my 10 and a half month old son rarely wants formula anymore. he was 2 months premature, but he has grown quite well. I am wondring if it would be a good time to try whole milk.

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Faye - posted on 06/14/2011

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My mom could not produce breastmilk in 1969, the dr recommend to her that I be given Carnation Milk. Formula at the time was just beginning to be devloped and was very EXPENSIVE!

Now what do you think the Carnation milk is made with? Cow''s milk!

I realize that 42 years of "experience" have taught the dr a lot BUT think about it. What did the adopted mother's do for their infants? Give them Carnation Milk i.e. cow's milk.

Michelle - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son had sever reflux as a baby hence breastfeeding was out of the question becase he was feeding every hour and i wasnt producing enough milk. We tried formula and that didnt work. The DOCTOR told me to put him on to Half strength cows milk with boiled water. ( 1/2 milk 1/2 water) and Pentavite drops ( a multi vitamin) He is now 14 and is a strong healthy boy. All babies are different and maybe yours just needs more solids. Try giving sugard water or baby juice instead of formula. Or try a milkshake type maybe a bit of Banana or Choc Quick in the bottle. Have you ever tasted the formula. Its the most horrid thing i have ever tried. Good luck

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2009

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My pediatrician always said to wait until 12 months. The reasoning is the protein in cow's milk can irritate the digestive system of a baby under a year old, causing blood in the stool, which can lead to anemia. I know a month and a half doesn't seem like a huge amount of time to an adult, but that is a huge amount of time for an infant, especially when the baby was premature. I believe you may even have to wait a little longer based on that alone. Talk to your pediatrician. That's the best advice as your pediatrician knows your baby.

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i wud try mixin it n wit the formula...since he was premature he still needs those vitamins that reg milk does not have...but yeah mix it.

Emily - posted on 04/23/2009

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thank you for all the post! I did try mixing 4oz of whole milk with 4oz of formula, and he loved it. no spitting up, or tummy problems. :)

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Not trying to be funny or anything but...if you look at the date this was originally posted, it was over two years ago. I'm pretty sure that the original poster has resolved her issue by now. The baby would be almost 3 years old at this point lol

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011

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No just because he doesn't want formula at much doesn't mean he needs milk. It is normal for him to want less bottles by 10 months and will get less by 12 months. Don't be such in a hurry slow down and give your baby the proper nutrition during the 1st year which is formula or breastmilk. I do believe women should breastfeed for as long as they can and try and make it the first year. No, I am not one of those weirdos who breastfed a 3 year old. I also know some babies can't breastfeed because my son couldn't or moms can't produce or pump milk. I was never able to pump but did successfully breastfeed my daughter for a year. My daughter completely weaned herself by 12 months and a few days. Some people do not realize that from birth to 3 years is the biggest growth and development in their brains please give your child the proper nutrition. It can really cause problems you may not see right away.
At a year babies need whole milk for the fat and calcium. If they are not drinking enough whole milk try cheese, ice cream and other dairy products. Good Luck

Tracy - posted on 04/27/2009

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Neither of my kids would drink formula after about 10 months either they started eating regular food that was soft enough for them to eat and drank whole milk. They are 2 and 4 now and healthy and happy. Your kids will tell you what they are ready for as they decide they are ready for it. Besides have you smelled the formula, I wouldn't want to live on that when I know there are better foods!!!!

Shelley - posted on 04/27/2009

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NO WAY do not give him full milk as at this age their stomach can not handle this, the acid in full milk is far to strong and it will burn his little tummy, another solution is try another formula. hope this helps

Kelsey - posted on 04/27/2009

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Have you tried making like 4 ounces of formula and then adding another 4 ounces of milk? I'm not sure how much he eats/drinks formula but try half formula and half milk and see how that goes.

Jami - posted on 04/27/2009

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Whole milk should not be given until 12 months of age for many reasons. One reason is your child has a greater chance of developing milk allergies if introduced into the system too early, the nutritional value is not good enough for the fatty tissue of the brain until 12 months of age. You want to stay away from making this change expecially if they were pre mature because there digestive systems are still sensitive and you could be unknowingly causing a lot of problems for their little tummies with whole milk. It is a very hard thing to digest for little tummies and even harder when they are not ready for it. And don't forget.....once your baby hits 1 ALWAYS use WHOLE milk until 2 yrs of age then you can go down to the 1% or 2% for the first yr of life they need that fat for the brain tissue and fatty acids that help out with their neurological system. Hope this helps. At 10 months he prob just enjoys the finger foods a little more that boring old formula so fill him up with nutritious meals and snacks and top it off with his formula. If he doesn't want it that you can still feel ok because he received health meals through out the day. Soon it will be the meals that are the basis of his diet. he's getting there now and making some changes, that's all. No worries momma!

