Ladies, when do you think its a good time to give a baby regular milk?

Raylene - posted on 09/02/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I have four children and ......really, ive forgotten what routine i did with them. I cant remember when they were given table food or milk or if they were walking at this age already. Does this make me a bad mother? I was always working with the other three and didnt really worry about baby because they were with sitters (grandma or aunties) Child # 4 was a surprise and i was laid off work when I was four months prego, havent been back to work since. whitch was nice but not financially. (huuuum maybe that can be my next topic..how are you surviving out there with one income?)

Anyhow, Ive gotten him off the bottle and now im wondering when can i start giving him milk. I cant aford to keep buying formula, but if neccessary I will.

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Robbyn - posted on 09/03/2009

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Quoting helen:

I'm afraid I'm the odd one out here. I have a dairy farm and with the crisis in agriculture I just couldn' t afford formula so when my baby was about 4 months old I slowly introduced milk from our farm mixed with water (this is what they did in the days when formula didn't exist). In the days of our our parents they were giving cow's milk to babies as early as 2 months. I know it isn't RECCOMENDED to give milk before 1 year but don't forget also that doctors, mid wifes and the like are given incentives to recommend certain products (I am in the medical field). My own personal experience has been excellent, my baby is actually better on milk than formula, but every baby is different


Um, what? No. Before formula, mothers fed their babies from their own bodies.



And the 12 month rule has been in effect *at least* since the 1950s.

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Melissa - posted on 09/10/2009

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first off... MY kids are happy, healthy, proper weight...etc.....with that said.... with my first child I did everything by the book.... Freaked out if she wasn't doing things all the books I read said she should be doing at each month...used "nursery" water for formula ... no table foods (ONLY baby food) and formula til she was 12 months....then shock... no more formula, no more bottles and she got fed regular food! ..... with my second child I was less strict.... he got whole (vitamin D) milk at about 10 months..... and formula too....but not every bottle had formula in it...and if he was eating food then he got regular milk. I work in a daycare and have to adhere to parents rules. Some 9month children only get regular milk....where other ones still have breast milk in their sippy cup at 1 1/2... so it's up to personal preference. Each child is different and finacial situations are different for each mother.... NONE of us know all the correct answers...we all just have to do the best we can to raise healthy children. Just because a doctor says to do something one way today...doesn't mean a "new and improved" way won't be introduced tommorrow :)

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Quoting Loureen:

It is important to wait till one year old as cows milk does not contain sufficient iron to recommend its use before then although small amounts can be used in cooking after 6 months , Milk also contains to much protein for a small stomach to digest and does not contain the beneficial nutrients that formula does , these nutrients are essential to a babies growth and development .
when you do start them on Cows milk always give full cream as it contains the fat and energy needed by small energetic bodies also the fat is what carries the vitamins found in milk so skim milk contains far less .


u can actually get vitamin drops to put in the cows milk- pentivite drops... i have 3 children and my last 2 did 100% better on cows milk. all my children were on dairy products in some way or another from 3 mths and they r gr8. I do agree with ONLY whole dairy products. the rules r always changin... my 2 boys r 11 mths apart in that time heaps of information changed. just go with what u believe.... the drops can be used from 0-3 years old.

Kylie - posted on 09/06/2009

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No that doesn't make you a bad mum ...there are lots of mums who work out there and they do a great job so you shouldn't think bad of yourself for that..I have four kidsas well and there is a 5 year gap between the last one and his brother, so i forgot a bit to but you pick it up again.I started my boy on lite milk as a top up when the formula and solids were no longer keeping him as full, that was when he was 15 mths i started him on solids at 4 mths same as the others because they were all big babies and needed to eat heaps to keep it up riley was 9lbs 6ozs his my youngest..i took him to the doctor who said that would be fine and gradually i took him off the stage three formulla and put him on all milk full cream his now24mths.to give him the extra that the formullas had in them i buy a toddler top up by s26 its a smaller can and less expensive but he is still getting all the good stuff he needs ..hope i helped some

Charlie - posted on 09/06/2009

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It is important to wait till one year old as cows milk does not contain sufficient iron to recommend its use before then although small amounts can be used in cooking after 6 months , Milk also contains to much protein for a small stomach to digest and does not contain the beneficial nutrients that formula does , these nutrients are essential to a babies growth and development .
when you do start them on Cows milk always give full cream as it contains the fat and energy needed by small energetic bodies also the fat is what carries the vitamins found in milk so skim milk contains far less .

