When do you start giving babies cows milk?????

Becky - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 58 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 1/2 month old I was thinking og giving him cows milk at around 9 months old What do you think????

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Tiffany - posted on 06/23/2011

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i was told and i had read in the magazine they give you when you get there immunizations that 9 months they can have homo milk but just use your mothers intinct and you decide:)my mom started me at 1 month and im fine:)lol

Courtni - posted on 10/26/2009

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ithink should be old enough i mean if he's alrady eating table food.My daughter was eating table food around 8 months but I still waited until she was one to give her cows milk... just as a precaution.

Cassie - posted on 10/25/2009

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Quoting Natalie:



Quoting Brooke:




Quoting Tammy:

As a mom that dealt with milk allergies--it is worth the wait to delay regular milk for as long as possible. If you trigger an allergy--usually based on whether anyone else on either sideof the family has had problems--then you getto deal with it for years. By waiting until the digestive system is mature enough to completely digest the milk you may prevent problems that earlier use could have triggered.








This is true too.  my daughter ended up at a gastroenterology specialist with intolerance to milk proteins.  It is something that they say she will grow out of by 15-18 months of age, but don't push cows milk too early.  Babies digestive systems can be very sensitive.  my daughter is on soy milk now and doing well but we still have to really watch even with yogurt, pudding, cheese, etc.










This is completely understandable if there is a family history of lactose issues, but personally I think there are so many children these days who have allergies to all sorts of things, and I believe that it is because children aren't being introduced to these foods often enough. Dr's say dont eat this and that while pregnant, but what did your Grandmothers and Greatgrandmothers eat?? Or do in these situations when there was no such thing as formula, and no where near the Lactose free products that are available today??!!





Or do in these situations when there was no such thing as formula, and no where near the Lactose free products that are available today??!!



 



They breastfed.

Tammy - posted on 10/23/2009

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As a mom that dealt with milk allergies--it is worth the wait to delay regular milk for as long as possible. If you trigger an allergy--usually based on whether anyone else on either sideof the family has had problems--then you getto deal with it for years. By waiting until the digestive system is mature enough to completely digest the milk you may prevent problems that earlier use could have triggered.

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Tiffany - posted on 06/23/2011

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i was told and i had read in the magazine they give you when you get there immunizations that 9 months they can have homo milk but just use your mothers intinct and you decide:)my mom started me at 1 month and im fine:)lol

Kristy - posted on 10/27/2009

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I HAVE ALWAYS STARTED BOTH MY BOYS ON WHOLE MILK WHEN THEY TURNED A YEAR OLD , I STARTED MIXIN IT WITH THERE FORMULA BUT STARTED IT FULLY WHEN THEY WERE A YEAR

Tamara - posted on 10/26/2009

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My son never had a bottle, he went straught from the breast to a cup of cows milk at 8 1/2 months old. He is 13 years old now no problems so far. But I would ask your Dr. and use your best judgment.

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Try goat's milk for a while it comes in cans or cartons in the grocery. Also dry fat milk you might try not much fat but it seems to taste good to babies

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Probally after the 1st year. I breastfed each one of my girls for over a year no lousy formula (makes them fat too). I didn't start cow's milk until they were almost 2 years old. If you can't breastfeed that long I guess after the 1st year.

Liz - posted on 10/26/2009

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My mom started me on cows milk at 10 months and I'm alive and fine...lol....having said that, I would listen to the moms on here...they seem to know the science behind this...my daughters 1 year next month (28th nov) and I decided to wean her about 4 weeks ago by using it in her cereal and making cheese sauces for some meals...last week I switched her bottles to cows milk...she had 1 hard poo followed by 1 very runny poo...that was all. She's took to the cow's milk fine and I've just tried to give her extra water in between meals to ensure no constipation. I'd also try yogurts and cheeses with cows milk first...it might give you an inkling if there's going to be any major adverse reactions....but like I say wait a little longer and wean slowly is my advice :)

Mel - posted on 10/25/2009

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anytime between 6-12 months according to my pharmacist. watered down at first. i started gviing my daughter cows milk from a cup at about 10 months but her main feeds were formula for the extra calories

Kelley - posted on 10/25/2009

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I started at about one. I formula fed, since I went back to work. I mixed formula and milk at first, then eventually all milk. If you breast feed, your pediatrician might have some other advice. From what I have read, starting around one is normal.

Wendy - posted on 10/25/2009

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hello there,I have 3 kids and all of them went on whole milk about 1 yr old and good thing too the formula was getting very expensive lol.they all did well on it too ,but ask other moms some start earlier and their kids are just fine,or ask their doctor how soon is too soon,good luck and take care...........wendy

Aniesha - posted on 10/24/2009

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I was told not to give it to them until they are 12 months old, because they're digestive system isn't developed enough to process it before that time.

