When is the right time to stop using formula?

Melody - posted on 07/16/2010 ( 70 moms have responded )

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My boy is almost 17 months now and he only has formula maybe once during the day and at bed time. When is the right time to stop using formula?

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DOREEN - posted on 08/22/2012

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my baby is 5 months old and he is teething and it is effecting his eas , what can i use to help him ease the pain?

Megan - posted on 07/23/2010

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My daughter switched to whole milk at 11 almost 12 months. Then I switched her to 2% as she gets her nutrients from her food and she is now on 1% (like myself and her daddy) and she will be 2 in a months time.
There is toddler formula but I would just go with milk and skip the toddler formula.
Give him a sippy cup of whole milk and see if he likes it. If he does then that is the end of the formula. If not then transition it.

Ashlea - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son's doctor said to stop formula at 12 months of age and ONLY use whole milk after that. Of course you can use juice,etc. but after his first birthday no more.

Amanda - posted on 07/17/2010

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All three of mine where switch over to whole milk and table food at 12 months! I would say that you could go ahead a switch him but you need to check with your doctor! If your child is healthy I am surprised he/she has not already switched you. If for some reason they want you stay on formula then you can buy a step 2 formula that is for children 9mths - 36mths and I believe it has the same properties but a little cheaper!

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Shelly - posted on 07/24/2010

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We switched to growing up milk at 12mnths, but she has developed a milk intolerence, so went to soya milk instead, she has a bottle in the morning and before bed :D

Michelle - posted on 07/24/2010

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hi, my daughter is nearly 20m and is still on formula (follow on )milk, she has two bottles a day and she also has a healthy diet, my son who is 6 was on the same until he was 2, which is what i intend to do with my daughter too, she does have whole milk in her breakfast cereal, but to drink she prefers the formula, it does not stop her wanting food either. i personally think using follow on formula until 2, gives them the best start in life, and my strapping 6yr proves it. hope this helps

Kirstie - posted on 07/24/2010

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My son is 18 months and he has 2 formula bottles and one or two cow's milk bottles. Because he is teething he's really not eating a lot so i'm kepping him on till he starts to eat better so he keeps on the weight.

Julie - posted on 07/23/2010

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For my twins, we stopped using formula just before their first birthday. For about a month before that, we decided to get some Homo milk and when they got milk we gave them half and half and they really liked it. It was a very easy transition from formula to regular milk. Good Luck!

Crystal - posted on 07/23/2010

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if you're concerned about his health, they have "big kid" formula, i think it's for like 12-24 months. We used it on our daughter because she was preemie and tried to give her as much vitamins etc. as possible. but there's really nothing wrong with whole milk, you should only switch them at least at 12 months though, but there's nothing wrong with keeping formula like one meal a day either.

Jennifer - posted on 07/23/2010

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I switched my daughter to cows milk at 12 months but she has issues with it so now she's almost 3 and back on toddler formula due to lack of iron in cows milk and the refusal to take the iron supplements

Amie - posted on 07/23/2010

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Generally you shouldn't give a child formula past 3. If a child is eating properly by the age of 2 you can start taking them off the formula but if not i recommend you keep them on til 3. But ensure you try the solids more a sthey can't stay on formula forever. So make sure when you are feeding solids that they ahve all the vitamins and minerals they need and everything will be fine.

Kirsty - posted on 07/23/2010

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It's not just about switching to milk at 12months it is about healthy eating practises. Children from 9months old should never drink milk before meals as they need to learn to get their nutrition from food and get topped up on formula or breast milk. From 12months children should be introduced to milk with meals but limit how much. even 500mls a day is too much milk for children aged between 1-3yrs. Otherwise children tend to fill up on milk and not get enough nutririons from food. From 3yrs, increase their milk supply as they need the calcium for their adult teeth they are growning in their gums. and also for their bone strength as they grow. Also it is best to get rid of bottles when you switch to milk and use a sipper cup or a cup. All the best Melody :)

Holly - posted on 07/23/2010

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it is true what joanna good said.. its always been like that too! i helped raised 3 of my little sisters and my mom switched them off the formula to whole milk.. i did the same to my two little ones as well, from formula to whole milk! there are some kids with health issues that has to drink different milk but your doctor should be able to diagnose it weather the baby should be switched and what type of milk to give them! health departments do that same, if you get wic from them. you should check in with the babys pediatrician if you have one, i hope you do! i would stop the formula now and start giving the baby regular milk!!! the age is 12 months.

