Introducing whole milk

Nicole - posted on 02/26/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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What does everyone think about introducing whole milk to a 9 month old. I want to continue his formula until a year but gradually introduce whole milk. My baby is eating yobaby yogurt which has whole milk in it, I wanted to see what everyone thinks about mixing 2 oz. whole milk with my son's oatmeal in the morning.

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Doris - posted on 02/28/2011

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My ped suggested against it because babies can get milk allergies if introduced too early. Milk has a protein in it that is sometimes hard to break down by babies. The milk in baby yogurt has ben processed/broken down so it is safe for babies. Your safest bet is to ask your pediatrician.

Viviane - posted on 02/26/2011

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I've been adding whole milk to my twins' cereal in the morning since they were 5 months old (they are 8 months old now) and they've been doing very well with it. The pediatrician said that there is no problem since I only give them boiled milk and also because my babies eat solid foods very well. I read that there are pediatricians that believe that switching babies from formula to whole milk at 10 months old is acceptable for those babies that eat solid foods well. I’m planning on gradually start adding some (boiled) whole milk to my babies’ bottle together with formula when my babies are 10 months old, so they can be drinking strictly (boiled) whole milk by the time they are 12 months old.

Carolyn - posted on 02/26/2011

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i would think its a bit early for cows milk yet. I would wait till closer to 1 year before converting.

The milk in yogurt has been "processed" and same as cheese which is what makes it safe to start as early as 6 months

"Lactose is broken down with the culturing of the yogurt or cheese and milk proteins are either semi-removed or limited. The culturing makes yogurt and cheese easier to digest. Many people with lactose intolerance often are be able to eat cheese and/or yogurt without trouble. The same is often true for some people with a milk protein (either to the casein or the whey) allergy."

http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/tipYogu...

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