Joanna - posted on 10/24/2009

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Quoting Christina:

You should probably wait until at least a year. It's hard for their little tummies to digest cow's milk. I formula fed my oldest daughter and right about 2 weeks before her 1st birthday, I would mix reg milk with her formula so that she could gradually get used to the new taste. By the end of her 13th month she was strictly on cow's milk and from a cup! Good luck.


that's exactly what my doctor suggested and what I did!

Brandy - posted on 10/24/2009

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Quoting Natalie:



Quoting Brooke:




Quoting Tammy:

As a mom that dealt with milk allergies--it is worth the wait to delay regular milk for as long as possible. If you trigger an allergy--usually based on whether anyone else on either sideof the family has had problems--then you getto deal with it for years. By waiting until the digestive system is mature enough to completely digest the milk you may prevent problems that earlier use could have triggered.








This is true too.  my daughter ended up at a gastroenterology specialist with intolerance to milk proteins.  It is something that they say she will grow out of by 15-18 months of age, but don't push cows milk too early.  Babies digestive systems can be very sensitive.  my daughter is on soy milk now and doing well but we still have to really watch even with yogurt, pudding, cheese, etc.










This is completely understandable if there is a family history of lactose issues, but personally I think there are so many children these days who have allergies to all sorts of things, and I believe that it is because children aren't being introduced to these foods often enough. Dr's say dont eat this and that while pregnant, but what did your Grandmothers and Greatgrandmothers eat?? Or do in these situations when there was no such thing as formula, and no where near the Lactose free products that are available today??!!






The reason they say not to so early is because they have done extensive research which proves that the earlier it is introduced, the more likely the child is to become allergic to it. I have met many people whose family history doesn't have allergies and their children have allergies, so it is not only genetic. It is more likely to happen to somebody who has allergies in their genes, but not necessarily the only way. I just found out my daughter is allergic to strawberries and nobody else in my family is. In a way, you are right because they are now doing a new type of treatment which involves slowly introducing small amounts of the allergen to people who have allergies to build an immunity over time but it is very new and takes years and years to build up enough immunity to be able to consume a full portion of the food that the person is allergic to. But maybe some of those people wouldn't have had the allergy in the first place if it wasn't introduced so early.

Ashley - posted on 10/24/2009

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when my baby was about 10 months we started mixing whole cows milk with formula, it agreed with her just fine and at a year we were able to switch to straight cows milk.

Natalie - posted on 10/24/2009

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Quoting Brooke:



Quoting Tammy:

As a mom that dealt with milk allergies--it is worth the wait to delay regular milk for as long as possible. If you trigger an allergy--usually based on whether anyone else on either sideof the family has had problems--then you getto deal with it for years. By waiting until the digestive system is mature enough to completely digest the milk you may prevent problems that earlier use could have triggered.






This is true too.  my daughter ended up at a gastroenterology specialist with intolerance to milk proteins.  It is something that they say she will grow out of by 15-18 months of age, but don't push cows milk too early.  Babies digestive systems can be very sensitive.  my daughter is on soy milk now and doing well but we still have to really watch even with yogurt, pudding, cheese, etc.






This is completely understandable if there is a family history of lactose issues, but personally I think there are so many children these days who have allergies to all sorts of things, and I believe that it is because children aren't being introduced to these foods often enough. Dr's say dont eat this and that while pregnant, but what did your Grandmothers and Greatgrandmothers eat?? Or do in these situations when there was no such thing as formula, and no where near the Lactose free products that are available today??!!

Jennifer - posted on 10/24/2009

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they say a year...but some babies have trouble getting use to it...so maybe try adding milk to the formula a lil at a time!!

Theresa - posted on 10/24/2009

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They say 12 months, I think I started mixing it in with formula around 11 1/2 months or so, so i could do it gradually. Not really sure if that is ok, She did fine though!

Natalie - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hi Becky, I know many ppl say 12 months, but when my daughter was deiciding she didn't want formula i just switshed her straight over, i think she was about 10 months old. (She still makes lots of dicisions on her own lol) I just tried it for one watered down bottle a day (usually in the morning) and on weetbix, so if there was a reaction to it there was heaps of daylight hours left to maximise assistance. Within a month or so we just stopped adding water.

I think your only worry would be if you or other immediate family members have an allergy towards lactose products.

Your decision will be the right decision for you and your baby. :)

Janie - posted on 10/24/2009

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Quoting Becky:

When do you start giving babies cows milk?????

