what age should i start my 10mth old on cows milk???

Jessica - posted on 11/22/2009 ( 88 moms have responded )

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my little man is 10mths old, when should i start to introduce cows milk to him??
his having 3 formula bottles and 3 mealsa day at the moment.

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Felicity - posted on 11/27/2009

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I started my daughter at 10 mnths with 1 bottle of cows milk per day, instead of formula for about 2 weeks then upped it to 2 bottles per day and so on.

Tara - posted on 11/28/2009

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I took the bottle away and started 2% milk in a sippy cup at ten months and it was the best decision I ever made. My daughter who is now 3 and very healthy never asked for the bottle again. It was a wonder transition and I would reccomend switching anywhere from ten to twelve months and switching from bottle to sippy as well. You dont have to do everything by the book, you will know when your baby is ready for something.

C. - posted on 11/30/2009

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Quoting amy:

wow alot of people are sayin the doctors say after 12 months well no the doctors say u should try it around 10 to 11 months just not all the way, that u should give them a little once in a while so that when they r one they will know what it is and it will be easier to get them off the formula. but really every parent and doctor is different u should do your own resurch and decided what u want to do because a mother knows what is best for their children.


Maybe YOUR doctors.. But apparently not OURS (the other mothers saying 12 months).. I have gone to about 7 or 8 different Pediatricians since my son has been born.. He is only 17 months old, as of last Friday.. ALL of them said to wait until 12 months to even TRY giving my son whole milk. I have never heard about doctors saying it is ok to give your baby even a little bit at 10 or 11 months.. And I have a niece and 5 nephews, all of whom are 3 and under!!! None of their Pediatricians said to give them milk before a year, either.

Amy - posted on 11/30/2009

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wow alot of people are sayin the doctors say after 12 months well no the doctors say u should try it around 10 to 11 months just not all the way, that u should give them a little once in a while so that when they r one they will know what it is and it will be easier to get them off the formula. but really every parent and doctor is different u should do your own resurch and decided what u want to do because a mother knows what is best for their children.

Renae - posted on 11/29/2009

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u can start introducing cows milk at one years of age but if u didnt want to try cows milk i know alot of people who continue with the follow on formula for toddlers apparently that has more ingredients in it to meet toddlers needs expecially if they are fussy eaters but i had no problems with my son he loved cows milk so he had it from 12 months

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Danielle - posted on 12/02/2009

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Ask your family doctor...my son is still on formula, but my best friend has the same family doctor and he told her when she should put her son on homogonized milk...he told her to switch when her son was about 11 months old because he was well nourished and at a good weight.

Sabrina - posted on 12/02/2009

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My son turns 1 on Friday. I have been giving him whole milk for the past couple weeks. The first time I gave it to him I only gave him a few ounces and then I waited a week to make sure he didnt have a reaction. When he woke up I would feed him breakfast, usually oatmeal with diced fruit, and I would give him a cup of milk instead of formula.

I would talk with your ped though to make sure. I also suggest organic milk, I'm not one of those people who only eat organic, mainly just dairy and meats. It doesn't have all that extra stuff they put in it but they still get the fat and vitamins they need.

The only reason why they want you to wait until 1 is so their digestive system is more developed and can handle the milk. I would at least wait until 11 months and then do it gradually. Just talk to your ped first!

Brittany - posted on 11/30/2009

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I weened my son off the bottle at about 10 months. We started giving him Vitamin D milk instead as well as 3 meals a day, juice, and snacks in between.

Meredith - posted on 11/29/2009

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Pediatricians say NO EARLIER than 12 months...his body isn't ready to break down lactose and the other things in milk...

