2 different pediatricians and both of them told me to wait til he was a year old and to give him whole milk (b/c it has more of the calories that infants/toddlers need). My son still drinks whole milk. I would ask your sons pediatrician and explain that he is starting to not drink it. I'm praying that one day soon my son will have outgrown his lactose intolerance so I can start saving money when it comes to his milk.

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Usually kids at 9 months don't necessarily eat a wide enough range of foods yet, so that's why they are still on formula - to get enough nutrients. If your son is eating a bit of everything and he's diet is varied and healthy, then you could probably give him milk. But stick to whole milk. Babies also need the extra fat.

Angela - posted on 06/08/2009

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My daughter took whole milk about 10 or so months...she did pretty well with it. I think it depends on the child. Try it and just make sure he can digest it properly....I would do whole mile instead of 2% however....has more calcium and Vitamin D in it....

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