Ready for milk?

Lori - posted on 12/23/2010 ( 213 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 1 on the 31st. Is it too early to start givng her milk instead of formula?

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Locadia - posted on 12/30/2010

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its not too early just wean her gradually giving less bottles of formula with the fresh milk

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I think that with all the information above, i would not do a thing until I spoke with my doctor and got a referal to a pediatrician. thank god i breastfed my daughter til she was 15mths old. she is now 28 and still breastfeeding her boy @ 10mths. he loves full cows milk as a treat, juice, steak, chicken, tuna, fruit of all kind, and anything else we eat. let good sense be your guide. eat with them drink with them just like u play with them. they will let you know what they want

Janine - posted on 12/30/2010

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There are two ways to go about this first start with a toddler formula for a few weeks then gradually mix it with milk and then switch completely to whole milk (this worked best with my son who had gerd, or you can just start mixing milk with the formula for a few days then transistion right to whole milk once you see he likes it and tolerates it...

Ashley - posted on 12/30/2010

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Yeah, go for it.. My doc said a few weeks isn't going to make much of a differance. My daughter is still getting breastmilk and my doctor told me that if I start running out or whatnot then I can start the transition to whole milk. Your son is close enough to one that I would go ahead and start trying it. Good Luck!x

Lauren - posted on 12/30/2010

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What is the best way to start whole milk? My son will be 1 on Jan. 5th. He is currently drinking the toddler formula.

Lucy - posted on 12/30/2010

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Honey, those dangers are being promulgated by the big dairy conglomerates and the facts are being suppressed by the FDA. Go to http://www.westonaprice.org and see what their research has found. When a natural food is vilified, look to the source of the criticism. Follow the money, honey.

Angel - posted on 12/30/2010

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my son had milk from 10mths because he was a hungry baby. so i would go on what u think ur baby would take. does ur child take milk with weetabix and farleys or do u use powder bottle milk.

Jaclyn - posted on 12/30/2010

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My Dr told me that I could give my 1st son was 11 months Whole milk, at first he did great with it. After a month he started to throw it up, as it was too rich for his system to handle, she had me switch to say milk for 6 months and then he was fine with whole milk after that. My sisters Dr told her to give her son that drinks soy formula skim milk when he turns 1, as it has the least amount of lactose and step him up from there to get used to it. With my 2nd son who is on low lactose milk, I'm thinking about trying the toddler formula for a few months and then switching to whole milk a little over a year.

Sue - posted on 12/30/2010

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I did it when the tin of formula ran out, even though he was a week shy of his 1st birthday. Nothing magical happens to them on their birthday, so I guess this is fine.

Zoe - posted on 12/30/2010

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i believe that nowadays they are telling us what we can and cant eat and drink , but i have 5 children bought up on cows milk from 6 months and im a smoker , they are all very healthy ,where as a friend who doesnt smoke and does everything by the book has 3 children who are in and out of hospital with breathing and dietry problems all the time , another friend has 1 child and has the same problems , i will always listen to the child

Aurora - posted on 12/30/2010

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I started milk at one year of age. Due to breastfeeding all my kids, they could not overcome the blan taste of plain milk. I found if I augmented it with pedisure, they could enjoy drinking milk. Experiment with it and see what your child enjoys

Cheryl - posted on 12/30/2010

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WAIT...the source and quality of the milk matter. Yes whole milk all the way...forever. Fat is not the issue, it is sugar. So no chocolate or flavoured milk recommended from me. ;o) If you call that stuff milk in the bag you purchase at the grocery store...yikes, NOT. I know this means a little digging but the writing is on the wall with all the allergies/digestive sensitivities going on. Well, I should say that I have a degree in holistic nutrition so that you know where the info is coming from. So the quality matters...cows not fed on grass causes an imbalance in the fat profile (not good), cows given antibiotics or growth hormones (not good), pasteurization (not good...well you may think so but not), homogenization (not good)...how many more reasons? Milk is not the only issue here with allergies but if you have choices and once you educate yourself, you might be up to me sharing what I feel are your healthier choices. Cheryl from Toronto, Canada

Sheila Sudlow - posted on 12/30/2010

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Health professionals do say to start introducing cow's milk at 6 months old then gradually a child can be off formula milk by the age of one so wold say to start diving it her gradually e.g. in breakfast and in mash potatoe and things then you could get her onto bottles if her nappies seam to get loose she may be getting weaned on it a bit to quick you could dilute the cows milk with cool boiled water to help if this is the case.

