9 months old and starting homo milk...

Michelle - posted on 09/20/2009 ( 63 moms have responded )

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Just wondering if any other mom's are starting their little ones on homo milk?

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Nikki - posted on 09/26/2009

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As far as I know and have always been told, cow's milk can be dangerous to an infant under 12 months old, mainly because your baby's digestive system can't digest cow's milk proteins. Cow's milk also has too much sodium, potassium, and chloride, which can tax your baby's kidneys. Also, cow's milk doesn't have all the vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, zinc, and iron that she needs for healthy growth and development in her first year. Giving her cow's milk can cause an iron deficiency and sometimes even internal bleeding. It also has the potential risk of an allergic reaction.

I would strongly caution against it based on the research and the advice the doctor has given me in the past.

Just out of curiosity, what made you decide that you wanted to give the baby cow's milk so early? Is the baby having problems with formula or something else? I'm just wondering, because there are so many different formula options now that I'm sure you could probably find something else that would work. Good luck with everything=)

Ashley - posted on 09/27/2009

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Our doctor told us to switch over too at 9 months. I wasn't making enough milk for him anymore, so I mixed half breastmilk/half whole milk and now he's 10.5 months old and drinks straight whole milk cold. I don't think there's a "magic switch" that goes off on their 1 year birthday and it's suddenly ok for milk. Your doctor wouldn't have told you that either if it weren't ok. Just do what you think is best!

Rachel - posted on 09/28/2009

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I give my baby goat milk- he loves it and it doesn't constipate him.
I do add liquid folic acid however since goat milks lacks in that vitamin

Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009

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Quoting hannah:

Cows Milk is the #1 food allergan in the USA. There are multiple levels whenit comes to milk. Sensitivity, Intolerance, and a full blown Allergy. These things are in every common baby book that you can find at any Barnes & Noble or Borders. And these issues get worse with age, not better like some other ones.

I am just fascinatedby seeing so many women saying that they don't make enough milk after a few months or something like that which is the excuse for switching their kids to something else altogether instead of mixing what their kids eat/drink. For hundreds of thousands of years the human race survived and thrived on nothing but breastmilk for longer than the first year of a childs life. Our society has us so screwed up. I started giving my son "solids" at about 5 months, he had been purely breastfed until then. The Dr said because he was growing so perfectly on it that there was no rush but he already had 4 teeth so it was his suggestion to try the cereals to get him used to utensils and such. Because Josef was showing no signs of any problems with anything we were feeding and never had a sensitivity to anything in my breastmilk except chocolate for the first 2 months, and he was getting so many teeth so fast, our 2 pediatricians said we can progress him more quickly on solids. He was officially weaned at 15 months. He is now 18 and a half months old. He has never drank cow's milk (but I do cook with it), he drinks goats milk and soymilk, he has never had redmeat. He has also only been sick once so far when he was just under a year. He got bronchittis on a flight home from NY. His fever lasted less than an hour with one dose of Tylenol. Both of his pediatricans said that they have no doubt in their minds that he was more susceptible to getting sick because I had cut his nursing in half that very week but that they also no doubts that the nursing and diet we had him on had a large part in why he got over it so fast. Every child I know, no exageration, every child I know that was weaned before 9 months has been in the ER at least once and has had more than one illness require multiple days of medication, dr visits and in some cases, prescriptions and tubes in the ears already. I fully realize that I had the "luxury" of being able to breastfeed as long as I did and as much as I did but I also know women who work fulltime, and have more than one kid at home, that manage to give their babies the same thing I did even if it was via pumping.



My daughter was formula fed from the get go, because I had no milk.  The doctors still can't tell me why this is.  We tried pumping and I had nurses come in to try and help and nothing worke.  So it was either starve my child or give her the formula.  She has always been on the small side and at 9 months she weighs just under 16 pounds.  She has quit drinking her formula (we've tried heated, cold, bottle, sippy cup, normal cup and switching the type.)  Nothing was working!  So when I took her to the doctor for her nine month check up he said that she was able to start whole milk.  We are mixing it half formula and half milk at this current moment.  My daughter has been very healthy so far in her life and a very happy baby!  Please don't try to make yourself sound better then others (which is pretty much what I gather from this post).  I had mentioned several times above that it was her doctor who made the call on this one.  She can't afford to loose any weight and if this is the best way to go about it then that's what we're going to do.  She's had no problems with it thus far and if something comes up later, we'll deal with it then.