Keri - posted on 09/06/2009

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My doctor told me I could put my kids on milk around 10 months and encouraged me much earlier to try yogurt and ice cream to check for a dairy allergy. If they are allergic to these, then postpone trying the milk. Maybe this warrants a call to your pediatrician's office.

User - posted on 09/04/2009

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In general, pediatricians suggest introducing cow's milk once a child is a year old. This includes all dairy products. When my daughter went for her doctor's visit at a year old, and he told us we could give her dairy products, we took her out after for her first slice of pizza...what a winner that was! Talk to your pediatrician.

Louise - posted on 09/04/2009

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my son stopped drinking formula milk at 8 months old he just wouldn't drink it the health visitor told me he could have cows milk instead just make sure you boil it an just try your child with small amounts first to see how he takes to it.

Helen - posted on 09/03/2009

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Quoting Robbyn:



Quoting helen:

I'm afraid I'm the odd one out here. I have a dairy farm and with the crisis in agriculture I just couldn' t afford formula so when my baby was about 4 months old I slowly introduced milk from our farm mixed with water (this is what they did in the days when formula didn't exist). In the days of our our parents they were giving cow's milk to babies as early as 2 months. I know it isn't RECCOMENDED to give milk before 1 year but don't forget also that doctors, mid wifes and the like are given incentives to recommend certain products (I am in the medical field). My own personal experience has been excellent, my baby is actually better on milk than formula, but every baby is different





Um, what? No. Before formula, mothers fed their babies from their own bodies.






And the 12 month rule has been in effect *at least* since the 1950s.



 My husband and his sister were put on cows milk by reccomendation by their doctor at aged 2 months and that was in the early 70s. Not every mother is able to breast feed and that has been the case for centuries, i was just pointing out what mother's who couldn't breastfeed did before formula.



 I find in this day and age we feel we have to stick to the letter, every baby is different and there are no cast iron rules. The proof my son. I do not class myself as irresponsible for having switched my child to cow's milk, and i consider myself to have quite alot of experience with children being mother to 2 boys aged 9 years and 5 months and also having been the pharmaceutical technician responsable for 5 children's wards (from premature to adolescent aged children) for a number of years.





 

Ashley - posted on 09/03/2009

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It's recommended you stop formula at one year, and start on regular milk. I've waited until one year with all 3 of my children!

Lauren - posted on 09/03/2009

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The pediatricians tell you 12 months but I gave whole milk to my son at 9 months.

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2009

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You need to keep your baby on for one year. They are not developed enough to have it before and it does not have the vitamins a baby needs. If you need help with formula find out where your wic program is they help mothers who do not have alot of money. That is what I am on. Also parent's choice formula works just as well as similac. A big can of parent's choice is the same price as a small can of similac. Good luck.

Helen - posted on 09/02/2009

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I'm afraid I'm the odd one out here. I have a dairy farm and with the crisis in agriculture I just couldn' t afford formula so when my baby was about 4 months old I slowly introduced milk from our farm mixed with water (this is what they did in the days when formula didn't exist). In the days of our our parents they were giving cow's milk to babies as early as 2 months. I know it isn't RECCOMENDED to give milk before 1 year but don't forget also that doctors, mid wifes and the like are given incentives to recommend certain products (I am in the medical field). My own personal experience has been excellent, my baby is actually better on milk than formula, but every baby is different

Desiree - posted on 09/02/2009

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I agree with Tawni.. It is not a good idea to start them on milk until they are a year old. I've known women who have started a little earlier and their kids seem to be find but it is not something I would risk. We are a 1 income family as well. I am a sahm. I recently applied for WIC, it really isn't a hassle. You go in, they approve you or not and if they do you get your checks that day and you just have to go in like once a month. I thought it would be a pain but it's not and it is worth it. Let me know how everything goes. Good luck to you.

Tawni - posted on 09/02/2009

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Sorry to say, but it's recommended to not start regular milk until after 1 year. It can cause allergies and it's hard for them to digest so it can cause intestinal bleeding and anemia. Also, about surviving without income... my fiance was laid off when I was 5 months pregnant. Have you tried to get on with WIC? They supply us with all the formula we need, we haven't had to buy one thing of it! Of course, you have to qualify financially and it's a bit of a process but sooo worth it!

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