How do you transition from breastfeeding to cows milk?

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Candiss - posted on 03/30/2009

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my son was about 11 months when i started introducing cow's milk. And per the suggestion of the pediatrician I slowly weened him off breastmilk. Every week I would increase the amount of cow's milk that was mixed with my breast milk, (1st week, 7oz. BM and 1oz. CM, 2nd week, 6oz. of breast milk and 2oz. of CM, and so on) until my sone was completely on CM. It took about two months, and with taking the time you can watch any reactions in your child. Knock on wood, we haven't had any issues and my munchkin is almost 21 months now...I hope this helps...

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Sara - posted on 03/30/2009

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Also check with your doctor to see if they recommend Vitamin D/whole milk or 2%. I know in the past it's been recommended to use vitamin D until kids were 2 years old, but I believe that doctors revised that depending on the child's weight. My little guy is only 10 months so I haven't had that discussion yet with my doctor - but it's nice to see the input from others as we'll be doing that transition in another month or so. :-)

Katie - posted on 03/30/2009

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I started my daughter on or around her first birthday. She is a good eater so I didn't have a lot of problems, but I started giving her half breastmilk/half formula and half Vitamin D milk. I eventually supplemented until I got her used to a full bottle of Vitamin D.  Good Luck! 

Candiss - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Lacey:



My little boy just turned a year and I recently weaned him from breast to cow's milk.  You should start giving you babe a little Yo Baby yogurt around 8 or 9 months.  This has very little diary and will not effect her.  I use Horizon Organic Vit. D milk.  I started skipping a nursing and giving cow's milk right after his birthday and week by week I kept this up until he was no longer nursing.  This needs to be a gradual process for you and baby.  It is best if possible to go from breast to sippy cup due to the fact the baby will turn to the bottle for comfort.  Then you will have to wean the child from a bottle.  This worked with both my children and they are both happy and healthy.






i used the Yo baby also, and he loved it!!!!

Lacey - posted on 03/30/2009

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My little boy just turned a year and I recently weaned him from breast to cow's milk.  You should start giving you babe a little Yo Baby yogurt around 8 or 9 months.  This has very little diary and will not effect her.  I use Horizon Organic Vit. D milk.  I started skipping a nursing and giving cow's milk right after his birthday and week by week I kept this up until he was no longer nursing.  This needs to be a gradual process for you and baby.  It is best if possible to go from breast to sippy cup due to the fact the baby will turn to the bottle for comfort.  Then you will have to wean the child from a bottle.  This worked with both my children and they are both happy and healthy.

Kimberly - posted on 03/30/2009

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A baby shouldn't go to cows milk until one year of age. It also depends on if the baby has allergies. I had to breast feed for quite awile with each of mine. They actually weened themselves. If your baby is under a year, you need to introduce the bottle, once that is done, you can mix half and half, breast milk and formula, or after one year go half and half with the cows milk.

Tamera - posted on 03/30/2009

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It's been a while since I've had to do this, but I hope the info I have can help you. When my daughter(s) stopped breastfeeding, they were still too young to have cows milk(doctors suggest you wait till they are at least a year old before giving them cows milk), so they went from formula to cows milk. Anyway, my doctor told me to start by mixing 3/4 formula with 1/4 milk in a bottle. I did this for about a week, then I went to mixing 1/2 formula to 1/2 cows milk. You keep decreasing the formula till you have just the cows milk and they should be find with it by then.



Anyway, I hope that helps.

Mary - posted on 03/30/2009

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You should hold off introducing Cow's milk till after your child's first birthday. Cow's milk really isnt that good for children,, If you compare how fast a calf grows and how fast our children grow, cow's milk was designed for faster growth. You may want to try Silk Milk,, which is healthier or even rice milk. Just some ideas. Plus, alot of steriods and stuff are introduced to cows milk...



 



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