9 months and cows milk

Krissy - posted on 12/14/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Hi , so heres the thing my son is 9 months old but the size of what he should be at 12 months old hes a big guy , so I was told i should intruduce him to the cows milk I have been doing this for a bit now but notice he does not drink the full bottle , please note he was only on formula for a very short time due to something in it he couildnt have and doctors and put him on a specail milk but hes now out grown it witch is why hes being put on cows milk but if anyone out there can tell me how much of this milk he should be taking in a day that would be great , hes also eatting 3 meals a day with snacks inbetween , I was also told the reason he may nt drink the full bottle is because cows milk is more filling then what he was used to drinking

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Laura - posted on 12/15/2010

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From what you've described, Krissy, it sounds like your little guy is taking in enough nutrition. Babies are much better than adults at eating and drinking just what their bodies need and not much more. Becuase of this, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Ultimately, however, you can always consult with your doctor about your concerns! Don't be afraid to either!

The tip about the water in a bottle or sippy cup was a good one though: Let your son have access to a bottle of water with an ice cube in it. You can even "flavor" the water with a bit of juice (1 oz to a 5 -7 oz bottle of water) or put a slice or citrus fruit or strawberry in it. In a clear bottle your son may try and "drink" the fruit out of it, I just hope it doesn't frustrate him though. Anyway, hope this helps and good luck!

Angela - posted on 12/14/2010

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Hi, Chrissy! When Elizabeth was a year, I switched her from breast milk to whole milk (cow). It took her awhile to adjust to it and drink a full bottle. It is more filling than the breast milk, plus she was eating more solid foods as well that filled her tummy faster. What she didn't finish, we just put in the fridge for later. I think I started with a half bottle and then when she wanted more I'd either refill or use a taller bottle. Hope this helps. Best of luck! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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Krissy - posted on 12/16/2010

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ya right now my problem is he nly wants a bottle when he first wakes up and befre bed other than that he will only drink 2 ounces out of bottles for the rest of the day but does get his juice and water his 3 meals a day and yogurt

Krissy - posted on 12/16/2010

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i put him on the whole milk warmed it to what he likes but he has become very gasy with the whole milk so ive switched him back to his rice milk and hes doing fine now

Kim - posted on 12/16/2010

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He should be taking anywhere from 6oz to 9 oz but its completely dependent upon the baby. If you are worried that he may be getting dehydrated keep track of his wet and dirty diapers. As long as he continues to have wet and dirty diapers then more than likely he is fine. Also, you can try and just warm up the milk a bit. My daughter who is 11 months old and I've been introducing whole milk to her. If I don't warm it up for 30 seconds so its the same temperature as her formula she refuses to drink all of the bottle. I think the coldness can cause some tummy cramps.

Krista - posted on 12/15/2010

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I never quite understood doctors who tell you to switch to cow's milk before 12 months. My daughter is nearly 5 months old and wearing 12 month clothing. If a doctor told me to switch to cow's milk I'd tell him where to go. Babies can't process cow's milk.

Krissy - posted on 12/15/2010

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nope there was something in the formulas he couldnt take doctors tried evrything we spent 2 weeks in the hospital trying to figure everything out he did a lil good on alamentum but them reacted to that too

Emily - posted on 12/15/2010

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Sorry, when you said "special milk" I assumed you meant a special baby formula for allergies or something. I've never heard of a non-breastfed baby being fed something other than some type of formula.

Krissy - posted on 12/15/2010

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Peita.. where can I find diet cordial ??? ive never heard of it nore seen it. hmmm , maybe if i can find that he would injoy water more

Krissy - posted on 12/15/2010

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Thanks for all your guy's help , I took him to the doctors today and told theme verything ive said to you guy and your ideas , he said it sounds like my son is doing just fine and not to force him to drink more if he doesnt want it Just likel aura had just said babys let you know what they need and dont pretty much , they also said the whole milk is more filling so if zak only takes in 2 bottles they arnt worried because hes also taking in other fluids and his fruit baby food :)

Peita - posted on 12/15/2010

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You can always try a diet cordial (they have barely any sugar in them at all, just check the back of the bottle for sugar amount) for flavour if he really struggles with water and you are worried about dehydration...I was told 5 - 6 wet nappies a day is what your baby should be having...just some ideas any how :-)

Krissy - posted on 12/15/2010

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Jennifer- I would try a sippy cup but with my son he was born with a cleft pallett so he is not able to do the sucktion your baby is until he has his surgery in january and Ive tried the milk after food but he always seems to full from the food witch is why i give it before the food hes a very fussy lil guy thats for sure and with your lil ones night time feeding my son sleeps through out night so theres no milk jurring then , and he hates water but i will try the ice thing in it and see if he will take it he normaly drinks his pear juice through out the day so I know hes at lest getting a bit more fluids ,
Peita- I do give him yogurt he just loves it but as i was saying to Jennifer the cheese and things like that I will not be able to do till the surgery cause foods like that will get stuck in the hole that needs to be repaired for his cleft pallet , Thank you for yur responses and advice it is very helpful