Mel - posted on 09/27/2009

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Purely your choice as a mum, but I didn't put my daughter on cows milk until over 1 year of age, advice from my dietitian friend :) You can always leave them on formula until 3 years of age, not that i did, but can cost more money though. It is recommended that children up to 2 years of age drink full fat milk anyway, and should go to low fat milk after 2. Again I think its personal preference :)

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Michelle - posted on 09/28/2009

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Quoting Jenni:

I didn't start my girls until they were a year old. Consult your doctor....



I did consult my doctor, he's the one who said he thought I should start her on whole milk.  I was only asking if any other mom's had started their little ones on whole milk, not if I should be.  I was just curious to see how many other's had gotten the same opinion from their doctor's and such.

Hannah - posted on 09/27/2009

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Cows Milk is the #1 food allergan in the USA. There are multiple levels whenit comes to milk. Sensitivity, Intolerance, and a full blown Allergy. These things are in every common baby book that you can find at any Barnes & Noble or Borders. And these issues get worse with age, not better like some other ones.



I am just fascinatedby seeing so many women saying that they don't make enough milk after a few months or something like that which is the excuse for switching their kids to something else altogether instead of mixing what their kids eat/drink. For hundreds of thousands of years the human race survived and thrived on nothing but breastmilk for longer than the first year of a childs life. Our society has us so screwed up. I started giving my son "solids" at about 5 months, he had been purely breastfed until then. The Dr said because he was growing so perfectly on it that there was no rush but he already had 4 teeth so it was his suggestion to try the cereals to get him used to utensils and such. Because Josef was showing no signs of any problems with anything we were feeding and never had a sensitivity to anything in my breastmilk except chocolate for the first 2 months, and he was getting so many teeth so fast, our 2 pediatricians said we can progress him more quickly on solids. He was officially weaned at 15 months. He is now 18 and a half months old. He has never drank cow's milk (but I do cook with it), he drinks goats milk and soymilk, he has never had redmeat. He has also only been sick once so far when he was just under a year. He got bronchittis on a flight home from NY. His fever lasted less than an hour with one dose of Tylenol. Both of his pediatricans said that they have no doubt in their minds that he was more susceptible to getting sick because I had cut his nursing in half that very week but that they also no doubts that the nursing and diet we had him on had a large part in why he got over it so fast. Every child I know, no exageration, every child I know that was weaned before 9 months has been in the ER at least once and has had more than one illness require multiple days of medication, dr visits and in some cases, prescriptions and tubes in the ears already. I fully realize that I had the "luxury" of being able to breastfeed as long as I did and as much as I did but I also know women who work fulltime, and have more than one kid at home, that manage to give their babies the same thing I did even if it was via pumping.

Shelli - posted on 09/27/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

9 months old and starting homo milk...

Just wondering if any other mom's are starting their little ones on homo milk?



I started my third son on milk at 9 months. He did just fine. He is now 5 1/2 and still a healthy boy. He was going through the formula and never getting enough. The whole milk did wonders for him. Do what your heart tells you. There will always be someone out there to tell you what you should or shouldn't do. Remember it is your daughter, and you know best.

Michelle - posted on 09/27/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

I would wait until your daughter turned a year. You can try Toddlers Formula which is for 9 to 24 months.



That's what we tried first but her tummy won't tolerate it.  She was on it for almost two months and she was having a hard time going to the bathroom.  Everytime she had a b/m it was like little rabbit pellets, and her doctor as well as us think that may be why she quit wanting it.  We even tried giving her prunes or prune juice between her meals to help, but nothing seemed to work.  Again, her doctor is the one that suggeste that we try this, and so far there have been no problems.



 

Huia - posted on 09/27/2009

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I thought, like everyone else, that starting your baby's on Homogenised milk before they are year old put them at risk of allergies. I, myslef did not give my first daughter cows milk until she was 1 years old.

Stephanie - posted on 09/27/2009

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I would wait until your daughter turned a year. You can try Toddlers Formula which is for 9 to 24 months.

