My daughter is 19 months old now. She is takes stage 3 formula milk meant for babies between 10 to 24 months. She also eats solid food thrice daily consisting of eggs, butter, rice, lentils, carrots & spinach mainly. Should I start giving her cow's milk anyway and discontinue the formula or continue with the same?

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Nicole - posted on 02/05/2009

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i think u should give her milk. she will get used to takig it and really like it a hole lot better. my daughter is 27 months old and she has been on milk since she was 10 months and she is just fine and very healthy! and she loves milk! also get her the sippy cups with the soft spout it will be easier for her to transition from a bottle to a cup then! my daughter hasnt had a bottle since she was 8 months old and thats what i started her on.

Tina - posted on 02/05/2009

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Unless you are buying soy formula, formula is cow milk based. Milk is a good source of vitamin D and calcium which is essential for proper growth and development as well as 15 minutes a day of sunlight exposure w/o sunscreen so that vitamin D can be activated in our body. . . I prefer organic milk to prevent any possible hormone, antibiotic and pesticide exposure that is unnecessary. . . definately do your own research and do it through reputable resources b/c any can post on the internet and any research article can be written to make the writers point seem valid (so check their resource as well).

Tina - posted on 02/05/2009

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You can start on cow's milk at 1 year old, so I would say save yourself the money and buy milk instead of formula. My daughter is 3 and has drank organic cows milk since 1year old. You can buy the organic brands that are fortified w/ DHA. At one year they start on whole milk and at 2 years they go to 2% (unless there is a wt issue they may. . .overweight goes right to 2%). Hope that helps. . .

Angelica - posted on 02/05/2009

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Hello,



Your daughter no longer needs the formula. I would try the milk. We started out with the Homo, but our kids are huge, so it quickly turned to 2% and now 1%. Our middle son is now two and is great with the 1%.



Formula tastes real bad, I am sure your little girl with thank you for switching. Sounds like she has a pretty good diet!



Good luck!

Tania - posted on 02/05/2009

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Plunket also said that the milk quality of the mixture could be increased once he is one.

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Melissa - posted on 10/31/2012

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i don't see why you shouldnt continue formula..cows milk has no real nutrition formula has all the vitamins...they make a toddler formula now that you can use i would look it up...

Tina - posted on 05/05/2010

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Your daughter should not be drinking formula at 19 months, and NOT in a bottle. Start giving her juice and whole milk (diluted if you must). But dont let that continue because shes not getting the nutrients she needs and its bad for her teeth....

I disagree.. read the back of your household milk jug... then read the back of any standard formula can...then you will see who is getting the nutrients they need... and who is not. My son is on stage 2 formula. He is 19 months old. He is 35 pounds, and almost 3 feet tall. I did NOT switch him to milk because the vitamin/nutrient factor in milk fails INCREDIBLY by comparison. And this is a kid who is talking, running, can identify people, objects, sounds, he's extremely smart... and healthy.

Mellisa - posted on 04/29/2010

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I give my 12 months, formula once at night and during the day she has solid with water and full cream organic cow's milk in her sippy cup. I know they say not to give fruit juice but I give my daughter freshly squeeze carrot juice almost everyday since I think she gets more out of it than cooking and giving it to her solid. I sometimes give her fresh squeeze apple juice, pineapple and orange. I figured that fruits are good for them and is recommended so if I can get her to drink it too why not?

Beth - posted on 02/05/2009

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Two of my three chilren were over 9lbs at birth and did very well their first year.  They both started cows milk and talbe food at 10 months.  They are still doing well.  Take things slow and don't wory if he doesn't like it.  I think you should keep trying and I agree that you should mix it with his formula at first.

Tania - posted on 02/05/2009

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My boy is almost 11 months, and I have been lucky enough to still be breastfeeding twice a day with 3 solid meals... I was told by Plunket that he could start having half water and half cows milk at lunch as an alternative to water. They reckon that if he starts having it now he will drink it more when he's older. Valentines Day he will be only fed breastmilk at night and will have the half water/half milk mixture at breakfast time.

Crystal - posted on 02/05/2009

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its fine to start giving them cows milk at 1..but give her a little bit first to see if she can handle it and if everything is good then she should be fine..

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HIIIIIIIIII SHAHEEN,ONCE YOU START A BABY ON SOLID FOOD,WHICH IS MUCH BETTER THAN ANY OTHER DIET FOR A 19 MONTH BABY,THEN YOU SHOULD GIVE HER WHAT EVER MILK YOU THINK BEST,IN A BABY GLASS TO DRINK, SINCE FOOD IS IN FORMULA MILK SHOULD BE OUT.

Amy - posted on 02/05/2009

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I started my daughter on Vit. D milk when she was 12 months. I would say to start your daughter off slow to see how she takes to it, I know my friends daughter had a hard time switching because she didn't like the taste, but she got used to it.  Children her age she be on cow's milk with a sippy cup and nothing but solid food.

Ellie - posted on 02/05/2009

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Hi!! I know this is what health visitors do not recommend but both of my children were weaned off formula milk by 10 months - they only have organic cows milk as it contains better vitamin content - but it did them no harm at all (If you think about the research, a lot is funded by the formula milk manufacturers so will not encourage you to give it up). Se should get all her vitamins from the solids so I really wouldnt worry! Try and get her to take milk from a cup -let her go out and choose her own and make it a really special event. drinking from abottle or a valve cup are not good for oral health. Good luck!!

Tamara - posted on 02/05/2009

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I know they actually say that you can try a child on cows milk as young as 10 months so I would for surely try it, see how she likes it and tolerates it. You could be saving yourself alot more money thats for sure! Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

my son is 11 months and only uses a bottle as a comfort source, before bed and when hes wrestless in the car. He didnt like the milk at first, and we thought he might be allergic, but the doctor said he just didnt like it. So we diluted it and sometimes id put just a pinch of sugar in it so he'd like it better. Your daughter should not be drinking formula at 19 months, and NOT in a bottle. Start giving her juice and whole milk (diluted if you must). But dont let that continue because shes not getting the nutrients she needs and its bad for her teeth.



I agree 100%!

Stephanie - posted on 02/05/2009

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use a sippy cup and u can even add a scoop of formula into the diluted milk so she deveops a taste for it

Stephanie - posted on 02/05/2009

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my son is 11 months and only uses a bottle as a comfort source, before bed and when hes wrestless in the car. He didnt like the milk at first, and we thought he might be allergic, but the doctor said he just didnt like it. So we diluted it and sometimes id put just a pinch of sugar in it so he'd like it better. Your daughter should not be drinking formula at 19 months, and NOT in a bottle. Start giving her juice and whole milk (diluted if you must). But dont let that continue because shes not getting the nutrients she needs and its bad for her teeth.

Marie - posted on 02/05/2009

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I would do your research with cow's milk and children.... it doesn't have any nutritional value to speak of. It is pasturized too much and most of its calcium is lost during the process. Our bodies really weren't meant to drink it, the milk is harsh on our system and isn't easily digested...that is why a lot of toddlers get constipated when they have it too much. Just don't believe everything you hear about milk being healthy for us to have. It's not all together bad, but on a daily basis is probably not all that good. Hope this helps.....

Julie - posted on 02/05/2009

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We gave our daugther reg. vit. D milk when she turned 1.  She looooves milk.  The plus is that it's not as expensive as formula!

Stephanie - posted on 02/05/2009

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I would say let her try it for a week or so to see how she takes it. Decide from there. When our son was 1 we switched him off formula and he like the regular milk a lot more. She is probably ready.

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