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When to stop formula?

Chloe - posted on 12/19/2010 ( 95 moms have responded )

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At what age did you stop formula?



I have seen a few posts where people stop giving there little ones bottles at 6monthes! My boy is 10monthes stil has 4bottles a day (which is recommended for his age). I thought having formula until about 18mths or so was normal.. It has extra things to support immunity so why would you wanna wean bubs too early??

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Sarah - posted on 01/05/2011

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I stopped giving my son formula shortly after his 1st birthday per recommendations from his doctor. I did part formula/part whole milk at first until his tummy got used to the whole milk. He's now 15 months old & I just weaned him from the bottle 2 days ago. He drinks anywhere from 12oz-16oz of whole milk in a sippy cup daily.

Melony - posted on 01/05/2011

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I stoped at about 11 months and went to whole milk just because of the cost of formula.

Robyn - posted on 01/05/2011

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My daughter will be 11 months on the 15th of January. We would like to start slowly introducing her to cows milk so we have changed her Nestle Good Start 2 to the next level which is called Nestle Follow Up. Its for 6-24 months. I felt the same way, and asked the doctor if I could keep her on formula longer then a year, but now that we have started introducing her to cheese, yogurt, eggs, etc I think its best to get her on a regular diet sooner then waiting now. We are definitely going to wean her slowly off the Follow Up..which is basically like powered milk, not as thick as formula.. and then onto whole milk. Hope I helped somewhat! :)

Chelsea - posted on 01/05/2011

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My doctor said 12 months was when I could stop formula, it doesn't hurt to keep them on it longer. I kept my daughter on formula untill 15 months because my daughter had a digestive problem and didnt eat much, i wanted to make sure she got the calories and other essentials to keep her healthy, once we got her healthy and her digestion on track we took her off, its reallt a personal choice, many women BF after 12 months also, it is no longer there main sorce of nutrition but its a supplemental form.

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Stephanie - posted on 01/05/2011

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I just stopped my 17 month old now but she was getting it twice a day, at wake up and at bedtime and then cow's milk during the day. Not sure why anyone would stop earlier though.

Mary Renee - posted on 01/04/2011

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Babies shouldn't be given cow's milk until they're at least a year old, even older if the family has a history of food allergies.

I breastfeed and plan to until my daughter is a year, longer if possible. You aren't even supposed to start feeding babies solids until 6 months... how could they possibly be getting enough nutrition from solid food that early? That's ludicris.

My daughter is 8 months and still get the majority of her calories and nutrition from breast milk. She has a breakfast, lunch and dinner of fruits or vegetables (either homemade pureed or Gerber 1st Step baby food) and/or rice cereal. But even still I can't imagine how that would be enough nutrition.

LETITIA - posted on 01/04/2011

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I stopped bottles at 6 months but formula at 11 or 12 months. Believe me its hard to make in a cup but just measure with a bottle.

Megan - posted on 01/04/2011

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my son just turned a year on the 16th! he was on soy so i was a little nervous to put him on whole milk so we slowly weened him onto the whole milk and hes doing great! we also took him off the bottle we are on day 3 of just sippe cups and he seems to be doing good w/ his juice in the morning and milk through out the day

Vicki - posted on 12/29/2010

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Yes around a year you could start putting his milk in a sippy cup he still needs milk! homogonized milk is what they need when you stop formula!

Aliza - posted on 12/28/2010

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My daughter is almost ten months and eats almost everything we do( except nuts) she has had no reactions to anything so our doc said it was fine to g ive whole milk, and all she uses are sippy cups. I guess it's your own preference and your docs, but I think 6 months is to young to stop formula

Julie - posted on 12/27/2010

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Each child is unique - Tune into the hunger needs and you will do just fine.
Two is a good time to start cutting back -
♥ love that child! :D

Shauna - posted on 12/27/2010

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at age 1 is when its recommended to stop formula unless baby is underweight, or not eating other foods properly.

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2010

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I believe that six months is to early...but 12 months and after i believe its up to the parent...my son (who is 4 today) i switched him from formula to 2 percent milk by 12 months...he is fine and i shall do it with my daughter also.

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2010

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I stopped formula when my girls turned 1. Their dr recommended switching to whole milk instead. We started with a mix of formula and whole milk and weaned them off the formula, and the bottles. I would say 1 year would be the point to switch from formula, but always check with your childs dr to make sure they dont want you to keep them on formula longer for whatever reason.