Helen - posted on 04/27/2009

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Quoting Erin:

No no no....Cow's milk before a year one is a bad idea. Children who drink cow's milk before their 1st birthday are more likely to develop an allergy to it. Also their poor little tummys can't handle it until atleast 12m and maybe longer. I didn't give it to my daughter until she was 14months and even then I only gave her lactose milk or soy milk until she was 17 months because of the fact that my dad and sister both have an allergy milk. I did all the research, and to find out cow's milk wasn't a problem, wheat was. haha! Talk to your doctor if he still won't take the formula or try soy milk.
I would feed him big people food before ever giving him cow's milk. It won't hurt him and it's cheaper than baby food. I hope this helps and good luck!
God bless!



I agree with Erin, try Soy milk, I did with my son and he liked it and didn't go onto cows milk until he was about 15 months old, he took to both soy and cow's milk without a problem, just as he took to the change from breast milk to formula when my milk ran out.  It's only now that he's 5 that he's a fussy so and so, but that's a whole other issues!! hahaha!



 



Good luck.



 



Helen x.

Lisa - posted on 04/27/2009

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The dr say to wait til they are a year old...but with my second daughter I took her off of formula and put her on whole milk before the age of 10 months and she is fine..I just didn't say anything to her dr about switching her. Good luck

Michelle - posted on 04/27/2009

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When mine were about 9-10 months I started them on milk. I started by mixing it with the formula at first I would make a bottle that was 3/4 formula and 1/4 milk then 1/2 and 1/2...

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hi both my boys was the same, i found if i mixed it half and half they took it and they have grown up to be fine young lads still full of life, no ailments or broken bones good luck

Joy - posted on 04/26/2009

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I would keep him on formula until instructed to do so by your pediatrician. Kids who are introduced to milk before 12 months of age are at a higher risk of developing rickets. Especially with your child being a preemie, he might even be at a higher risk of developing it. Just ask you pediatrician before advancing his diet.

Javanna - posted on 04/26/2009

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you should rilly ask a doc. on this question thay are more informed on nutrition

Kristy-Lynn - posted on 04/26/2009

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Sure you can try whole milk! If he doesn't want his formula. Between 9-12 months is ok to do this. I put my son on whole milk at 9 months old. He did just fine. Just switch over gradually to make sure there are no milk allergies.

Katie - posted on 04/25/2009

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lots of people have different things to say i think that i should listen to want the feel is right and what you agree with your doctor no matter wants it is like just changing the type of formula or full cream milk its up to you

Nicki - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter wouldn't take her bottle either around 10.5 months, however, I believe the formula is important through 12 months for nutrition and the developing brain (which I don't think has been mentioned in any of the posts above). I mixed the formula powder in with her baby food, then gave her a sippy cup of water equivalent to what I would have used to make a formula bottle. My daughter ate the baby food without hesitation, so I felt that I was giving her the equivalent to a "bottle". After her 1st birthday, I switched her to whole cow's milk which she loves!

User - posted on 04/25/2009

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if u give him whole milk u will make him sick he is too young to properly digest it and it does not have the proper vitamins required to maintain good health

Ashley - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter's pediatrician says 9 months is ok, but my daughter is 11 months and I still haven't switched. She said that when I do decide to switch to whole milk, start by mixing it with the formula (my daughter takes an 8 oz bottle so 2 oz milk to 6 oz formula), gradually increasing the amount of milk.

Melissa - posted on 04/25/2009

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Hi there i have a 10 1/2 month old daughter as well and she only has one bottle a day now at night,im going to try her on whole milk soon as well, and she is growing fast as well!

Jen - posted on 04/25/2009

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i had all 3 of mine on cow's milk by 10 months. didn't harm them in any way. i say just go for it.

Allyson - posted on 04/25/2009

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As long as he is eating a good variety of foods you should be fine. As long as hes eating green veggies, good protein and less sugary fruits. it is fine. Just make sure its homo milk And that he does continue to eat a variety of foods. There is also toddler enfagrow it is quite similar to formula with all the nutrients and needed good fats. You could try that too. Good luck. I do a parenting class and nutrition is always a huge topic. Feel free to add me or message me personally with questions.

