if my 9 month old is drinking whole milk should i give him vitamins also????

Crystal - posted on 01/16/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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if i am giving my 9 month old son whole milk and he is eating regular food like fruits, vegetables and meat should i give him any type of baby vitamin???

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Jodi - posted on 01/16/2013

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He shouldn't be drinking whole milk at this age. Infants tummies are not designed to be able to break down the proteins in whole milk in the way that they can digest the proteins in breastmilk and formula. You could potentially be setting your child up for a lifetime of digestive problems if his tummy isn't ready. This is why the recommendation is 12 months, because by 12 months of age, pretty much all babies have a sufficiently developed digestive system to cope with it.

Secondly, cow's milk actually DEPLETES iron from the body, so not only is your child not getting much needed iron from the milk, it is depleting any iron he is getting from his foods.

Under the age of 12 months, the MAIN source of nutrients should be coming from their formula or breastmilk. So in order to ensure your baby is getting the balance he needs, you need to wait a while longer before cow's milk becomes his main source of milk.

Dove - posted on 01/16/2013

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Why is he not still on breast milk or formula? He should really be on one of those for another 3 months.....

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Rm_mundell - posted on 06/09/2017

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Jodi,

My son just turned 10 months today. He had his 9 month check up a month ago.. with an Amazing very intelligent doc, and she said if he is eating breakfast lunch and dinner and he can have whole milk (as long as all the calories are not coming from the milk) it's totally fine! my son is 25.5 bs 31 inches long and walking, smart and intelligent and in 95% and he is doing just fine! ... so while milk is just fine as long as your babe is eating the food he needs to get the nutritional value per day!

Crystal - posted on 01/16/2013

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i have been told by many friends and family members that he would be fine on "cow's milk" and regular food. i want to keep him on formula and just try to give him whole milk little by little until he is one i just wanted to hear from other mothers and see what there opinion was on the topic of giving a baby whole milk before he/she turns one.

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