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What process did you use to switch your baby from formula to milk? My son is one now and it's time to say bye-bye to the formula.

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Casey - posted on 06/29/2009

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i put it only in a sippy cup so that i was doing both at the same time getting rid of the bottle and the formula. i would put 2oz at a time after a couple of days i went to four and so on until she was only on milk it took about 2 weeks and she hasnt had a bottle or formula since she was 11months old. she started to turn away from both so i just started switching her early.

Lisa - posted on 06/29/2009

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I just mixed regular milk with formula until the formula was gone. He had no problems drinking regular milk. I even have him off the bottle - sippy cups only.

Dana - posted on 06/29/2009

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My daughter Makenzie was 3 months early and I was weary about changing her over to milk at 1, but she has been on whole milk now for about 1 1/2 months. Starting off she wouldn't take the milk so I started mixing it 1/2 formula and 1/2 milk and it took just a few days and she started taking the milk by itself.

Jessica - posted on 06/29/2009

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Before Maddy turned 1, she was drinking her juice from a sippy cup and only had her formula in a bottle. On our way home after her 1 year checkup, we stopped by the store and bought her some whole milk. That night before she went to bed I put her some whole milk in her sippy cup. No bottle!! She drank all the milk and then it was off to bed. She never really seemed to notice a difference. She is 14 months old and drinks 2 cups of milk a day out of her sippy! No formula, no bottles. They were right it does get easier!

User - posted on 06/17/2009

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i did the cold turkey approach with both of my boys when i finished my last can of formula i just gave them regular milk but i used 2% now im using whole milk because their doctor recommended it but it was really easy

Monica - posted on 06/10/2009

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I did what alot of the other moms did. I just started slowing adding milk to his formula. 1oz the first bottle, 2oz the second and so on. It was a very easy transition for him and me!

Whitney - posted on 06/09/2009

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My daughter has been on a sippy cup for months now. So when she turned a year and the doc said it was time... it was time. There was no gradual change or switching. I just poured some milk into her up and gave it to her. She is a GERD baby and she did wonderful with it. He did say that if she just threw it or spit it out I would have to mix it half and half with nutramigen. But we didn't so all was well.

Cathralynn - posted on 06/09/2009

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Quoting Haley:

well im going to be the odd one out after reading all of your comments, i have two sons one aged 2 1/2 and one aged 1. my older son is still on follow on milk (toddler milk) and the reason for this is his poor eating habits, he is a fussy eater so this is how i get him to have vitiamins and minerals or else id dread to think how thin and frail he would be (because he is already)but i find he is now deciding he likes cows milk by himself!! my other son is dairy and lactose intolerant so is on soya formula and a dairy free diet so i dont really have a choice but to keep him on the soya formula. But what really annoys me is the fact that i am made to feel like a terrible mother because one, my oldest child is on toddler milk and two, my youngest isnt on goats milk...... I know health professionals say to wean them off after a year but in my opinion its not set in stone and im doing what i feel is best for my children.

do you think that makes me a terrible mum??? i just think health visitors etc try and make babies grow up to quickly, i mean there is plenty time for them to learn to drink from a cup etc. i didnt give my oldest a cup until he was one and now he pours and drinks out of a proper cup no problem. so i dont think im doing anything wrong. or am i??



You're not doing anything wrong, if you don't think you are doing anything wrong.  Make sense?  You know you're kids best.



I think there are distinctions to be made.  I dislike bottles after a year (my opinion).  But you can feed your kid anything they need, including formula, from a cup. And you have reasons for what you are doing besides I just wanna.  So keep on.  I haven't heard about toddler formula except from ads, but that is what its made for right?  My doc told me about childrens nutrition drinks cause my daughter didn't drink a lot of milk.  Have you tried any of those?  I believe they have both milk based, and lactose free.  They do have to drink the same volume (my problem).  I didn't try them, but simply gave it time and my daughter switched to milk fine.  She has no lactose problems that I know of.  They also make many soy milks, lactaid milks, etc that have the same caloric and fat supply as whole milk you can try, don't know much about goats milk, same thing?



So anyways, I believe the distinction is in dropping bottles not in giving whole milk exactly.  Bottles hurt toddlers developing mouths and teeth and need to be done away with as soon as possible.  As long as you are meeting your babies nutrional needs with what they drink and eat don't worry about it.  My doc said that my daughter didn't need to drink any milk, as long as she ate the equivalent dairy foods.  Do your best.  You know if your children are healthy.

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well im going to be the odd one out after reading all of your comments, i have two sons one aged 2 1/2 and one aged 1. my older son is still on follow on milk (toddler milk) and the reason for this is his poor eating habits, he is a fussy eater so this is how i get him to have vitiamins and minerals or else id dread to think how thin and frail he would be (because he is already)but i find he is now deciding he likes cows milk by himself!! my other son is dairy and lactose intolerant so is on soya formula and a dairy free diet so i dont really have a choice but to keep him on the soya formula. But what really annoys me is the fact that i am made to feel like a terrible mother because one, my oldest child is on toddler milk and two, my youngest isnt on goats milk...... I know health professionals say to wean them off after a year but in my opinion its not set in stone and im doing what i feel is best for my children.



do you think that makes me a terrible mum??? i just think health visitors etc try and make babies grow up to quickly, i mean there is plenty time for them to learn to drink from a cup etc. i didnt give my oldest a cup until he was one and now he pours and drinks out of a proper cup no problem. so i dont think im doing anything wrong. or am i??

