I want to put my son on whole milk when he turns 9mo, he hasn't taken to the sippy cup.

Pheonex - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 203 moms have responded )

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I want to stop breast feeding and switch to wholemilk, he hasn't taken to the sippy cup and I'm afraid that if I just use a regular cup he won't get all the milk he needs. I didn't really want to use a bottle, but can't think of an alternative for nap and bed times. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Wendy - posted on 05/31/2009

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I started my second child on full fat milk at the age of 11 months and my third child on full fat milk at the age of 7 months. I decided to start my third child, a boy, on full fat milk so early as he was a very sickly baby even though I tried changing his formula a number of times. Within about a week and a half of starting him on cow's milk he had stopped puking completely. As for the bottle? Where's the harm in a bottle? My son is now 22 months and he has three bottles of milk a day, one in the morning, one half way through the day and one before bed. He has also been using a sippy cup since he was about four months old for squash, juice, etc.

Valissa - posted on 05/31/2009

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If this helps my yougest didn't take to the sippy cup until he was around 18 months. I slowloy put him on whole milk between 9 - 12 months (checking for the allergic reaction situation) I gave it to him in a bottle. It worked well for him and he eventually took to the cup. Kids are so different they take to things at different times. Just keep trying.

Tasha - posted on 05/31/2009

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I agree with the other moms. 9 months is a bit early for whole milk. The American Academy of Pediatrics reccommeds 1 yr. As far as the sippy cup goes, don't give up yet. I went through at least 5 styles of cups before my son would use one. It they want to drink it, they'll eventually use it. It just takes practice. I took my son off the bottle at 1 yr, but a few months before that, I gave him the sippy cup with just water or juice, so he could get used to it. Then when he turned 1, I told him he was a big boy and wasn't using bottles anymore. He didn't even ask for it after 3 days. Hope this helps!

Adrienne - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Pheonex:

In Canada, they say you can give them wholemilk at 9mo. I want to switch to milk because every time he teeths, he bites me. The bruises are not fun and being allergic to latex, I cannot use the nipple guard. But maybe switching to formula and not just milk might be the better alternative?


I started breastfeeding and had to stop shortly after christmas, due to medical reasons. But my son was about 8 months old. The doctor said to but him on formula until 9 or 10 months old. Because I was hoping to go from breastmilk to homo milk. My son is now 11 months old on homo and is doing great! He is still gaining weight.  It is your choice on what you give your baby.  Good Luck!

User - posted on 05/30/2009

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for those of you thinking that the reason that you dont put your child in whole milk is because of weight gain, that is not the reason.. it is that the child's gut is not developed enough to handle it. for some babies it leads to bloody stools or other tummy issues.. for some the results arent shown immediately but it has shown to lead to adult lactose issues and to make the body prone to other allergies.

User - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Lily:



Quoting Lily:

My son has been on whole milk since he was 4 months old. He kept throwing up the formulas. He is now almost three and he is healthy as a horse. We were all raised on whole milk as there was no such thing as formula, and may I say we all turned out just fine. Plus I think that more kids now a days have allergies than we used to. What ever your decision don't let anyone make you think it's wrong. As for the sippy cup I started my son on the playtex soft spout sippy cup because it was more like the bottle. They come in stages just like the nipples. It was great.





I forgot to mention that my doctor gave me a recipe if you will for making my own "formula" with cows milk.






I also feel that kids are or are not prone to allergies whatever you do. My girlfriends 2 kids have multiple allergies and she feed them formula, where as my son has none.






In the end it is really all your call.





 



your doctor gets to get his/her license stripped. they are giving recommendations that are ancient and not supported by ANY children's organization...and that are potentially dangerous.

Cindy - posted on 05/30/2009

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Your baby should remain on breastmilk or formula until he is 1 year of age because his system can't digest whole milk. Whole milk is not good for him that young. If you start a baby on whole milk to early, it can also cause allergies to dairy. It will promote early weight gain also. I would not recommend it. Good luck with whatever you choose.

Cindy - posted on 05/30/2009

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Your baby should remain on breastmilk or formula until he is 1 year of age because his system can't digest whole milk. Whole milk is not good for him that young. If you start a baby on whole milk to early, it can also cause allergies to dairy. It will promote early weight gain also. I would not recommend it. Good luck with whatever you choose.