Peita - posted on 12/14/2010

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At about 9 months, food starts to become more important for little ones, I was told at 9 months, to give food first then milk later and offer water all day, they need the milks for daircalcium and the fats for brain development, but they can also get dairy/calcium/fat from milk, yoghurt, cheese and custard! My friends PED said 300mls of milk a day is enough, but 600mls is best!! Maybe just ask your doctor what they think is an acceptable intake of milk for a 9 month old just to be sure!!

Medic - posted on 12/14/2010

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Krissy- I offer my daughter water all day also, she only takes her milk before she naps and goes to bed at night and if she wakes up at night thats what she wants. She wont drink water from her sippy only from a regular cup and usually the one I plan on drinking from. I would feed him his meal first and offer the milk a while after. Jacq can sip on that cup forever some days and its fine. She was on half soy formula half rice milk so we just switched out the rice milk for whole milk. Have you started sippies yet? If not maybe ice water in them would be nice....they like to shake the ice....and if it leaks its just water.

Krissy - posted on 12/14/2010

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Jennifer , Thanks for your comment ,im just scared about him being or getting dhydrated ,, and i wasnt trying to be defensive but in my first comment it stated he wasnt taking formula , so I cant go and put him back on to it when he wasnt on it if you can understand that , doctors had to tube fed him and everything to see what was going on , formula was causeing a blockage in his stomach so he was pulled off and put on rice milk witch he will no longer take so they told me to put him on cows , hes not having a problem with it , just doesnt drink as much of it , but your cmment has made me feel a bit better , he doesnt act hungry after his bottle due t he gets his lunch or what ever it is after and still has his wet nappies

Medic - posted on 12/14/2010

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wow...I almost don't want to comment because it feels like you are coming of a bit defensive when these ladies were just trying to help. You didn't share the entirety of the situation so none of us know. My 11 month old is on half milk half formula in her sippies now and only drinks 3 or 4 6 oz cups a day so its about inline with what your son is drinking. She also eats three full meals a day and sometimes a snack or two.

Krissy - posted on 12/14/2010

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as Ive already have said hes never been on formula , hes always been on a milk and the doctors have put him on cows milk im not asking if he can or can not be on the whole milk im asking how much he should be drinking , my son was brn with problems and see's a doctr once a week everything is fine and he gets all the nutrition he needs but what im asking from you moms is how much can he be taking in?? he takes in about 24 ounces is that ok ? I just want to see how other moms babies are ( not always what the doctors say )

Emily - posted on 12/14/2010

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Readiness for cow's milk has more to do with their internal digestive system.. has nothing to do with how much they weigh. Personally I'd hold off on the cow's milk, or at least, don't increase it at this time. Also cow's milk doesn't have as many nutrients as formula. Breastmilk/formula is supposed to be the main part of their diet for the first year. So maybe cut back on solids a bit and add more formula.

Corinne - posted on 12/14/2010

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i was just posting what worked for my daughter! :) we tried soy milk unflavored and flavored...goats milk... unsweetened almond milk, etc.. the ONLY ones she would take were the vanilla sweetened flavored soy and almond milks but the "silk" brand makes her gassy! if i buy the unsweetened almond vanilla milk, she wont touch it! so frustrating!! cant wait till shes older and hopefully able to handle other milks!

Krissy - posted on 12/14/2010

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Hi Thank you umm for Corinne we tried him on the almond stuff he rufused it and he gets a bottle before any food so when hes getting his bottle hes hungry and chugs what he wants then hes off playing he doesnt seem hungry after what he drink he will drink at lest 2 full bottles 1 in the mrning one before the bed the rest are about half a bottle and my son was put on soy due to the hospital but there ended up being something in there that made him not poop witch is why he got put onto the rice but as lng as what hes taking now of the homo is a ok amount we are good :)

Corinne - posted on 12/14/2010

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ive gone through the headache of having my daughter be lactose intolerant and trying to ween her off soy formula to milk... ive tried everything i can possibly do! the one thing i found that worked was to put her on the vanilla almond milk (not the unsweetened kind) and i have to warm it up for 30 seconds in the microwave before giving it to her! otherwise she doesnt usually finish it! i think at nine months he should be around 6 oz of milk? it may also be that he is still full from his dinner! you should wait a few hrs in between and try warming it slightly then see if he takes it! if he wants more than 6 oz, then i dont see why not? hes probably just going to grow very quickly! gl!

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