When did your child go off formula?

Susanne - posted on 06/05/2010 ( 101 moms have responded )

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Hi... My daughter was put on formula due to a medical problem... she is now 10 months old and seems to be losing interest in her bottles... i have tried giving her formula in all different means... sippy cups, straw cups etc... but she just does not want it... give her a little pasturised milk... and she loves it... I was told by the maternal and child health nurse to try and keep her on the formula until she is 2... What did you do? What do you think?

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Candice - posted on 06/16/2010

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Formula should be given to babies up to 1 or older. The reason for this is formula and breastmilk have essential nutrients for your baby to thrive but cows milk doesnt have these nutrients at all . Cows milk contains a lot of sodium which is not good for babies kidneys and the iron content is TOO low for your baby - the protein in it also can cause allergies in your child and won't grow out of it until 2-3 yr old. It can cause serious bowel problems too like bleeding of the bowel in some cases! Why the rush to switch babies from healthy, nutritious formula or breastmilk!?? I know I'll be keeping my son on it till he is 1 yr old like studies and proof suggests.

Aneta - posted on 06/18/2010

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My child is yet 6 months old, but i read a lot about formula. All guides say that babies should have at least 600ml of formula/breast mlki per day till the age of 1. Pasteurised milk cannot replace formula till 1 since it doesnt contain the necessary amount of vitamins. I think you should keep on giving her the formula (there are some follow-up formulas with vanila or fruit tastes) as much as she eats after her meals....

COURTNEY - posted on 06/17/2010

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by one my daughter was graduated to three bottles a day of whole milk and no formula! however my daughter began eting solids at 6 monthes as well and was down to only three and sometimes even two formula bottles a day definetly by 10 monthes old! it wont hurt your baby to switch to milk though as long as you ease her into it and make sure she is not lactose intolerant! the way i did that was by giving her a regular formula bottle at night and at bedtime but i would switch the nap time bottle to whole milk and then afer a wee i started doing nap and bedtime wjole milk bottles until eventually the formula was gone! i also have a four month old though as well so formula gets quite spendy

Nicole - posted on 06/17/2010

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My little girl was on formula until age 1. After that i swtiched to "toddler milk" which is milk for kids aged 1 to 3. She is now 3 years old and i give her 1 serving of "preschool milk" which is packed full of immune boosting vitamins and prebiotics. I don't believe in giving kids cows milk (whether it be 2% or full cream) as it doesn't contain enough vitamins and nutrients which their growing bodies need. I use the "Nido" range and although she didn't like it at first, she eventually got used to it and now she can't go a day without it :)

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Andrea - posted on 06/17/2010

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Talk to her DR. but it's best they are on formula until a year old. I think a week or so before my kids turned 1 I started introducing milk, it was soy milk because they were lactose intolerant, but formula really have the nutrients and healthy calories they need.

Amy - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son was 11 months when he changed from formula to cows milk, I watered the cows milk down for a couple of months, My son is almost 17months and he has only 2 bottles now morning & night, The clinic told me anytime after 12mths he can be weaned but he seems to of weaned himself off the lunch time bottle he has water or diluted juice instead, He also wont drink his milk out of a sippy cup, only water or juice. Hope that helps..

Crystal - posted on 06/17/2010

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Hey susanne both my kids were on cows milk at about 7 months, i breast feed my daughter up untill then and tried her on some formula and she decided that she didn't like it so we tried her on her cows milk and she loves it... We spoke to our Dr. and as long as they are on a healthy diet where they are getting all their vitamins they need then there is'nt really a problem hope that helps a bit :)

Naisha - posted on 06/17/2010

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I was told to keep the babies on formula until they were about one...my son loves whole milk with either baby food or baby cereal mixed in (he is 14 months old now) my other son is 3 months so he is not quite ready for that

Brooke - posted on 06/17/2010

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1 year old. I started giving my daughter whole milk with her lunch around 11 and a half months old. By 1 she was off formula and only drinking whole milk. Little tip, try your best not to warm the milk and not to put it in bottles. You will have a heck of a time getting your child to drink it cold and from sippy cups or cups in general if he/she get's use to it warm and from a bottle. Hope this helps and good luck. :)

Jenna - posted on 06/17/2010

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Generally, pediatricians recommend 1 yrs old for the transition from formula/breat to whole milk. We were fine switching my osn just shortly before his first birthday. He still drinks whole milk at 17 months.