Renae - posted on 11/29/2009

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ohh i forgat to add that i used to water it down at the start so it wasnt as harsh on his gut just because he was used to the formula only for the firs few weeks...i also got told that all stages formula has cows milk in it too so dont be too alarmed that ur child may have a reaction to milk cause they have been drinking cows milk if they have been drinking formula hope this helps

Kimberly - posted on 11/28/2009

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Quoting Luella:

Give whole milk to him when he's 1, but don't give it to him in a bottle. The only thing that should go in a bottle is formula. So when you make the transition to milk replace a formula bottle a with a cup of milk and and after a few days he'll be off the bottle and drinking his milk without all that hassle.



had not heard of this concept, but I like the idea of the transition time.  Will have to keep that in mind when my little one get to that stage.

Candice - posted on 11/28/2009

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Cows milk isnt really good for you period...maybe you should try coconut milk or rice milk it has all of the same "supposed" benefits of milk but none of the icky hormones or any other "things" that are in cows milk, plus rice or coconut milk wont leave your son all congested or flemmy and he more than likely will not have allergies to either of these!!

Sonia - posted on 11/28/2009

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I started putting my son on cows milk when he was about 11 months old. But I didn't put up straight onto it... For the first week, I used a quarter cows milk the rest formula. The second week, I used half and half... And so on, until he was on full cows milk. I found that he accepted the cows milk the best when he wasn't put straight onto cows milk... Hope that helps!

Michelle - posted on 11/28/2009

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All my children were off formula by their first birthday...I started them on half milk and half water when they were 10 months old and then decreased water every week so then they wouldn't be in shock and to see if they could handle it.

Charity - posted on 11/28/2009

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I would wait until after he turns one... My kids are on wic and the state waited until they were a year old before they let me get milk for them.... they also sugest that you give them whole milk until they are two...

Kimberly - posted on 11/28/2009

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12 months is the general rule of thumb. To make sure his/her digestive system is ready for it. For right now he can of course go ahead and eat yogurt,cheese and things like that. Good sources of calcium.

Ashley - posted on 11/28/2009

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I started my son on whole milk at 10 months. And got him weened from the bottle within a month after that. It might sound weird, but I did it for convenience. Formula is so expensive and my son wasn't satisfied with formula, so I just decided to start giving him more baby food and switch to milk. My doctor said it was fine since he could tolerate the milk. And after I switched him he pretty much stopped spitting up. So that was a huge plus.

Sarah - posted on 11/28/2009

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I started my daughter on Cow's milk at 1 year, but I also gave her the Enfamil Next Step Formula for a couple of months after introducing cow's milk. I didn't feel she was eating enough to go without some formula yet.

Stephanie - posted on 11/28/2009

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I tried giving my daughter a little bit (and by a little bit I mean only a few ounces) of 3% Homo Milk last week (shes 10 months as well) in her sippy cup instead of water at snack time. My mom just told me to dilute it a little with water at first though. My daughter didnt seem to mind drinking it, either. She is also on 3 meals a day with snacks in between and she drinks on average 3-4 bottles of formula a day, too.
You can just try your son with the milk to see how he takes to it......it's your choice!!

Amber - posted on 11/28/2009

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some people here are nuts.. its like ur kids going to want and love candy it doesnt mean its good for them.I hate that moms disregard what medical research says to do .Why r people so anxious to feed cows milk.Seriously .babies should be breastfed/formula fed for 6 mo (exclusivly) and introduced to solids (if u wish ) at 6 mo.but formula/breast milk should be the MAJORITY of what they eat.EVERY dr,lactation consultant, or medical resources say to wait until at LEAST a year.

C. - posted on 11/27/2009

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Quoting patricia:

I STARTED MY KIDS WHEN THEY WERE ONE I FOUND THAT THE HOMO MILK WAS TO HEAVEY .WHEN YOU START TO GIVE YOUR BABY COW'S MILK I WOULD START WITH 2% FIRST


 



Whole milk isn't too heavy and babies need all the fat that's in it. It's good for their development. My son was allergic to regular formula, so we had to switch to soy. But when we started him on whole milk, we were told to try regular, whole cow's milk. He did fine. He didn't even vomit any of it up. If it's too heavy for your child, then try not giving them as much at one time, but you need to make sure they are getting all the fats they need to grow.

