toddler formular or milk?

Rachael - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Hi mums, my daughter is 12mnths next week. I would like 2 hear what your advice is on toddlar formular vs cows milk? Should i start her on toddler formular or transfer her 2 cows milk? I am reluctant 2 switch 2 cows milk as i have heard it can cause problems. What have you found works for u?

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Leanne - posted on 04/20/2009

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Hi,my daughter is over2 and still on formula.Shes on toddler formula.I feel the same way about cows milk.l know when she is older she will probably drink it but not for a while yet.Im planning to keep her on it until shes at least 4 and over.My pediatrician said it was fine itsgot all the vitamins and minerals they need.Shes healthy and only has a bottle at night with it.so l cant see the harm in letting her stay on it until then.Good Luck with it...

Melina - posted on 03/08/2014

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I would suggest parents to stay away from step 3 toddler milk (formula). Its a shame that so many people just assume its good stuff cuz its for toddlers/babies.
Toddler milk contains something called maltodextrin - its sugar, and the same ingredient they put in energy drinks. Basically it sends the blood sugar sky high.
If you are concerned your toddler doesn't get enough nutrients through her diet, I would suggest to get some multivitamins from the chemist. At least there's no maltodextrin in it :/
Encouraging everyone to always read the ingredients! !

And also, if you're concerned about cows milk I suggest you get lactose free milk , its easier to digest and reduces the risk of tummy pains and wind. And dilute it with water on the beginning, until you are sertain your toddlers body is handling it Ok
Hope this helps :)

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Amanda - posted on 03/21/2014

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We tried milk but it gave our daughter stomach aches and diarrhea so we switched her to silk soy milk and she loves it and hasn't had any more problems.

Crystal - posted on 03/07/2014

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Hi I am a first time mom of a 18 month old baby girl she is my heart I love her so much and that's what brings me to this site my love for my child and concern that she is getting the right nutrients from cows milk which she started the day she turned one . As a parent My husband and I want to make sure that we are taking the right steps in parenthood by giving her cows milk 2%which she took very well. No stomach upsets or digestive problems, after seeing the Enfamil toddler next step commercial I'm wondering if we should switch her milk or is it even possible to switch her now so late in the game I'm just wondering. Also my daughter is very smart but it's still on my mind as a mom if we should switch. So as a mother to all the mothers on circle of moms I ask for your opinions in this dilemma

Tera - posted on 04/21/2009

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We started my first son on cow's milk at 11 mos. He was eating more table food than formula and ate a wide range of food...plenty of fruits and veggies...so we gave him formula at night, but since he was eating so well, our pediatrician gave the ok to start on cow's milk early. He had no problems. My middle daughter didn't start cow's milk until she was a year and a half. She had problems gaining weight even though she was eating table foods, and she got fussy when we gave her cow's milk. so we waited and gave her the toddler formula. Every child is different and it depends on their diet and how they gain weight.

Katie - posted on 03/14/2009

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I asked my ped about the toddler formula and he said that for most kids its not necessary. So once my daughter turned 1 I just gave her milk to try and she didnt care so we just dropped the formula. Like some other people have said this is the time they start eating more foods and are getting nutrients that way. And we dont need that added expense of formula when the milk is good. Tho we do drink alot of milk in our house now haha

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Hi Rachael,



If your daughter has already been eating table food then she should be getting most of her vitamins and nutrients from that.  So if that's the case then I would slowly introduce the cow's milk.  When we did it with our son, we started out with an 8 oz bottle (6oz formula, 2 oz milk).  We did that for about a week.  Then we upped it to 4 oz formula and 4oz milk for about a week and so on...upping the milk 2 ounces each week until he was just on milk.  My son was eating solids, regular table food at a year though, so we weren't relying on the formula for his nutrition.  If your daughter hasn't been eating solids yet, I would speak to your pediatrician to see what they recommend.  I was told by the WIC nutritionist that whole milk is best because babies burn so much energy that they need the fat in whole milk until they are at least 2....unless there are other health issues involved like premies, lactose intolerance, etc.  We also used the transition from formula to milk to wean our son from his bottle.  He had been going back and forth from bottle to sippy since he was around 8 months old so once we got him used to the milk and saw that he had no problems with it, we just started putting the milk in a sippy and literally in one day he was done with the bottle.   Hope this helps and good luck.  Beautiful little girl, by the way...and I think we have that same dresser.....lol

Christine - posted on 03/14/2009

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My daughter is 19 months and when we switched her a year we started with the next step formula by Enfamil. She was on that for about 2 months and then went to whole milk no problem. Her pediatrician said she is doing great and that she will be on whole milk till a she is two.

