When is the best time to wean your child off of the baby formula?

Ashley - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter would rather drink other liquids than her formula and eat solids. When would be a good time to completely start taking her off formula and giving her regular milk?

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Keisha - posted on 04/07/2010

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Well if she likes solid foods you could make them yourself and add formula to make it a better consistency to make sure shes getting all her vitamins a bit better. As for cows milk I really think you should wait until at least 9 months to start that. My doctor said that it can possibly create holes in babies organs or something if started before then? there are a few different brands of thicker kinds of formula though, you should ask your doctor about them :)

Cassie - posted on 04/07/2010

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how old is your daughter? the only benefits of formula is for her to suppliment her nutrients. But if she is getting plenty through her solids, and is having cows milk and water, there's no real reason why you can't wean her off whenever you feel ready too. they usually say its best to wean a baby off a bottle by 12-18 months, to help with their development speech wise

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Amanda - posted on 04/07/2010

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I would try a different formula for now and try giving her some cows milk once she is atleast 10 months old. I wouldn't give her cows milk until then cause it can upset her tummy more and even make her lactose intolerant. You could also add some formula and cereal to her baby food to help give her those extra nutrients that she needs.

Melissa - posted on 04/07/2010

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1 year for Milk, but I think it is mainly because of the nutrients in it. My son no longer drinks from a bottle, and hasn't for over a month now (he is 9 months old). He takes his formula in a cup, and he will also take it cold. Because of this I think we will have an easier transition. But my dr said that my son should still have 24-32 ounces of formula, and that everything else is supplement beyond that. He said the formula and breast milk should still be the largest part of the diet, even at 9 months. So I would stick to formula. He also told me not to give my son juice yet. To make sure my son drinks the full amount of formula, I offer him that at the beginning of feedings and prepare any other solids while he is drinking his formula, when he is done with his formula then I will give him solids (finger foods) and a sippy of water.

Kristin - posted on 04/07/2010

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Try a different formula , she may be sensitive to the dairy in what she's being given. You really don't want to introduce dairy at this stage, especially if she might be sensitive to the little bit of dairy that she is getting. It will only make it worse. Wait until she is one, and talk to her pediatrician about all of this.

Ashley - posted on 04/07/2010

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Thank you but she has been drinking from a sippy cup for a while. But I just never wanted to put her formula in that. I guess we are just wondering when to switch her because the formula seems to upset her stomach....maybe just a formula change or make it thicker?

Penny - posted on 04/07/2010

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i wouldnt start on normal milk just yet hold off till 11, 12months. my son was quite happy to use a sippy cup quite young, not a valve one as these can be quite hard to suck at 6mnths. maybe this will give her a bit more interest.

Ashley - posted on 04/07/2010

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Okay she is just a little over 6 months but she prefers the water, juice and solids as opposed to her bottle. In fact when I give her a bottle, she seems to spit up a whole lot more than when she is giving everything else. Maybe this is normal but the hubby is just thinking that maybe its time to start her on milk as well. Thanks for the help and I hope to get the problem solved!

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