When to wein off formula?

Tighler - posted on 05/09/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Brooklyn is now 12 months old. When and how should I start to wein her off the formula. She was Breastfed until she was 5 months old. And has had Gerber Protect plus formula since. Any ideas?



She also eats table food with us. and gets about 4 bottles a day.

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Caroline - posted on 05/29/2010

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anytime after 12 months is the reccommedation. I also breastfed till 5 half months, then she had formula as well as solid food, now we have switched to cows milk as its a lot cheaper and easier and she get plenty of nutrienst from solids aswell. Must be whole milk not semi skimmed

Katherine - posted on 05/22/2010

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my son is 13 months. I give him stage two formula before bed. He drinks regular milk and eats table food. But he still needs his bottle at night. During the day he uses his sippy cup and will eat a regular meal with the family in his chair, But still needs the comfort and the heavyness of formula to sleep at night. Honestly drs say its suppost to be when they turn one to take them off. But I feel when my son is ready he wil just simply stop drinking it. or ask for regular milk . Like he does during the day time. Hell say ilk .... for milk and baba at night .... Kids will let u know dont rush them to what society says is right. Rushing them could case more damage. Some kids cant digest whole milk at one properly and need a little extra time....

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Victoria - posted on 08/08/2013

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I just went thru this and it was a very smooth transition for my daughter. She just turned 13 months. I started doing 6oz of formula with 2 oz. of milk every other bottle for 3 days then I bought a sippy cup and she forgot all about her bottle. I then went on to 5o-z formula to 3oz milk for 3 three days and then half and half for a week in her new sippy. It has now been 2 weeks and she is still at half and half because she easily constipates so I'm giving her tummy another week to adjust then straight milk. Every kid will be different tho. My sister with her children just went full on milk in a sippy and they did fine. Good luck to you and Brooklyn :)

Chantel - posted on 05/23/2010

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You're probably ready! Homo milk first for a while, so she gets all the fat she needs for her brain development! :) Good luck!

Janeen - posted on 05/23/2010

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Its so great to get everyone's opinion thanks so much. my Dr suggested to ween my daughter off her bottle at 1 with mixing what was left of her formula with whole milk. I started 4oz a day and then gradually added more as days went on. It takes sometimes at least 3-5 days to see an allergic reaction. sometimes immediately. I was also told to give her anywhere from 24-32oz or so a day of milk. Can anyone advise is that too much milk i sure dont want my daughter to gain lots of weight. She gets her bottle in the morning 6-8oz then i feed her oatmeal and fruit. for lunch she gets a veggie/fruit. for dinner she gets table food otherwise if in at work and the hubby doesnt cook (sigh) she will get turkery/or chicken a veggie and fruit. she will have a snack during the day sometimes otherwise maybe after dinner. she gets a bottle at nite before going to sleep then sleeps through the nite. Any suggestions please i open to anything. Her last Dr's visit she was 22lbs she is 13mos but of course that was before switching over to milk. prior to that she was doing the same as food goes but on her formula with anywhere from 21-30oz. Thanks everyone have a great day treasure every moment

Durinda - posted on 05/22/2010

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I am lactose intollerant and my 13 month old daughter refuses to eat any dairy, throws bottles of milk away, likewise with cheese, all i can get her to eat is yogurt. But she refuses to wean off of her formula. If anyone has an opinion as to how i can wean her off of her formula i'd appreciate the feed back, I'm tapped out of ideas

Katherine - posted on 05/22/2010

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But I do know the best way is to mix the milk with the formula . And gradually make it where there is more milk then formula . And eventually purely milk... They say they are suppost to only get two cups a day of milk. So i would suggest getting down the 2 a day before u try to completely change to regular milk...... to much change at once can cause chacos in their schudel and make them frustrated and make things hard around the house

Mandii - posted on 05/22/2010

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I started weening my now 13 month old daughter onto cows milk at the age of 10 months and she had no problems at all. She loves cows milk and now only has 2 milk bottles a day. One at nap time and one at bedtime. She eats her 3 meals plus snacks and has juice or water during the day. Do it when you feel ready. To start weening though our doctor told us to mix the milk in with the formula bottles and gradually increase the ratio of milk higher to that of formula.