Stephanie - posted on 12/30/2010

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Be sure to gradually switch, because if you don't, then they could have intestinal problems as well...add cows milk a little bit at a time to each bottle of formula until it replaces the formula.

Zoe - posted on 12/30/2010

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i started all of mine on cows milk at 6months and so did most of my friends , i have 5 children and they are all very healthy and are not over weight and do not suffer digestive problems nor do my friends children , i know a lot of people who still start at 6 months

Charmian - posted on 12/30/2010

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christine, most baby formulas are cow-milk based, so keeping baby on formula rather than cows milk is not avoiding the exposure to dairy. the concern with giving cows milk is that it is not a complete food like formula or breastmilk, so baby needs to be getting a variety of other foods and the cows milk being a part of a larger meal, not a meal in itself. there is no need to continue formula to 3 years, that is the unethical formula industry suggesting that this is necessary. breast milk on the other hand offers a wonderful complete food, antibody fix and other nutrients we don't even know that benefit our babies and children, so continue breastfeeding as long as you and your child wish. i wouldn't be worried about the week or two until your little one turns 1, if she is having a variety of other foods and isn't filling up on the milk, then it shouldn't be a problem

Teresa Curtis - posted on 12/30/2010

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Milk is just fine at one. Just remember to give her enough baby food and table food to make up for the formula loss. :)

Aijan - posted on 12/30/2010

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if you are concerned then start with goat milk. It is much better than the cow and digests easier by tender little stomachs. And it is better than a formula. Does never give allergies.

Wendy - posted on 12/30/2010

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well I'm not a doctor or anything but I started giving my little boy some milk when he was a year old. I didn't stop the formula all together until about a year & a half. I would give him formula in the morning & once during the day & at night but the other time I would give him milk. He was eating food as well.

Carolien - posted on 12/30/2010

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My little girl is almost 10 months and has been having bits of milk already. She is not a huge fan of formula and i give her some milk as a drink on top of her 2/3 bottles she gets. I do also disagree with the statement that you need to give them formula till they are 3, that is the company of formula's wish!

Raeann - posted on 12/29/2010

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yes its ok to start on milk. both my kids started at 10months when they started walking. the doctor said they were big enough and burning enough fat for milk. but they do say that they need whole milk till they turn 2 becasue it has more fats that they need to grow big and strong than switch them to 1% or 2% whatever your family drinks.

Katrina - posted on 12/29/2010

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My doctor told me milk was fine at 1 year but it had to whole milk until my son was 2.

Carol - posted on 12/29/2010

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1 year is what they suggest in Canada...but my baby does not like it. It must be whole milk. If baby doesn't like try cheese or yogurt.

Leslie - posted on 12/29/2010

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I was told when my daughter turned 1 to switch to whole milk. On her birthday I switched to it AND put it in a sippy instead of a bottle. I had absolutely no problems with either. Now she's almost two and I was told to go to 2% now by my doctor, so that is what I will do.

