Whole milk

Kimberly - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my daughter just turned 11 months and i want to get her used to whole milk as i will stop nursing her at 12 months i was just wondering if it's alright to introduce whole milk before the 1st b-day. Why exactly are we supposed to wait until 12 months?

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My son will be 1 in two weeks. At 11 months we started him on enfamils next step toddler formula. 2 days ago we started introducing whole milk, little by little. He normally drinks 6 oz of the toddler formula so i make 4 ounces instead and add 2 ounces of whole milke. So far he's been fine and we will be doing 3 and 3 ounces of each starting tomorrow! Good luck!

Anna - posted on 03/29/2010

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Hey Emily,
Have you tried putting the Avent handles on his bottles? I started this with my son about 7 mths and he quickly got the hang of it. Maybe he just loves you doing it for him :)

PS: I've started Chase on cows milk but was wondering whether I should try him on the S26 Toddler for the added iron/nutrients (he is currently on S26 Step 2). It could be an expensive option though. Is anyone else considering a Toddler formula?

Emily - posted on 03/29/2010

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i have been using full fat milk and unsalted full fat butter from Dylan was 4months in cooking etc. my HV told me there was no need really for formula and now he loves cows milk even though i water it down a bit, he has it in a bottle, unfortunately i still have no joy getting him to feed himself, we have tried everything! anyone got any tips to getting him to feed himself a bottle?? he is 1 in 3weeks!!!!!

Jessie - posted on 03/28/2010

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I have just started introducing whole milk to my son he will be 1 on April 2. I started with a about 2oz and am working my way up to a full cup. He is kind of sensitive to dairy so we are starting small. He is doing great with it so far! Good luck.

Egle - posted on 03/27/2010

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i had bad experience with my oldest one and whole milk so my little girl started drinking semi skimmed milk from 6 months + vitamins to get more vit D.

Amanda - posted on 03/25/2010

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Hi think they just say 12 months as a guideline because theres more nutrients in breast/formula milk.I started giving my 11month old one bottle of cows milk in the day now just to start with and will slowly increase to 2 then 3 over the next couple of weeks.I did the same with my first and she was ok...

Heather - posted on 03/25/2010

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It's fine to start her on whole milk about 2 weeks out from her first birthday. At least that is what daycare says. I plan to start my daughter this week, she'll be a year on the 6th of April.

Merry - posted on 03/24/2010

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I would just incourage you to not stop breastfeeding at a year because the toddlers who are breastfeed are much healthier them the weaned ones and having the comfort of nursing makes alot of toddlers more independant and less crabby. It's reccommended by the world health organization to breastfeed for two years and then as long as baby shows interest. Look into it cuz many moms are planning to breastfeed well past 12 months. Me too :)

Miranda - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter has been on whole cows milk since she was 8 months because she was rejecting all else. Don't worry just introduce it slowly and Im sure your little one will love it. Just make sure it is fresh!!

Christina - posted on 03/24/2010

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I was told because they need the vitamins that milk does not have and until they are 1 they are not getting enough through what they eat. I don't think it hurts to introduce it to them as I have, but I don't think you can depend on it as the source of nutrients until there body is ready for it.

Nadine - posted on 03/24/2010

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i have been giving my little boy only cows milk during the day and he loves it i havent noticed any difference in him because of it, so i would say go for it

MiChelle - posted on 03/23/2010

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My doctor said it was fine for me to give my baby who is a year in April whole milk, the only thing was I need to add 1mL of Iron to it a day. We give 1mL of Poly-Vi-Sol in her first bottle a day and she is done with it for the day. You can just give it to her by mouth but mixing it into milk she gets it all slower.



Whole milk is usually held off til a year because it does not have the needed iron for a infant.

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After reading some of the posts on Circle of Moms, I just want to say that doctors recommend things for our children for a reason & I would hope that moms take the advice of their pediatricians over other moms, only because you & your pediatrician know your child best! But I also want to say I have also read some really great advice on Circle of Moms too!

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There are things like protein in whole milk that are hard for your baby to digest. I do a lot of reading & everything I have read says to wait until 1! Definately ask her pediatrician, she may have a different take on it or she can explain why she wants you to wait. Better to get her dr's advise, every baby is different in many ways!

Jamie - posted on 03/23/2010

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My son was 11 months March 16 and in the last week I have been giving him whole milk and he has been doing well and just about to start giving it to him all the time

Deirdre - posted on 03/22/2010

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Hi
I have been giving Aimee whole milk in her oatmeal cereal for a couple of months now and she has yogurt and cheese and she has not noticed a difference. I was going to start giving her whole milk in her cup for her afternoon drink round about her 1st birthday in April and work through to her morning and night bottles gradually over a month or so.
She transitioned well from breast to formula at 6 mos with the same gradual approach which has been great. good luck

Kimberly - posted on 03/22/2010

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thank you for the posts...i bought bailey some whole milk this morning, warmed it up stuck it into a bottle and she drank it just as if it were breast milk..lol and i though i was going to have a horribly rough time transitioning. Thanks again ;)

Louise - posted on 03/22/2010

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i read somewhere that its ok to use whole milk in babies foods from 9 months so i started using it in her breakfast, shes also been having milky puddings since she was 10 months and cheese for lunch and also whole milk to drink in the morning, shes been fine, no allergies to it.

Brittany - posted on 03/22/2010

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thats just what they recommend, you can start introducing little bit at a time a couple months before she turns one. It might make her constipated at first. i started giving my son an oz or two a day starting around 10 mo. At first i would mix it in his formula but now i give it to him alone, he took to it right away, but ive heard of alot of babies not liking it at first.

Trish - posted on 03/22/2010

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They say that prior to 12mths old bubs are more sensetive to foods, therefore more likely to get food allergies. So it is usually recommended to steer clear of the foods which children are more prone to get allergies, like dairy products, whole fruits, nuts etc, so avoiding milk, yogurt, cheese, bananas, peanut butter etc. I know mum's who introlduced these things (sometimes watered down) without problems. When I make apple custard, I usually use formula, but I'm going to start using full cream milk soon.

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