How necessary is it to continue feeding formula after 1 year of age?

Elizabeth - posted on 01/14/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My daughter eats strained foods and cereal, a few finger foods. She'll be 1 in about a week. Should I continue with formula or switch to whole milk?

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Kathleen - posted on 01/14/2009

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Not saying milk is bad, just sharing what worked for me. I have an excellent pediatrition, who has 3 children of his own. He advised me to switch to milk when my child turned one. That's when i asked "why should i switch to milk when formula has all these extra vitamins? & what do you think is better, milk or formula"? He thoroughly explained the differences of vitamin intake between the two and told me that "if i could afford it, keep my baby on formula, there are twice as many vitamins and none of the hormones." I did my research, and I AGREED!!! Might not work for everyone!

Meg - posted on 01/15/2009

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I don't think there is anything wrong with keeping them on formula for a little while. It's not like there is a magic switch at 1 that makes it bad for them.

Maria - posted on 01/15/2009

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It is completely up to you, you know your child best and if they take whole milk aswell as formula and it is easier for you then do it, once they have reached one year old aslong as they are having a balance diet then the extra nutrients in the formaula are already being repaced by the food they are eating so try the whole milk see how it goes and go from there, it will do her no harm what so ever. xxx

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Amanda - posted on 01/15/2009

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Melissa, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one!!! I switched my daughter to regular milk or am in the process of.  I switched my older daughter at about 9 or 10 months. I think they are fine. My mom gave me my brother and 2 sisters milk at 6 months and we did fine and before they had formula if babies were not breastfed they were given regular milk. I mean make sure you slowly switch them but they are totally fine with having milk before a year.

Brenda - posted on 01/15/2009

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After reading PP I wanted to add:  My pediatrician was a mother herself and I did trust her opinion, but I did what my son was ready for and didn't necessarily follow their charts.  (He ate cereal early as well as solid food).  If you are worried a bout the extra nutrition in formula, a child on solids usually gets it from other sources, but if you really want to make sure, you can use a vitamin supplement drop (which is much cheaper than formula).

Christina - posted on 01/15/2009

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I honestly would talk to your doctor, and then switch to whole milk because children still need the fat content for there diet

Brenda - posted on 01/15/2009

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My doc instructed me to discontinue formula and put my son on whole milk at 1 year.  It worked really well for him, and he did just fine.  He still took a bottle (he was a big bottle baby forever it seemed like), but we didn't do any formula.  1 year is also when women that are using the WIC program stop recieving formula and start receiving other things for their children, so it is the government recommendation as well.

Angelique - posted on 01/15/2009

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I changed my two over to normal full fat milk at around 1 yrs, but I was told to dilute with water to start with as it might be a little heavy at first.  So I got some nice bottled water and mixed about 1/3 water to 2/3 milk and gradually build it up over a few weeks.  They were both fine... no allergies etc..

Tanja - posted on 01/15/2009

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I've never used "next step" either. I switched my daughter to whole milk after she turned 1. I did just recently look this up, since I just had another little one, and saw that 1 year was the appropriate time to make the switch (as long as it was to whole milk). And, I have to agree that it is MUCH MUCH CHEAPER in the long run as well.

Andrea - posted on 01/14/2009

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My doctor flat out told me that the next step formulas are not necessary at all, they do provide good vitamin added vitamin d but as long as they are eating well they are ready for whole milk. 

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Most pediatritions have no kids themselves, its all text book they are reading from!!! I personally think its upto yourself and how you think your child will cope and benefit from it

Kathleen - posted on 01/14/2009

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My daughter is 17 months & I still have her on formula. I plan on keeping her on it until she is 2, just as i did with my son. When i asked my pediatrition which was better, milk or formula, he said the formula is better. It might cost a little bit more but aren't our children worth it?

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The choice is urs really, but they do say from the age of 12 months children can drink full fat milk and from the age of 2 they can drink semi-skimmed milk. My son is 7 and because he was a hungry baby and nothin ever filled him up I had him on full fat cows milk when he was 7 months old. It all depends on how you feel I think.

Gabrielle - posted on 01/14/2009

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I think the general recommendation by American pediatricians is to move to whole milk at age 1. However, our daughter is very small for her age, so our pediatrician had us keep her on infant formula until she was about 2, then we moved her to whole milk. Don't bother with "toddler formula" - it's a rip-off, has less nutrition than infant formula or whole milk. My motto is, when in doubt, ask your doctor.

Kristen - posted on 01/14/2009

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We started our son on milk when he turned a year.  We do a mix of whole milk and formula.  My son is 14 months.  But when  we finish this can we are going to all milk and weaning off the bottle as well. 

Shuron - posted on 01/14/2009

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You will probably want to do whatever is comfortable for you and her. Maybe try giving her some whole milk and see how her body responds to it. Some babies dont like the switch at all, get constipated or have diarhea I know there are some formulas that can be given until they are a year and a half. Ease her into it. There is no rush! But formula is expensive so the sooner the better.

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my daughter is now 19mnths and she still has two bottles of formula a day-she has been so well up to now i wont be changing until shes at least 2years-i think its good to know shes getting alot of extra vitamins from it than she would with cows milk-but it's up to you!!

Helene - posted on 01/14/2009

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hi mate god she is a little cutie! i put my kids on full fat cows milk at 1 they took a few days to get used to it but i found they ate alot better when i changes their milk. hope this helps good luck.

User - posted on 01/14/2009

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I started my son on whole milk when he was about 11 months old. He transitioned just fine. In fact he sucked down the first sippy cup full and wanted more. I'm sure it tasted a lot better!

Melissa - posted on 01/14/2009

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Well, I might be conseidered bad, but I switched my little guy to whole milk when he was 7 months old. And he's developing just fine. No allergies to food or anything. And formula is so darn expensive, so I say switch.

Nicole - posted on 01/14/2009

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My daugther turned 1 in November and about 2 weeks before her birthday I started mixing half formula and half whole milk in her sippy cup (I also used this time to get her off the bottle but that's just me)  and after about 4-5 days I just started giving her just whole milk, she made the transition just fine.  The whole milk is just so much cheaper that I wanted to get her off the formula as soon as possible.

Lou - posted on 01/14/2009

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Syd turned 1 on the 3rd Jan and I used the last of the formula up mid Dec and switched to full fat. Did the same with Morgan as well. I would say switch hun. I do not believe in the follow on milk as I personally think it is a rip off. x

Carol - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son is turning 1 years old on Sunday, and I've started a 1-2 cups of whole milk already. As soon as I'm done with his last can of formula I'm making the switch. It's more cost effective and at or around 1 is when they reccomend switching. I did the same for my 3 year old daughter.

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