Whole milk

Michele - posted on 12/07/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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so my almost 11 month old absolutely HATES whole milk! her ped. told me to start giving her an ounce of milk and work my way up, but only give it to her in a sippy cup. I know it's not the cup that I'm giving her because she drinks juice out of it like a champ. I even warm it up for her so it's not too cold!

Does anyone elses baby hate whole milk as much as my little one?!

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Sylvia - posted on 01/03/2010

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yes my son throw his sippy cup down every time i give him milk in it but if i puts juice in it he is cool with it.

Annette - posted on 12/29/2009

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I started when she was 10 1/2 months and mixed it in her formula an ounce at a time. I planned the weaning so that once she is 1 year she will be fully weaned. It is working, she is getting used to the taste and she is eating and drinking great

Megan - posted on 12/23/2009

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My ped told me not to start until she is a year old and when I do start, start at half whole milk and half formula and each week add more milk until the formula is out of the picture. She that helps with their adjustment to the difference in taste and smells as well and gives their digestive system a chance to adjust as well. Maybe try it that way, but the doc said try to keep it out of a bottle as best as possible. I know there are times when my daughter who is 11 months old won't drink her juice out of a sippy cup for whatever her reasoning is, but she will drink it out of a big ppl cup with my assistance. You have a lot of options, just try each one until you hit on the right one. Hope It Helps =)

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Jacqulyn - posted on 01/06/2010

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i had to ween kaleb too. it took about 2 months to ween him cause he kept getting constipated and we'd have to tone it down with the milk. someone said they arent supposed to drink it til after 1 we started weening on to cows milk at 9 months which is what was recommended to us. and he also doesnt like it warm. the colder the better. he loves his milk but typically only gets it at bed time and nap times. other wise he drinks juice or water.

Angela - posted on 01/04/2010

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i had to wean my son off the alimuntem formula because of a milk protein allergy he had as an infant the first time i gave him.a milk bottle he spit i mixed i oz of milk with 7 oz formula ( he was geting 8 oz bottles) for 4 days the 2oz milk with 6 oz formula then 3 oz milk with 5oz milk for 4 days and so on...he did fine.

Jess - posted on 12/31/2009

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i have been giving my daughter milk in her bottles. like start off by putting about 50mls og cows fc milk, some cold water and hot water to make up the amount of liquid u normally put in their bottle, then add her formula and mix it all up......then work ur way up like put more milk and less water until gradually she can handle whole milk. my daughter turned 11months yesterday and ive been doing that and she loves it, still only at about 90 mls to about 160 mls water but getting there....it is also helping for her to put on a little more weight--she is 10 kgs but very tall so light for her size i guess lol. good luck

Jo - posted on 12/31/2009

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both my daughters started on whole milk at 10 and a half months with no problems at all!! i put 50%milk 50%water and slowly decreased the water. both girls have had milk from bottles so it didnt confuse them to much!

Vickie - posted on 12/31/2009

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I am going to start giving my son whole milk today. He is 3 weeks shy of being 1 year already!

Angela - posted on 12/31/2009

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My son is 11 months old. He is on WIC. When your baby turns one they no longer get formula. They tell you about a month before they are one to get whole milk and mix it with the formula so they can get use to it and by the time they are one or a little before they will be drinking nothing but the whole milk.
My daughter is 2 1/2 years old and would not drink the whole milk at all so she went to the 2% milk(not as good for them as whole milk but it's milk) and the doc said she could get her dairy from yogurt, cheese, ect. even if she didn't drink any more milk at all. But if you or anyone else is on WIC now a days if they are under 2 years of age they will not let you get the 2 % milk because they say they really need the whole milk.
I believe as long as they get some kind of dairy in the recomended amounts they will be just fine!!!

Amanda - posted on 12/31/2009

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Quoting Nancy:

Uhmmm, I have read that babies aren't supposed to drink whole milk after their first yr.


Being a month off being one really isn't going to hurt!

