When did you stop giving your baby formula??

Alicia - posted on 04/04/2009 ( 60 moms have responded )

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When did you start giving cow's milk? When did you stop giving formula? How did you transition from formulat to cow's milk?

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Becca - posted on 04/06/2009

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i started giving cows milk at 9mths just a little with breakfast then full bottles at 1yr. formula is good also but not always convenient and providing their diet is good cows milk is fine. this is what i did and my kids are all strong and healthy, good luck

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Lesley - posted on 04/09/2009

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Once Meg turned 1 I started mixing formula and whole milk about 1/2 and 1/2. I did that for probably a month or 6 weeks. She still had constipation issues when formula was cut out altogether, but not for very long.

Laura - posted on 04/09/2009

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I started at a tear old. I started by doing half formula andhalf milk and he didn't hesitate. But once I went to just milk he wouldn't drink it and my Dr told me to see if he would drink Choc milk and thats what it's been. We are getting ready to switch to white and he is not happy.

April - posted on 04/09/2009

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I put all 3 of my cchildren on whole milk at about 8 months.I just put vitamins in there bottles and they were just fine.

Gina - posted on 04/09/2009

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stopped at 12 months. I started mixing in whole milk with the formula at 10 months. Mixed 2 ounces at a time whole milk until it was mostly whole milk.

Harmony - posted on 04/09/2009

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1 year, waiting any longer isn't necessary, switch them over gradually, intoduce milk in a cup as this is also the perfect age to get them off of the bottle. find a cup that they can use, it may take a few tries but don't give up or give in.

Amanda - posted on 04/09/2009

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My girls all nursed past one. I did supp. with formula until they were one when needed. After age one they gave up the bottle and refused cows milk. UGH. It's so frustrating. I continued to give them calcium foods and vitamins and nurse morning and nights. When two started Kind. they started drinking choc. milk.  It was positive peer pressure. They still will not drink milk at home. One likes Soy milk.  

Victoria - posted on 04/09/2009

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I spoke to my baby health care nurse FIRST about this...

My eldest son was fed cows milk at 8 months old. He had 60% milk to 40% water to start. He was only fed the milk at night. REASON: Transition from step 1 formula to step 2 didn't 'agree' with him. And after discussion with our baby health nurse we decided to give him the cows milk as well as the step1 formula. My nurse advised me that that this method was 'ok' for him as he was already at an advanced stage of development for his age (weight etc) and he would benefit from the cows milk more than be affected by it. (Alittle to do with digestive immunity apparently)

My daughter wasnt given cows milk till 18months. She had digestive problems from 5 months and it left her 'smaller' than most babies her age. She continued with various different formulas till 18months but WAS having cows milk in her breakfast.



So yeah I agree with what a few of you are saying, Its really up to the mother and the baby.

If your not comfortable giving your baby cows milk, you don't have to. Noone should criticise you for your decision, so at the same time you shouldn't expect that those who DO chose to give their baby cows milk to have take any critisism for their decision.

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Michaela - posted on 04/09/2009

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At around 11-12 months. She only has one bottle a day now anyway ( on a nightime ) shes 14 months old & she has cows milk. She took to it very very well and didnt even fuss , dont think she even noticed the change lol

Kansas - posted on 04/09/2009

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About 12 months.  A good way to introduce it is to half & half milk with formula.  Then as time goes on lower the amount of formula. It worked with all three of my daughters. 

Shanin - posted on 04/08/2009

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Quoting Dianna:

I've been reading that it's better to use organic milk instead of regular due to the hormones they're putting in regular milk. Apparently, girls are getting their periods around 8 years old and in turn are able to get pregnant. Anyone else hear about this???



I heard that too. Only organic or hormone free for my little ones.  My friend's daughter has boobies at age 10/11!



On the formula/milk front:



My daughter was soooo easy to switch.  At one year old, no more bottle no more formula no biggie. My son, a different story... but he's slow with everything...slow to move to his crib (9 months), slow to walk (12 months) and still loves his bottle at night (13 months).  Its up to half whole organic milk/half "junior" formula. 