Angela - posted on 09/27/2009

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I have a 9 month old daughter and I have just recently started giving her hlf and half to get her used to whole milk for when she is ready to switch over. I do not give it to her in every bottle though, only every other one. I also have a 3yr old that I did the same way.

Michelle - posted on 09/27/2009

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Quoting Nikki:

As far as I know and have always been told, cow's milk can be dangerous to an infant under 12 months old, mainly because your baby's digestive system can't digest cow's milk proteins. Cow's milk also has too much sodium, potassium, and chloride, which can tax your baby's kidneys. Also, cow's milk doesn't have all the vitamins and minerals like vitamin E, zinc, and iron that she needs for healthy growth and development in her first year. Giving her cow's milk can cause an iron deficiency and sometimes even internal bleeding. It also has the potential risk of an allergic reaction.
I would strongly caution against it based on the research and the advice the doctor has given me in the past.
Just out of curiosity, what made you decide that you wanted to give the baby cow's milk so early? Is the baby having problems with formula or something else? I'm just wondering, because there are so many different formula options now that I'm sure you could probably find something else that would work. Good luck with everything=)



Nikki,



It was actually her doctor who suggested that we put her on whole milk.  She eats a wide range of meats with both her lunch and dinner and has refused her formula.  She is a small baby and has been from the get go.  We've tried lots of different formula's but she refuses to drink any of them.  When we give her straight formula she just spits it out and will not take it.  And you can't force her to eat.  Since we have starte the whole milk she is taking more at every feed and her b/m's are more regular.  She is also appearing to be gaining some weight, which is great!  Currently we are mixing her formula and the whole milk together to ease her into it and she seems to be doing great:o)  Thanks for you input.



Michelle

Michelle - posted on 09/27/2009

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Quoting Katie:

Not only can it cause allergies, but there body can't handle the protein in the milk. I know that formula is not cheap. But if you need help go talk to wic. They can help you out. My daughter is 22mo's and still on formula cause she gets nose bleeds when drinks milk. Hope this helps.



It has nothing to do with money.  My daughter has always been on the small side and she refuses to drink her formula.  It was her doctor that told me to switch to whole milk, because we don't want her to loose weight.  And since starting her on the milk she has had more regular b/m's and no problems at all, and she seems to be gaining a little more weight!  Thanks for your help though:o)

Sharajane - posted on 09/27/2009

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IN MY OWN RESERACH THE CALCIUM AND VITAMINS FROM MILK IS REALLY ON THE LOW SIDE.  OUR BODIES ABSORD AND BENIFIT FROM PRODUCTS LIKE YOGURT AND COTTAGE CHEESE MUCH MORE THAN MILK. WHILE IT DEFIN. HELPS WE (OUR CHILDREN)  NEED MUCH MORE THAN MILK OFFERS. ITS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION. ALSO THE FORMULA COMPANIES ALL MAKE A MILK SUBSTITUTE  MY DAUGHTER DRINKS SIMILAC GO AND GROW SOY. THAT ALONG WITH A FEW MILK GLASSES DURING THE DAY. BREAST AT NIGHT AND YOG WITH BREAKFAST AND AFTER DINNER. READ YOUR LABELS... DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH... SO MANY DOCTORS THESE DAYS JUST RUN YOU IN AND OUT LIKE A HEARD OF CATTLE THEY DONT REASLLY LISTEN TO YOUR ISSUES. TRUST YOUR INSTICTS... 


 

Laura - posted on 09/27/2009

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ha ha ha!!!! read this like gay milk....tee hee! mine have had regular cows milk from 9 mos with no problem, I guess it depends on family history of allergies, whether or not your baby was full term and even varies from baby to baby. I know I was told that I shouldnt mix 2 kinds in the same bottle because one can reduce the nutrients in the other.

Audrey - posted on 09/27/2009

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I would hold off on the milk. The digestive tract is not fully developed and as another mom noted, we are not designed to drink another animal's milk. Goat's milk is one choice, but my little one did not tolerate it at 13 months. She is still a little lactose intolerant so I avoid dairy with her for the most part. She drinks Blue Diamond Almond Milk-but you will need to wait on this one...need to be sure she is not allergic to nuts. But when the time comes, it is a bit more nutritious than rice milk or soy and easier to digest-AND much creamier and closer to a milky flavor! We love the chocolate flavor-so close to real chocolate milk...especially yummy heated for hot cocoa. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Cali - posted on 09/26/2009

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Try another formula brand if your baby is refusing it.