Stacey - posted on 07/23/2010

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i switched my son on to whole cows milk just after his 1st birthday and he preferd it to formula

Miranda - posted on 07/23/2010

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I basically stopped formula and the bottle when my daughter turned 1. Using formula isn't bad...they make formula for older children!!! We then went to vitamin D or whole milk and then when she turns 2 she will go to the 1% low fat milk. Milk is so important in their first 2 years of life. If you have questions asking the doctor. They are always the best one to ask!!! And I'm pretty sure that they will tell you that they should only have water before and during bed. At night time we put a leak proof sippy cup with my daughter and she still has a nuk. Drinking things at night like juice and milk are bad for their teeth. He will do great...a lot of times and I'm guilty myself we think things are going to be so hard to change when really kids deal with them really well!!!! Good Luck!!!

Sheelah - posted on 07/23/2010

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i stoped using formual when my son was 11 months and put him on milk...hes been amazing and healthy :) just about any time after 11 months is good to stop formula....i work in the front store of a pharmacy and asked the pharmacist what there thoughts werea and they pretty much said they started giving there kids milk at 11 months and stopped formula.....hope this helps :)

Deborah - posted on 07/23/2010

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my son is 16 months old and he has formula for his morning bottle i use the aptimal 1yr+ and i intend to use it till hes two other wise he has juice and cows milk before bed hope that helps

Devicia - posted on 07/23/2010

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I stop giving my kids fomula when they turned 1 and went on to ready made growing up milk, the one that you see advertsing on tv until one of them turn 2 then he had whole milk, the other did not want milk after breast

Christi - posted on 07/22/2010

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you are supposed to stop formula at a year since it no longer has the vitamins and nutrients a child over one needs. you need to switch to whole milk, if they are lactose intolerant go to silk or soy milk.

Alisha - posted on 07/22/2010

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Formula until 12 months and then whole milk until 2 years old. A 2 year old can then be on 1% milk.

Jac - posted on 07/22/2010

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Anywhere up to 24mths - remember the formula had so much nutrients & vitamins in it that cows milk doesnt. So important for growing toddlers.

Amber - posted on 07/22/2010

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My son was on formula until he was 2 years old but we went from infants formula to toddlers and he was still eating food and only had the formula twice a day. My pediatrician told me that the longer they are on breast milk or formula the best because of DHA and ARA great for Brain and eye development, so it's really up to you and your doctor.

Tamira - posted on 07/22/2010

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He really doesnt need to have a bottle during the day at this age...he should be having food and water or juice. One at night is ok but it has to be the toddler milk. Cows milk is fine now..like everyone has been saying it is ok to give at 12 mths.
My kids just stopped wanting bottles all together not long after turning one. I always made sure that I was the one giving the bottle so they wouldn't grow an attachment to it. The sooner you can get them off bottles he better I say.

Louise - posted on 07/22/2010

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It depends on the formula you are using. Some of the follow on formulas are designed for up to 2 years and if that's what you're using then whenever suits you to stop. However if its a stage one formula the recommended age is 12 months and the should be switched to whole milk!

Katie - posted on 07/22/2010

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I went by what my doc suggested & at 10-11 months did milk / formula every other bottle. My son didn't even notice-but I did! Woo to not having to buy formula anymore! lol :)

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you can stop giving him formula even by the time he turned 1 year old.. by now you can already give him whole milk or the vitamin d milk..

Crystel - posted on 07/22/2010

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I stopped giving my boys formula around 1. That's what my doctor told me to do. I then gave them vitamin d milk. I hope that helps you out.

Aislinn - posted on 07/22/2010

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hey hey i stopped using formula fll stop when my baby turned 2 months as giving it aftr this can deplete the babys nutritive values although there are growing up milks on the market targeted at specific ages which contain more nutrients than whole milk on its own if thats what your worried about!! good luck sweetie xxx

Melissa - posted on 07/22/2010

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I was told that you switch them to whole milk after they reach a year old. Your son is well over a year old, so he should bee fine to make the switch. If you are worried about him getting vitamins and iron you can buy a liquid vitamin the you can drop in milk, juice, or water. My Pedi recommended poly-vi-sol.