Nicole - posted on 05/30/2009

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Have you tired different types of sippy cups? I nurse my daughter who is also 9mons and i was thinking about introducing whole milk too because i was worried she wasnt getting enough because she only nurses 4 times a day and it is usually only about 10mins or 15 but when i talked to my doc she said that is totally fine that shes getting most of her nutrition from food now and that if thats all she wants thats fine. i would try a varitey of cups

Denise - posted on 05/30/2009

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You definately need to start weening from the bottle and never give juice in a bottle or give child bottle going to bed bc it can rot their teeth, but you can give formula in a sippy cup, or keep juice at room temperature and give it to them in sippy cup, sometimes it just the cold of the juice is too much.

Denise - posted on 05/30/2009

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Doctors say it is best to use formula or breast until 12 months. If you introduce anything too early the child is more likely to develop allergies. If it is a money issue go to the WIC office closest to you, they supply formula!!

Denise - posted on 05/30/2009

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Doctors say it is best to use formula or breast until 12 months. If you introduce anything too early the child is more likely to develop allergies. If it is a money issue go to the WIC office closest to you, they supply formula!!

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As many others have mentioned, whole milk isn't usually introduced until after 12 months, simply because the digestive system is too immature to process it. My son never experienced bottle-feeding so when we made the move away from breast feeding, he went straight to a tetra pack. Have you tried introducing juice or water through a straw?

You can consult your pedia, but what I did was to remove the "sleepytime feed" at around your son's age. If my son had just eaten and/or had milk and I knew he wasn't hungry, I would offer him a sip of water and then sing him to sleep with a little rocking. That's also how we eliminated middle of the night feedings as well and eventually, he learnt to fall asleep all by himself.

Ashley - posted on 05/30/2009

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as others have said, you are not suppose to give a baby under 12 months of age anything other than breastmilk or formula.

Kim - posted on 05/30/2009

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You should probably check with your dr. about the whole milk thing. I'm sure your dr. would recommend formula if you're going to stop breastfeeding. The health department doesn't recommend whole milk until at least 1 year, and sometimes longer. My 2-year-old is alergic to whole milk, so she has to get her calcium elsewhere.



Back on topic - Both of my girls were able to drink from sippies, straws, etc. from about 6 months. I found that starting the feeding with a bottle and part way through popping the bottle out and popping the sippy in real quick sometimes get it's started. It depends on the kind of sippy you're using. If it is one that requires sucking, this worked great for me for both of my girls. The top of a sippy is shaped different and feels different, so babies don't usually know quite what to do with it right away. If you can trick him into sucking on it, he'll figure it out.

User - posted on 05/30/2009

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you wait until he is a year old to stop breastfeeding or use formula until he is a year old. that is what i would suggest.

Betsy - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Lily:

My son has been on whole milk since he was 4 months old. He kept throwing up the formulas. He is now almost three and he is healthy as a horse. We were all raised on whole milk as there was no such thing as formula, and may I say we all turned out just fine. Plus I think that more kids now a days have allergies than we used to. What ever your decision don't let anyone make you think it's wrong. As for the sippy cup I started my son on the playtex soft spout sippy cup because it was more like the bottle. They come in stages just like the nipples. It was great.



I am definitely not a young or new mom, and I don't have any friends (some who are grandmas now) who were raised on whole milk rather than breastmilk or formula as infants. I would be very shocked if anyone here pre-dated formula since it has been commercially used since 1867!

Andrea - posted on 05/30/2009

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Introduce it to him slowly. Like if you give him 8 ounces, do 2 ounces whole milk and 6 ounces of breastmilk. Do this for two weeks to see how he handles it, if it goes okay...start to add more whole milk and less breastmilk. I had to put my daughter on whole milk for one week and she was fine, no problems, but do it slowly.

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Quoting Lily:

My son has been on whole milk since he was 4 months old. He kept throwing up the formulas. He is now almost three and he is healthy as a horse. We were all raised on whole milk as there was no such thing as formula, and may I say we all turned out just fine. Plus I think that more kids now a days have allergies than we used to. What ever your decision don't let anyone make you think it's wrong. As for the sippy cup I started my son on the playtex soft spout sippy cup because it was more like the bottle. They come in stages just like the nipples. It was great.


I forgot to mention that my doctor gave me a recipe if you will for making my own "formula" with cows milk.



I also feel that kids are or are not prone to allergies whatever you do. My girlfriends 2 kids have multiple allergies and she feed them formula, where as my son has none.



In the end it is really all your call.