Jeanne - posted on 05/21/2010

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Billy is 13 months took him off formula and bottle when he a year no problems so far he eats everything we eat and drinks from his cup

Jessica - posted on 05/20/2010

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My son was not weened off of formula. When he turned one, we took the formula away and told him he could have occasional bottles (basically at nap and bedtime) but no more bottles at mealtimes. He has not had any problems with this because he eats some table food and he is eating stage 3 baby food. As long as he is getting his nutrition from somewhere else I do not worry about the formula thing. He gets milk in sippies throughout the day so I don't think he really notices that he doesn't have the formula too much.

Michelle - posted on 05/20/2010

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I started Alexandra on milk in her sippy cup and kept her on formula in bottles for nap only. the pediatrician has said that it isn't necessary though to keep her on formula anymore, so as soon as it is finished, just milk

Jamie - posted on 05/19/2010

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I've gotten my daughter down to 1 bottle at night and then milk from a sippy cup at meals (she doesn't drink a lot of milk at a time) but now I'm nervous about and don't know how to get her off of the night time bottle. I've only got enough formula left for a few bottles and don't want to buy anymore once it's gone. I feel like she uses that bottle to calm down for the night, any suggestions of what I can do instead??

Pamelag - posted on 05/19/2010

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I am curious as to why you would give your child formula when you were providing the optimum source of nutrition from your breasts?

Brooks - posted on 05/19/2010

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when my daughter was 11 months she stopped wanting to drink formula,but wouldnt drink just milk. So for a whole day I just mixed whole milk into her formula then the next day she was fine and started drinking whole milk.
Whole milk usually makes most kids constipated so I give her a FIBER GUMMY(i bought them at target) every morning when she wakes up and she does perfectly fine:)

Yolande - posted on 05/19/2010

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My little one is now 13 months old and I've started to feed him bits of our food, as he decided himself that milk is not enough anymore. he basically eats anything now, just bits and bits, but still doesn't want to drink anything inbetween but milk. He drinks about 2 bottles a day, and 2 throughout the night. he loves avokado pear, flings chips, real potato chips, he even discovered a boiled egg and loves to eat it all by himself - what a mess of course, and keep the milk with hand for the dryness of the yellow of the egg. otherwise, i've started to give him cow milk by times, just add half a teaspoon of brown sugar to it, as its not sweet as formula. it works for my little one. all of the best.

Denise - posted on 05/18/2010

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I started my daughter on whole milk at 1 year. But I did 3/4 formula and 1/4 milk. Then after two weeks I did 1/2 and 1/2. Then two weeks later I did full milk as she was coping with it. I tried my daughter on milk at 9 months and she was far from really as ended up with running nappies. She is only on three bottles a day. I would try and cut one bottle out and see if you can get to three a day. My daughter also gets water in a sippy mug at each meal. Good luck and do what you feel is right.

Angela - posted on 05/18/2010

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12 months started whole milk and using the sippy cups during the day and bottle at bedtime.

Whitney - posted on 05/18/2010

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when my little girl turned 1, the next day i gave her some Vitamin D milk in her cup and she liked it! Maybe just try to give her like 2 bottles of formula and 2 bottles of VD milk. maybe she will start wanting the milk rather than the formula. Good Luck!

Brittany - posted on 05/17/2010

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all i did was poured her a bottle of milk and gave it to her and she didn't have a care at all. She has 3 8oz bottles a day and she does great!

Nicole - posted on 05/17/2010

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I started my son on milk just after he turned a year. I switched him over a weeks time. He drinks 8 oz bottles and I started out by adding 1 oz milk to 7oz's formula and did that for one whole day. The next day I decreased the formula by one oz and increased the milk. Each day I went down one oz until he was drinking all milk. I think it is not as harsh on their little belly. It gives their digestive system time to get used to the milk and gradually lets them get used to the taste of milk. Oh, I also warm my son's milk to take the chill off too. Good luck!

