COWS MILK PLSSSS HELP

Claire - posted on 05/11/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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MY SON IS 8 MONTHS OLD AND I WANT TO PUT HIM ON COWS MILK... IS HE OLD ENOUGH YET, WILL ANYTHING HAPPEN TO HIM IF I DID DO IT..

HAS ANYONE ELSE DONE THIS?

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Tamara - posted on 05/11/2009

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Cow's milk is not recommended before 12 months of age as their little digestive systems are not ready for them and it can cause an allergic reaction. It won't hurt either you or him to wait, I promise. :)

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Liz - posted on 10/01/2012

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my son was on cows milk by 9 months his doctor said it was ok and he loves it the only problem that he had was that his bm was hard and dry for a little bit but water will help with that just talk to his doctor =)

User - posted on 05/12/2009

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his digestive system is still to immature to digest it. he could bloat horribly and get really sick. he could also develop an allergy to it.

Sally - posted on 05/12/2009

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dont get me wrong my son is still on baby milk as well but has blue milk on cerals and other foods. i got told by a health visitor that it was ok.

Theresa - posted on 05/12/2009

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my son is 8 month and half i've been advised to wait till 12 months as the babies still need all the goodness from baby milk. I'm gunna try my son on blue cows milk when he turns 1yr. Hope that helps you x

Sally - posted on 05/12/2009

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my son is 8 months old and has cows milk on his ceral and in mash etc and thier is nothing wrong with him. and my friend put her son on cows milk at 9 months and now he is 3 and very well.

Mel - posted on 05/12/2009

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no nothing will happen to him between 6-12 months is recommended , however you the mum so its entirely your choice. the longer hes on formula the better of course as it has more nutrients but if he's at a good weight and you want to change him over just make sure you do it slowly half water half cows milk and see how he reacts make sure he doesnt have constipation or anything.

Ally - posted on 05/12/2009

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Like most of the other moms we waited until 12 months to try cows milk by mixing it with breastmilk but our daughter hated the consistency so we tried goats milk and she loves it! The consistency is much closer to breastmilk and it is just as nutritious and high in fat like cows milk. It is also supposed to be easier for little tummies to digest and a better transition from breastmilk or formula. We haven't had any constipation issues like a lot of my friends who went to cows milk. good luck

Rebecca - posted on 05/12/2009

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I actually had a child care health nurse tell me that I could start giving my 10 month old bub onto milk but going half and half. She was fully on cow's milk by 11 1/2 months old. However, that was 12 years ago. I now have a 2 year old who doesn't have milk at all. She won't drink it. I breast fed her until she was about 16 months old but she refuses to drink it. So she has yoghurt and cheese as her dairy replacement.

Chris - posted on 05/12/2009

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i waited until my daughter was 12 months b4 stoppin the formula and giving her cows milk. although i did give her cows milk in her cereal in the morning.that way she got used to the taste and used to digesting it as its only a small amount

Christin - posted on 05/12/2009

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yea no milk till one they are right, but yes formula is now recommended til two

Daniela - posted on 05/12/2009

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Cows milk can be given in food, yogurts,cheese mashed potatoe,but babys still need their formula milk till 1 yrs, i have three children and thats what iv always been told.

Heather - posted on 05/12/2009

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NO cows milk till one, is the big number. If you are breastfeeding and feel like you want to suppliment or swich to a bottle, go with formula for now.

Tara - posted on 05/11/2009

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Several years ago the recomendation that it was safe to give cows at one was changed to two by the college of pediatrics. The newest information recomends breastfeeding or formula feeding until the age of two. My son refused formula so my doctor said goats milk is easier to digest and is safe for a one year old.

Jennifer - posted on 05/11/2009

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Tamara has the right idea! :)
Cows milk is not fit for little digestive systems, keep nursing or formula feeding
Before you know it he will be one! They grow up so fast, so enjoy the little things that keep them small. My son(4 years-nursed for 5 months and was done and just wanted formula, water and juice) started cows milk at 13 months, and my daughter(currently 14 months) will not stop nursing and will sometimes drink cows milk.
You can give him water or juice-watered down- if you are finished nursing or dont want to give him so much formula.
Good luck! :)

Sarah - posted on 05/11/2009

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I started my child early on solids but never gave him milk until he was over 14mths. Its very hard for a baby to break down all the essential nutrients that he needs. I think you would find he wouldn't thrive as well as he is on formula/breast. Also at 8mths, milk should still be making up most of their meal intake. I would consult with your GP or Pediatrician before doing it.
Good Luck

Tamara - posted on 05/11/2009

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Cow's milk is not recommended before 12 months of age as their little digestive systems are not ready for them and it can cause an allergic reaction. It won't hurt either you or him to wait, I promise. :)

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