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My son has been on whole milk since he was 4 months old. He kept throwing up the formulas. He is now almost three and he is healthy as a horse. We were all raised on whole milk as there was no such thing as formula, and may I say we all turned out just fine. Plus I think that more kids now a days have allergies than we used to. What ever your decision don't let anyone make you think it's wrong. As for the sippy cup I started my son on the playtex soft spout sippy cup because it was more like the bottle. They come in stages just like the nipples. It was great.

Andrea - posted on 05/30/2009

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You are not suppose to give whole milk to babies under the age of 12 months related to the risk of increase allergies so I would use formula until then. My son will not take a sippy cup either so I just use the bottle but I do offer the sippy cup everyday so he gets use to it and I hope that one day he will just start drinking from it.

Heather - posted on 05/30/2009

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Babies need to be on formula or breastmilk for the first year. Why do you want to put him on whole milk? What is the rush to take him off of the bottle. I say don't rush them...kids grow up so fast these days. He is still a baby.

Heather - posted on 05/30/2009

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Babies need to be on formula or breastmilk for the first year. Why do you want to put him on whole milk? What is the rush to take him off of the bottle. I say don't rush them...kids grow up so fast these days. He is still a baby.

Kristen - posted on 05/30/2009

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I started my son on wholemilk at 9 months too, in a sippy cup. Try using the cups that have sort of a nipple on them, I think they are made by Nuby.

Heather - posted on 05/30/2009

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My older daughter didn't want anything to do with a sippy cup either we skipped right to a straw cup they are just as spill proof as the sippy cups. Worked wonders. Plus she can still use them and she is almost 3. Good luck.

Mel - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Sheilah:



Quoting Melissa:

thanks we'll have to agree to disagree , since i do believe in my dietitian and she seems to be quite up to date with her knowledge but perhaps she mainly works with under weight babies such as mine. i do believe that babies should be having more solids then milk at 9 months but thats just because thats the way it seems to be however, babies that dont eat well of course need to rely on the milk, mine still has 5 feeds of high calorie formula a day. thanks for your opinion






Under weight babies, as was my daughter who weighed 3 lbbs at birth, are usually just put on fortified or higher calorie formula....






From what I know, formula or breast milk should still be the main source of nutritious for babies under the age of one.






I would get a second opinion.





 



No i agree 100% that underweight babies need formula and where possible concentrated or high calorie formula. i just personally believe that babies at an average weight are fine to switch whenever the parent choses to do so

Tish - posted on 05/29/2009

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there are alot of things not to be given to babies before 1 year old or 18 months for that matter, milk is one of them. honey is another, thats an 18 mo one. you will have to get used to the idea of a bottle hun, im sorry but kids arent ready til they are ready and they will tell you. Part of thier independence ploys.lol

User - posted on 05/29/2009

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Do worry mine is 13th and she is strong they Cuban thing is after 9 month reguler milk litter by litter 1/2 water and 1/2 milk, Good luck and don't worry that normal

Barbara - posted on 05/29/2009

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I would suggest you talk to your doc...my doc and everything I've read say formula or breast milk for the first 12 months. It helps prevent allergies and it gives the baby the most nutrition. As for the sippy cup...I would combine bottle and sippy cup until he's use to the sippy cup.

Sheilah - posted on 05/29/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

thanks we'll have to agree to disagree , since i do believe in my dietitian and she seems to be quite up to date with her knowledge but perhaps she mainly works with under weight babies such as mine. i do believe that babies should be having more solids then milk at 9 months but thats just because thats the way it seems to be however, babies that dont eat well of course need to rely on the milk, mine still has 5 feeds of high calorie formula a day. thanks for your opinion



Under weight babies, as was my daughter who weighed 3 lbbs at birth, are usually just put on fortified or higher calorie formula....



From what I know, formula or breast milk should still be the main source of nutritious for babies under the age of one.



I would get a second opinion.

Sheilah - posted on 05/29/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

thanks we'll have to agree to disagree , since i do believe in my dietitian and she seems to be quite up to date with her knowledge but perhaps she mainly works with under weight babies such as mine. i do believe that babies should be having more solids then milk at 9 months but thats just because thats the way it seems to be however, babies that dont eat well of course need to rely on the milk, mine still has 5 feeds of high calorie formula a day. thanks for your opinion



Under weight babies, as was my daughter who weighed 3 lbbs at birth, are usually just put on fortified or higher calorie formula....



From what I know, formula or breast milk should still be the main source of nutritious for babies under the age of one.