Erin - posted on 05/17/2010

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I started my daughter on whole milk RIGHT after her 1st birthday and now she won't drink the formula... we gave her some last week because we wanted to at least finish the can we had open, and she threw it up. Now I'm adding just 2 ounces of formula with a 6 oz bottle of milk so we can use it up without her reacting to the formula.

Sandy - posted on 05/16/2010

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my kids have been drinking whole milk at age one and it will not harm them to keep drinking whole milk all their lives. All the 2% and half crap takes away some of the stuff your kids needs.

Julie - posted on 05/16/2010

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My Son is 1 year and 2 weeks, I strated putting say 50ml of normal milk in with his bottle and kept adding more until he was really used to it and he is already on full milk and doesn't seem to have any problems. You just have to take it slow.

Christina - posted on 05/15/2010

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my daughter went off formula and the bottle at about a year...she was bf until 7 months and then formula after that but we got rid of all bottles except the nighttime one by 12 months and then after a week took her off the last nighttime bottle so when the bottles were gone so was the formula. the ped told us to start a few weeks before 12 months with introducing her to whole milk and by the time she turned 12 months to pretty much get her on to whole milk completely instead of formula and to get rid of the bottles...luckly we had no problems with milk and she loves it! hope this helps!

Nelda - posted on 05/15/2010

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Hello, I think 12 months is appropriate then switch it to whole milk until 2. If you think that she is lacking some of the nutrients you can ask the doctor if she needs some supplements.

Alexis - posted on 05/15/2010

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We started doing half formula half milk at eleven months, and the day my son tuned 1 he was off formula and onto whole milk completely :) So I would say now lol

Sandy - posted on 05/15/2010

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a 12 month old should be on whole milk and table foor ask your dr and they will say the same thing.

Amber - posted on 05/15/2010

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i started my daughter on whole milk at 10 months, and stopped giving her bottles at ten months too. I didn't heat it up, just gave it to her cold. She did jsut fine. She does better on whole milk than she ever did on formula. She eats like a regular toddler now, with 3 meals a day and two snacks, and I don't feel like i deprived her of any special nutrients at all. She's nice and plump like she should be. Just depends on your child specifically though, whether she is ready or not for it, listen to her cues... my daughter was ready at 10 months to give up the bottle, she was ready at 4 months to eat real food.... some babies develop faster than others....

Mila - posted on 05/15/2010

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my son turned 1 last month and i was told to start giving him whole milk so i did i never mixed formula i just waited till all his formula was finished and then i started him on the whole milk and he did very good BUT now i noticed his skin started to get rashy like and he started itching a lot so i took him to the doctor and his pedi ordered a allgery test on him and turned out he's highly allergic to MILK so now he on Nutramigen for 1yr

Sue - posted on 05/14/2010

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I found the best way to wean off a bottle onto a sippy cup was to let my son start off a milk feed with the sippy cup, then transfer the milk to a bottle once he wasn't taking any more or messing about too much. Eventually, I found that he took more and more of the sippy cup, so that in the end the bottle was not needed. I managed this over a period of about a month. I also found that he was getting fussy with his formula, but once I went over to cows milk, he just drank it. I guess it must taste nicer!

Amy - posted on 05/14/2010

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I was told I could have started anywhere from 9 to 12 Months on Homo Milk. To be Safe Ask the dr. You also have to ween them down to two bottles aday. I am still having trouble with that one lol

Brooke - posted on 05/13/2010

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I finished the can of formula I had once my daughter turned 1 and then went straight to whole milk...she did just fine.