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Age 1. But i was pairing formula and food for a bit before then.
Once he turned 1 though, i switched over to regular milk milk. I had thought that formula after that wasn't really needed and that there were things in cow milk that were good....but i could be mistaken.

Brooke - posted on 06/17/2010

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My first daughter stopped formula probably around 9 or 10 months. I switched her over to whole milk, she was completely off her bottle by 11 months. My youngest now loves the bottle but loves her sippy cup as well, im hoping that she's a lot easier to transition. I'm not really sure, the Dr is not Always right ya know! But you are her mother and you know BEST! Good luck!

Lindsay - posted on 06/17/2010

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With my oldest 1, he decided that he didnt want formula anymore at about 11mths and at that point I didn't try to force him to take formula anymore. He was eating solids and he was doing great with it and he went from formula to whole milk and he's never had any problems! With my middle child, I started to mix half and half at about 11mths and then at 12mths he was off of formula. My youngest is only 8mths old right now, but I will do the same with him as I did with our middle child unless he decides to wean himself of formula on his own! I know Enfamil has a formula that is called Enfagrow that is flavored in chocolate and vanilla. If her ped and other drs suggest keeping her on formula then it might be for a specific reason because i've never been told with any of my boys that they need to be on formula for 2yrs old. You could try something like that to see if it she will take it because she will be getting the nutrition and it won't have the taste of formula.

Jami - posted on 06/17/2010

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my 2 kids took their last bottle (and last formula) between 11.5 and 12 months. the 3rd (middle) was nursed until 2y.

Leslie - posted on 06/17/2010

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I am a registered nurse. Babies should be on formula until AT LEAST 12 months. Even though your baby may be moving on to other foods, the formula is still their primary source of protein, iron, and other vitamins and minerals that milk does not have. At 12 months, they may switch to whole milk (stay on whole milk until age 2, when they may switch to reduced fat. Toddlers age 1-2 still need the extra fat in the whole milk for their brain development). However, you stated your daughter had a medical condition, so she may be a special case where formula is recommended until age 2. You need to be consulting your pediatrician.

Megan - posted on 06/17/2010

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Every doctor that I have talked to has said to keep them on formula until they are a year old due to the fact that the need the extra vitamins and iron that are in milk. Once they are a year old you can switch to whole milk.

Beverley - posted on 06/17/2010

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hi my daughter is 2 years and is now taking whole milk but I had problems changing her over and doc advised I kelpt her on until she was ready, even the nursery nurse said it wouldnt do her any harm, but when I tried to change her when she was younger she would scream all day bloated badly constipated,

Kassie - posted on 06/17/2010

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some kids switch to regular milk on their own, as far as till she is 2 my boys barely made it to one. if your going to switch they all all but demand you use whole milk till she is 3.

Emma - posted on 06/17/2010

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Its very strange that they told you till the age of two. My daughter breast fed and drank formula till about a year. Then it was 2% milk. Unless there is a health issue, I dont see why a medical professional would reccommend that. Ofcourse, a lot of formula companies are starting to advertise their formula to toddlers which is UNHEALTHY and not necessary. I say go with what she is telling you. She doesnt want it any more, so give her something else. Parents do know better then kids, but sometimes its good to listen to what she is telling you.

Jessica - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter actually stopped taking fomula at 11 months. She wanted milk so I went ahead and gave it too her. Her pediatrition did not have a problem with it. I gave her whole milk out of a sippy cup so she had the extra fat to help brain development

Carla - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter was one of those kids that was tired of the formula routine!!! At 1 years old, I was giving her 2% milk, juice, and water. She is now 4 years old and drinks 2 to 3 cups of milk a day and loves water as well. She does not know what a soda tastes like because I did not introduce it to her. I would keep her on the pasturized milk, increasing the amount gradually, and also introduce her to water if juice is too strong for the health condition. Her not wanting the formula is a sure sign that she is ready for change. If she doesn't want it, she doesn't want it!!!! It's simple as that!!!! If your nurse has a child, I hope she didn't send that child no where at 2 years old with formula packed!!!! lmbo

Katie - posted on 06/17/2010

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I switched my daughter to formula when she was 7 months. I wanted to go longer, but due to complications and medical reasons I had to switch her. I was told by my pediatrician that it is not recommended to give children under 1 milk yet.

Your daughter can have juices and can have solids to help make up for the nutrients that she is not getting from refusing the bottle. Just keep trying with the bottles because any formula that she is getting is better than none at all. You only have 2 more months to go and then she can be switched to whole milk and you don't have to worry about giving her formula at all.

