Whole milk at 10 months

Kimberly - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I'm going to start weaning my daughter from breast milk at 10 months. Would it be ok just to start giving her whole milk?

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My son started refusing to breastfeed and doesn't like formula - this happened when he was around 10 months old. His paediatrician recommended that we slowly introduce whole milk, which we did. We tried that for 6 weeks. He seems fine, is gaining weight regularly, and doesn't seem to have any intolerance. His bowel movements changed to a different consistency and texture - as they would with the introduction of any new food. We are now trying goats milk to see if there is a difference. Again, he seems fine, but with slightly different bowel movements.



As with most foods, you will likely be able to tell if your child has an intolerance or allergy. Watch for any skin irritations, gas, discomfort, change in overall health, and bowel movements.



Try introducing the milk in small quantities - perhaps mixed in with his morning cereal.

Emma - posted on 12/07/2011

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Some people are way too sensitive! What about all the babies years and years ago that went straight onto cows milk, they turned out fine! Stop worrying so much people..

Amy - posted on 03/09/2010

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NO!!!! no milk until 12 months of age!! one main reason is becuase if they can not do allergy testing until atleast 12 months and your child could have an allergy! my doctor always said no- some moms i know mixed breast milk with formula and then once the child was 12 months mixed formula with whole milk to get the child use to the taste- then just went right into whole milk.. good luck!!

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Kate CP - posted on 12/07/2011

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Yes, they all turned out JUST FINE! With diabetes, heart disease, cancer...

BTW, this thread is over a year old.

Christine - posted on 03/09/2010

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I was told that they should have breastmilk or formula until a year old and then you can start giving them whole milk. I would talk to you doctor about giving whole milk at 10 months.

Iridescent - posted on 03/09/2010

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The sooner you start cow's milk, the more complications there are. They include the list above by Kate, as well as anemia and developmental delay. It's even a danger for a toddler to drink cow's milk for many reasons. A "next step" toddler formula would be more appropriate.
http://www.kidsgrowth.com/resources/arti...

Andrea - posted on 03/09/2010

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I am weaning my daughter at 9 months. I had to stop breastfeeding at 6 because of production problems so she has been on formula ever since. We are doing a 1/2 and 1/2 formula to whole milk for now. My doctor actually told me to start weaning her this way so by the time she was one she would be on whole milk alone. It's actually not about allergies or lactose intolerance so much as the nutritional value. All you need to do is add vitamins to make up for that. Allergies and lactose intolerance is not hereditary so don't worry if you have family with such. (I already checked). Another suggestion my doctor made was to start introducing a sippy cup during this process. Hope this helps!

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i ask my sons ped if i could give him whole milk at 10 months an she said that was fine an she gave me an iron pill to give him till he was a year old, he went from formula to milk very easy i did not mix anything i just gave him milk , an he did fine if your unsure ask your daughters ped an see what they say

Diane - posted on 03/09/2010

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You should not give your baby cow's milk until after one years old. You should give formula instead of breast milk. They even have baby formula for after one year old if you want to delay giving your baby cows milk up to two years old.

Stephanie - posted on 03/09/2010

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I would wait til a year. Then introduce slowly, its not an easy transition. My daughter is two and still drinks soy milk. I would ask your doctor though, you might be able to start introducing it now or maybe start with soy...ask the doctor.

Kate CP - posted on 03/09/2010

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Nope. It can cause lactose intolerance, constipation, digestion problems, yadda yadda. Stick with breast milk or formula when you're not giving baby food.

Carrie - posted on 03/09/2010

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I didn't breast feed, but I started both of my daughters on whole milk at 10 months. I started 1/2 and 1/2 (formula & whole milk) for about 2 weeks then went to just whole milk. If they are going to have a reaction it will be within days. They are both just fine!

Meghan - posted on 03/09/2010

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I agree with Candice... if you're going to start whole milk at 10 months do it slowly. I started my son yogurt at 7 months (becasue he had thrush and that was the only thing that helped). He nursed and drank formula until 10 months when he weaned himself off. Then I just slowly added milk to his formula, then more, then watered the milk down a few days until I was sure that he could handle it. He was drinking whole milk by 11 1/2 months. Good luck

Candice - posted on 03/09/2010

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i was talking to my parenting teacher today about this and she said after 9 months is ok to SLOWLY start transitioning them to whole milk.... so since your breastfeeding maybe pump and add a 1/2 whole milk and then slowly lesss and less breastmilk

Sabrina - posted on 03/09/2010

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My doctor has always said absolutley no milk until a year old. Giving milk too early can cause the child to be lactose intolerant later in life.



My husband suffers from lactose intolerance becasue he was given milk too early as a child and there are times that he is miserable even with the pills. In my opinion, I would not want to risk affecting my child's health in such a way. Instead of giving whole milk at 10 months I would suggest using formula for a couple months. The proteins are gentler and will help your daughter transition from breast milk and then to milk once she's one.



But kuddos on nursing for 10 months!!! That's quite a feet!!

Christine - posted on 03/09/2010

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I was told that they should have breastmilk or formula until a year old and then you can start giving them whole milk. I would talk to you doctor about giving whole milk at 10 months.

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i ask my sons ped if i could give him whole milk at 10 months an she said that was fine an she gave me an iron pill to give him till he was a year old, he went from formula to milk very easy i did not mix anything i just gave him milk , an he did fine if your unsure ask your daughters ped an see what they say

Meghan - posted on 03/09/2010

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I agree with Candice... if you're going to start whole milk at 10 months do it slowly. I started my son yogurt at 7 months (becasue he had thrush and that was the only thing that helped). He nursed and drank formula until 10 months when he weaned himself off. Then I just slowly added milk to his formula, then more, then watered the milk down a few days until I was sure that he could handle it. He was drinking whole milk by 11 1/2 months. Good luck

Sabrina - posted on 03/09/2010

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My doctor has always said absolutley no milk until a year old. Giving milk too early can cause the child to be lactose intolerant later in life.



My husband suffers from lactose intolerance becasue he was given milk too early as a child and there are times that he is miserable even with the pills. In my opinion, I would not want to risk affecting my child's health in such a way. Instead of giving whole milk at 10 months I would suggest using formula for a couple months. The proteins are gentler and will help your daughter transition from breast milk and then to milk once she's one.



But kuddos on nursing for 10 months!!! That's quite a feet!!

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