Tanya - posted on 12/29/2010

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My pediatrician said absolutely nothing low fat before age 5....if a baby is having trouble with whole milk, they will have the same problem with lowfat. It is the proteins that their digestive systems can't handle. The whole milk vs. 1 or 2% deals with fat content...not the whey proteins or lactose that is in them. Some people just can't handle it. I read the "Eat right for your blood type" book...thought it was a bunch of hullaballooh but as O+ it says I should never have been consuming cow's milk and that soy milk would be better. As soon as I switched the indigestion that I always got after drinking milk of any fat % stopped. I have never heard of waiting later than 1 year to go off formula. I have two preemies. One was born four months early and had gastrointestinal problems. We still put him on whole milk at about 14 months chrono/10 months gestatinal. The other baby is a 31 weeker and started earlier this week, four weeks before his gestional 1 year. Both have done fine and have no digestive track problems. And the baby was lactose intollerant so bad that he had to stop drinking my milk and go to lactose free formula. We did not ween him onto it either. Just switched...he has done fine. My doctor said that if there was going to be a problem, it wouldn't matter how much you gave him or how slowly you introduced it. He would either adjust or not. He said 8 out of 10 babies who are lactose intollerant grow out of it by 1 year. I guess I got lucky. And to whomever it was talking about vitamins and iron and such, by 1 year, your baby should be on cereals and baby food, both of which have more than enough vitamins and minerals for baby's development. My son eats yogurt and cherios for breakfast, meat, veggies and fruit for lunch and dinner (sometimes babyfood and sometimes whatever we're having), and only takes about 4-5 6 oz bottles a day. He is 25 lbs at 11m gestational/13 m chrono. His development is just fine.

Brenda - posted on 12/29/2010

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I agree that you should double-check with your pediatrician. The answer I have heard for years from various mom's is one-year old. Until they are one, they need certain nutrients found in either breastmilk or formula. When you switch it should be to whole milk and then check with your pediatrician to see when you reduce it to 2%. My son switched to reduced fat at only 18 months.

Fran - posted on 12/29/2010

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if you want to introduce milk to her slowly you can give her 1 oz of milk per 2 oz. of formula. so if you are giving her 6 oz bottle then it would be made up of 2 oz of milk and 4 oz of formula. then slowly increase the amount of milk and decrease the amount of formula until she is on milk completely. usually takes about a week to be done with the formula. whole milk for the first year. then you can switch to 2% or 1% when she is 2 years old.

Danielle - posted on 12/29/2010

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My oldest started on homo milk at 2 months old, she was allergic to everything else and I had a short milk supply. I always looked at it like that was what my parents drank as babies there was no such thing as formula back then. As long as she has a healthy diet with her baby food/ solid food milk should be fine.

Brandy - posted on 12/29/2010

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Funny I just asked my friend who's also a dietition just the other day-"what are the benefits of the '2nd' formulas that are now on the shelves that weren't around when my first 2 children were babies!". Her response: "there are no real benefits of the '2nd' formulas-they are there for those babies that do not do well with cow's milk.". When my older 2 were @ 12 months (maybe 11) they were just not interested in formula anymore! Very easy to take the bottles away. I'm hoping it's the same for baby girl. Also, when my older 2 stopped formula, they didn't want ANY milk! They still don't drink milk! My pediatrician and dietician friend said that that's ok as long as they're getting dairy in some other form....mine makes 1 year on Feb. 2....I will begin adding an ounce of cows milk into her bottles....good luck!

Amy - posted on 12/29/2010

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They say 12 months but my grandma that has 7 kids and 20 grandkids with a few great mine included says that 11 months is ok.. but like others say ask your Doc..

Holley - posted on 12/29/2010

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No it is not to early to start giving her milk. I would have done it my self but my son could not have milk. But i was told that you can start giving milk at the age of 9 months. So i think that you can.

Gina - posted on 12/29/2010

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We started right around my daughter's birthday. However, we had to switch to soy after a week of stomach troubles that led us to figure out she's lactose intolerant (not a surprise since my mom, sister and I all are). I would say go for it - maybe mixing part formula part milk to get her used to the taste and then tapering off of the formula. Just be sure to watch for any symptoms of allergy or intolerance.

Suzie - posted on 12/29/2010

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Melinda your right Momma knows best.......But as far as WIC goes they also tell you to talk to your doctor when it comes to whole milk and it is just their recommendation as with anything put in a pamphlet or website....Unless studies are done and scientific prof is presented, then it is a recommendation. You and ALL of us moms do what is best for OUR children with guidance from WIC, docs and scientific prof. None of it makes anyones choices bad it is the chose WE make for OUR children.
So, with all these recommendations.....Lori can make her chose just as WE did. Thank you and have a bless day.

