Formula Strike.....something like Nursing Strike I think!!!

Tammy - posted on 04/26/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, I have almost 9month old b/g twins and they have recently decided they do not want to drink their formula. I pumped for the first 6 weeks and they have been on formula exclusively since then. They still drink some and I do mix their cereal with formula so they get some that way too.

Is it too soon to add whole milk to their diet??? I am a little scared to try it, as I think once I do they won't drink any formula. It has also been suggested to me to mix the formula with whole milk....has anyone done this?

If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them :-)))

They are good eaters - veggies, fruit and cereal, as well as starting to add stuff like toast, mashed potatoes etc. Just want to make sure they are getting enough of the right stuff.

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Tinker1987 - posted on 04/26/2011

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i know someone who had their 7month old on whole milk. she said her dr approved.every dr will give a different opinion so id ask your dr. me personally would hold off as long as i could,until a year.

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Mel - posted on 04/28/2011

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thats fantastic Tammy :) Glad they are taking to it again. Hope everything goes well. Thats great about the juice too. Honestly its just full of sugar and so unnecessary. I give it to my toddler every other day with brekky or when shes sick, and my little 9 month old only has it with her medicine to change the taste :)

Tammy - posted on 04/28/2011

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Thank you for all your comments. I really appreciate it. Funny thing is that my son has started drinking more formula in the last couple of days. I cut back on the amount of apple juice I was giving them and gave them water instead when they wanted a drink.

In the next few days we are starting on finger foods - toast, bananas, hard boiled eggs, pasta etc. - so this should be fun....and I am sure messy too!!!

Charlie - posted on 04/27/2011

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Cows milk is VERY hard to digest for little tummy's , yogurt cheese and other milk products are different because the proteins are broken down making it easier to digest .

Cow's milk also has too much sodium, potassium, and chloride, which can tax your baby's kidneys.

Milk doesnt have all of the essential vitamins and minerals that formula or breastmilk does and doesnt have the iorn your baby needs , they could be on a strike due to teething just keep offering it and putting it theri food just like you would do if you were breastfeeding they will start to drink again , it could also be that they are too full from food to drink , asess that and see if that could be the case cut back .

Mel - posted on 04/26/2011

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from 9 months you can use cows milk in their diet, in cooking, with cereal or just in small amounts in a cup. My daughter has cereal with cows milk most days and shes only just hit 9 months a few days ago. Ideally they should still have formula as their main drink because it has more calories and nutrients in it, but you should definately be introducing small amounts of cows milk anyway at this age so go for it. My daughter is an excellent eater - 3 big meals a day plus snacks along with lots of breast feeds a day :)

Rosie - posted on 04/26/2011

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the general recommendation is to wait until they are a year. sometimes whole milk isn't easily digested until then, it can cause anemia, and small intestinal bleeds.

small amounts i don't believe would hurt them, like yogurt or cheese or the occasional sip. but to use it instead of formula? i don't feel is the wisest thing to do.

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My son was 9months old when our doctor suggested putting him on whole milk and he did just fine. The main thing is that they have a balanced diet and are eating well in general. For a 9month old that is on bottle all the time I would say no but if your 9month old is eating regular meals and snacks, and isn't vitamin defficient or anything I'd say ask the doctor and if they agree then sure.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/26/2011

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True, goats milk is easier to digest...but I cannot find ANY in my area. Sometimes you don't have a choice.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/26/2011

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I would NOT add juice to their diet...it will fill them up, and they DEFINATELY won't take formula after that.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/26/2011

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Try adding cheese, and yogurt...plain yogurt. Don't know why, maybe how it is processed, but they can have that kind of milk at their age.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/26/2011

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Yes, too soon to add whole milk to their diet. Their stomaches cannot handle it until after 1 year old. Good luck, and keep up all the good food! Sounds like you are doing a fantastic job.

Bonnie - posted on 04/26/2011

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My older son was switched to whole milk at 10.5 months. He was a breastfed baby and within the last couple months of breastfeeding him I had a lot of infections (such as really bad cases of mastitis and bleeding in general). My doctor said that based on his weight I could switch him. So, by 11 months he was only drinking whole milk. My second son started off being breastfed for the first little bit and was then switched to formula. He was on whole milk by 11 months. No problems.

Krista - posted on 04/26/2011

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I didn't switch my son to whole milk until a year, but I did transition him by mixing the formula with the milk, and slowly adding more milk to the mix. I have read that milk can be introduced as early as 9 months, and if your twins refuse formula but take the milk, you might not have much choice!

Dana - posted on 04/26/2011

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It's recommended to wait until they're a year old to give them milk and I agree with that recommendation.



I personally wouldn't worry about it if they're still drinking some but, eating regular foods too. They're 9 months old, this seems to be pretty much a natural progression to me.

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