Nancy - posted on 12/30/2009

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Thanks! I have been reading you all and got very good tips. I think I will start with half and half like Megan said. I just didn't know the best way to introduce it and if it was ok to do it now. But I really appreciate all the info =)

Tiffany - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Michele:



Quoting Nancy:

Uhmmm, I have read that babies aren't supposed to drink whole milk after their first yr.





well like i said..her doctor told me to start her on whole milk.






shes been doing great with it too..been mixing it with her formula instead of what he told me to do.






another way to try the sippy is I found the a cup that has the spout like the Playtex Nipples that look more like the bottles and she will only take that cup right now cuz she has 5 other cups i tried and she didnt like any of those so with this cup it helps so much and i do mine with the formula too thats the only way she will drink the whole milk cuz it kinda constapates her too so this way she is ok with it..but i would try that cup i found them at HEB and Walmart and she luvs them cuz how they r shape like bottle nipples they r only like 2 dollars at those stores.

Tiffany - posted on 12/30/2009

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i would do what you been doin by putting it in with her formula cuz thats really the only way my daughter drinks it too she dont like is staright up yet but i do that and she will drink it. plus her dr. said that was a good way to start weanin her off the formula to is just gradually start addin more milk and less formula as she gets used to it then it will be easier. also when i tried the straight milk it constapated her so when i do it this way now she is fine again so i guess i will have to wean her off like the Dr. says too..

Sarah - posted on 12/30/2009

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While it is true that you should be transitioning to water-only in a bottle (never, ever juice or soda), the real issue is that milk, juice and formula can all cause cavities. I'm not sure if you are putting the baby down with the bottle, but don't. The sugars in formula and milk breed bacteria during the night. Ideally, you want to do one or more of the following: follow the milk/formula with a bottle or cup of water, wipe down the little teeth with dental wipes or brush those little teeth with training toothpaste. Now, let's be realistic. Babies want to take bottles at bed because their bodies are designed to nurse, at least a little, for the first two years of life. So, if your little one just isn't ready to go down without a bottle, just make sure you are taking away the bottle before the baby is put down. Your child WILL ween.

Kathryn - posted on 12/30/2009

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I've been giving my boy 1/2 formula and 1/2 whole milk for the past week in a bottle and also to mix his cereal in the morning and there is no problem. Am I going to have to switch to the sippy cup before bed instead of a bottle? Are bottles a no-no after 1?

Sarah - posted on 12/30/2009

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I think you are stressing too much about giving her cow's milk. My daughter is 2 1/2 and she still won't ouch the stuff. She gets plenty of nutrients from the other foods she eats, such as a little cheese, soy, PB (again, she is older), veggie sausage etc. Her ped. knows all about it and says that there is nothing to worry about. Her dad got ear infections all the time as a child (7 ear surgeries), and it wasn't until he was an adult that we found out that he it allergic to dairy. The doc says some kids just intuitively know that they don't feel good when they drink cows milk. Don't feel like it is the end of the world if she won't drink milk. There are a LOT of other ways to get her the nutrients.

Mandy - posted on 12/30/2009

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Hi there, my Son is almost 1 year now, and i first tried it in his cereal instead of formula, it seemed ok, but 4 days after, he had diarrhoea and fever, I didn't think it was the milk, but a tummy bug, i kept on giving it in his breakfast for 2 weeks. I was going to take him to the doctors one morning, that morning, i ran out of milk and gave him formula, he got better! i asked my Health nurse, and a few other people and his body is not ready for it yet and to try again in about 6 weeks. x

Mandy - posted on 12/30/2009

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mine is still getting breast milk, so it's not something I'll be dealing with but I am going away over night at the end of January, so my dh will have to give him some cow's milk then, so will be trying him on some after his birthday to see how he gets on.

I would maybe try making your daughter a very thin smoothie/milkshake with some her favourite fruit - starwberries and bananas are always good for that. I hate the taste of milk so I can understand a lo not wanting to drink it straight, the fruit will sweeten it up and you'd be killing 2 bords with 1 drink - her dairy portion and a fruit portion at the same time.

Good luck with it.

Phillipa - posted on 12/28/2009

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11months old is fine to give your baby cows milk as long as she has a good diet that consists of iron. I started my son on it a week before 11months and he's fine with it. Although I breastfeed when he wakes up and for his afternoon feed. And he has cows milk for his morning feed and before he goes to bed. He has about 200mls at a time out of his bottle. He will drink it out of a cup aswell but I find a bottle easier.

Brenda - posted on 12/28/2009

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I started giving my daughter whole milk when she turned 11 months. I would start with 1 ounce for two weeks and up it an ounce for two weeks and so on and so on. But not all pedi will agree with that, every pedi is different. So just follow what your pedi says to do. But about the cup thing I don't know because my little one will only drink water from her cup. I hope that helps a little. Good luck.