Lacey - posted on 12/27/2010

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Our daughter has gotten almost exclusively breastmilk for her first six months. I will probably stop breastfeeding soon due to schedule problems and go over to formula, and work on the sippy cup with the formula. But we plan on using it to one year, then cows milk. That is what most/all doctors and information says to do.

Merry - posted on 12/27/2010

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Breastmilk continues to be the best type of milk possible for years and years. Actually, adults would be healthier if we bought jugs of human milk instead of cows milk!
But formula carries health risks, bottles too have risks.
So that's why it's a delicate balance between too early or too late to stop bottles and formula.
Formula and cows milk are never the ideal milk for humans, but to the best judgement of professionals formula benefits outweigh cows milk risks for a year.
Then the risks of formula do not outweigh the risks of cows milk after a year.
That's why the recommendation states formula for a year, unless medically indicated otherwise.
Breastfeeding carries no risks, and had many benefits, so it should be continued as long as possible.

Abbe - posted on 12/27/2010

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I switched my daughter to whole milk at about 11 months. she was having 4 bottles a day and I got sippy cups and she would only have a bottle with formula about an hour before bedtime. A couple weeks later I switched that bottle to milk. By 13 months she was only drinking from sippys and drinking whole milk, water and juice all day. Its really up to the child when to stop formula, but the sooner the better, mostly for their teeth.

Pamela - posted on 12/27/2010

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Both of my kids stopped getting formula at 1 year. I'd suggest giving like juice and water in a sippy cup and keep giving fomula in the bottle. They have the soft tip sippy cups 'nuby' brand at target and walmart. When my kids turned 1, I threw out all bottles and nuks. IMO if you want them to stop, you just have to...

Stifler's - posted on 12/26/2010

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what's the big rush though? the baby isn't going to die if they don't go on milk by 1 :P

Michelle - posted on 12/26/2010

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NO!!!!!!!! my doctor said milk by one! you need to stop the formula around one and just replace it with milk. Very soon after i started putting milk in my sons bottles i also got rid of the bottle and got all new sippy cups. It was the best thing i ever did, i still here parents talk about how they can't get there 2 year old off the bottle, i got rid of the bottle for good and never looked back. Also remember that if you are going to give milk in a bottle don't do it at bed time where it can leak into the mouth because it can cause bottle rot to their teeth.

Heather - posted on 12/26/2010

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With both of my children I stopped the bottle at 11mo to a year. and they are both really healthy. I was told that if a child has there bottle too long after there teeth come in, that it could cause them to have buck teeth.

Tiffany - posted on 12/26/2010

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We switched to Organic whole cows milk when my daughter turned 1. We started doing half formula half milk in her bottles for a week then tried to go just to milk...she gave us a hard time though so I did 6 ozs milk and 2 ozs water for a bit to get her use to thickness of milk. I have a lot of friends who started their kids at 11 months, but I just listened to my doctor and waited until 12 months. I would recommend trying to get her on a sippy instead of bottle if she's not already. My daughter will drink her juice and water from a sippy but refuses to drink her milk from a sippy. I wanted her off the bottle by 1, even though my doctor said up to 2 is fine...if you can get her on a sippy though, go for it now.

Stephanie - posted on 12/25/2010

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My kid's doctor recommended weaning from formula at 1. That's about when all the other mom's I know were advised to as well. I just switched to cow's milk in the bottles. Both my boys weaned off the bottle at 2. Now they take a cup of milk or water to bed with them. Both are healthy and happy. I haven't ever heard of weaning from formula before 1, my doctor actually warned me against it because under one tummys have trouble digesting lactose.

Rachael - posted on 12/25/2010

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that is supposed to say 12 not 8 not sure where that typo came from lol sorry!

Crystal - posted on 12/25/2010

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i have tried milk with my daughter who is almost 6 months old and she had no problem with it. I am concidering giving it to her every so often but not on a daily basis. I plan to continue her formula till about 11 months and completly switch her to milk. It is different with every baby and I feel the decisions should be left up to the parents.

Rachael - posted on 12/25/2010

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Breast milk has added protection for immunity and shouldn't be stopped at 1 year. Formula however should be discontinued and replaced with milk at or around 8 months. the added vitamins in formula should be consumed by your toddler through healthy meals and snacks throughout the day. there is no evidence to support continued formula feedings after one year old.

