cows milk before 12 months???

Sarah - posted on 12/31/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I breastfed for 9 months but am finding it very demanding to keep up with. My daughter (9months) wakes up twice every night and will not settle unless she has a feed, This also goes for having a nap during the day. When feeding during the day she seems frustrated and pulls off not feeding for very long ...im worried she's not getting enough or shes having difficulties getting milk from me, She has small feeds every morning, afternoon and before bed as well as 3 solid feeds before each milk feed.

I was thinking she might be ready to be weaned on cows milk, i have tried formula but she protests...I feed her yogurt with fruit for lunch and she shows no signs of allergy.

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Brenda - posted on 01/01/2011

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Only twice a night? Wow. I don't know what I would do if mine nursed twice a night. That would be amazing. We nurse at least 5-8, and he's almost 20 months now, and he's nursed like that since birth.

Nine months could be a time for teething or a growth spurt making nursing somewhat painful, and more frequent as breast milk contains hormones that reduce infant pain. There is also a major sleep regression around this time.These are no indications of your supply. Check kellymom.com for a lot more info on this age.

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Kami - posted on 01/01/2011

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Have you ever considered goat's milk? Some mother's who cannot breastfeed put their babies on goat's milk instead of formula. Might be worth looking into! :)

Tiffany - posted on 01/01/2011

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Most doctors start babies on cows milk between 11 and 12 months. We didn't start my daughter until a week after her first birthday. If she is already on yogurt and doing find it shouldn't be an issue, but I would just talk to your pediatrician about it. Just make sure you are ready to stop breastfeeding, because once you do and can't go back you may regret it. I wish I had breastfed longer. If your daughter is having 4 to 6 wet diapers during the day and not losing weight, then I'm sure she is getting enough though. Good luck! =)

Dora - posted on 12/31/2010

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Double check with your doctor cause quite a few doctors believe in waiting until a baby is 1 year old before starting cows milk. If you really like your doctor then go with what they say. You will get a lot of opinions about this but it comes down to what you want to do. Just do your research and you'll be fine. I would recommend trying soy formula. See if she likes that. It might work for her. Good luck.

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