I would get a second opinion.

Cindy - posted on 05/29/2009

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I work in early child development. You shouldn't take your child off breast milk or formula until he is a year old. They have what he needs to grow appropriately while whole milk doesn't have all the nutrition as well as vitamins and minerals. He also needs to suck. Taking the bottle at 1 is optimal. Keeping a child on the bottle or a pacifier too long can cause them to have "buck teeth". Good luck.

Sheilah - posted on 05/29/2009

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9 months is a little young to make the switch to whole milk. I would wait until he is at least 1 year. Check with your Ped. There is no need to rush. He will take a sippy soon enough, however, 9 months is a little young...

Marne - posted on 05/29/2009

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Wait! No whole milk until he is at least 1 year old. If you need to stop breast feeding switch to formula. His body still needs more nurishment than whole mild can provide him. I know 3 months shy of 1 yr doesnt seem like it should be a big deal, but it really is and it can even put him at higher risk for gastro and stomach issues. Please hold off on the whole milk.

Canea - posted on 05/29/2009

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Quoting Renee:

I am a mom of 3 and an RN. I think your little man is a bit young for whole milk. Their tummies just aren't fully developed. I breastfed for 6 months then formula. when they were 11 months I started introducing whole milk by mixing 3/4 formula + 1/4 milk. The next week 1/2 form + 1/2 milk. The next week 1/4 from + 3/4 milk. The last week it was all milk in their sippie cup. By then my guys loved the milk. bye bye bottles! Hope this helps! God bless!



Im and LPN and agree with Renee and I was taught in school as well as from my local health department that whole milk is not good for babies till they are close to a year. First off have u tried to use a breast pump instead of nursing??? That is so he is not bitting you. But I dont know what kind of product that they sell in Canada but here at the local Wal Mart they have sippy cups that have soft nipple like lids that work really good I used them for my daughter because I didnt want her to have a bottle either and i found that the regular sippy cups were just to hard and she wouldnt drink from it. I belive the cups are called NUK. and if u are really wanting to quit breastfeeding then I strongly suggest trying those cups and formula and waiting till 11 months like Renee says and mixing the formula and milk. Hope this is helpful for you

Canea - posted on 05/29/2009

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Quoting Renee:

I am a mom of 3 and an RN. I think your little man is a bit young for whole milk. Their tummies just aren't fully developed. I breastfed for 6 months then formula. when they were 11 months I started introducing whole milk by mixing 3/4 formula + 1/4 milk. The next week 1/2 form + 1/2 milk. The next week 1/4 from + 3/4 milk. The last week it was all milk in their sippie cup. By then my guys loved the milk. bye bye bottles! Hope this helps! God bless!



Im and LPN and agree with Renee and I was taught in school as well as from my local health department that whole milk is not good for babies till they are close to a year. First off have u tried to use a breast pump instead of nursing??? That is so he is not bitting you. But I dont know what kind of product that they sell in Canada but here at the local Wal Mart they have sippy cups that have soft nipple like lids that work really good I used them for my daughter because I didnt want her to have a bottle either and i found that the regular sippy cups were just to hard and she wouldnt drink from it. I belive the cups are called NUK. and if u are really wanting to quit breastfeeding then I strongly suggest trying those cups and formula and waiting till 11 months like Renee says and mixing the formula and milk. Hope this is helpful for you

Samantha - posted on 05/29/2009

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It is not recommended to give kids under one milk. Their bodies cannot digest the milk. You really should talk to your Dr. before you make the switch!

Rachael - posted on 05/29/2009

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There are liquid vitamins you can give your child to supplement if you do choose to switch to cows milk. It's your choice in the end but try to make sure you providing all the the necessary vitamins that makes a healthy balanced diet. Good luck to you. For the person who said something about years ago if someone could not breastfeed and there was no formula they used milk, formula has been around since the 1800's.

Samantha - posted on 05/29/2009

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It is not recommended to give kids under one milk. Their bodies cannot digest the milk. You really should talk to your Dr. before you make the switch!

Megann - posted on 05/29/2009

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Kids are a lot smarter than we think, my daughter didn't want the sippy cup and she had never used a bottle other then one time when I mom watched her. But once she knew that she was not going to get breast feed and that was the only way she would get milk or water she was drinking out of cup by the end of the day!