I have a 7 1/2 month old I was thinking og giving him cows milk at around 9 months old What do you think????


I think, never. I gave my daughter water and fresh queezed juice and at times, some watered down soy milk and almond milk If you look at how many peole develope a problem in their intestines with it, you might consider an alternative..I think cows milk is for baby cows.

Heather - posted on 10/24/2009

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USUALLY YOU START GIVING COWS MILK AT 12 MONTHS OF AGE.... BUT CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR TO SEE IF IT'S OKAY SOME CHILDREN HAVE ALLERGIES TO COWS MILK AND NEED TO BE PUT ON SOY OR SOMETHING ELSE..

Amanda - posted on 10/24/2009

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I waited until my son was a year old. I didn't want him to develop allergies to cow's milk and I wanted to be sure his GI tract was mature enough to handle it. My doctor felt the same way.

Dona Eileen - posted on 10/23/2009

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I started mixing Whole milk and formula when my daughter was around 9mths and slowly transitioned it to more whole less formula and so on. By the time she was around 11 months she was completely on whole milk.

Elisa - posted on 10/23/2009

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12 months is what our daughter's doctor said. Though we decided to continue with Formula for Toddlers as it has more nutrients. Milk is harder for babies to digest as well and they are not getting all the nutrients needed from just Milk. Though all of us here can still tell you what we think, but it's probably best to talk to your baby's doctor =-)

Leeann - posted on 10/23/2009

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I started giving my son 2% milk when he was 5 months old. I know the DR's say not to but my son does better on that then he does on formula.

Kate - posted on 10/23/2009

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12 months. That is what all the research says and my doctor. I would talk to your doctor before you decide. They will give you all the goodies to know.

Brooke - posted on 10/23/2009

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Quoting Tammy:

As a mom that dealt with milk allergies--it is worth the wait to delay regular milk for as long as possible. If you trigger an allergy--usually based on whether anyone else on either sideof the family has had problems--then you getto deal with it for years. By waiting until the digestive system is mature enough to completely digest the milk you may prevent problems that earlier use could have triggered.



This is true too.  my daughter ended up at a gastroenterology specialist with intolerance to milk proteins.  It is something that they say she will grow out of by 15-18 months of age, but don't push cows milk too early.  Babies digestive systems can be very sensitive.  my daughter is on soy milk now and doing well but we still have to really watch even with yogurt, pudding, cheese, etc.

Brandy - posted on 10/23/2009

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12 months. It doesn't have the nutrition needed at that age and they can develop allergies from having it too soon. If not now, then later on in life because of having it early. Also, it is hard for their tummies to digest before they are a year.

Brooke - posted on 10/23/2009

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they tell you not until they're a year old for nutrition reasons. they can have cows milk products (pudding, yogurt) but to hold off on the actual milk til they are a year old.

Mandi - posted on 10/23/2009

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i went to the doctor and had ask him about it, he checked everything over said he was fine to go on homo milk the in two weeks come back to see how it was going now he is on 2% he seems happyer and more content

Allyson - posted on 10/23/2009

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My CLSC and pediatrician all say only to give it after 12 months. I have had this conversation with them a couple times and they keep telling me the same thing.

Friends and family are saying it is ok after 9 months.

My son is 11 months and I have been giving him formula in the morning and night and half formula, half cow's milk during the day. The reason I am doing that is because I want to still give him the better milk (formula) but he has to get ready for daycare where they only serve cow's milk... he will be starting on Monday.

I will continue to give him formula in the morning and at night before bed ... but I will be allowing him to have only cow's milk at the daycare.

Hope this helps!

Christina - posted on 10/23/2009

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You should probably wait until at least a year. It's hard for their little tummies to digest cow's milk. I formula fed my oldest daughter and right about 2 weeks before her 1st birthday, I would mix reg milk with her formula so that she could gradually get used to the new taste. By the end of her 13th month she was strictly on cow's milk and from a cup! Good luck.

Desiree - posted on 10/23/2009

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they say not to give babies cow milk till they are 12 months old, but my son is 4 1/2 months old and i give it to him, and he is fine. if you want to try it start out with a 4 oz bottle and see if he digests it well enough, if he does then he can have it regularly.

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Here in New Zealand it is not recommended that you give a child cows milk until they are 12 months or older.

Tanya - posted on 10/23/2009

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Usually it's recommended you wait till they are 12 months old. However, only your pediatrician can tell you when is best for baby. My daughter and son couldn't drink cow's milk until they were 18 months and I had to purchase either soy or Lactaid milk.

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