At what age should I take my little one off of formula?

Candice - posted on 07/23/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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just wondering and what age i should take my child off of formula?

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Krissy - posted on 07/26/2010

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my cousin is a dental assistant and she said the it is not the milk per say it it how they take it=- ie flavoured milk strawburry chocolate etc.... and night time bottles of ANY type is bad in bed as that is the main way of teeth carotion. and i can tell you some pediatricians are as dumb as a hen , i had one that started my girl on solids at 12 weeks.

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User - posted on 07/30/2010

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In NZ you get a range of formula's that is made especially for babies from 1 - 3 years, so I would rather go for that than cows milk. Cows milk doesn't have such high nutritional value than the formula's. But I also have to say, rather asked a pediatrician or dietician than to get ideas from other moms.

Christy - posted on 07/30/2010

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Definitely speak to your child's doctor first as they will know more about their background. Generally it's a year. I've personally never used whole milk with either of my children. My pediatrician said that 2% was fine. So my children have transitioned well to it. They had stomach problems with formula and getting to milk was much more helpful.

Mandy - posted on 07/30/2010

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I agree with talking to Doc... People can read everything they want from health journals, but both of my kids were straight breast milk until 5 1/2 - 6 months, then I moved them to formula... Both only lasted on formula for about 2 months before Doc moved them to Whole milk, and it wasn't digestive problems, it was mucus issues that the formula was creating. So I guess if everything is exactly how it should be according to every health journal made, then go by that, ;) Otherwise I would talk to your Doc... Good Luck!

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I breastfed my 3 boys for awhile...around 5-6 months..after that formula from 6months-12 months..then to regular milk when they turned 1 yr. old. That is what I did..hope that helps

Lisa - posted on 07/28/2010

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Hun, I would ask your pediatrician. She or he would know exactly when your baby needs to be off formula and put on cow's milk. Some babies have a difficult time adjusting to cow's milk. That is also why they make something called toddler formula.Good luck with your little one.

Dominica - posted on 07/28/2010

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it is recommended that you take them off formula at 1 year of age. once your baby is on table food the formula really doesn't do anything for them. the formula is to make up for not eating all the nutrients one needs.

Reana - posted on 07/28/2010

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i started my daughter on cows milk wen she was one and she now only has a formula bottle once a day just for the extra nutricion.

Lindie - posted on 07/27/2010

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I switched formula for whole milk at 1, my twins were on solids from 4 months old so milk was only at nap and bed time. however formula company's keep coming up with new formulas for older kids, I suppose they don't want to loose the income.

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Don't take your child off formula if they are not fully weaned and eating a full and varied diet.

as for the teeth thing sometime you just have to be practical and brush teeth in the bath knowing you're gonna give them a milk bottle when they get into bed,... oh well???? another claim to perfection bites the dust!

Kaela - posted on 07/27/2010

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I gave my daughter formula and whole milk at 11 months that way when I completly took her off at 1 year old she was already used to the taste of whole milk. She is almost 14 months and only drinks whole milk 3 times a day now

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^^I said NOTHING about bottle rot or any of the things you posted up there



Maybe you should actual READ that I typed, before you go pointing fingers about what is 'right'.

Sherri - posted on 07/26/2010

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Tamarra your information isn't exactly correct either. Straight formula has nothing to do with bottle rot or bottle decay. It has to to do with not brushing your childs teeth or allowing your child to go to bed with a bottle of anything.

What is baby bottle decay or bottle rot?
This is now referred to as early childhood cavities, a condition that is seen in children who use bottle containing milk or juice at night or during naps. Baby bottle decay or bottle rot refers to the cavities that babies get from the sugar found naturally in milk and juices when placed in bottles.

Baby bottle tooth decay, or baby dental caries, is a result of mothers putting babies to bed with a bottle (or no-spill cup) full of sugary milk, juices or sodas. The prolonged contact of milk or juice leaves a sticky film on the baby’s teeth all night long.

Bacteria, which is always present in the baby’s mouth, eats the sugar in the film and converts it to acid which then eats away at the enamel on baby’s teeth. The damage progresses through 3 stages:

* Stage 1 – signs go unnoticed as bacteria decays teeth from inside out
* Stage 2 – discoloration begins at the gum line and works down the tooth
* Stage 3 – teeth begins to visibly corrode, fracture and fall out

Again, Stage 1 goes undetected. So by the time the bottle rot has progressed to stage 2, it may be too late to save the teeth. And if your child’s permanent teeth have already grown in (or the baby teeth never fall out, such as in producer Jermaine Dupri’s case) the Dental bills can be very expensive. Some dentists charge $3,000 and up to save your child’s teeth.

Treatment includes painful root canals, extractions and/or the placement of porcelain caps (expensive) or silver caps (cheaper) over the baby’s teeth to save them. Extensive dental treatments could require hospitalization.

Dentists advise mothers with children of teeth bearing age to avoid putting your toddler to bed with a bottle or a no-spill cup filled with anything other than water. If your child fusses and cries, she will eventually the no milk or juice at night rule and you will get a good night’s sleep.

Also, teaching your toddler to brush her teeth after meals is not a bad idea. And give her healthy food to eat such as apples and carrots in place of candy.

You should also cut back on bottled water and give your baby tap water instead since healthy teeth need fluoride to keep them hard and prevent decay.

Dentists advise mothers with children of teeth bearing age to avoid putting your toddler to bed with a bottle or a no-spill cup filled with anything other than water. If your child fusses and cries, she will eventually the no milk or juice at night rule and you will get a good night’s sleep.

Also, teaching your toddler to brush her teeth after meals is not a bad idea. And give her healthy food to eat such as apples and carrots in place of candy.

You should also cut back on bottled water and give your baby tap water instead since healthy teeth need fluoride to keep them hard and prevent decay.

Take your baby to the dentist as early as age 1 to give your dentist the best chance to diagnose problems early.

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I started taking my son off INFANT formula around 11 months.
the first two weeks I did: 6oz formula & 2oz WHOLE milk
then half formula && half milk
then went to straight whole milk
I ALSO have my son on the stage 2 formula by infamil its says 12-36 months on it.
** my pediatrician said that straight formula after they have teeth causes erosion of their teeth && can lead to a lot of dental problems.

Sherri - posted on 07/26/2010

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Cow's milk (e.g., whole, 2%, 1%, 1/2% or skim) is not appropriate for children under the age of one year, according to the Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Cow's milk is a poor source of iron, and iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutritional problem in infants. Cow's milk that has not been specially heat processed (such as the heat processing used in infant formula) can cause intestinal blood loss in some babies. Iron is lost with the blood. Also, the levels of protein and sodium in cow's milk are higher than recommended for infants. Additionally, cow's milk is low in vitamin C, vitamin E and copper. Further, cow's milk contains butterfat that is difficult for a baby to digest. For these reasons, the Committee on Nutrition recommends that breastfeeding or iron-fortified infant formula be continued during the first year of life.

Krissy - posted on 07/26/2010

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nan is a formula in australia. and all formulas and pediatricans recommend from about 2 yrs unless breastfed. that way they can keep up with the nutrican that they sometimes lack in from food.

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Please speak with your pediatrician regarding this! They are the best ones to evaluate your childs health and help you to determine the best diet for your child.

That being said, most children transition from formula to goat or cow's milk at 1 year.

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