Changing from Frumula to cow milk


Katie - posted on 08/26/2009




i started my daughter on cows milk when she was 1yr old as i didnt think she would be getting all of her vitamins with out the formula.

User - posted on 08/26/2009




Dr's reccommend 12 months of age to start whole milk , they can have 2% milk after age 2 . You can use part formula and whole milk until they get used to the taste and then increase the whole milk and decrase the formula .

I would let my son have milk in cereal before that age and small sips of my milk and I started giving him cooler formula around 10 months of age, introduced cups and swithced him cold turkey to whole milk and cups on his Birthday , he did awsome! I did hae to try several different types of cups until he found one he liked the most.

Samantha - posted on 08/26/2009




I say wait til your child is 1 to begin the transition, and start out just the way the moms above have suggested. If at age 1 your baby drinks 8oz then do 1oz cow milk, 7oz formula. Same thing if your baby is drinking 6 or 7 ounces. Just substitute one of those ounces for cow milk and work your way up, do each substitution for a minimum of 2 days for example: day1 & 2 1oz cow/7 formula, day 3&4 2oz cow 6 formula, day 5&6 3oz cow 5 formula and so on until you reach a total of 8 oz on cow milk.

Also try to make the switch to sippy cup at that point and if you can't its no biggie, baby bottles and pacifiers are ok up to 24 months.

Good Luck.

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1 year or you are taking the possibility of allergies. Well, you are at a year too, but, more likely under a year! Do 1oz. cows milk with 7oz formula, then 2/6,3/5,4/4,5/3,6/2,7/1.. over the course of a week or so to detect any immediate allergies!


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our youngest was 9 months when she went on just cows milk, but had been having cows milk in her cereal since she was six months.

Helen - posted on 08/26/2009




officially they say fom 12 months old but mt little man doesn't get on with formula and as I havz a dairy farm i give him milk mixed with water 3 parts milk to 1 part water. His constipation, colic is so much better and we are finally able to enjoy our baby - no more crying !

Tawni - posted on 08/26/2009




I bought an awesome book on called "Food For Tots". It's a guide on feeding your baby from birth to 6 years old and has been VERY helpful for me. This book (written by a pediatrician and a mom) says to not give your baby cow's milk until they are over 1 year. Their digestive systems are not able to digest it well enough and it can cause intestinal bleeding and anemia.

Cindy - posted on 08/26/2009




My doctor said by one year. He told us to strart making bottles of half formula and half milk for a couple of weeks and then switch comepletly by 12 months.

Veronica - posted on 08/26/2009




Like some of the other moms, I started introducing milk at 10 months in a sippy cup. By the time my son was 1 year, he wouldn't even take the formula anymore and only wanted a sippy cup. I tryed to trick him a few times and put the formula in the cup (he was small for his age, so I wanted him to have the vitamins) but he would hand it back and ask for "white milk"

Michelle - posted on 08/26/2009




I will probably wait until my daughter is a year old. But she is also small for her age and we have been advised to hold off on giving her a few things.

Krista - posted on 08/26/2009




I have been told that weight and age are the most important factors in determining when your child is ready to switch. 20lbs and 12 months is what my Dr. said. I started my daughter at 10 months because she was over 20 lbs already. I began with 2 oz milk mixed with 6 oz formula, then 4 oz-4 oz then 6 oz-2 oz. It worked out very well. And when I got to the 4 oz-4 oz stage I began giving it to her in a sippy cup rather than a bottle so we could make that transition before she turned 1. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 08/26/2009




An after thought, it depends how much real food (solid foods) your baby is eating as well. If you know your baby has a balanced diet (veggie, fruit etc) then start the switch but, if you haven't started solid foods yet, formula is best until then.

Amy - posted on 08/26/2009




My doctor told me you could start at 6 months. We started by using 1 oz milk to 7 oz formula, and did that for 1 1/2- 2 weeks then uped the milk. That way it give there little tummy time to get used to the milk. Also we used 3% milk until she was a 1yr old (also note that my daughter is big for her age she almost 2 and is 3feet tall and 36lbs) Hope this helps

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