introducing whole milk to a 3 months old

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2015 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I give my 3 months old daughter whole milk mixed with water and breast feed her only in the morning and night will this cause any health problems for her?

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Sarah - posted on 01/21/2015

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Definitely no cow's milk at 3 months. Look at the links given, talk to your doctor. Rely on the science for your baby's nutritional needs.

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2015

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Not all formula's cause constipation. It may take a couple of different ones to find the one suitable for your baby but please not cows milk. Each baby is different, that's why there are different formulas.

Julia - posted on 01/21/2015

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Whole milk coats the lining of the intestines so nutrients are not absorbed. Suppose to wait till a year old

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Yes it can but it's still a far better option that cow's milk. If you have problems with one formula, try switching to another

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2015

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I get it now, thanks y'all will just get back to expressing my milk or try formula

Jodi - posted on 01/20/2015

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I understand everyone around you is giving you advice. However, the SCIENCE says that you should not be giving your baby cows milk as it is not giving her the nutrition she needs. Do you need me to find the scientifically backed articles for you? Please don't jeopardise your daughter's health.

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2015

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Also i am a first time mom and everyone around has all kinds of advice and opinions to offer me.

Jodi - posted on 01/20/2015

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Most babies don't vomit formula when given it. Yes, it does happen occasionally, but it is a far better option than cows milk for your child. Please do NOT rely on cows milk.

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2015

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I have not tried formula as most babies vomit it when given and I had been expressing my milk until my baby got a congested chest for over 2 weeks and someone told me that maybe the frozen milk is not warmed well before given to the baby, as I am working I do not trust that my baby's nanny will warm the milk well once it defrosts

Jodi - posted on 01/20/2015

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It will cause a LOT of health problems. Firstly, cow's milk depletes iron stores from your baby and feeding cows milk before it is recommended (12 months) can potentially cause anaemia (low iron levels in the blood) which has health implications.

In addition to this, cows milk does not contain the nutrients an infant needs. Only formula and breastmilk can do this and this should be the main source of nutrition of your baby for the first 12 months. By depriving them of these nutrients, you can have impact on their future brain development. This first year of life is so absolutely critical to their brain and physical development, please don't rely on milk and water to sustain them. If you can breastfeed, ALWAYS breastfeed (or pump/express milk), if not, then formula, but NOT whole milk.

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Michelle said it. Mixing water with it isn't going to make a difference to the fact cow's milk irritates a baby's digestive system. It's fine nutritionally but her body can't handle it. This probably makes her more gassy, colicy and fussy than she would be otherwise. If the reason for this is to save money on formula, perhaps think about breastfeeding your daughter full-time.

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2015

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Cows milk isn't recommended until 12 months as babies digestive systems can't handle it. You should only feed babies breastmilk or formula only.

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