formula or milk

Cally - posted on 02/03/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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hey this my seem stupid but iam woundering what do people thinks best formula milk or cows milk its for my twelve month old. just need advise on what other mums think best . thanks

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Shahnaz - posted on 09/15/2012

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my baby 4 yrs old never want to eat only one feed takes per day . i want to know which milk is best formula or freash milk for 4 yrs old girl plz plz plz ans me if u have time

Samantha - posted on 02/04/2009

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Ask your child's doctor first. Books say to wean off formula by 12 months but it depends on how much solid food your child is eating. My son is now 13 months and I have been giving him formula for the most part but am putting a bit of milk in his formula and am giving him just whole milk for snack time with his finger foods in a sippy cup. Just make sure to watch your child's skin and stools as some children cannot have whole milk.

Jessica - posted on 02/04/2009

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My strictly bf baby was introduced to formula at 9 months due to my schedule and shrinking expressed milk supply. Later I started adding some next step (or other toddler milk formula) and at 12 months he was on strickly the next step/toddler milk. If you have a picky or light eater, it's simply the only way to make sure they are getting all of the nutrition they need. I then went to add more and more whole milk to this. His docter said his growth rate wasn't what was expected (which is scary to a first time mom). My son in 16 months now and I add pediasure to his whole milk which gives him the added nutrition (and fat) he needs. All babies all different. But if yours is growing fine and getting a varity of foods (and nutrition) then whole milk alone is just as good (and easy on the budget), remember, you only need so many vitamins, any excess is just expelled as waste.

p.s. I'm definately no expert, just an overly cautious mother.

Cheryl - posted on 02/03/2009

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my sons pediatrician also recomended homo milk. most baby formula is a by product of dairy milk. so if your baby has exclucivly been bf then the switch to formula or dairy milk you can cause an allergic reaction!

Milagros - posted on 02/03/2009

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Personally I took off the formula to my son at 11 months... I started giving him cow milk and it worked ok with him... my mom, aunts and other female relatives kept telling me that when we were babies, and they were there weren't all this things they say we should give babies this days, and we all grew right, right? so don't stress out too much about that... I think that so many vitamins, and special formulas are more about business and money, because the best vitamin is the one your kid have when he eats right! take care!

Katrina - posted on 02/03/2009

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my daughter is only 8 months but my doctor said to have her weened off formula by a year and on to the real deal. so thats what i think...

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I think at 12 months cow's milk is fine, as long as it's whole milk and the babe is otherwise healthy

Eline - posted on 02/03/2009

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I didn't do either b/c I nursed for a long time, but my friend always puts her babies on cows milk at 12 months, but she buys RAW cows milk. Its more expensive, but its worth it, because regular cow's milk is very hard to digest and causes health problems like arthritis and asthma or even headaches. Most people don't realize that. Its because raw milk still has all the enzymes in it to make it digestible. Regular milk has been cooked so hot that it changes the molecules in the milk and makes it difficult for humans to digest. Or if that's too weird for you, you could also try goats milk. Thats also much easier for humans to digest than cows milk because it resembles breast milk more than a cows does. Sorry for the mouthfull Hope that helps!

Kali - posted on 02/03/2009

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I just went through this not to long ago.. My ped. said that at 12 months they can be switched to regular vit.D milk. You can mix the formula and milk together to slowly usuing more milk than formula and slowly decrease the formula everyday until its just milk or you can just give them straight milk. Now this is just what my ped. said. Also, they shouldn't have more than 24 oz a day.

Sara - posted on 02/03/2009

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They suggest that you give formula until the child is a year old and then whole milk after that. They need the full fat in whole milk for brain development. They should be getting other nutritional needs met from solid foods. There is no reason to pay more for formula after the 1 year mark!

Beth - posted on 02/03/2009

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Well for my daughter we keep her on formula the 9 to 24 months but for my son we put him on the 9-24 months when he was 9 months and he is now doing great with milk I heat it up! it works great! He has his own galon that way i know how much he has left before we have to go to the store for him... my daughter and husband drink a llot of milk.... Not me... my so is 13 months old

User - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi my son is 13 months and doesnt like the taste of cows milk alone so i still give him 1 year old formula - he only has at night for bed. Throughout the day he has whole milk yoghurts, LOVES cheese and when i make a sauce i use cows milk full fat she he gets the best of both worlds. i dont like the taste of milk so i think thats where he gets it from. the health visitor says this is fine as he is getting all his dairy intake from other sources and the formula has all the extra nutrients anyway and as he only has 1 or 2 bottles a day milk lasts a while. I thinks its all about the baby's preference.



 



Happy trying

User - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi my son is 13 months and doesnt like the taste of cows milk alone so i still give him 1 year old formula - he only has at night for bed. Throughout the day he has whole milk yoghurts, LOVES cheese and when i make a sauce i use cows milk full fat she he gets the best of both worlds. i dont like the taste of milk so i think thats where he gets it from. the health visitor says this is fine as he is getting all his dairy intake from other sources and the formula has all the extra nutrients anyway and as he only has 1 or 2 bottles a day milk lasts a while. I thinks its all about the baby's preference.