By the way, he was breast fed solely until 10 months when he weaned himself to a bottle of expressed milk and then over to formula.  That saved a ton of money and is sooooo healthy for both mommy and baby.  We had a support group, it wasn't always easy to b/f and I serisouly never thought he would ween (he didn't accept a bottle until 6 months old and then it was under duress).  But boy when he decided no more boob he let me know....can only take the biting for so long!



Did you know how powerful the baby formula industry is?  Pretty much convinced us mothers (back in the 60's I think) that formula was WAY BETTER than breastmilk.  They have a pretty strong lobby interest, too.  Now they are pushing this "junior" formula (we don't actually call it that exactly here in US) for up to 24 months. This practice  is NOT supported by health practitioners.  However, health practitioners change their minds...so you never know.....you're a mom...you do what feeeeellllls right.  Its called intuition, we got it - doctor's don't!



Hope that helps....

Glendeen - posted on 04/08/2009

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My daughter just turned one today!!! About last month I switched her from drinking three 8 oz cups of formula to two cups of formula and one cup of whole milk so that she could get use to it. She also eats solid food very well ... a healthy eater. Now that she is one and likes and it use to the whole milk once the formula we have left is gone I will switch her to whole milk completely. But I will still give it to her morning, evening and night. I also still warm it up. I cant get her to drink it cold :)

Shauna - posted on 04/08/2009

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I'm probably gonna get attacked for this....but here goes.  I have 3 children.....14, 9 & a baby who is almost 7 weeks old.  With my older 2.....I switched them at 9 months old.  With my oldest....I tried 2% cause that is what we drank and because she was on the chubby side....and it constipated her.  I then switched her to whole milk...and no problems whatsoever.  With my 2nd....at 9 months old....I also switched him....straight to whole milk....no problems.  I ALSO started putting cereal in BOTH of their late night bottles at 4 weeks old cause they were hogs and were eating constantly.  They are now almost 10 and 15 and are both healthy as can be. 



Now with my newborn....I will play it by ear and see what happens.  I admit...I did start putting a little bit of cereal in his bottles the other day just to give him some more fulfillment cause otherwise....he seems to always be hungry.  I did it with my other kids and they turned out fine.....and I'm not afraid to do it again.  If he doesn't adjust well to it, then I'll stop.  It depends on the individual baby in my opinion!

Christine - posted on 04/08/2009

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I started my son on cows milk when he was 10 months old...My doctor felt because of his size (23lbs) he was ready for it...Although, I did the same with my daughter when she was 10 months, and they are both thriving and havent had any problems with the milk allergy

Ginger - posted on 04/08/2009

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I started mixing cow's milk to formula at age 6 months. I put about an ounce of cow's milk to 7 ounces of formula and every few days progressed up. Watch that your child does not get constipatied. I'm an old school mom and a lot the docor tells you I beleive is directed from the companies tha make the things your child uses. I, myself, was on straight from the cow milk at birth. No watered down store milk, No breast milk or formula.

Nicole - posted on 04/08/2009

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9 Months of age, straight to cows milk after tolerating milk for months on his weetbix, my son had no problem tolerating it he was fine, but did keep and eye out for signs of no toleration, diarrhea, vomiting,irritability etc. Each mother and baby are different, so u will get many different replies, always start introducing everything in little bits though. Trial and error like all parenting

Linny - posted on 04/07/2009

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i'm the same. my baby was 6 1/2 months old when he started on cows milk. i give him his formula first feed of the day and last of the night. in between it's cows milk.

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My boy is 7 months, and I have been weening him onto whole milk for about a month now. I started with 25% milk, 75% formula, then after a couple of weeks, half/half, i am about to go 75% milk, 25% formula, and so on when the time is right. I did this as he is a big boy, and always hard to satifisfy his tummy, so i felt it was time to try. He has been on solids since he was 10 weeks old, and now eats pretty much what we have, but mashed or pureed. Each bub is different, you have to gauge thier induvidual needs and wants and go with the flow. This works for him and have NO dramas at all.

