Can I give my 10 1/2 month old whole milk yet?

Katie - posted on 12/17/2008 ( 19 moms have responded )

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He has been on a couple different formulas and none seem to agree with him 100%.

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Danielle - posted on 09/09/2011

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I'm a pediatirc nurse, so I can tell you that yes, at 10 months, you CAN start giving your baby whole milk, but do it gradually, like one ounce of milk for 7 of formula every few days. Do take into consideration though, that if your baby has had a difficult time adjusting to formula, it may be because he has difficulty digesting milk protein. In this case, soy milk is good too. Good Luck!

Nicole - posted on 12/18/2008

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i say go for it. my daughter was switched at 8 months and she is just fine. and she didnt do whole milk she had 2% cuz she wouldnt take whole milk. and she was a preemie.

Sheila - posted on 12/18/2008

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The only reason Dr's say not too is because babies can develope allergies.. But what do you think babies were eating before formula was even invented!

If your baby can tolerate it, give them whatever they need to be healthy..

Blossom - posted on 09/30/2010

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thanks everyone i have a 7 month old and she poops after every feeding and it has caused her to get a very bad diaper rash. it only happens when i give her her formular. when i gave her some whole milk for about 4 days she does'nt poop all day now she will be 8 months on the october 8 2010. but this is the only thing that will help her. now she is not scratching and discomfort, she's happy and so am i......

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2010

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its not just that babies may have a hard time digesting milk, its that it is not nutritionally complete, so replacing his formula with cow's milk is a dangerous decision. Cow's milk is not designed to build brains the way breastmilk and formula is...not only is cow's milk for a species completely unrelated to human beings, the pasteurization process kills even more nutrients.

i would look into finding someone to donate breastmilk to your family before deciding to switch to cow's milk.
http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/

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Blossom - posted on 09/30/2010

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i also agree with the post i read about the dr.s say so yes we had to feed our kids what they had 100t yrs. ago so yes i'm going with gut feelings know how...lol

Alixandria - posted on 12/18/2008

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Hi katie I was just at the doctor with my daughter and she is 9 months old and they said i could start introducing milk so I say go for it as long as he is getting his nutrition other ways I think you are Good!!

Colleen - posted on 12/18/2008

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(dr's don't say no bc of allergies...it's because of the complex proteins. for ex. yogurt a baby can handle because it's cultured and the proteins are broken down)
ok i'm zippin it!! :-) let us know what you decide to do and how it goes! hope your kiddo feels better with something else!

Colleen - posted on 12/18/2008

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Just a thought, maybe your baby is lact. intolerant? maybe a soy formula would work better. Speaking from our own experience.
Also, most babies tummies cannot handle cow's milk before the age of 12 months because they are not able to break down the proteins. It's also not as nutritive for what a baby needs in their diet and can potentially lead to some problems.
there are other resources but here http://www.askbaby.com/introducing-cows-...
Not telling you what to do :-) Good luck!

Karen - posted on 12/18/2008

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I should also mention that I also have a 13 year old that I also switched at 6 months. He also is physically and mentally just wonderful, and again no allergies. I mentioned my 16 year old because he was a preemie and we had lots of orders about what to do for him.

Michelle - posted on 12/18/2008

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Hi Katie I have three children and my doctor always told me no to regular milk they aren't ready to digest it properly and like you said the other formula's aren't agreeing with him either but he is almost there why not trying 1/2 milk 1/2 formula? Good luck

Karen - posted on 12/18/2008

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I switched my son over at 6 months because he constantly threw up after every bottle. He didn't even take to the whole milk so we went to 2%. He is now 16 and it hasn't hurt him a bit. He is getting close to the six foot mark, and low and behold he doesn't have any allergies at all!!!!!!

I keep hearing all these things about allergies, and I can't help but wonder if it isn't because of all the orders doctors give today about what to do for your children. There were not nearly the allergies when we were growing up and I know our parents didn't get this EXPERT advice from the doctors.

Katya - posted on 12/18/2008

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hi, i definently think you should change him over. its the best thing i did for my little boy. i started off with 1/4 milk and 3/4 formula than over a couple of days i slowly added more milk until i had completely cut out the formula. apart from the savings the best thing i found about changing him over was that he slept a full night off 1 bottle as the whole milk keeps them feeling fuller for much longer. My mum suggested for me to change him over at 8 months, but i stupidly didnt want to take her advice but now looking back i wish i had. definetely change him over.

Jandi - posted on 12/17/2008

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The experts say to wait until 12 months so that is what I would suggest. Try pushing more of the table foods tho. The more cereal, fruits, veggies, etc. that he eats the less formula he will need or want.

Kelly - posted on 12/17/2008

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No, I would trust the experts on this one and say you can not give your 10 month old whole milk. You only have a little over a month left, so why go against medical advice and put your baby at risk. Allow him to get the nutrients he needs while he learns to eat table food.

Natalie - posted on 12/17/2008

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hey i started my daughter on whole milk when she was about 10 /11 months..the dr had told me to break it down..like if ur son drinks 8 oz of formula one day give him 7 oz formula one oz milk n the next day give him 6 oz formula 2 oz milk..n so on..so u cud see if he cud hold down the milk..good luck!! i had alotta trouble wit my daughter wit the formula also..she was colic n she cudnt go to the bathroom in the beginnin so i switched her formula so many times..until the dr told me to try alimentum n woo that realli works!! that formula was great !! it helped her so much!

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My son was on everything from soy with iron/ without iron to Nutramagin and nothing worked. We went BROKE trying to feed him at $32/ DAY for his formula when I decided to feed all of us and not just him. I put him on whole milk (and it has to be whole milk because they need the fat content for brain development) at 7 months old and he did GREAT!! No more fussing, no more vomitting, nothing! I did use lactose drops in the milk to remove the lactose for him (they did not have it readily available back then) and it was amazing!! Go for it!!! Your doctor will not suggest it, but if he is eatting foods and drinking the whole milk he will be fine. I told my Dr. "Hey 100+ yrs ago they did not have formula and they survived!!"

Tricia - posted on 12/17/2008

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Hi Katie,

I would say go for it and give your 10 month old whole milk! I switched my son to whole milk and table food at 7 months. I was tired of him spitting up non-stop and as soon as I switched him he quit spitting up so much. He still did a little which is normal w/babies but from the time he was born he was a spitter. I didn't use normal spit clothes for him I had to resort to receiving blankets, it was that bad. I would try it for a few days and see what happens. I would like to let you know though that when I first switched him to whole milk he would only drink it at room temperature. It wasn't until he was about 1 1/2 that he would drink the milk cold. I hope this helps.

Kelly - posted on 12/17/2008

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No, I would trust the experts on this one and say you can not give your 10 month old whole milk. You only have a little over a month left, so why go against medical advice and put your baby at risk. Allow him to get the nutrients he needs while he learns to eat table food.

Tricia - posted on 12/17/2008

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Hi Katie,

I would say go for it and give your 10 month old whole milk! I switched my son to whole milk and table food at 7 months. I was tired of him spitting up non-stop and as soon as I switched him he quit spitting up so much. He still did a little which is normal w/babies but from the time he was born he was a spitter. I didn't use normal spit clothes for him I had to resort to receiving blankets, it was that bad. I would try it for a few days and see what happens. I would like to let you know though that when I first switched him to whole milk he would only drink it at room temperature. It wasn't until he was about 1 1/2 that he would drink the milk cold. I hope this helps.

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