 



Happy trying

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2009

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It is said by doctors and by WHO that you shouldn't give your child milk until one years old because of allergies. There are those who say you should "wean" starting at ten months. Now my daughter started yogurt at six months. Her doctor, a nutritionist, said it was time and she had no problems resulting from that. I wouldn't, however, give my child raw uncooked milks at all until they are at least three. Here, we don't give children raw milks until three. You have all sorts of things made with raw milks. The child will eventually have them in the diet. With a small child, toxoplasmosis and other viruses can be found in animal products. I suggest when you talk to a nutritionist that specializes in infant diet or a doctor that is a nutritionist. My daughters paediatrian is a nutritionist that specializes in children. It really is a blessing. You have WHO that can guide you. http://www.who.int/en/

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2009

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Depends on where you live. I live in France and milk has been and probably will always be a staple of a French diet.

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As I said Megan, it was fine on my kids. I didn't say it was for everyone. My children have never had any digestive problems. My main comment and point of my previous post was that only a mother know's what is right for their child. you can take suggestions and what not, but only you will know what your child can handle.

Jeannine - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hello Cally,
My daughter is 11 months old. I asked the doctor last week and he said at 12 months they can go on whole milk. My daughter drinks Enfamil Prosobee formula. They have what's called Next Step Enfamil which is from 9 months to 24 months. I asked the doctor about that and he said that it's good and more expensive than milk. Basically it's a personal preference. I plan on using Next Step Enfamil Prosebee because of the added nutrients.

Alejandra - posted on 02/03/2009

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As the previous moms have said, speak to your pediatrician.  Yes, formula has many vitamins and proteins but at that age your kid should be getting those from table foods (and an additional vitamin drops, optional).  And, from what I hear, if your kid is still on the formula then they might not be as hungry for table foods since the formula is much more filling. However, I would think the pediatrician who knows your child's weight and size would be great to answer that question.   I, personally, gave both my kids only whole milk once they reached 12 months of age.  I would focus on providing your kid a healthy balanced diet instead of picking between the liquids.  In the long run, the type of foods he/she eats now will probably be more beneficial in developing a good diet for the future. And, on a side note, 2% at 6 months is probably not recommended because it's a bit too early for milk and the whole milk has more nutrients and the Vitamin D to help absorb the calcium.

Megan - posted on 02/03/2009

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That is rough on a babies digestive system... I would never give a 6 month old dairy! They should be just starting solids at that point. Not even at a year should they be on 2%. They need more fat for their brain development which is why you give whole milk. Even then, cows milk itself is a saturated fat, not an unsaturated. We think cows milk is best for us, because we're told that.. by the people who make the money from it! Before the they started campaigning, milk wasn't something everyone bought back in the day.

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Both of my children were on 2% milk at 6 months. They never had a problem with it and very rarely get sick. Each child is different, go with your gut. Only the mother of the child can tell what is right for her child. You can ask your doctors until you are blue in the face, but again you are the only one who can tell what is the right choice. Good Luck!

Megan - posted on 02/03/2009

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Formula still has all of the nutrients they need. You can continue to offer it as long as you'd like. I know girls who kept their babies on formula until they were closer to two. I personally wish I had kept her on it. At 12 months though, you can introduce milk, but only 3.25%. If you want the best advice however, I would speak to a nutritionist, not a doctor.
In my research, I think it's best to introduce other types of milk like hemp milk, rice milk, almond milk, etc. Think of it this way - we don't give our kids one type of veggie, or one type of fruit, so why only one type of milk? Different milks offer different things. There is a lot of controversy over cows milk (I can get you more info if you'd like). If you don't want to use milk, you need to make sure to offer foods that are high in unsaturated fat (avocado, lentils, etc)

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I would strongly recommend raw (unpasteurised, unhomogenised) jersey milk. But a particularly good formula is Bellamy's Organic formula.



check out the TRUTH about raw milk on the net, and have a look at westonaprice.com website for some very helpful tips on proper nutrition for good health. the best thing for babies is food as nature intends it! so if you can't give bub breast milk, go for the next best thing - fresh milk from the cow!

User - posted on 02/03/2009

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I personally would recommend that you speak to your doctor. I would think that at 12 months, cow's milk is best.

Oralee - posted on 02/03/2009

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Sorry I forgot to add something to my other one, dont do just straight milk at first, you have to wing her off the formula, for the first few days add only a couple ounces of cows milk, after those few days add more milk, and so on until its just milk.

Oralee - posted on 02/03/2009

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At 12 months old they are supposed to be taken of the formula, my daughter is 10 months old and I give her half formula and half milk, I like the milk better, the formula is horrible on my daughter, she gets real constipated, ever since I mixed the milks she hasent had that problem, my opinion I dont like formula at all, but I couldnt breastfeed her.

Cathie - posted on 02/03/2009

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all of my children were on cows milk by 12 months.  i would give whole milk (3.25%), you can also add liquid baby vitamins.  hope this helps.

Karina - posted on 02/03/2009

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It also really depends on how well your toddler is eating and what they are eating. Your pediatrician would be the perfect person to ask.

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