Lachelle - posted on 12/29/2010

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Children can switch to whole milk at the age of 12 months. Be careful when doing so and introduce it gradually. I've always added the whole milk to the formula in 2 ounce increments over a couple weeks time as to not cause stomach irritation or constipation.
Good luck!

Alicializd - posted on 12/29/2010

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yes it is too early, remember now the formula has in vitamins for there body,mind and her little bones, please don't stop giving her formula yet.

Melinda - posted on 12/29/2010

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Suzie? If Whole milke is bad Then why whould a mother on WIC Only be given Whole Milke from their baby from age 1 to age 2 The fats in the milk are good fro brain development! I dunno its W/e And REALLY its all on What you or anyone else chooses to do for their baby...My middle boy had a milk allergry from 1-6 months then they put him back on milk based and he's been fine since! He's my Biggest MIlk Drinker! but really MOMMA KNOWS BEST for their BABY!

Donna - posted on 12/29/2010

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Both of my boys (ages 5 and 11 months) were given the "go ahead" to start whole milk at 11 months. The doctor did a blood test first to make sure he had enough iron in his blood. When the bloodwork came back fine, he said to start them on whole milk. My 5 year old is the picture of health, happy and smart with no digestive or allergy issues. My 11 month old has just started, but so far, so good.

Sarah - posted on 12/29/2010

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You could try it. Make sure you know the signs of a lactose intolerance. Call your lil ones doctor....They would know best. I gave my lil guy milk shortly before he was 1 and he had no issues. Not all children have problems with milk.

Suzie - posted on 12/29/2010

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Personally, on my first child I nursed for 3 mths. then gave him formula and whole milk by 8 and a half months. He start show signs of a Lactose Intolerence with in a short time. He still to this day has a problem and his is 19. If I had known what whole milk can do to a little ones system I would have waited untill he was at least 2 before putting him on whole milk...good eater or not.
My youngest I nursed for 13 and half mths. I put him on 1% and worked him into whole milk. His pediatrician was fine with it. He has had some problems with milk but nothing like my oldest.
From pesonal experience I do recommend for you toddler to stay on formula until at least 2. Save yourself the tummy problems for your child.
One more thing, stop giving Christine a hard time. She did her research for the sake of her children. I know the research I did recommends your nurse your child for 2 yrs. and peditricians recommend the samething.
We all do what we think is best for our children. you all did your research and asked questions and then you decide to do what ever.
Lori, I know whole milk can and will cause your child future problems with their tummies. Do what you think is best but make sure you talk to her pediatrician before you decide anything. Good luck. God bless.

Melinda - posted on 12/29/2010

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I started My boys on Whole milk around 10-11 months...still giving formula for a few feedings and the whole milk after like my cereal and fruit feeding and after my dinner feeding...by the time they were 11-12 months the Formula and Bottles were GONE!!

Lucy - posted on 12/29/2010

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I would consider finding a source of clean raw milk. The pasteurization and homogenization process renders milk far less digestible due to the destruction of the natural enzymes that help the body digest the milk. But don't take my word for it, go to http://www.westonaprice.org/ and search "real milk."

Queen - posted on 12/29/2010

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Hi according to our doctor, you should wean her off by giving half and half. Be sure to wait until she is 1 first. I would double check to be sure. Good luck.

Carey - posted on 12/29/2010

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do a little first to make sure she is not allergic..but i tend to go against the grain..i started all three of my boys when they were 12 mon 10 month and 9 months

Elizabeth - posted on 12/29/2010

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Sorry I was snappy it's not you I just keep running into the breastmilk is absolutely perfect in all cases and anything less is hurting your child women. My son has a severe milk protein allergy if we didn't have hypoallergenic formula he just would have died from how violently his body rejected my breastmilk. Sorry I'm getting too touchy every time someone even mentions bfing.

Rachel - posted on 12/29/2010

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I started my daughter a week early, you're the mother, you know best, I don't think a week will make a difference, good luck!

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