Formula or whole milk

Ria - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I go back to work ...YUCK and am still breastfeeding my son, but since I won't be with in during the day I can't breastfeed. So do I try to get him to take formula while I am away do I go straight to whole milk??

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Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2010

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No point in doing formula because your child's pediatrician is going to want you to ween him off of that bottle and formula at a year old. It's not recommended that a child has a bottle past a year old. You can try and pump if you have a breast pump. I fyou don't and you are on WIC, you can talk to them about a breast pump. They will give you one to rent. I wouldn't try whole milk with him just yet unless your son is going to be a year old in less than a month. It can cause allergies. But just do what is best for you.

Caitlin - posted on 05/31/2011

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What most doctors don't know about is that cow's milk contains lots of antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals. It has too much saturated fats for little tummies also. If you have to do milk try to get organic with no hormones or antibiotics used. You can find milk like this in organic sections of some grocery stores, or in a co-op. There is also other kinds of milks, toddler formulas, and diet changes that would give him the nutrients he needs without milk.

Olguita - posted on 03/17/2010

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Hi! Well i know how you feel. When i stopped breastfeeding my baby boy, he wouldn't drink the formula, at the begining, but as time passed by he started to drink it, butyou know they're suppossed to drink certain amount per month, well he was 8 months old & only drank about 5oz the mots, &calso i noticed he was having to many spit ups, & it only happened with the formula, so finally my Mom told me to give him evaporated milk, i mix 8oz of evaporated milk with water & he loves it, because its kind of sweet, like breast milk. Now he drinks a full bottle. I know that evaporated milk it's easier on their stomach than regular milk, and that like a friend of mine said thair stomach won't know the difference weatherthe baby its 1 month old or 2 years old. My Peditarician told me that if i wanted i could also add half bottle of Pediasure, preferably vanilla or straberry, because like formula that milk has all kind of vitamins & other things they need, & its's a little expensive, but it's totally worth it.
Hope this helps you! Good Luck!

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Danielle - posted on 03/19/2010

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If it were me, I'd go to whole milk. I put a liquid vitamin in my son's morning bottle every day.

Amber - posted on 03/18/2010

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Pediatricians recommend not giving cow's milk to infants until they are nearly a year old because the small amount of iron in it is not absorbed well by very young babies. Giving your baby cow's milk too early also might make her more likely to become allergic to milk proteins.
That being said, Jake is 11 months and has now been switched to cow's milk instead of formula, at the recommendation of his pedi. We started slow, with replacing one feeding a day for a week to see how he would adjust and continued this process until he was out of formula all together. Another pointer, is to make sure baby is getting enough iron in his foods since there is a low amount in the milk.

Nadine - posted on 03/17/2010

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at the moment i use both of them becuase they sat the just having cows milk is not enough for the baby so i give him both and he loves having the both of them.

Emilie - posted on 03/16/2010

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it could be the mixing of the formula and the cows milk Erin. i was alwayz told if ur going to give them cows milk n formula NEVER mix it it is no good for their stomache.. i had my daughter on cows milk at 9 months old, she has formula still at daycare due to their health and safetly regulations as she isnt quite 12 months yet but at home she is alwayz on cows miilk i have found itz more filling than powdery water (formula) n it is way cheaper in the shopping for us especially now that she is eating alot more solids :)

Ruta - posted on 03/16/2010

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My friend's girl was alergic to cows milk and had rash but she grew out of it in few months. Much to relief for her mummy :)

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This is a very interesting conversation to me. Anyone out there had trouble with a rash on introducing whole milk? My son is breastfed, was exclusively breastfed until 9 months with the introduction of solids starting at 6 months. But he's never turned down anything... he'll drink formula, he'll drink whole milk, he'll drink breastmilk from either the breast or from a bottle (pumped). However, I went back to work in December and I'd been letting my husband just replace midday feedings with formula. Baby was fine with this. Then, a month and a half a go, we decided to mix whole milk with formula first at 1:2, and then half/half and my son developed a rash up his back and down his front. So a week ago we took the milk out of his diet again and went back to formula during the day and breast milk morning and night. And of course, he's eating tonnes of solid things now, meat, veg, pasta, fruit... no problem. The rash seems to be getting less red. I'm hoping someone will tell me they've seen this from just introducing milk too soon or too fast, and not that its a full fledged milk allergy. Sigh. Milk is SO MUCH cheaper than formula.

