Switching from Formual to Homogenized milk

Christina - posted on 01/02/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am just curious as to when is a good time to switch from formula to homogenized milk. My son is almost 10 months old and people have been asking me if I had switched yet, but I have not?? Just wondering if now is a good time?

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Sabra - posted on 01/02/2011

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a study has shown that giving babies cows milk before they are a year old is linked to childhood type one diabetes. I would recommend waiting.

Karen - posted on 01/02/2011

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i began mixing formula with whole milk at 11.5 months and by his birthday he was fully on milk. i mixed his bottles 1/4 milk 3/4 formula for a few days then uped it to 1/2 and 1/2 then 3/4 and 1/4.

Bonnie - posted on 01/02/2011

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Most doctors recommend to switch at a year old. I switched my first at 10.5 months and my second at 11 months. If you are unsure, talk with your doctor on what to do. Usually if their weight is okay by 10 months you can switch.

Vicki - posted on 01/02/2011

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You should do it around a yr. They need the nutrients from the forumla until then. When they turn a year, their stomachs can handle it better. It's heavier and more fat in the whole milk. I started my youngest on it about 11 months, she only took an ounce or so everytime I gave it to her. She couldn't handle it very well.

When you do decide to do it, put some like an ounce or two at a time in their formula. So, do like 6 oz formula and 2 oz milk to make 8 oz. or however much she is used to doing. You need to wean her from the forumla to the whole milk, otherwise she could have an allergic reaction or just not like it at all. It took both of my children who are now 1 yr and 2 yr olds about a month of weaning until they took milk by itself. Hope this helps!

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Pepper - posted on 10/07/2013

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When i started feeding my 6 mo old his first iron/probiotic cereal starter while still on formula, we noticed his stool smelling like iron or blood, which are telltale signs he is taking in too much of the nutrients. We then weaned him off his formula since he eventually didn't want it after tasting his semi-solid food and started giving him homogenized milk instead. His cereals are packed w/ nutrients the same as his formula so he really wasn't missing out on any. His stomach was very sensitive from birth to 3 months, but didn't see any reactions when we switched to cow's milk.

Sarh - posted on 01/02/2011

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I would wait until he is about 11m old to give him cows milk to drink. It is ok to cook with it now, but I personally think he is still a little too young for it as a drink. At 11 months do half and half... right now you could probably do 1/4 cows milk and 3/4 formula to do a slow transition.

Ricky - posted on 01/02/2011

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I was told by my doctor that I was able to introduce a little bit at 6 months, but not as a drink until he was about 12 months. I took my son off formula around 9-10 months because he was eating so well and was eating a variety of food and started milk as a drink as at around 11-12 months.

Rosie - posted on 01/02/2011

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doctors advise switching at 12 months no sooner. not only does cows milk not have the nutrients and fat they need for their brains, it is harder to digest, and can sometimes cause small bleeds in their intestines also leading to anemia.
i'd wait, what harm could come from waiting? :)

Ashley - posted on 01/02/2011

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I have ALWAYS been told after their 1 yr birthday my oldest didnt make the switch til she was 13 months old and thats after we did the weaning process of mixing her bottle with the milk and formula slowly adding in more milk and less of the formula she took to it great ... my youngest wasnt able to make the transition til she was around 14 months because of her diet and then turns out she had to switch right to 2% because the homogenized was too sound for her little belly shes doing great now too... But ya my dr and lot of people I know dont suggest switching til the 1 yr mark

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