Nikki - posted on 06/05/2009

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My son turned 1 May 10th and he now only has a bottle at bedtime. And we mixed half and half and he never knew the difference, then we did less and less formula until it was no more!

Cathralynn - posted on 06/04/2009

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Quoting Racheal:

my daughter turned one on may 1st and the week before her bday i started to give her a little bit of milk in her sippy cup and by her bday she was completely on milk only and no bottles, only her sippy cups.



Yay!  I'm so proud of moms who decide to drop bottles at one.  I just did that too and it was soooo much easier than I expected.  I think it just works out easier before its years worth of habit and you can have a conversation with your toddler on why they need to stop bottles!  Good job!

Jenny - posted on 06/03/2009

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I started by giving him 3/4 formula and 1/4 milk for a few days, then 1/2 formula and 1/2 milk for a few more days, then 1/4 formula and 3/4 milk...finally all milk. I did this over about 1 1/2 weeks and he didn't seem to mind at all...however, he doesnt' like it cold, so I had a little trouble if it was too cold. That is the next step, I guess, weaning him onto cold milk. I wanted to have him on a cup by now, but that is a whole different story.



good luck!

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Whats the rush to get babies off of formula? Why sacrifice the nutrition? I switched mine to 2nd step in her 10th month and have stayed there and plan to until her 18th month. She is eating solids but I think of this formula as extra "insurance" as far as her nutrition is concerned that way I don't have to worry if she's being a picky eater.

Racheal - posted on 05/31/2009

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my daughter turned one on may 1st and the week before her bday i started to give her a little bit of milk in her sippy cup and by her bday she was completely on milk only and no bottles, only her sippy cups.

Rachel - posted on 05/30/2009

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straight switch - one day she was on formula and the next i gave her milk. she didn't seem to notice the difference! she did have some constipation for a few days though

Cassie - posted on 05/29/2009

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My doctor told me to start off doing half and half... but that may be because he has the milk protein allergy.

Emily - posted on 05/29/2009

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Thank you for all of your comments...my doctor suggested the gradual wean from formula so we are on half and half now and will be on 100% whole milk by Tuesday!

Amie - posted on 05/29/2009

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My daughter turned 1 a few weeks ago, She didn't really like the homo milk, so I started with only making a 7oz bottle and then putting 1oz of cows milk for a few days then 2 and 3 and so on, till at the end it was 2 oz of formula and 6oz of homo milk. I found it easier for her tummy to. Hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 05/28/2009

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My son turned 1 on May 1st. He is my fourth. With all of my children I started with half formula and half milk. All of my children were on soy formula so I actually had to wean them onto real milk since soy is lactose free. I didn't want to shock their system. My son is a very picky eater so I have been giving him a cup of Next Step formula in the morning. We use the Born Free transition cups with the soft spout. He picked up on those real fast. I give him milk with his meals.

Janet - posted on 05/28/2009

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My doctor told me to do it a quarter at a time til it's 100% whole milk... It seemed to make it easy on his stomache... and he had no problems leaving the bottle behind so we were very lucky

Stephani - posted on 05/27/2009

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my daughter was on formula up until her 1 year check up ( she was taking a bottle and a sippy cup) but right her her check up we threw the formula out of the house and got whole milk and liquid vitamins and that was it. she has never been a picky eater so we really didn't have much problems with her.

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2009

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Do half formula-half whole milk for a couple weeks or so & slowly put less formula in until it's all whole milk. Most babies like the whole milk better. It takes a little bit. Good luck =]

Ally - posted on 05/26/2009

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Our daughter wanted nothing to do with whole milk when we began mixing it with breast milk about a month ago. She would refuse the whole bottle so we ended up switching to goats milk which is much thinner consistency but still high in fat and calories like whole cows milk. Our midwife reccomended it and said it was healthier than cows milk and more easily digested for little tummies and it doesn't make her constipated at all like I have heard can happen with cows milk. It took about a week of mixing and she still nurses 3 times a day but will take 2 whole bottles of goats milk also with no problem good luck :)

User - posted on 05/26/2009

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I am in the process of changing from formula to milk as well. I am slowly changing him over...2 oz at a time. Leave it at that level for a few days then increase the milk by 2oz again...

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I started by making his 6oz bottles using 4oz formula and 2oz milk. His 8oz bottle is 50/50. I'll soon switch to mostly milk and a little formula. I just opened a new can of formula, so my goal is to have him off formula by the time the can is done. He drinks cold milk from his sippy, but I still warm it in the bottle.

Patricia - posted on 05/26/2009

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My son just turned one and he went to milk really easy I think they like it better anyway. I was concerned because we gave him formula warm and milk cold. but he really likes it. just do both till its gone. Eventually you prob won't even do formula.

Megan - posted on 05/26/2009

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With all three of our kids we just did the quick switch to milk. They were all off by their first birthday.

Nancee - posted on 05/26/2009

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I switched my son over to homo milk a week or so ago. He is drinking two bottles a day now. For a week or so I would give him regular milk in the morning and formula before bedtime. He didn't even notice the change. If anything, I would think the regular milk tastes better :)

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