EMMA - posted on 07/22/2010

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i made a mistake with my daughter i gave it to her till she was gone 2 i would stop it asap otherwise he'll never eat solids i hope ive helped

Am - posted on 07/22/2010

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You can switch him over to whole milk any time now, most kids get switched over at 12 months. Try mixing the formula with whole milk, a little more each time if he doesn't like the switch. Good Luck!

Kaylene - posted on 07/22/2010

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Usually about 12 months if no problems with dairy. To introduce cows milk I started using half milk and half formula in a bottle and gradually increased this each week til we reached a full bottle of cows milk.

Amie - posted on 07/22/2010

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the well-child providers say that if they are eating well they can stop having formula by 12months. You dont need any special toddler milk either unless they dont have a good diet. My son is 15mo and hates any kind of milk, even standard milk. But the professionals say that is fine as he eats calcium rich foods, cheese, yhogurt etc. Ever since he was 10mo he refused all kinds of milk, only wanted water.

Tara - posted on 07/21/2010

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I was told to switch to whole milk at 1 year and use that until they are 2. Then you can switch to regular milk.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/21/2010

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formula should be stoped at 12 mths the child is no longer getting what he/she needs. Milk should be in their diet now. I had a very hard time switching my daughter to whole milk so i started with mixing her bottle half n half and when she finally made the switch i took the bottle away at the same time to make that transition easier as well. it worked wonders. she was still on 1 bottle of formula b4 bed bc i was afraid that no bottle ment she woul wake up at night so i started giving her a little snack b4 bed instead...ceral with bananas in it. she nv woke up. good luck!!

Karsyn - posted on 07/21/2010

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I'd stop using it. You can give him whole milk in bottles. When they are 12 months you can give them cows milk. The day my daughter turns a year, I'm stopping her formula.
But just to make sure, I'd check with his doctor. Just call and ask and I'm sure they'll give the go ahead.

Kristen - posted on 07/21/2010

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I stopped at 12 months with our son, BUT he has been taking vitamins as well since then. I get him the Flinstones with immunity support for him. I dont want him losing things he got from formula and he gets sick pretty often from allergies and asthma. So if thats what your worried about, look into a vitamin! =)

Jennifer - posted on 07/21/2010

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Dear concerned parent,
I have a one yr. old and a 2 yr. oldboth of which were bron preemie. In saying that, they had some issues with their belly but although they had this problem I was told that fromula should be stopped at 12 months of age. To get them ready for the transition I started at 9 months mixing their formula with whole milk. Their pediatrician says that after 12 months they no longer need the fat or calories that formula has. But it is important for them to drink whole milk until the age of 2 so that their brain can get that healthy fat it needs from the whole milk.

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when you are comortable that he is getting all the nutrients he needs without it. My daughter is 19 months and still has some formula.

Tania - posted on 07/21/2010

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I even heard that you can as of 9 months. It all depends on where you are from and your doctor.

Emma - posted on 07/20/2010

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i put my eldest daughter who is now 3 on cows milk at 12 mnths and am going to do the same with my twins, 12 mnths is fine according to health professionals! will save you a fortune as well!lol!

Josie - posted on 07/20/2010

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They make formula you can keep them on until they are two, but it doesn't replace solids. Just make sure he is putting on weight on schedule and that he is getting all his nutrition. I know that next step formula has different nutrients than the original. My daughter still prefers milk to food and she is three so whatever you do make sure you are highly encouraging solids. Or you may end up like me. :)

Robin - posted on 07/20/2010

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Drs usually refer you to switch them to whole milk at 12 months. However at 12 months my son didnt want anything to do with whole milk so i kept him on formula a little longer. He is now 6 months old and has been off formula for about 2 months. We had to mix whole milk in with the formula little by little til it was all whole milk.

Alecia - posted on 07/20/2010

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my daughter is 10 mnths and came off of formula about 2 weeks ago. she just didnt care for it anymore (or her bottles) so we have switched to cows milk. it really depends on the child, but if there is no medical reason to keep him on it then i would switch. and stick to full fat milk.

Jodie - posted on 07/20/2010

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My twin boys were both off bottles and formula at 12 months and eating only adult food..

Shamekia - posted on 07/20/2010

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12 months or next step are both awesome suggestions. Have you tried not giving it to him? Maybe he will not miss it?

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