Use of cow's milk before a year is controversial among experts. You might want to get your baby's doctor's opinion on this.



The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends NO cow's milk until after the first birthday.



Cow's milk is more specific to a baby cow than a baby human. Cow's milk formula is based on cow's milk but has been engineered to be closer to human milk (still a ways off, but closer). Many infants still have problems with cow's milk formula (allergies, GI problems, etc.). Babies who are exposed to cow's milk before their first birthday are more likely to be anemic, have diarrhea or vomiting, and/or experience an allergic reaction (the proteins in milk are more numerous than those in other milk products, such as the yogurt). The excessive protein load in cow's milk can also overload a baby's kidneys. It is deficient in vitamins C, E, and copper. It is harder to digest as well, often causing intestinal blood loss. A number of studies have also indicated that early introduction of cow's milk may contribute to the development of Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus.



please read this document: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/milk-...

Katie - posted on 09/26/2009

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Not only can it cause allergies, but there body can't handle the protein in the milk. I know that formula is not cheap. But if you need help go talk to wic. They can help you out. My daughter is 22mo's and still on formula cause she gets nose bleeds when drinks milk. Hope this helps.

Ashley - posted on 09/26/2009

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I have 3 girls and the Dr always said don't start until 1 due to dairy allergies as well. This did happen to my brother when he was little and he became allergic to milk.

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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My daughter is 9 mths and on homo milk. You arent supposed to give it to them before the one year mark because of allergies and their digestive system, but if you just keep a close eye on them make sure they are going number two regularly, no hives etc then it should be fine. They should not have more then 28oz or 32oz/day i cant remember exactly which one. because homo milk lacks essential vitamins for the baby i give my daughter vitamin drops in her morning bottle.

Brandy - posted on 09/26/2009

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Oh honey only YOU know if your little one is ready. I had my son on regular milk at 8 months and the doctors pitched a fit about it. He was also eating regular food and they didn't like that either but the baby food wasn't filling him up and staying on his stomach he needed something more solid. I understand the doctors logic but if you feel your little one is ready for it then by all means go for it. As long as they are healthy thats all that matters.

Carolyn - posted on 09/26/2009

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My daughter did when she stop taking a bottle at nine mo. I gave her a cup and slowly diluted the formula with homo milk. My doc said it was fine as long as she had a balanced meal and stayed with out loosing weight.

Andrea - posted on 09/26/2009

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I am going to be switching my 10 month old son to 1% skim milk (half and half) and see what happens. I spoke with many professionals as well as friends who have kids and get many different responses just like here. My lil guy will try anything you give him so why not????? He is 26 pounds and has developed GREAT.
Will let you all know what happens within the next few weeks :)

Veronica - posted on 09/26/2009

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I did it at 12mo. I would say if the doc say ok then give it a try. You may want to introduce it slowly...do 3/4 form & 1/4 milk for a bit, then1/2 & 1/2 &so forth down the line until you have completely made the crossover. This may be easier for baby.

Chrissy - posted on 09/26/2009

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I have started mine on whole milk. He refused to take formula or a bottle. I even tried formula and breast milk in a sippy with no luck. My pediatrician said it was okay. Said to try to continue to supplement with breast milk or mix in formula if possible.

Sue - posted on 09/26/2009

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My daughter went on whole milk at 9 months old. She refused her formula because it made her sick. She loves it and she is growing better than ever. We just started slow and still gave a formula at night until we knew it would agree with her. She is now 11 month and has not had formula for over a month

Jessica - posted on 09/26/2009

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i breastfed my daughter right up until she was about 6-7mnths when i found out i was preg again and the doctor told me to stop breastfeeding so the new baby wasnt missing out on all the nutrients my daughter would have been taking from my milk.

i tried her on formula, but she full stop refused it, so i tried her on full cream milk and she loved it, she wouldnt drink it any other way but straight.

she's never had a rash or allergy of any kind and she is now 13mnths, and still loves her cows milk.

just go with what you feel is best.... :)