Audrey - posted on 04/07/2009

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At about 11 1/2 months I started giving him 2 oz. of milk in his formula bottle to where it was 6 oz. formula and 2 oz. milk. I started giving my son 1/2 & 1/2 at around 12 months from his sippy cup. I gave it in a bottle as well but only for his pre-nap bottle and pre-bedtime bottle. Both of my boys seemed to adjust well with the changes. After a week or 2 on that I started just adding 2 oz. of formula and 4 oz. milk. After handleing that we moved on to whole milk. I have found that if this is done too early or quickly it can cause diarrehea though. 

Audrey - posted on 04/07/2009

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At about 11 1/2 months I started giving him 2 oz. of milk in his formula bottle to where it was 6 oz. formula and 2 oz. milk. I started giving my son 1/2 & 1/2 at around 12 months from his sippy cup. I gave it in a bottle as well but only for his pre-nap bottle and pre-bedtime bottle. Both of my boys seemed to adjust well with the changes. After a week or 2 on that I started just adding 2 oz. of formula and 4 oz. milk. After handleing that we moved on to whole milk. I have found that if this is done too early or quickly it can cause diarrehea though. 

Laura - posted on 04/07/2009

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i never did the stage 2 formula. My son was off formula at 7 months because he didn't like it. His doctor told us that whole cows milk was fine and if we wanted to give him pediasure we could because essentially all it is flavored formula so the kid wiill drink it.

Shaundra - posted on 04/07/2009

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Formula until they are one. Then give them whole milk until they are two and 2% after age two.

Dianna - posted on 04/07/2009

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I've been reading that it's better to use organic milk instead of regular due to the hormones they're putting in regular milk. Apparently, girls are getting their periods around 8 years old and in turn are able to get pregnant. Anyone else hear about this???

Debra - posted on 04/07/2009

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I switched both my girls over to whole milk at 1 yr old and had no problems. It's wonderful to not have to buy formula anymore.

Kerri - posted on 04/07/2009

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i had been given advice from a nurse, she told me at a year old we can ween our daughter off formula, as that she wont be getting anything from it over the age 1.

so she recommended i give her half formula and half milk mixture. and it worked like a charm, she got used to the milk while decreasing formula over the week and eventually it was just milk.. good luck

Michelle - posted on 04/07/2009

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I stopped at 12 months with both my two children (now 3 and 2 years). If they were taking 200mls of formula, I would make up 150 mls and add 50 mls of cows milk, after 3 or 4 days reduce the formula, increase the cows milk until they are down to just cows milk. Good luck :)

Mel - posted on 04/07/2009

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6-12 months is fine depending on your babys weight my daughter is 12 months but has to switch to a different formula with more calories because shes still little so she has formula in her nasal gastric tube but i give her what i want from her cup cows milk shes been having since about 10-11 months and juice, water whatever. also to make the transition the best recommended way is to do half water half milk and see how your baby reacts if there are no problems do full milk. good luck

Cathy - posted on 04/06/2009

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Quoting Cassie:

12 months and she had no problems at all with it.



I did the same and at 2 I changed them to light milk....  To my girls they like "yellow Milk"  it is all about the colour of the bottles to them..:)

Katherine - posted on 04/06/2009

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stop at 12 months when they turn  1 year old but i did give them little bit at 11 months old as tiny bit at time

Chantel - posted on 04/06/2009

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I started transitiong my daughter at 10 months with half formula half milk so it was easier on her stomache. As the months went by I would put a little more cows milk each time. Good Luck!

Tammy - posted on 04/06/2009

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Our little boy who is 7 months has started having cows milk in his cereal but still has formula to drink.

Monica - posted on 04/06/2009

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i agree with lori! i started giving my son reg cow milk at 6 months and he loves it more then he did with formula. and hes healthy as can be.

Michelle - posted on 04/06/2009

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i switched at around a year as well. She Still has 3 bottles/day. I just switched out one bottle/week until she was just drinking milk. Now she'll drink it in a sippy cup but she doesnt like it too cold.