Annie - posted on 05/29/2009

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Starting a baby on whole milk at nine months is a little early. their tummies are really sensitive right now. When he is around a year old is the optimum time to make the switch because his tummy will be able to digest it better. He still needs breastmilk or formula until he is at least 1 to ensure that he gets all the vitamins and minerals that he needs to grow up healthy. Babies can't get the hang of a sippy cup right away. It takes lots of practice. Try giving him juice or water in the cup one or two times a day everyday. A bottle is a great way for him to take formula, or breastmilk if you want to pump. A bottle is not bad to use at all. It is a great way to keep giving him the nutrition that he needs and continue bonding with him. I definitely advise against giving him whole milk right now.

Shalema - posted on 05/29/2009

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Try the Nubby cups, the nibbles are rally soft and can be mistake for bottles by baby, dont rush him. Before you just change to whole milk try mixing it with formaula first, dont just start him with whole milk it may mess up his stomach.

Aroha - posted on 05/29/2009

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is there a reason you would like to stop breast feeding?or has it become to overwhelming, trying to breast feed, cause you would like to be in 2 or 3 places at once, and things arent coming together like you would like them to be? do you give bub ordinary cereals with cows milk,? you can introduce this to bub a lil a day when he has breakfast,and try to ween him that way, till hes at least 18months

Ericka - posted on 05/29/2009

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when i wanted to switch my son from bottle to sippy cup it was hard cause he was use to bitting the nipple for the milk to come out..so when i gave him a regular sippy cup he didnt like it cause he didnt know how to use it...but what i did was i bought him a soft nippled sippy cup so he can get the feel of it...and later on im going to switch over to a hard nipple.



hope this help a little bit

Donna - posted on 05/29/2009

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I have three kids. My kids switched to sippy cups at a year old. I switched them cold turkey. There are many many formulas out there that are fine for babies. my kids didn't switch to whole milk until 1 year of age, but my older two were lactose intolerant and so we used lacto free milk or goat's milk.

Mel - posted on 05/29/2009

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Quoting Betsy:



Quoting Melissa:

thanks we'll have to agree to disagree , since i do believe in my dietitian and she seems to be quite up to date with her knowledge but perhaps she mainly works with under weight babies such as mine. i do believe that babies should be having more solids then milk at 9 months but thats just because thats the way it seems to be however, babies that dont eat well of course need to rely on the milk, mine still has 5 feeds of high calorie formula a day. thanks for your opinion






You are free to believe and do as you want, but underweight babies are kept on formula/breastmilk and off whole milk for longer than their first birthday due to their condition and special needs. My twins were low weight due to prematurity being a multiple pregnancy, which is why they were my only children who required being nursed to at least 15 months to make sure they met their extra nutritional needs. Years ago, when it wasn't known about the needs for brain development, very chunky babies were put on whole milk and solids earlier to STOP them from gaining so much weight, so what you are saying your dietician is saying doesn't even make logical sense mathematically.





 



mine was put on solids at 3 months to help with weight gain.

Betsy - posted on 05/29/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

thanks we'll have to agree to disagree , since i do believe in my dietitian and she seems to be quite up to date with her knowledge but perhaps she mainly works with under weight babies such as mine. i do believe that babies should be having more solids then milk at 9 months but thats just because thats the way it seems to be however, babies that dont eat well of course need to rely on the milk, mine still has 5 feeds of high calorie formula a day. thanks for your opinion



You are free to believe and do as you want, but underweight babies are kept on formula/breastmilk and off whole milk for longer than their first birthday due to their condition and special needs. My twins were low weight due to prematurity being a multiple pregnancy, which is why they were my only children who required being nursed to at least 15 months to make sure they met their extra nutritional needs. Years ago, when it wasn't known about the needs for brain development, very chunky babies were put on whole milk and solids earlier to STOP them from gaining so much weight, so what you are saying your dietician is saying doesn't even make logical sense mathematically.

Alisha Jeff - posted on 05/28/2009

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i think formula would be a god idea, not whole milk like many others have said it can cause an allergy.

as for the sippy cup i let my little one just play with one he figured it out by seven we still use bottles but sippys for after food but we dont put formula in sippys only juice and water.

Mel - posted on 05/28/2009

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thanks we'll have to agree to disagree , since i do believe in my dietitian and she seems to be quite up to date with her knowledge but perhaps she mainly works with under weight babies such as mine. i do believe that babies should be having more solids then milk at 9 months but thats just because thats the way it seems to be however, babies that dont eat well of course need to rely on the milk, mine still has 5 feeds of high calorie formula a day. thanks for your opinion

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