Cindy - posted on 09/26/2009

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I am a grandma now, but helping to raise my grandchildren. I would be VERY careful starting anything, especially MILK before it is time. The digestion process in babies is not set up to handle the proteins in milk too early. There is a reason that we are told to start feeding different things at certain times. I am a lactose intolerant person myself. Be careful when you do start the milk that it DOES NOT contain the hormones, and anitbiotics that is in most milks. We have to protect our babies from the additives in MOST foods. In closing, if mother nature didn't give us a food dirrectlly, WE SHOULDN'T be EATING it.!! Blesssings. CINDY

Pamela - posted on 09/26/2009

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My first son started to ween himself at 7 months and by 10 months he was on full fat cows milk ( this was okay by the doctor as he ate so well ) but he was having milk on his cereal from 6 months and full fat yoghurt. My second son had some problems and at 4 months I stopped breastfeeding and he is on formula and on his cereal I use rice milk as he has eczema that seems to be exacerbated by to much dairy. but he will still have a small amount of yoghurt and cheese ( he is 6.5 months now).

Debbie - posted on 09/26/2009

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I started my son on 2% milk when he was about 2 months old.. he just kept violently throwing up all the different kinds of formula and I was at my witts end. My boss at the time suggested I try the 2% milk as their child did the same. So i did and my son never threw up again. He is now 25 years old, and was, and still is my healtiest of 3 kids. No allergies, no nothing. So I think it depends on what works for each individual child.

Cristy - posted on 09/26/2009

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I started my last child on 2% on cereal in the am and formula at mid morning when she was 10mo but continues to breast feed at night and gave her 2% the rest of the day. She did just fine. I didn't stop the formula or the breast feeding until she was about 14months. The doctor agreed with me that a slow transition makes it easier on her and still gave me the peace of mind that she was getting what she needed to make her little body and brain grow.

After three children I learned that there is no real hard and fast rule about feeding and nutrition that applies to ALL children.

Ishma Sunaina - posted on 09/26/2009

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mine didnt like the formula milk....he stoped drinkin milk ,,,,,once i started makin him drink homo milk...he keeps drinkin it...now he like milk better than foood...i should say if ur kids likin it.....just ignore and let em have it.......milk in ny form never harmful......

Ali - posted on 09/25/2009

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I had allsorts of problems with formula and digestion with my little man ... so after trying EVERYTHING ...I tried rice milk ....he was around 6 mths old and he is now 18mths and has always been happy and healthy! it may be an alternative to full milk.

Angie - posted on 09/25/2009

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I gave my son whole milk at 11 months, because he stopped taking formula. I had no problems. He was a much happier baby when I made the change. He slept better at night too!!

Valerie - posted on 09/25/2009

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I don't know what homo milk is but my son took to Goat's milk really well. It's easier to break down than cow's milk.

Mary Beth - posted on 09/24/2009

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My 11mo old, who has very little hair and is often mistaken for a boy as well, has been drinking half homo milk and half formula for about a month now. she loves it. No problems.

Michelle - posted on 09/24/2009

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My daughter has not had any problems with constipation since she started her milk. It has actually helped with constipation problems she has dealt with since day one. We talked it over with the doctor and he is the one who suggested it. I do get what your saying though:o)

Ivy - posted on 09/24/2009

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I was told not to give my baby milk to drink until she was over 1, but she could have some in cooked food. Babies can't break down the lactose in the milk and it will cause constipation. I was told soy milk would be better to give as long as it isn't sweetened.

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2009

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My daughter started homo milk at 9 months as well. That's when I stopped breastfeeding and she refused every kind of formula out there. She got into her little friend's milk and loved it so we decided that's where we'd go. I've read that between 9-12 months it's ok to introduce cow's milk, but waiting til over 12 months is best. That said, my friend's daughter has been on cow's milk since she was a month old or so due to allergies to formula and being unable to breastfeed. You need to do what's going to work for you and your daughter :)

Tanya - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was told by our doctor at my son's 9-month appointment that we could start him on the homogenized milk, but I felt more comfortable waiting to start the transition to whole milk after he turned 1. So, I think there's a window of time when the choice is based on doctor's recommendation and your own feeling about what's right. My son's not a big eater, so we continued a milk/formula mixture until he turned 16 months old (just last week) because I wanted him to have the extra nutrients from the formula.