Louise - posted on 05/13/2010

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Over here in Ireland they don't recommend mixing formula and whole milk. On both my boys just switched. It was easy enough though as by a year i had them only on 1 bottle before bed. With my first i switched to sippy cup first and then whole milk but no 2 who is 13 months 1 have on whole milk in bottle. Will wean him from bottle at 14 months.

I was advised that at this age you need to think of milk as a drink as opposed to food where the baby will still think food so thats why i reduced the numbber but i did it slowly. At 6 months he was having morning afternoon and night bottle (he was never a morning feeder so wouldn't eat or drink for at least an hour after waking) at 9 months morning and night and just night from 12 months

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I started right on my daughter's birthday, mixing formula with milk in a bottle for her. I just slowly substituted more and more whole milk in the bottle until eventually I was putting only whole milk in there. I think it was over a span of about 2 weeks or so, and now she doesn't drink formula anymore. Whole milk in a sippy cup for her!

Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 05/13/2010

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I strated my daughter on homo milk at 11 months. it toke about a month to change from formula I started by doing 6oz or formula and 2 of milk in her bottles for a week then went to half milk half formula for 2 weeks finally 2oz formula 6oz milk for a week it was so graudual she didn't really notice the change and never got sick or had any troubles digesting the milk.

Melissa - posted on 05/13/2010

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My ped told me to start weaning him off by 15 months. Had half formula and milk to the bottle. I only do one bottle in the morning and one at night. The rest is his sippy cup. He seems really hungry during the day and he is walking, so I make sure he gets the extra nutrion

Alex - posted on 05/13/2010

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i got told to start when my daought was just coming up to 1 years. and now she is only on 2 bottles a day now as long as ur baby has a pint a milk a day she is fine! dont forget though cheese yogurts and other dairy things have milk in them! try weaning ur baby down to 2 bottles a day! x

Chloe - posted on 05/10/2010

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I breastfeed Kenzie until 6 months and then put her on formula till one year, when my doctor said to switch her to whole milk. Her bottles were usually like 5 oz at a time so I did 4oz formula + 1oz milk for the first bottle and if she took that I did 3oz formula + 2oz milk for the second bottle.... then 2oz formula + 3oz milk ..and so on till she was happy with just milk. I still havent figured out how to switch her completely over to milk in the sippy cup yet tho :)

Jocelyn - posted on 05/10/2010

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At our 1 year appt our doc said do it now. I was kinda shocked but decided to start. I didn't think my twins would be ready but they've adapted really well. They also had 4 bottles a day so what I did was cut the mid day ones out first. (Actually I started mixing 1/2 milk 1/2 formula for about a week before our appt so they were got used to it first! and we also use the next step formula) My boys always got a bottle after a nap so instead I just gave them a sippy cup with milk. At first I sat with them and got them drinking it. They adjusted really quickly. And if they seemed hungry after the milk then I'd give them a snack to tide them over until the next meal. I did this for about 2 weeks then decided to cut out the morning bottle by doing the same thing. Now, instead of cuddling with them and a bottle, we have a sippy cup. Besides moving breakfast up a 1/2 hour, this has worked great.
I still give a bedtime bottle with 1/2 formula 1/2 milk and will continue to do so for a while. I haven't decided if I'll try to get rid of it before their 15 mos appt or not b/c they are really dependent on it (and so am I!) It's about 8 oz total and they usually drink it all.
Just try removing 1 at first and see what happens. If it doesn't go well, try again in a few days. I did 1 mid day bottle one day then got rid of the other 2 days later. Do what you guys are comfortable with and go slowly if you feel the need.Good luck!

Robin - posted on 05/10/2010

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At my son's 1 year check up our doctor said to start adding whole milk to his bottle to completely wein him by 15-18months.

Hilda - posted on 05/09/2010

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They say at 1 year, you can start on regular milk. So if you think your little one is ready, by all means, give it a shot.

I elected to keep my son on 2nd stage formula for a while longer, since he is reluctant to drink his bottles. He does only 2-3 (5 oz) bottles in addition to baby food and table food. But that's my personal decision.

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