infant formula vs toddler formula

Ashley - posted on 06/04/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hi I have a 1 yr old that is still on formula she will not drink anything else at all .. and she barley eats anything but her bottles .. I asked her doctor if i should switch her to toddler formula instead of the infant formula shes on and he said there was no need for it to just wean her off formula and put her on milk or leave her on the formula the problem is she wont switch off it and since formula seems to be the biggest part of her diet still im at a loss of what to do .. so would it be in her benifit to switch her to toddler formula because it has the vitimins she needs or just stick with what she has?

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Carrie - posted on 11/03/2012

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I'm having the exact same issue. Anytime I give my son milk, he's up all night with belly pains. He'll drink water from a sippy cup but not his formula and doesn't a lot of regular food so his main source of nutrition is the formula. If you get an answer, let me know cause I have no idea what to do.

Ashley - posted on 06/05/2010

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we have tried the sippy but she wont take that yet either shes not ready for it and i have talked to the dr about her being intolerant but i guess its just shes not ready so i guess all i need to know is if toddler formula is worth it because it has more in it for them that they would need as toddlers

Sherry - posted on 06/04/2010

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my point is that it could be an intolerance or the fact that she can distinguish what you rputting in her bottle... because she's watching

Sherry - posted on 06/04/2010

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there's a posibility that she might have a lactose intolerance... if she can distingush between a bit of watered down formula or a bit of milk added to it... signals to me that there might be an intolerance. Talk to her doc about that... it would change the milks flavor slightly but not by the degree she should stick her nose up at it...

Is she often present when you mix her bottle up with formula? maybe try mixing it when she's not in the kitchen with you stick her in a jumper or a safe area on the floor for a few minutes while you mix it.. tell her .. whew.. your heavy mommy needs sit her efor a second and give mommies arms a rest...

Sarah - posted on 06/04/2010

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Have you tried introducing a sippy cup yet? Maybe the newness of one would get her interested. I'm surprised she even noticed the difference when you mixed the milk and formula... I'd keep trying and be patient. She'll get it eventually. I'm pretty sure those toddler formulas are just a way to keep getting your money. =)

Ashley - posted on 06/04/2010

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i have tried to mix the milk and formula together like that and she will not take it and she will not eat any food with out having her bottle so im kinda at a loss

Kristin - posted on 06/04/2010

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Try gradually shifting the formula to milk. If she's getting 6 oz., maybe make 5 of formula and top with whole milk. So that for several days, then drrop to a 4:2 ratio and so on until it's just whole milk. Personally, I see toddler formulas as a waste of money. But, you know your situation best. Part of this is comfort and testing you. She doesn't know what's good for her, you do. She won't starve or die of dehydration if you just stop buying the formula.



If you are worried about the vitamins, get her onto a liquid vitamin. Your pharmacist can help you choose one.



Just keep offering her lots of variety of solids prepared in lots of different ways. I really liked a couple of the cookbooks that Annabel Karmel has out, but there are lots of others on the market. Maybe check a few out from your library.



I guess my biggest advice is, take charge - YOU are MOM and know what she needs.

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