Kristina - posted on 04/25/2009

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My 1st daughter would take nothing but breast milk so when i was preganant wiv my second she was only 9 months and had to stop feeding her. I gradually weaned her off and only managed to get milk down her in her cereal so by 10 months she was drinking no milk. I did buy a juice with extra calcium and she ate spinach regularly which is high in calcium. I was dreadfully worried at that time but now have an extremely strong n healthy 6yr old so try not to worry just make sure your son gets a varied diet with plenty of vegetables n fruit.

Rebecca - posted on 04/25/2009

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talk to your doctor first but my daughter came off formula when she was 10 months old and my midwife said to start of with a little bit of cows milk and add some water to water it down just to see how her stomach handles it but i still suggest u ask u doc or midwife hope this helps good luck

Mary - posted on 04/25/2009

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why dont you try the follow on milks available best safe than sorry, whole milk can upset some babies, but the follow on milk is good

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The formula has all the exact amount of nutrients in it that they need. They say you should wait until the baby is at least 12 months old before they have cows milk maybe their stomach can handle it a bit better after 12 months also some children can have allergies to cows milk so best to try in small amounts at first to see how he handles it.

Shannon - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have an 11 month old.. He was very much like your little guy.. I haven't yet tried the cows milk yet.. Been a bit scared too.. But i'm the type who waits till the 'right' time.. I would try it..A couple of months won't hurt and he will let you know if it the right time or not.. Good luck would love to know how you go..

Leslie - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have two boys 8 and 5 both of them were on cow's milk by 9 months, my mom said all of us kids were on it and i put my oldest on it due to him spitting everything up including whole milk which is really fatty. I put him on 2% at 9 months or so. I just made sure that he was getting vitamins from the store there is one for babys it smells really bad and probaly dont taste too well eather but i would put it in his milk. It has extra iron in it and he was fine. Both my boys were fine with it. Almost all dr say not to but u know i feel like i'm the mom and when many people i talk to including my own mom says she gave to us. I'm ok with it. Back when formula was not around they gave all babies cow's milk. Go with your gut feeling your the mom. You will do whats best for your child.

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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noooo it will upset his stomach. its best to wait until his a year old. as long as he drinks at least one full cup/bottle of formula he should be fine.

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have a little girl who was 2 months premature as well. She is doing just fine and we waited until she was 12 months to switch to cows milk. Thats the reccomendation everyone gives and trust me its worth the wait. On a different note, are you part of the March of Dimes? I am currently a member of two committees working with them and would love to help you get involved even if its to help you find a March for Babies near you to make a team and walk to raise money for babies like ours and to help find a cure for prematurity. Let me know if I can hook you up. Its very rewarding. You can check out our team at Marchforbabies.com and then you can find our team the Preemie Power Walkers to see what we are about.

Amber - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hey Emily. Thats exactly the time I took my daughter off of baby formula - when she was 10 months. I was sooo scared, but she transitioned better than I thought.

Lisa - posted on 04/24/2009

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I'm in the same predicament with my 10 month old. With my first I waited till he was 12 months old, but I'm planning to start weaning my 10 month old off the formula now. He eats yoghurt and cheese and mashed potato with normal milk so I don't see the harm, and I'll just judge on how he goes. Maybe you could do the same.

Alicia - posted on 04/24/2009

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I would say try it. My daughter refused Formula at 4 1/2 months old. She would not take it at all i couldn't trick her into taking it. My doctor told me 2 try her on milk and give her vitamins and i did she would drink that and is and has been as healthy as can be.

Heather - posted on 04/24/2009

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Our Doctor insisted on 12 months due to the fact that formula has so many vitamins and minerals that growing babies need when they are still dependant mostly on it for their nutrients. I personally would try and hold out and see how he does but for sure ask you goctor or mid-wife :). Hope this helps!

Mandy - posted on 04/24/2009

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i put my sons onto second stage milk, for bout a month and by 8mths they were on cows milk...and i made milk puddings etc...whole milk ..good luck x

Christie - posted on 04/24/2009

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I started my son on whole milk when he was 8 months old as this was the standard when my oldest was a baby and he has grown fine and has no problems with digestion because of it. It is my opinion that you listen to your child's cues rather than go straight by the text book. Try him on it during the day and watch for allergies. If there is a problem, you can always switch back to formula.