Tabby - posted on 12/25/2010

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My daughter was off bottles at 7 months but NOT off formula. I gave her formula 4 times a day in a sippy until she turned 10 months. At 10 months I started giving her whole milk for lunch but she still got 8 oz of formula at breakfast and 8 oz at dinner. Now that she's 1 I give her formula for dinner and whole milk and water during the day. I plan to continue to give her formula until she's about 2 so I can be sure she's getting enough nutrients. The doctor said that's fine to do.

Rachelle - posted on 12/25/2010

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My pediatrician recommends you start weening the babies at 10 months so that by 12 months they are drinking cows milk.

Priscilla - posted on 12/24/2010

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I think you sto when he starts reaching for your food more than he cares to reach for his bottle. I say over Cristmas dinner, let your baby try some things off of your plate and chieck him out. My mom started sneaking my daughter solid food before I was ready, but I was more accepting of it when my child's teeth started to come in.

Tasha - posted on 12/24/2010

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I'm pretty liberal on the feeding your kids food thing, but 6 months seems way too early. I weaned my wee one at about a year, although we kept the morning formula until 14 months (In a sippy cup, not bottle). Now she is on whole milk.

Julie - posted on 12/24/2010

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Landon is 11 months, and our doctor said it was okay to take him off formula at 12 months but no ealrier. We have cut back on formula quite a bit. He usually just has about Three 6 ounce bottles a day (morning, afternoon, and at bedtime), otherwise we give him juice or water. i have done some research and found alot of websites say that stopping formula after 12 months is fine.

Heather - posted on 12/23/2010

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I dont know that they are trying to wean them off of formula, so much as just getting their little ones to use tippy cups instead of bottles. Im personally working on that with my son right now. He still gets formula, but I'd rather him take it in a tippy than a bottle.

Chloe - posted on 12/23/2010

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So does that mean they still had a sippy of whole milk before bed?? Or when they wake up??

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2010

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My son was off formula and drinking cow's milk around 12-months old. He was completely off the bottle and drinking from a sippy around the same time too. It helped with the transition from bottle to sippy. That way he knew bottle was formula and sippy was milk. What I understand, milk provides all the extra fats and calories that help a baby grow. A lot of the vitamins in formula are water-soluble, so the body isn't able to "stock up" on the vitamins and with flush out all unneeded excess (like when urinating).

Kathryn - posted on 12/23/2010

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i was told at 1 year is when they should be off breastmilk and/or formula. then they switch to cows milk.

Jennifer - posted on 12/23/2010

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With my first 2 I started introduceing the sippy at 7 months and they were off the bottle at 8 months and then slowly started introduceing them to whole milk. With our 6 1/2 month old we are getting ready to switch him to sippys and next month the doc said we could start slowly mixing whole milk in...he is a fatty lol loves his formula and anything he can get his hand on to put in his mouth. He got his first cookie the other day and was mad when he only got one.

Kyla - posted on 12/23/2010

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I started adding an ounce of whole milk to my son's bottles at 11 months and he was completely off formula by 14 months. I could have stopped sooner I was just unsure whether he was eating enough to stop having the formula

C. - posted on 12/23/2010

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I think that's very, very wise of you, Crystal. Sometimes you just never know, so it's best to wait. Good luck :)

Crystal - posted on 12/23/2010

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i have only done milk with my daughter one time and after that i wont do it again till she is a year old cause i am worried about the risks

Angela - posted on 12/23/2010

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I started giving my son whole milk at 9 months. He's really big for his age, and I asked the doctor if it was possible if I could switch him early and he said it was OK, just to watch him to make sure he was tolerating it and not throwing up. He's been on whole milk for almost 3 months and he's a happy, healthy, intelligent baby boy.

Hayley - posted on 12/23/2010

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i gave my son formula till he was 15months old, then put him on whole milk at breakfast and before bed, now he just have whole milk at breakfast... my daughter is6 months and she on cow and gate 6 months plus and ill keep her on that till she 12months, then either put her on 1yr formula or switch to whole cows milk... by 10 months id have my child on a few bottles still, specially breakfast and before bedtime, and meals and juice in the day

Sarah - posted on 12/23/2010

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Stopping formula at 6 months is unhealthy as it deprives a baby of necessary nutrients that can only be found in breastmilk or formula. The AAP recommends giving formula as the main source of a baby's diet until 1 year. Until that time solids are meant as a supplement. Formula is packed with nutrients and vitamins so there is nothing wrong with giving it to your child for longer than 12 months, although she doesn't need it anymore. After 9 months babies need much more solid food than they did at 6 months.