C. - posted on 11/27/2009

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Quoting patricia:

I STARTED MY KIDS WHEN THEY WERE ONE I FOUND THAT THE HOMO MILK WAS TO HEAVEY .WHEN YOU START TO GIVE YOUR BABY COW'S MILK I WOULD START WITH 2% FIRST


 



Whole milk isn't too heavy and babies need all the fat that's in it. It's good for their development. My son was allergic to regular formula, so we had to switch to soy. But when we started him on whole milk, we were told to try regular, whole cow's milk. He did fine. He didn't even vomit any of it up. If it's too heavy for your child, then try not giving them as much at one time, but you need to make sure they are getting all the fats they need to grow.

Patricia - posted on 11/27/2009

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I STARTED MY KIDS WHEN THEY WERE ONE I FOUND THAT THE HOMO MILK WAS TO HEAVEY .WHEN YOU START TO GIVE YOUR BABY COW'S MILK I WOULD START WITH 2% FIRST

Amy - posted on 11/27/2009

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but u shouldnt let him drink formula after one cuz it is not doin anything for him most ppl think that kids r gettin alot of stuff from formula but really after 11 12 months it isnt doin much for them. i think u can give him just a little now then when he is 12 months get him off formula.

Amy - posted on 11/27/2009

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i think u should start givin him a little now i mean just sum so that he can get used to it that is what i did wit my two children and then i gave my daughter milk at 11 all the way cuz she was drinking way to much formula.

Cj - posted on 11/27/2009

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when my son was 8 months his doctor told me to start giving him whole milk yogurt for breakfast and snack.when i felt tha he was doing fine on this and didnt upset his tummy i started giving him 2% milk at nine months (which wasnt recommended by the doctor) and at ten months i started giving him whole milk...i think you should think about it and decide what you think is right for your baby, if your gut says no wait til your baby is 12 months.

Kristiana - posted on 11/27/2009

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My pediatrician said that 2 weeks before she turned a year old to mix half formula and cows milk and gradually add more milk and less formula so that by 1 year she was off of formula.

C. - posted on 11/27/2009

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Quoting Chase:

you can give it to him...I have been giving my son regular milk since he was 7months old....start off mixing it with his formula one part water and the one part milk and then start slowly increasing it....and he shoudl be good. My son loves it...


 



I'm not trying to be rude or anything, so please don't take it that way. But it's not about what your son wants when it comes to nutrition, it's what he needs. And babies are not supposed to be on cow's milk until 1 year old. I have been to Pediatricians in both South Carolina and Hawaii, AND we were on WIC for my son while in Hawaii, all of the health care professionals said not to start any baby on milk until they were at least  a year old.

C. - posted on 11/27/2009

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They say to start babies on cow's milk at 1 year old. Wait until 1 year b/c 1) some babies cannot digest the milk properly until about 1 year old anyway, and 2) He is getting all the nutrients from the formula and the meals each day, so he shouldn't need anything extra until 1 year.

Leslie-Ann - posted on 11/27/2009

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12 months. I had WIC for my son and at our 12 month appointment they handed me my checks and said "he's a year old now, he has to have milk"

Chase - posted on 11/27/2009

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you can give it to him...I have been giving my son regular milk since he was 7months old....start off mixing it with his formula one part water and the one part milk and then start slowly increasing it....and he shoudl be good. My son loves it...

