When is a good age to stop formula feeding and just give regular food.

Carly - posted on 03/18/2011 ( 40 moms have responded )

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My son is only nine months old and is showing almost no interest in his bottles and baby food is it to soon to stop formula feeding?

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Tiffani - posted on 03/19/2011

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My daughter is 10 mos old. Her dr. told me to start giving her formula in a sippy cup then at 11 mos rotate whole milk in a sippy cup & the formula to get her used to the taste of the milk.

Kimberly - posted on 03/24/2011

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It's 'okay' if he's not drinking quite as much as he used to. After all he's probably eating more table food which does fill his tummy. But until he reaches 12 months. Offer formula only for fluids unless he's ill. This will fill in the gaps nutritional wise. Once he's a year old he can transition completely off formula and have whole milk.

Sam - posted on 03/24/2011

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my child is 4 months next month n she is already on reguar food n still has her formula u can try him on small amounts of ur dinner each nite like mash carrots ect just til he can handle it but it will take time my child is just getting the hang of it now after a month

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Adrienne - posted on 03/24/2011

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The youngest I was told by the doctors was 11 months to start my boys on whole milk. Our 11 month has been trying our food tiny pieces at a time. Only problem we are having is that he wouldn't eat baby food at 6 months so he is a little behind for solids.

Amanda - posted on 03/23/2011

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my son was about 11 mths when we was finally off the bottle (formaula) and baby food and we are planning to do the same with our daughter...

Nicole - posted on 03/23/2011

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my son was about that age wehn i switched him to real food and he seemed to be ok with the sot stuff, i did feed him formula though until he was 12 months becasue he had some digestive issues as a newborn but i have heard of moms switching that early. hope this helps!

Erin - posted on 03/23/2011

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I gave my son 1/2 milk 1/2 formula at about 10 months. I also gave him table food, including nuts and peanut butter and fish. I think you know whats best for you baby more than anyone else and I agree with some posts, put his formula in a sippy cup. My son stopped using a bottle on his own at 8 months.

Toni - posted on 03/23/2011

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They need the nutrients in formula until they are at least 12 months. If he doesn't want a bottle, I recommend giving it to him in a sippy. At 12 months, you can start giving him regular milk.

Meagen - posted on 03/23/2011

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You can feed him table food as long as it contains no nuts, no peanut butter and no fish. It is recommended that you formula feed till the child is 12mths of age. We added baby foods at 5mths and they had breakfast, lunch, dinner and bottle in am, midday, and bedtime. I would suggest asking your Doctor.

Erin - posted on 03/23/2011

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I never brought my kids baby food I would always give them food that i made but just put it in the blender until it was smooth enought for them and with coming off formular my kids where around 11 -12months before i gave them full cream milk seeing that your little one is only 9 months i would maybe talk to your dr or local children health nurse and ask for advice but if you are to give your little one full cream milk i would water it down

Shanna - posted on 03/22/2011

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Always ask your doctor first; but my son was off bottles and drinking out of a soft-top sippy by 10 months (of his own choosing) and we also started introducing whole milk around then too. We'd give formula with meals in his cup and give small amounts of whole milk around snack times.

Rebecca - posted on 03/22/2011

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Usually you should wait to stop formula at a year, but I have heard of people stopping as young as 9 mo and not have any ill effects. If you so stop formula, go to whole milk to make sure he is getting enough fats in his diet. Most drs will say yes it's too early, but if he's healthy and happy, I don't see the problem. Is it just the bottle he's not interested in? Maybe it's not what you're giving him, but how. You could also try giving him a sippy cup instead.

Christina - posted on 03/22/2011

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I gave my son Cows milk at 11 months. I started using a sippy cup at around 6 months and he does not use a bottle now at 12 months.

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maybe its not the formula maybe its the bottle. try putting it in a sippy he might like that better.

Brandy - posted on 03/22/2011

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when my oldest son was nine months old, I found out I was pregnant. Up until then, I had been nursing, but the doctor wanted me to stop when I found out I was pregnant. I gave my son formula until he was about 10 months old, and the doctor gave me the go ahead to just give him whole milk, and no more formula. He is now 19 months old, and is a wonderful milk drinker. He never had any reactions from me starting it before he was a year. I think you should ask your doctor because every baby is different.

Sara - posted on 03/22/2011

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Formula is made for the growth and development of babies-young todlers. Cows milk is made for the growth abd development of calfs plus there is hormones in cows milk that wont be found in formula. That being said when my 9 month old turns a year he will be going on to milk just not sooner.

Stifler's - posted on 03/21/2011

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Formula to milk isn't a big transition though. The toddler formula is much like milk anyway just not cold.

Lacey - posted on 03/21/2011

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Yes! A baby should either be getting breastmilk or formula until their a year. So even if your son eats solids, he still needs that formula.

Terra - posted on 03/21/2011

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My daughter will be a year old in a month and Ive switched her to the Gerber Good Start 2 formula. She was lactose intolerant but has apparently gotten her tolerance up and is taking the new formula very well. I didnt want there to be a big transition to whole milk when she is a year old. It is up to you though. If your baby has teeth and can chew well than try more table foods. My daughter loves fried tofu and noodles and rice. She gets water or juice in sippys and then a bottle of formula after her meals.