Rachel - posted on 12/23/2010

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my daughter is 6 mo and is my first i havnt stopped using a bottle and dont think i wil she has 4 bottles a day and three meals she is my baby and i want to cherish the "baby" that she is because they grow too fast ....and i plan on using formula until 12 months she is lactose free so afterwards wil be on goats milk

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I stopped giving my eldest son formula at 12 months, i just started giving him cow's milk then at 20 months he completely weened himself off his bottles, now's he's almost 3 & absolutely perfect :) Every babies different it's whatever you feel comfortable with :)

C. - posted on 12/22/2010

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Oooh, Crystal.. I don't think that's a very good idea. Doctors recommend 1 year old for a reason (some even say to start toddler formula at 1 year until they're about 2 or 3, I think).

Also, you probably won't realize if she gets a reaction. For one, you're only giving her a little bit, and two, that's not all she gets, she still gets either formula or breast milk, am I correct? So it may be that you just didn't give her enough to get a reaction. I wouldn't chance it, really. If she gets hives from it, they can swell, itch, burn if scratched and just be very, very uncomfortable. If she projectile vomits, she runs the risk of her body not absorbing the nutrients from the foods she eats before it comes back up, and if it continues, she can even start to lose a lot of weight, which isn't healthy- especially for a baby that young. And of course with the diarrhea, she can become severely dehydrated. I just don't think it's worth the risk. But if you still have any questions, I would have a nice long talk with her Pediatrician to see what would be best.

Crystal - posted on 12/22/2010

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i am glad someone asked this question cause I was curious on when is TOO young to start a baby on milk cause my daughter is now 5 months old almost 6 months and i have tried her with a lil bit of milk and she didnt have a reaction or anything to it now i wouldnt give it to her all the time.

Rebekah - posted on 12/22/2010

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My son began weaning from formula at 12 months and was only drinking whole milk by 14 months.

Emma - posted on 12/22/2010

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i just stopped 2 days ago jaime is nearly 1 they have researched it and found growing uo milk contains sugars which rot a childs teeth, he can have cows milk so that what he drinks now. He is 1 in 4 days

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I believe thats a mother instinct thing. i know someone that stopped giving their son formula at 3-4 and gave them whole milk instead because he threw up every kind of formula they tried. he was fine on milk. now hes almost 3 and fine health wise. I personally am just starting to give my 10 month old milk, not just milk. formula will be used on the go and before bed. she gets to many diaper rashes with juice so its better for her than juice.

Allie - posted on 12/22/2010

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I kept my daughter on formula until she was two. It is healthier than cows milk. Formula and breastmilk have the nutrients that babies and toddlers need. When my daughter was 6-8 months old, I substituted one bottle feeding (around 4pm) for a solid feeding. You need to make sure children get the nutrients they need. I would always ask a pediatrician about the pros and cons of weaning at different ages. I've never heard that taking a baby off of a bottle around 6 months was healthy.

Jamie - posted on 12/22/2010

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my little girl went on cows milk when she was 12 months old but still had some formula but then the dr told me as long as she has enough iron in her diet then she does not formula

Vicki - posted on 12/29/2010

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Yes around a year you could start putting his milk in a sippy cup he still needs milk! homogonized milk is what they need when you stop formula!

Aliza - posted on 12/28/2010

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My daughter is almost ten months and eats almost everything we do( except nuts) she has had no reactions to anything so our doc said it was fine to g ive whole milk, and all she uses are sippy cups. I guess it's your own preference and your docs, but I think 6 months is to young to stop formula

Shauna - posted on 12/27/2010

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at age 1 is when its recommended to stop formula unless baby is underweight, or not eating other foods properly.

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2010

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I stopped formula when my girls turned 1. Their dr recommended switching to whole milk instead. We started with a mix of formula and whole milk and weaned them off the formula, and the bottles. I would say 1 year would be the point to switch from formula, but always check with your childs dr to make sure they dont want you to keep them on formula longer for whatever reason.

Abbe - posted on 12/27/2010

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I switched my daughter to whole milk at about 11 months. she was having 4 bottles a day and I got sippy cups and she would only have a bottle with formula about an hour before bedtime. A couple weeks later I switched that bottle to milk. By 13 months she was only drinking from sippys and drinking whole milk, water and juice all day. Its really up to the child when to stop formula, but the sooner the better, mostly for their teeth.

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