Whitney - posted on 11/26/2009

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I have actually read that starting your child on any type of food to early can cause the child to develop IBS (Irritable bowl Syndrome) as well as allergies in adult hood. I was given baby food at 1 month old and milk by 9 months and I have horrible IBS. I was told that if there is no family history of allergies then you can give you child pretty much whatever you eat starting at nine months but still make sure that they are drinking more formula then food. But do not give honey until age 1 and no shell fish or nuts until age two. Other than that they can have any other foods. But the IBS thing is also a big reason why they tell parents to wait until a formula feed baby is 4 months old and a breast feed baby is 6 months old to start solid foods and to wait until a child is 12 months to start milk. I did not see anyone else mention this but if you have a preemie that was born earlier then 38 weeks, it is best to wait until the child is between 13 -14 months old before giving any milk. Because for a preemie you go by their due date not their birth date. So if your child was born at 35 weeks then you should wait 5 weeks past the normal age to introduce your child solid foods and formula. If the baby is refusing his formula then try switching formulas. My daughter went through six different brands before we found a type that would work for her. Also, it is not the iron in formula that makes a child constipated it is what else is put in the formula, as almost all formulas have the same amount of Iron in them. Many children that are constipated while on formula get that way because of the formula being milk based, but it is not just the milk. I was told by my daughters doctor that you should look for a formula that has whey powder in it. Nestles good start has whey in it and is a wonder formula. I gave my daughter the one with immune support because she was a preemie. They also make a second step formula for babies 12 -24 months. My daughter drank formula until she was 12 months and then got the stage two formula from 12 -14 in a half months. She was put on whole milk at that time but couldn't handle it. I'm lactose intolerant myself and was expecting her to be as well but we still tried it. She now drinks either soy or rice milk at 18 months old. Her doctor told me that children even after the age of 12 months should be getting 3 6 oz glasses(Sippy cups) of milk a day and that ALL babies under 1 year should be getting at least 32 ounces of formula a day. If a baby under one year is not drinking this much formula then you should cut back on their solid food content. Before the age of 1 year , babies should only be getting solid foods for practice not for nutrition. A babies main source of nutrition should be from formula/ brestmilk until one year of age. Also a doctor does not know as much as you think they do about nutriton, you should seek the help of a nutritionist because they know more about a babies diet then a doctor does.

Samantha - posted on 11/26/2009

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just ask ur dr and go by that its not really good asking ppl on here cus u will get everyone sayin diff stuff to u

Ashley - posted on 11/26/2009

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doc always said 1 year for real milk. Something about the digestive enzymes not being ready until that point. I think it's different for every child(every child develops different) but I would go with the around a year - every one seems to agree on that...

Alyssa - posted on 11/26/2009

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my daughter is now three but i started her on cow's milk around 7-8 months....yes she still had her formula but she also had cow's milk...it was only maybe one cup a day but she did have it.....but by 10-11 months it was mostly cow's milk....but also by this time my daughter was eating mostly table food....some people thought i was crazy for doing it but her doctor said it was fine her body could handle it....but i also stop the bottle at around 7-8 months also

Beth - posted on 11/26/2009

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If there is no reason to swap just yet (ie, s/hes happy drinking formula) it's best to wait until after 12 months to wean your baby from one to the other. Adding it to cooking now in small amounts should be fine as long as you do it slowly (and preferably in the earlier hours, whilst you will be awake if they are to react) and watch for any signs of allergy. My son started to flat out refuse formula at 10 1/2 months, we make sure his diet consists of all his needs and he has a cows milk at night before bed purely as a comforting drink, but otherwise hes happy with water and water with a dask of apple or pear juice! :0) Goodluck Mama!

Danielle - posted on 11/26/2009

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I started my son at about 12 months only because i couldnt get his formula for 12 months and up we have had a few issues with his tummy but i put him on kids milk from the shop and he is fine now. i would wait till 12 months but maybe ask ur doc or nurse at the end of the day it is ur choice good luck!!!

Kirsty - posted on 11/26/2009

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i started giving my daughtee cows milk at 1 months old and she is now a health 16 months old..if ur child has never had it b4 tho i wus suggest introducing it slowly by giving it a breakfast mixed with sum kind of cerial such as weetabix b4 u give em a stright bottle of it!! xx

Tara - posted on 11/25/2009

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12 months no sooner. Putting them on it too early can cause allergies not to mention their lil tummies cant break down the enzymes and digest it properly which can cause some poop time issues and some sore tummy issues. Its better to wait, they get much better nutrition from formula. Cows milk may be cheaper but you cant really put a price on health and proper growth.