Jasleen - posted on 09/23/2009

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I didn't start my son until he was one but I had seriously considered switching him at 9 months because he was very fussy with drinking formula. I spoke with my pediatrician and they said it was ok to start. But because of our personal worries we held off another 3 months. If I had to do it all over again, I would have switched earlier. Good luck.

Kerri - posted on 09/23/2009

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I was told to wait til atleast 12 months because there is so much more nutrients in formula then in homo milk. My little guy is 11 months today and i have started homo in his sippie cup every couple of days and no problems so far.

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I started mine after one year to. if you can you should wait until after one year old. let the brain develop with richer nutrient.

Zaheera - posted on 09/23/2009

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Hi there,

My son is just over 9 months old and my pediatrician said its fine to start dairy now. The fat is good for/necessary for brain development. I am breastfeeding and he is on solids but I am simply introducing homo milk-a few tbsps a day. He is also eating plain yogourt now (3%) as a snack. Loves it.

Best of luck.

Z

Christine - posted on 09/22/2009

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I say, if your doctor suggested it, go for it! they are supposed to know what they are doing :)

the idea of half and half is great because she is still getting the beneifts of the formula, keep that up as long as she will tolerate it

Michelle - posted on 09/22/2009

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Quoting michelle:

i did'nt mean to offend you by calling your daughter a boy. i 'am also glad to know you spoke to the doctor about changing to whole milk you did not say you had spoken to him/her in which case with the doctors ,ok i think it is fine to start milk keep in mind she may want it heated a little my grandson just wouldn't take it cold and my daughter had to mix in a little formula at first every child is different what works for one may not work for another. we are all differentit is what make us unique



No worries:o)  I honestly do hear that all the time!  Even my neighbour who see's her in dresses and all in pink still to this day thinks she is a boy!  I really do think I might have to put bows in her hair or something!  Takes a lot more then that to get me going, and besides she does kind of look boyish all in blue in that picture:o)



We are mixing it half and half right now, so that she still gets some formula.  And it depends on her mood as to if she wants it heated or not:o)  She can be a picky little one:o)  She just quit drinking her formula and she is on the small side so he thought it would be best.



~Michelle:o)

Michelle - posted on 09/22/2009

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i did'nt mean to offend you by calling your daughter a boy. i 'am also glad to know you spoke to the doctor about changing to whole milk you did not say you had spoken to him/her in which case with the doctors ,ok i think it is fine to start milk keep in mind she may want it heated a little my grandson just wouldn't take it cold and my daughter had to mix in a little formula at first every child is different what works for one may not work for another. we are all differentit is what make us unique

Ashley - posted on 09/20/2009

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i switched my son to homo at about 9 months. he wouldnt not take his formula anymore. he'd sleep all night and drink maybe 2 oz if we were lucky in the morning. i switched him and he loved it. if he drank his formula i would have kept him on it until a year but he didnt like it. i told my doctor about it and he had no problems with it.

Gabriela - posted on 09/20/2009

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Michelle,



All three of my kiddos started milk before their 1st year and really had no major problems with it (but then again my mother encouraged me to have them try everything-hispanic, you know)...My oldest (8 yrs. old now) did have a lactose problem, but once we switched to 2% there was no problems...I think it is good to try slowly and monitor for allergies...so good job on that...hope it all works out with no problems...

Michelle - posted on 09/20/2009

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Quoting michelle:

why do you want to put your son on whole milk? formula has extra vitamins and minerals is easier to digest does not have as much fat in it. you should keep them on formula until at least 1 year of age i think if you talk to your babies doctor they will tell you the same also most want them on 2 % nowadays {less fat}



First things first...  I hve a daughter not a son!  (Although everyone seems to think she's a little boy!  Maybe I better put some bows in her hair or something:o))



My daughter is refusing to drink her formula which is why I spoke to her doctor about it.  It was his idea to try her with whole milk.  She needs the extra fat as she is on the small side of the scale.  He told me that since she is 9 months there is no problem starting to switch her over.  It's either give her that or she won't drink.  She'll just fill up on her food and since she won't drink water or juice I figure it's better then nothing.



She has been on this half and half combo since last Thursday and seems to be tolerating it quite well.  No hives or anything and I have been able to get her to drink more.

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