Evette - posted on 06/17/2010

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I gave my daughter whole milk at 1 ... She was having solids at 6 months but was told not to give her whole milk till she was 1 so about 11 and half months I started giving her small amounts of whole milk and she was fine and by 1 she was having whole milk all the time. Hope this helps x

Lora - posted on 06/17/2010

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I agree with mixing it, if she tolerates milk okay, mix in half and half formula maybe for the benefits of brain development, etc. I took my daughter off of formula at ten months, but then her oncologist said to put her back on it until she was one, because there are so many benefits with brain development, etc. from the formula. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 06/17/2010

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Check to see if it is okay to give her pedi-sure so that she can still get nurtients that she needs

Alexis - posted on 06/17/2010

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I started doing half formula half milk at 11 months and took him off the formula the day he turned one :)

Charlene - posted on 06/17/2010

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I agree with Angela...we're both on the same page as far giving them whole/2% milk.. My so hadly wants formula anymore. he will be a year on the 3rd July an he eats everything!!!. He loves the whole milk especially...so that's what i give him along with the baby cereals an desserts.

Brittany - posted on 06/17/2010

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well my daughter started out on breastmilk and by the time she was 5 months she switched to formula... when she was around 11 months I stopped giving her formula, seeing how she would not take it anymore and switched her over to Whole Milk... when she hit 2 I took her off whole milk and switched her to 1%milk..If your child won't take the formula there is no way you are going to be able to force her. Eventually kid do develop taste buds and formula does not taste very good. But when in doubt consult your childs pediatrician! Good Luck

Kayleigh - posted on 06/17/2010

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my kids heaved on formula milk from 9mnths so i jus used 2 give them full fat milk wiv milkshake powder 2 make it taste better

NICOLE - posted on 06/17/2010

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my daughter is 18months and she is still on nido formula milk...she is a pecky eater and just loves her milk bottle. I would suggest what ever the best for your baby but the sooner the better.

Laura - posted on 06/17/2010

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I took my son off breast milk at 12 months,then found out he's extremly allergic to dairy and hasnt had any milk ar dairy products since then.Subsituted the calcium loss with beans,brocolli etc in his solid foods.

Emma - posted on 06/17/2010

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When my son was about 11months old i used to give him whole milk during the day and formula of a night but when he got to a year old i gave him whole milk and no formula x

Nicola - posted on 06/17/2010

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Hi. I have just recently taken my son of the formula and he is 16 months. He loves cows milk. The only thing is I need to get him vitamins as cows milk doen't provide what is in the formula

Astrid - posted on 06/17/2010

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my little boy who is 3 years old now stopped formula at 9 months old. The problem was not formula but the bottle. I gave him special yoghourt for baby and kept going like that until he could drink milk in a glass. Good Luck

Vivianne - posted on 06/17/2010

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i think with a child, dta times comes where they get fed up of smthing they used to enjoy comfortably coz they dnt like monotony......Andrea did formular milk 4 6 month concecutively n she was getting disintrested n we kept altering it with pasturised milk n it works......i think pasturised milk aint bad at all n besides if its wat yo angel likes nw, u have no choice coz u still need her to get the nutrients out of milk. let her take the pasturised milk n u cd give her formular once in a while so dat she doesnt dislike the pasturied milk too.Andrea behaves like that some time so i give her other things like porridge, joice, food it self once ina while....gd luck ma dia

Thitu - posted on 06/17/2010

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Hi,

My son refused to breast feed by 8 months and and i tried the formula and he hated it. I dont blame them.

For me cow milk is more readily available and fresh as we get it from my neighbor who milks her cows daily.
he loved it and it has all the nutrients required for healthy child growth.
He is six now and he still loves his milk both morning before school and evening before bed. All i do now is add some chocolate for flavor.
I believe that the natural source is has all that she needs and that you should not be worried but thank God she loves milk all together.

keep in mind that children are a gift from God and that he will take care of them in all cases even while refusing the advised milk and taking the other.

he is faithful and will see to it that she grows up healthy and strong.

If she loves it i suggest you give it to her in plenty! thought o start with try and water it down and eventually give her whole milk.