Samantha - posted on 11/25/2009

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my childs aunt put her baby on cows milk at 9 months and shes doing fine.....but if u think and feel like its time then do it

Bristen - posted on 11/25/2009

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My daughter is 13 months old. I started letting my daughter have some milk at 11 months...but not a lot. Just a little during the day. I gradually started cutting out formula & switched to real milk. By the time she was 12 months she was completely off formula. Which was awesome for me since her little brother is 2 months old! Less formula for me to buy! LOL!

Tereza - posted on 11/25/2009

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I think between now and 12 months of age. If he's eating well and gaining weight like he should be, then I think whenever your ready and feel comfortable with it.

Shari - posted on 11/25/2009

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one year old. He should be on formula untilone because it offers him nutrition he may not be getting from food yet. At one, he should start on whole milk until age 2 when he can start on 2% milk (for the fat content). Also, I see a lot of people suggesting adding milk to the formula in his bottles. My doctor recommended against this because it makes it harder to get off the bottle. Offer milk only in a sippy cup and then he won't expect it in the bottle. Just a suggestion!

User - posted on 11/25/2009

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I switched my child to cows milk at around 10 months. I slowly introduced it to his breakfast and then made up a bottle of formula with 3/4 formula and 1/4 cows milk and slowly decreased the formula over a couple of weeks. It never hurt him. He is not over weight as some people may tell you it causes. It was so much cheaper once he was on cows milk. I would suggest just introducing it slowly when you feel he is ready and go from there. Its better to take cues from you bub you will know if his tummy can handle it or not. Hope this helps

Aimee - posted on 11/25/2009

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most people say start them on cows milk at 1 year. you'll know yourself if its agreein with them or not. my son got diahorrea when i first tried so i kept formula goin for a few months an then tried again an he was fine.

Sarah - posted on 11/25/2009

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i have 4 children 1 of them still being on infant milk i wont start him one cow milk till hes one i have done this with all my children as soon as they turn 1 i put them on cows milk xx

Kathy - posted on 11/24/2009

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"Cow's Milk

Use of cow's milk before a year is controversial among experts. You might want to get your baby's doctor's opinion on this.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends NO cow's milk until after the first birthday.

Cow's milk is more specific to a baby cow than a baby human. Cow's milk formula is based on cow's milk but has been engineered to be closer to human milk (still a ways off, but closer). Many infants still have problems with cow's milk formula (allergies, GI problems, etc.). Babies who are exposed to cow's milk before their first birthday are more likely to be anemic, have diarrhea or vomiting, and/or experience an allergic reaction (the proteins in milk are more numerous than those in other milk products, such as the yogurt). The excessive protein load in cow's milk can also overload a baby's kidneys. It is deficient in vitamins C, E, and copper. It is harder to digest as well, often causing intestinal blood loss. A number of studies have also indicated that early introduction of cow's milk may contribute to the development of Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus.

Others see no problem with starting cow's milk toward the end of the first year unless there is a family history of allergy to it. Dr. Jack Newman, a renowned expert in the lactation field, is one of these. See the Breastmilk, cow's milk, formula, outside work and bottles section of his article "Breastfeeding and Other Foods." Notice that he qualifies this advice with the importance of the baby being well-established on a variety of solids and continuing to be breastfed (both of which should help make up for what cow's milk can't offer at this age). He also suggests that supplemental milk of any kind is not all that necessary if the baby is allowed to nurse frequently when with mom. He suggests offering the baby solid foods with some water or small amounts of juice instead. "
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/m...

Jen - posted on 11/24/2009

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I'd wait until 12 months just in case. My dr told me that they need the nutrients in the formula until they are that age. Plus they may have a reaction towards it so I waited until my daughter's 1st birthday and she loved it. Although I had to switch her to lactose free milk because she was on lactose free formula and I'm lactose entolerant as well. So she got that from me. But whole milk would be easier for there stomachs to handle as well.

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