Lori - posted on 04/06/2009

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I switched at 6 months. I have 3 kids, 13, 14 and 15, and I did this with all three. My
kids didn't get a bottle unless it was bedtime and they were on my lap, so it was no big deal. I switched to 2% and none of them ever had any problems. They were all three on soft table food too at 6 months also. This is what my mother did when I was a baby
and I turned out fine, so figured my kids would also. It's also a lot cheaper!

Casey - posted on 04/06/2009

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I gave my child breast milk and formulas til he was 6 months. then he only got formula. he had the formula til he was 25 months old. he also had some cow's milk in there too. i since threw the bottle away in feb and now he wont drink milk at all. Have you tried giving him milk? babies should be on formula foir the 1st year, i believe. i'd call the doctor on this one.

Jolene - posted on 04/05/2009

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11 months is when I made the switch. Do 1/4 cow milk to 3/4 formula to start for a few days, then for a few more days do 1/2 and 1/2 and then to finish off the transition a few days of 3/4 cows milk to 1/4 formula. Make sure to use whole milk as well. Worked very well for my daughter, good luck!

Derith - posted on 04/05/2009

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My first, we started weaning off formula at 12mo. She HATED milk, so it took a REALLY long time. Got to the point she only drank water... My youngest, 12mo, loved milk, switched in 1 day and never looked back...

Melanie - posted on 04/05/2009

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I'm not sure where all of you are from, and whether or not they have different ideas in different provinces/states, but in southern Alberta, when I took my son for his 6 month needles, I was told to start homo milk at 9 months and that he should be at 3 meals and 2 snacks with only 2 cups of milk per day and using water to quench his thirst... Not sure how I personally feel about that, but that is what we were told.

Stephanie - posted on 04/05/2009

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I didn't give my son whole milk till he was a year old.  He had no problem taking it.  Then at 2 years old he got 2% milk.  I just did what the doc advised me to do.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting Lele:




I definately know to use whole milk even though I only drink 2%.  Thanks again!!!





I was trying to get this point across without attacking anyone...its very important we don't push our tastes onto our kids....we may not need the fat....they do....and as for the "mommy fight", you did not start it, and i think there was just one lady fighting with herself haha goodluck with your bubs!!

Alicia - posted on 04/05/2009

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Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions.  I think I feel a little bit better.  Sorry to have triggered a mommy fight on here...wasn't my intention.  I appreciate everyone's encouragement.



I definately know to use whole milk even though I only drink 2%.  Thanks again!!!

Sara - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting Mary:

At one year. They looked at the bottle funny when it first had cows milk, but learned to like its cold thin sweetness. I used 2% milk. I don't like whole milk.


You may want to check with your pediatrician.  I know in the past doctors recommended only using whole milk to give your baby the fat it needs to help with brain development.  I believe they have recently revised their recommendations to include 2%, but only for heavy or overweight children.  Most children should be on whole milk from 1 year old until they are at least 2.

Brenda - posted on 04/05/2009

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Dr.'s recommend that you start switching by age 1 and that can easily be done (for most kids) all you have to do is when you make a bottle make 4-6 oz bottle and 2 oz whole milk.. then week 2 add another oz and so on .(they need that for brain development until age 2)...and your child may spit up a little at first but will get used to it...you can start at around 10 months and that way buy the time your child is one year he/she will be weaned off the formula I also find that mine have kind of weaned themselves and I also started giving it to them in a sippy.(just plain milk) no juice at this point and pretty soon they didn't want the bottle anymore

Rachelle - posted on 04/05/2009

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I want to know what child benefit is and get in on that!!!  I know WIC doesnt supply formula to children over the age of ONE that is when they switch you to whole milk.  That is also when the stop supporting nursing mothers by giving them extra food. 



I would say just make sure you stick with whole milk at the least.  IF you want to continue with stages formula go for it.  It is up to you but the fat is what you need for brain development!!!

Kelly - posted on 04/05/2009

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Everyone gets child benefit regardless of what wage we get so your full of crap so never mind tryn to make me look like a scrounger me and my husband work to support our children.Now im not sure about anywhere other than the uk so carnt say my comment applies to that but for me in which was what i was talking about then its correct.!!!

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