Kirsten - posted on 06/16/2010

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I breast fed both my children until they were around 10 months - I stopped because they both lost interest. I put them both on formula after that. But my children were the same, the got to a certain point where they both lost interest in the bottle and formula and my maternal health and nurse told me the exact same thing yours did. I compromised and mixed the two, pasturised milk and formula. Both my children got interest for the bottle back and we were both happy :) Mind you eventually they were both just on Pasturised milk :)

Tiffany - posted on 06/16/2010

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Mine will only take formula from the babysitter! She won't take it from me at all because she associates me with the good stuff!! Maybe you could try to get someone else to give it and see if your baby will take it that way. Good Luck!

Brandie - posted on 06/16/2010

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by the time my oldest and twins were 12 months old they were on milk and at 2 they say 2% milk and now my kids are 5 and twin 3 yr olds they get 1% milk, milk will not hurt her 2 months early is no big deal

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2010

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my daughter ia 11 1/2 months old and she is on Vitamin D milk. Our doctor told us that by 12 months they like to see babies off formula and drinking vitamin D milk. Our daughter Isabella is growing very fast for her age so they had us start giving her the milk a month early. I have never heard of keeping a child on formula until age 2.

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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RE:Candice Corrie-



I'm sorry but I think you are going over bored in trying to scare people, like another lady said our parents grew up on milk not formula and their fine, and my daughter was 2 months premature, weighed 2lbs and 2 oz at birth and was on whole milk by 8 or 9 months and not only did she do fine her dr was perfectly fine with it also. If the kid is ready for milk give her milk!

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010

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My kids were not on formula til they were 2 not even close! I think I put them on whole milk right around 10-12 months. I have never heard of keeping them on formula until their 2 thats way too old they should be eating solids by then and not need it anymore.

Argie - posted on 06/16/2010

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, i honestly have not heard of giving formula until 2!! i started introducing my daughter to milk at 10 months, would do 2 bottles milk 2 bottles formula a day so she could get used to the flavor and by 11 months she was only on milk

Melissa - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son stopped drinking formula two/three weeks before his first birthday. I was going to keep him on it till he was 1 but I ran out and didn't want to buy any more. ha. I switched him to soy milk and he didn't seem to notice the difference. At first it was sweetened soy milk and then I went to organic unsweetened. He didn't like it as much at first, but after a day or so drank it just like normal. I've never heard of formula until 2, but that must be because of whatever medical problem your daughter is experiencing.

Cassandra - posted on 06/16/2010

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You can take the formula off at one. Some children mature faster than others. At 10 months, my son was getting a sippy cup with either water of juice. I also was feeding him table food. She just might want a more feeling meal than a bottle of formula. Listen to your child, she knows when she is ready.

Roshandra - posted on 06/16/2010

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We started giving our daughter whole milk around the age of 8 months. She had started winging her self off, so we decided to run with it. I think that you might want to get another nurse, because she is ridiculous about the age of 2 advice. Unless it is because of a medical problem.

Rita - posted on 06/16/2010

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Depending on the condition your child has... My son had problems with ALL formula he was on, and we started him on cows milk at 6months. We also supplemented with a multi vitamin for babies (found at local health stores) and he has been fine ever since. No more eccema or constipation... Now it also depends on your childs condition and I wouldn't recommend cows milk to every child, but my son had no problems on milk even to this day (hes now 2) his blood count is fine and no other problems!! :-D hope this helps!

Katie - posted on 06/16/2010

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I stopped just after my daughter turned one. If she isn't interested just give her regular milk and jarred baby food. If she doesn't want it its kind of a waste of money, formula is expensive!!

Danielle - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son went off formula when he was 7 months old. I put him on whole cow's milk. We waited until he was eating three meals a day. I also started giving him a multivitamin each day from then on. To transition him from formula to milk I began by making his bottles half formula-half milk and gradually (over the course of about a week) put less and less formula in the bottle. He is now 13 months old, on 100% table foods, and a healthy 25lbs.

Domenica - posted on 06/16/2010

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Not sure what her medical condition is... but my son was done with bottles and formula by about 13 months. He was only having 2 formula bottles by his first birthday. One in the afternoon, before naptime and one before bed. By about 7 months he was eating 3 meals a day which included cheese and yogurt and other dairy products, so I wasn't worried about him missing the formula. I would give him water or milk in a sippy cup during meal times. He didn't have a problem going down to bed without the bottle. I kept the usual "going to bed" routine the same minus the bottle. Why don't you ask the dr. if you could replace the formula with milk? Is she under weight?

Danielle - posted on 06/16/2010

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i started out when my daughter was 10 months old, doing little by little every week that way by the time she as a year old she was off it all the way and didnt have any problems taking all milk

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