Leah - posted on 12/28/2009

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You also might try a different new sippy cup that is just for milk....my son who's 11months hasn't had juice yet but he has a sippy cup for water and he doesn't like anything else to be in that cup but water. He drinks his whole milk out of a completely different style/shape sippy cup (he also drinks it in a bottle, but we are working on getting rid of those). and I let it sit out for a little bit because he doesn't like it freezing cold (not too long though)...unless he's cutting teeth, then he wants everything really cold.

Alishia - posted on 12/28/2009

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water it down, she might think it formula. i give it to my little man and he loves. sippy cup or cup its the same thing

Corinne - posted on 12/28/2009

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i will be continuing to breastfeed till he doesn't want to but he's currently having whole milk with his cereal and some other foods (hates formula). You might want to try different brands of whole milk. In terms of cups, I like the Diody cup - much easier for bubs to handle. He couldn't figure out how to use a spouted cup and hates the bottle. We started at 6+months on the Diody and he's now a real pro. Of course, we got "showers of blessings" from him at times but it was mostly water so that was fine.

Natasha - posted on 12/27/2009

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chill out everyone, follow what the doctor says and in other curcumstances start cows milk at age one. If you dont feel like doing that then thats ok too. There is formula for over one yr olds. There digestive system will be fine.

VALERIE - posted on 12/27/2009

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I am still giving my baby formula. Sure u know he will be 1 next month, do I start giving him whole milk now or wait until them?

Anna - posted on 12/27/2009

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I give my little man one formula bottle a day and one whole milk, but i mix the whole milk with cooled boiled water about 50/50 he takes it fine that way, i have tried giving it to him straight but he didn't like it quite so much. I think the things that health books say are guidelines only and every child is different so go with what best suits your baby
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Michele - posted on 12/25/2009

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thank you megan! that was very helpful and I will definitely try those suggestions! I'm pretty sure I eliminated all formula from her diet, since she can digest milk very well. As far as the sippy cup thing goes, she is so attatched to her bubbie. I think giving it up will be a very big challenge. I will try the big people cup tomorrow. It was suggested by another woman in this forum. thank you ladies for your helpful suggestions!hope everyone enjoyed their holidays!!

Shannell - posted on 12/22/2009

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well just as others have said, i have been told to wait until my daughter is a year old but if your pedi advised you to do so it must be ok. maybe you should try to put it in the bottle first then the cup

Michele - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quoting Nancy:

Uhmmm, I have read that babies aren't supposed to drink whole milk after their first yr.


well like i said..her doctor told me to start her on whole milk.



shes been doing great with it too..been mixing it with her formula instead of what he told me to do.

Kirsty - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter is 11 months old and i have just started her on whole milk she loves its. she wasnt drinking much formula so decided to try that and she is drinking a lot more milk now. I'm just trying the cup thing now doesnt really like drinking milk out of it just water.

Kerry - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Nancy:

Uhmmm, I have read that babies aren't supposed to drink whole milk after their first yr.


They are not suppose to but as she wont touch formula I dont have much choice and I cant see what harm it can do she has had it on her cereal for months.

Nancy - posted on 12/16/2009

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Uhmmm, I have read that babies aren't supposed to drink whole milk after their first yr.

Kerry - posted on 12/08/2009

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My daughter has never drunk any milk other than breast, I have recently given up breast feeding {Emily was 10 months} and she still refuses any milk out of her cup. The health visitor advised me to keep trying and make sure she gets her dairy intake through food, ie cereal, yoghurts, cheese etc.

Becky - posted on 12/08/2009

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Have you tried giving the milk cold? Even though breast/bottle milk is warm, babies often like cows milk cold. Have you been advised to get your daughter drinking the milk as most babies don't have it as a drink until 1yr so I wondered if you could put the required amount in her foods (on cereal, in rice-pudding, custard, mash potato e.t.c). Also have you tried a normal cup with no spout/lid at all (with your help obviously lol). I know of lots of babies that will only drink water/juice from a spout and like a bottle and teat for their milk, as you probably don't want to use a bottle, a cup might be enough of a distraction to get her to try the milk. Also you could make the milk into a smoothie or shake with fruit so it will taste more like a juice. Good luck, I know it can be very stressful if you're trying to follow Dr's advice but your child won't oblige :0)

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