Priscilla - posted on 03/15/2010

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Hi, I put my first child straight on whole milk under advice from my doctor and a child and youth health nurse when she was only 8 months. She flatly refused to drink formula and my breast milk was not doing much for her any more. She was eating a healthy diet of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as all other foods she could get hold of so they said she should be getting a healthy dose of all the vitamins she needed and not to stress too much about trying to give formula.

Allison - posted on 03/15/2010

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Totally go with whole milk. I honestly feel that formula companies are the ones saying we should keep our little ones on formula until they are older so that we send them more and more money. I was raised in a time where babies were given cow's milk at 6 months old and I'm very healthy and turned out fine. It's totally a personal choice, but that is just how I feel.

Anita - posted on 03/15/2010

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I put milk in her sippy (she loves her sippy) BUT she spits out the milk LOL She doesn't like it. I'm hoping she will start to like it. It's alot cheaper than formula :)

Ruta - posted on 03/15/2010

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Formula for one year old onwards is much better for them than cows milk as it has all needed vitamins and iron for growing kids. Pedriatitians now say that if possibe to give formula up til even 3 years old as cows milk is much harder to digest for such small tummies.

Connie - posted on 03/15/2010

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Hi Ria,

We started our son on Enfamil Next Step formula for toddlers. It's formula made for growing toddlers 10 months - 36months. It has DHA in it so its good for brain, eye, and nervouse system development. Next Step is also good for supplementing nutritious needs during growth spurts.

Sure it is cheaper to go with whole milk, but formula is the next best thing to breast milk, and has way more nutrients for our babies than cow's milk. Doesn't your little one deserve the best?

Christine - posted on 03/15/2010

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go to whole milk! My daughter is a breastfed baby too and we have been giving her whole milk since she was 9 months old. Im also going back to work so we have been decreasing her feedings since she started on the whole milk.. We are down to one feeding at bedtime.. & Why waste your money on formula?

Brittany - posted on 03/15/2010

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you COULD do formula if you really wanted to (if he will even take formula), but what better opportunity to start cow's milk than this? anyone will tell you to wait until a year old to start whole milk, but my pediatrician told me a little differently. there's no "magic" thing that happens on their 1st birthday that enables a baby to drink whole milk. so i asked her about it because i too am planning on going back to work and weaning him soon. she told me that at 11 months, it's OK to start introducing it. obviously you want to go slow, so his body and digestive system can adjust easier. so if time allows it, start by cutting out one feed a day, replacing it with a sippy cup of whole milk (or bottle if he won't take a cup). if he refuses the milk, you can also try mixing 3/4 breastmilk with 1/4 whole milk. my son hasn't turned down the whole milk so i was lucky there, but it's not uncommon for a baby to turn their nose up at cow's milk because it has a completely different taste. he refuses formula though! but i don't blame him, stuff tastes horrible lol



so after a 2-3 days of replacing one feed, do another one. keep doing this until you cut out whatever feeds you need to in order to be OK to go back to work. i haven't really actively tried what you are, because i don't have a job lined up yet, but someone told me that it's easiest to cut out afternoon feeds first, then naptime feeds, and lastly night feeds, like the one right before bed or in the middle of the night. i don't know what your schedule is going to be like and what hours you'll be gone, but that's just something to keep in mind :) just follow your baby's cues and go from there. he'll adjust and be just fine :)

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