Terra - posted on 03/21/2011

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My daughter will be a year old in a month and Ive switched her to the Gerber Good Start 2 formula. She was lactose intolerant but has apparently gotten her tolerance up and is taking the new formula very well. I didnt want there to be a big transition to whole milk when she is a year old. It is up to you though. If your baby has teeth and can chew well than try more table foods. My daughter loves fried tofu and noodles and rice. She gets water or juice in sippys and then a bottle of formula after her meals.

Shannon - posted on 03/21/2011

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They say that you should continue to formula feed until they turn 1 - then switch to whole cows milk. Formula is still how they are getting most of their nutrients until they are eating more solid foods and can increase the quantity they are taking in.

Jolene - posted on 03/21/2011

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once they are 8kilos or 17.6 pounds they can be given cows milk also try a sippy cup or if u havent already introduce water or a tiny bit of juice

Stifler's - posted on 03/21/2011

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I would just give him a sippy cup, he might be bored with the bottle. My kid was. I'd keep him on formula until a year then start giving him normal milk.

Savona - posted on 03/20/2011

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maybe instead of mixing the formula with water, try the whole milk instead. Ask your doctor about it, maybe you should kinda ween him into whole milk by subtituting the water with the milk and maybe that might make a difference?
Goodluck Fellow Mommy! =D

Ashley - posted on 03/20/2011

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I stopped my son at 9 mnths old but he also had alot of teeth by then it just all depends on how he takes the food:)

Sara - posted on 03/20/2011

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Formula until at least 1 year of age , my nine month old is starting finger foods like peas,cooked potatoes,ground beef so on. He still has blended foods mixed with baby cereal that he eats from the spoon himself baby mum mums are great it is a cook that comes in several flavours. Maybe you could try putting the formula in a sippy cup that might make things abit more exciting :)

Samantha - posted on 03/20/2011

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I would say yes! my son is 17 months old and is still on the cow & gate 1 yr plus milk! which he loves lol i think you should continue to give formula untill at least 12 month! And the doc's will say that too, but weather you carry on with it is just up to you! I stopped giving my baby milk in the day when he lost interest and just gave it to him at night!

Charlie - posted on 03/20/2011

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I actually give my son Troy a Nutrition Drink, made the same way that formula is, it's just for older children. So he went from the formula to the nutrition drink, which in Canada, its found in the same area as the formula. With both of my kids I introduced food when they were about 9 months old. If you give the child the nutrition drink 3 times a day (once first thing in the am before cereal, once at lunch time after nap and once in the evening right before bed, I believe the child will be getting enough nutrition with other foods. IMHO though.

Paula - posted on 03/20/2011

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my son was on our table food from about 6 months!that includes meat etc!just mash it up well!!our moms never had baby food etc!!we were fed from everyday food and it didnt harm us!!!gud luck

Kelsea - posted on 03/19/2011

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I reccomend trying his formula in a sippy cup... Most people say you should formula feed till one year old. So maybe if it's presented in a new way he will be more interested... Good Luck!

Samantha - posted on 03/19/2011

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My guy is 8 months and does the samething and I just give him a bottle before he has food.

Sarah - posted on 03/18/2011

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You could start trying to do table foods. Formula should be fed until he is 12 months old. What you may want to try is to introduce the sippy cup....he may have more interest in drinking from the sippy cup over the bottle and it might be a good way to start the transition from bottle to sippy cup.

Carla - posted on 03/18/2011

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Carly do what you feel right! i did and my son 4 yold and his top in his class and healthy and to smart for his own good LOL and if his not showing interest in his bottle then try food or try a level up or gold. i had Kayne on S26 then changed it to S26- Gold when he started food he got a bit chubby but started to walk it work well for him. he nether stops running, even now :-)

Rachael - posted on 03/18/2011

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yes! you should not start cows milk until age one. As far as baby food goes my son never had it because I wouldn't eat it. The rule in my house was if my husband and I wouldn't try it our son wouldn't either! You can feed your son what you eat, but please stick with the formula until he is 12 months.

Carla - posted on 03/18/2011

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my son started food at 5mths, the bottle wasn't filling him but i didn't stop the bottle till he was 1. and when he tryed cows milk it was good bie formula LOL

AManda - posted on 03/18/2011

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I quit giving my children formula and baby food other than fruits when they were 10 mths old. I was always told that if they are eating breakfast lunch and dinner plus snacks in between with juice at snack and whole milk at meal times it's ok. They were by like i said 10 mths old so i started giving them table foods like we eat just made sure to smoosh the veggies up.

Tabitha - posted on 03/18/2011

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I don't think nine months is old enough either... to stop formula, that is. I do think it is old enough to add baby food and try adding oatmeal to the formula. But I agree with September, talk to your pediatrician and they can tell you what to do. =)

September - posted on 03/18/2011

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It's recommended that you continue to offer formula until 12 months of age. Then add whole milk to the diet along with the solids. Our son however self weaned at 11 months from formula and the bottle. We were a little concerned so we meet with his pediatrician who ok'ed starting whole milk. I would talk to your pediatrician about this. I think 9 months is a little too young to stop with the formula. Good luck!

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