Cindy - posted on 03/14/2009

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My daughter had a hard time gaining weight between her 9 and 12 month check-up, so the doctor reccomended keeping her on higher calorie formula. Only, my daughter started rejecting it and wouldn't drink it. She was having all the new experiences with food and didn't like the taste anymore. So, I switched her to whole milk without any problems and her weight shot up. When I asked my Pediatrician about the switch, she said most kids don't have any problems going right to whole milk. Always best to just ask your doctor at her check-up.

Esther - posted on 03/14/2009

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We started giving our son whole milk right at 12 months. He never batted an eye. I still give him some Enfamil next step however only because I like the idea of the extra vitamins, iron etc. that is in there. My son insists on feeding himself these days (with fork and spoon) so not nearly as much reaches his mouth as I would like to see. This way at least I feel like he's still getting a little extra. But during the day he only drinks regular whole milk.

Nemiha - posted on 03/13/2009

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Try milk out, if you child likes in the ween them off the bottle. It doesn't hurt and if you see issues with milk try something different.

Tami - posted on 03/13/2009

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We had no trouble transitioning our son to whole milk.  My pediatrician told us that they usually only recommend toddler formula for kids who either won't drink milk, are lactose intolerant and need soy formula, or are very picky eaters and are not getting the vitamins and nutrients they need from food.  Luckily my son eats almost anything you put in front of him, but I know that isn't the case for a lot of kids.

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I would wean slowly like half and half or cut out one bottly and give her a bottle of milk instead and go slow. after 12 months they are okay to be on whole milk

Jennifer - posted on 03/13/2009

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Your pediatrition will be able to advise you the best as they would know all the pertenant health information for you daughter. For instance we were advised to keep our son on the formula longer because he needed the nutrients, vitamins, and specific fat because he was a preemie & still below weight. Usually though 1 year is the right time to switch to cows milk, usually whole, but many pediatritions are advising to either go strait to 2% or switch to 2% around two years now. The extra fat isn't necessary for MOST toddlers today because they are getting it other ways in thier diet. My good friend is a nutrtionist that works for WIC and she says even they are changing thier diet recomendations based on this. I have also researched (and am in process of learning more) all the new info on growth hormones in milk & meats. We already only use organic milk, chesse, yogurt, & are looking into meats. From what I am learning it is even more important with girls. From the parenting perspective of the possibility of your child not "liking" it. Make sure you feel confident in the switch before you do it and make it something that just happens, "here's the milk & this is what you drink now. " Also I found it helpful to put it in a fun sippy cup & designate it as the milk cup, never putting it in the bottle.

Adf0905 - posted on 03/13/2009

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How many teeth does your daughter have? Is she on table food yet? If she's on table food and eating what you're eating, I'd be more willing to slowly start the transition to milk. But if her main source of nutrition is still formula, keep her on it! There's no "rule" or anything that says you have to switch her to cow's milk right at 12 months. You know what's best for her :)

When you do switch her to cow's milk, I'd get milk that's hormone free. There's lots of nasty stuff in milk that's not hormone free!

Shaunta - posted on 03/13/2009

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Another thing is that the formula gives so much more nutrients than regular milk. So thats something to think about.

Shaunta - posted on 03/13/2009

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Hi Rachel,



My daughter just turned one today! We are going to do half/half because formula is so expensive. We're using the Enfamil Next Step formula for babies 12 mnths to 24 mnths old. However, if the cows milk give her problems, we'll exclusively use the Enfamil. Hope this helps!

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