How do you wean your child off of formula?
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User - posted on 12/28/2008
Hi, my son would not drink whole milk so i use to put nesquik in it. As it has alot of vitamins and minerals in nesquik. he liked the banana one for a long time until he went off milk altoghether. he has a milk shake from time to time now but he is almost four now. He was a year old when i did all this. good luck. mel.
Sara - posted on 12/27/2008
I like the idea of just giving him plain, whole milk in a cup instead of his bottle, so he doesn't expect formula. Does he use a cup or sippy yet? I guess I got lucky with that issue, my little guy went straight from formula to milk with no fuss, same with food. and Morgan, to answer your question, my doctor said that he could go from formula to WHOLE milk (anything else doesn't have enough fat/calories) at 1 year, and should have 3-8 once glasses each day. After they turn 2 then it's ok to switch to 2% milk.
User - posted on 12/27/2008
You have to put you foot down and give the baby only whole milk or pedi sure. Usually the baby only wants formula milk cause they are noy getting full. If you are only giving the baby formula, add some baby cereal to the milk. This cuts the formula milk down from whole bottles to half. Introduce you child to vegetables you eat. Mush them up properly and feed it to them. Of course they baby will spit it out and try to ignore those feeding habits but keepit up and they will have no choice but to naturally.
Elizabeth - posted on 12/28/2008
If you stop using bottles, it'll be easier. Most kids like the taste of milk over the taste of formula in a sippy cup. With a bottle, it's faster down the hatch and less about taste, so do the sippy. Also, do it all or nothing. It's harder on him if you go back and forth too much. This worked for my whole family. My son was on milk in a sippy in ONE feeding, without a peep. I gave him a sippy w/formula & one w/milk. One taste of the regular milk was enough, No more breastfeeding or bottles!! Good Luck!
Amanda - posted on 12/28/2008
it was rather simple for my little girl and i understand every baby is different so you may have a harder time...but i started introducing whole milk around 9 months or so...i would just sneak in a 4 oz bottle of whole milk a day til she got to the point she wouldn't take formula anymore...but my daughter had acid reflux and a few other stomach issues so when she started keeping the whole milk down(all of it) i took her off formula all together...she was about 11 months when she stopped drinking formula...i didn't introduce the sippy as early as some would have though....Skyler didn't start the sippy til she was a 13 months or so...but i had such a time getting her to take anything i didn't want to rush her into the sippy if she wouldn't take it ya know...but they say to try and introduce the sippy with juice in between meals and to gradually start taking the bottle away....this didn't work for me...i had to just give skyler the sippy all together...we went through every brand out there before she settled on one she liked...good luck...
Tracy - posted on 12/27/2008
Your son needs whole milk (not anything less, they need the fats) for at least a year (till 2 years old)... I weaned by only giving in a sippy cup and just slowly decreased the amount of formula, that is on top of food! Your little one is burning up calories galore because they are now getting mobile!
We did 1/4 whole milk to 3/4 formula for a week. The next week was 1/2 and 1/2. The following week we moved her to 3/4 whole milk and 1/4 formula. After that, Maddi was on the Cow Juice full time. We only give it to her at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime. The other times, she gets 10 percent juice and 90 percent water. You would need to ask your doctor about how much milk she should be getting still at this point. We moved over at her first birthday to whole milk.
if baby is old enough, give him more solid food, and then just a little milk to wash it down. Baby will be thirsty from eating more solid foods, and drink whatever you give him. Also, try warming the milk a bit, my son had trouble with the temp being so cold.
Sandra - posted on 12/27/2008
My little one screamed the first time I gave her milk. Make sure you are putting it in a cup and not the bottle so he doesn't think he is going to get formula. With my daughter I just kept offering the milk. In the begining I would warm it in the mic just so its not so cold ( since the formula isn't ) and then offer it. Offer through out the day and he will get thirsty and drink it. This worked for me and I had my daughter off the bottle/ formula within a couple days and Now my daughter loves her milk!
Lita - posted on 12/27/2008
Hi there, you need to do it very slowly. Try only putting 10 mls of milk in for any where upto a week then put 10 more mls in that way you will find that before you know it he will warm to it. Some kids like the taste of their formula and don't want to give it up. I had one like that. It took my 6 months to get him on to the full bottle of milk but if you find that he still has trouble them just keep trying. He wil get there.
Laura - posted on 12/27/2008
Hello! For some kiddos, the transition is not a happy time, you've just got to be patient, and I'd start with say an 8oz bottle, 2ozs real milk, the rest formula, give that a week, then increase to four ozs, keep that up for a week or more. You can also try giving only milk in sippy cups with snacks or when you're feeding cereal. I've also tried warming up the bottles again, even if they are used to any temperature. Good Luck! Be patient, and watch out for allergies.... Take Care, Laura
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