How do I swtich from formula to milk?

Chantel - posted on 12/07/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My daughter is turning a year old this month and the doctor says to swich her to whole milk. My question is do I gradually switch her by still using formula but also giving her milk for a while or should I just say goodbye formula and have her switch directly to milk?

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Taylor - posted on 12/07/2009

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I started my son by doing 5 ounces of formula and 1 ounce of milk. After about 2-3 days, to make sure his belly could handle the milk, I went to 4 ounces of formula and 2 ounces of milk for another 2-3 days again to see if his belly could handle it...and so on and so forth. Good luck.

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Kris - posted on 12/07/2009

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I weaned her off the formula pretty quickly when she turned one - She is my fifth and I just gave her the whole milk slightly warmed and she loved it. So thank God easy switch over in fact we has to sell 15 extra cans of formula as I bought them in bulk :)) Good luck :)) Everyone does it different just try what works for you. I love this site :) Good luck.

Tameia - posted on 12/07/2009

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My daughter will be one on the 26th and just a few weeks ago I started giving her whole in a sippy cup when she was eating lunch and she took to it right away. I still give her formula between meals but I give her whole milk with meals. She did not like formula and whole milk mixed. Good Luck

Michelle - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have 5 daughter's I tried to mix the milk & the formula, some seem to take it other's were fine with just changing cold turkey. Make sure the milk is warm though & putting some in thier cereal really works good. If you wait to long, they will resist. My last one we waited until she was 1 1/2, Boy did she throw tantrums, It took about 4 to 5 days then she was fine. Good Luck!!!!

Mira - posted on 12/07/2009

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I started with giving my son one small bottle of milk in the morning instead of formula. After a few days he didn't like the formula anymore and screwed up his face when we gave it to him instead of milk. The formula tastes quite watery compared to the milk and he preferred it. I am sure that all kids are different though. Best of luck!

Jennifer - posted on 12/07/2009

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By the way, if your daughter is only a month old, she should stick to formula anyway!!!! Formula has more nutrients in it than whole milk, closer to breast milk.... read up on it, you'll be surprised how many unnatural additives are in milk. If you decide to go to whole milk, at least go to organic.... still, at a month, formula or boob.

Jennifer - posted on 12/07/2009

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I stayed with formula until my kids were eating solid food, then gave them milk with their food. Then bottles were milk with cereal, no prob and kids aren't chubby today! They are 5 and 7. Of course, the rest of their diet is important, lots of veggies! No, we aren't vegans, our kids are omnivores, they way theyy are meant to be!

Pamela - posted on 12/07/2009

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gradual is best and never before one year old. Babies digestive systems cant tolerate milk before their first birthday and be sure to use whole milk. It has certain protein and fats babies brain need to develop

Hallie - posted on 12/07/2009

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Gradual is best. 6oz formula with 2oz milk, then 4 and 4 then 2 and 6 then all milk. Do about a week at each incrament. Less upset tummies this way.

Danielle - posted on 12/07/2009

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I have found that the easiest way (also doctor recommended) is to do 1/4 milk and 3/4 formula for a few days, then do half & half, then do 3/4 milk & 1/4 formula for a week, and then just milk. If you do it gradually like that, they won't get an upset tummy and they're less likely to be unhappy about something different.

Gloria - posted on 12/07/2009

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Wow yalls advice has really helped me. Im in the same boat, well kind of! My son wont be one til Feb :) I just want to be prepared! Thanks girls.

C. - posted on 12/07/2009

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I started off by giving my son 3 ounces of formula to 1 ounce of whole milk, mixed together in a cup. After he was used to it, my son would get 1 ounce of formula to 3 ounces of milk and eventually just whole milk. It took about a week and a half for the switch to be complete. My son didn't care for the mix, he just wanted one or the other. Hope this helped! Good luck on the switch!!!

Yulandie - posted on 12/07/2009

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i got rid of formula straight away with all of my 5 children, all i did was make sure milk was warmed and in a sippy cup not the bottle, and none of my children were up or down about it, youll know your own child whatever you decide, im currently pregnant with my 6th baby and will be doing the same again when hes a year old..best of luck

Johana - posted on 12/07/2009

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Well i have 5 kids and the way i have done it is i give them half and half of each for like 5 months and just lil by lil u take the formula out. what also help is some cereal or a little flavor to the milk. That should help...

Sheri - posted on 12/07/2009

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I am in the same boat, my daughter will soon be one also. I have been mixing her bottles half with formula and half with milk to start. I have been gradually mixing more milk in with the formula every week. If you do it gradually it's not such a shock to their little bellies! I first starting mixing 2 % milk with the formula. When your daughter is on straight milk you will want to have her on homogenized milk, it has more calories. Good luck and I hope this helped!

Shelley - posted on 12/07/2009

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When you switch be sure you are switching to whole milk until 2 years old. Gradual is better if your daughter will tolerate the formula and milk mixed together. You can gradually mix them a little more milk and less formula each day for about a week. Good Luck!

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