Making the swap from formula to cows milk?

Skye - posted on 09/23/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I'm trying to introduce half cows milk half water bottles to my 10 month old but she doesn't seem to want to take it. What can I do to make this transition likable and quicker for my daughter? Any suggestions???

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Stifler's - posted on 09/23/2011

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I warmed the cows milk to room temp to get Logan to drink it. He didn't like it cold.

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Why are you diluting cow's milk w/ water for a baby who should still be getting breastmilk or formula as milk?

September - posted on 09/23/2011

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Try mixing half formula and half whole milk and reduce the amount of formula every few days or so until it's all whole milk. Good luck!

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Sharon - posted on 09/24/2011

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We didn't give our eldest cows milk until he was over 12mths. By then he was on 3 small bottles a day, morning, lunch & bedtime. I gradually changed each bottle over about 6wks. He still has his milk slightly warmed as he isn't a fan of it cold.

Firebird - posted on 09/23/2011

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It's probably a good idea to talk to your baby's doctor about it first. If she doesn't want the milk, there might just be a good reason for it. =)

Jodi - posted on 09/23/2011

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As the other said, you should introduce gradually with a formula/cows milk mix.



However, it isn't recommended to introduce cow's milk until at least 12 months because:



(1) baby needs the iron in the formula and is unlikely to be getting sufficient iron in her solids diet yet, and



(2) a child's digestive system is generally not ready to digest cow's milk proteins until around 12 months, and because it contains various things your baby's digestive system can't break down, it CAN cause problems with their kidneys. So while some babies MAY be ready at 10 months, others won't be until 12 months, and you don't know which category YOUR baby falls within. So to be on the safe side, they recommend 12 months.

Firebird - posted on 09/23/2011

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What September said. And if she still doesn't take it, mix 1/4 whole milk and 3/4 formula and gradually decrease the amount of formula. Babies shouldn't really be on straight cows milk until they're at least a year old anyway. Formula should still be her main source of nutrition. May I ask why you want to give her watered down milk? I can't see much nutritional value in that.

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