Amy - posted on 04/24/2009

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When my daughter was 10 months old she totally refused formula and her Dr. had us make the switch to whole milk...I would recommend talking with your pediatrician before doing so....

Angela - posted on 04/24/2009

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my doctor suggested we slowly add milk; so first you start with two thirds formula and one third whole milk, then after a week or two increase the milk so it's half formula half milk, then a week or two after that two thirds milk and only a third formula, eventually he'll be on straight milk. My daughter was drinking straight milk by 12 or 13 months just fine with this method.

Veronica - posted on 04/24/2009

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hi emily,yes whole milk is okay,just try with little dosage (I mean,if the instructions say it's 3 spoons for 180cc, then you use 2 & half spoon) so your baby adapts to it slowly. it's alright,whole milk tastes better,good luck,hope your baby loves it. or maybe he wants a different bottle nipple.

Amie - posted on 04/24/2009

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Just because it worked for some Mom's does NOT mean that it is safe or good for your baby and his specific needs. Please check with your doctor. When my oldest decided to throw in the nursing towel, I was told to try chilling the formula or offer it at other temperatures to see if he prefers it that way over the standard warmed. When that did not work, my doctor had me spoon feed him yogurt to get his calcium intake, as it is safer than whole milk for such young babies (He was 10 months). But, even though these worked for me, please ask your doctor and GOOD LUCK!!! Congrats on your little one!

Bobbi - posted on 04/24/2009

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Addendum, if the milk has been heated to above 160degrees then cooled this becomes a mute point, as the protien in question denatures and becomes harmless, not to mention easier to digest.

Bobbi - posted on 04/24/2009

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Absolutely not! Cows milk contins a protien that can be absorbed through the immature/underdeveloped intestine. This protien bears a striking resemblance to some of our own parts...namely the pancreas. If the immune system decides to attack this foreign protien it runs the risk of also starting an auto-immune response to attack , you guessed it the pancreas. Unless you want to play russian roulett with your child's pancrease and perhapse have him/her develop juv. diabetes I suggest you follow known science a wait AT LEAST untill your child is 12 mos. If not breast fe, TWO YEARS is really a better plan.

Kourtney - posted on 04/24/2009

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My daughter was a month premature, and we started on Whole Milk about 9 months. iasked her daughter if it was okay and he said yes. Hope this helps

Denise - posted on 04/24/2009

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Both of my girls were switched to 2 percent milk by the time they were 7 or 8 months old. I did switch a little at a time. 2 ounces of milk the rest formula for a few days, then upped it to 4 ounces milk and so on. Times and doctors views change over time. Mine are 19 and 15. They were on people food by the times they were 12 months. Good luck

Thelma - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Donna:

I nursed my babies and neither would have anything to do with any type of formula or a bottle nipple for that matter....startted to give them whole milk in a sippy cup one at 7 months (while still nursing of course) but she went to just the milk at about 10 mths and my second same thing fr breast milk to whole milk at about 10 mths too... and they turned out just fine ...my Dr seemed fine with it at the time thier weights were fine and they were healthy babies too....good luck


 

Thelma - posted on 04/24/2009

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Glad to know i'm not the only one struggling to give a botte, my little girl is 4 months and will also not touch a bottle, so maybe things might just turn out the same for me.
Thanks

Donna - posted on 04/24/2009

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I nursed my babies and neither would have anything to do with any type of formula or a bottle nipple for that matter....startted to give them whole milk in a sippy cup one at 7 months (while still nursing of course) but she went to just the milk at about 10 mths and my second same thing fr breast milk to whole milk at about 10 mths too... and they turned out just fine ...my Dr seemed fine with it at the time thier weights were fine and they were healthy babies too....good luck

Cristina - posted on 04/23/2009

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I never waited, my son is almost 12 months and he started drinking 2% cows milk at 9 months,but he did also eat very well, I gave him home made food, meats, poultry, potatoes, squash, carrots peas, you name it, almost all veggies except peppers no salts sugars or butter, you just have to make sure to consult your doctor and start slowly. every pediatrician says different things,so I just trusted my gut and fed him starting from the lightest foods to the heaviest and just gave him no more than 17 oz of milk a day, if he ate well. hope it helps.

Derith - posted on 04/23/2009

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My daughter threw her bottle at me at 10mo. we switched to milk and sippy cup and never looked back. A little against 12mo milk protocol, but it worked for us..

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