formula milk / cow's milk

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Garima - posted on 12/04/2009

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How old is your child? Cow's milk leads to allergy in few children...so till 1 year no COW S MILK... After 1 and a half year you can try giving kheer made in cows milk to see if any allery is there...

User - posted on 12/03/2009

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Cows milk is for baby cows :) breast milk for human babies, if u cant breastfeed use formula til the baby is 12 months old, after that i suggest fortified brevages like rice milk,soy milk,hemp milk, etc.

Cows milk is been linked to asthma and other deseases, if you choose to do cows milk a cup or 2 max a day would do and CHOOSE ORGANIC, is the best for your baby because is free of antibiotics, hormones, pestcides that the cow have in their feed and then goes to their milk, and free of many discusting things that the factory framed products come with, plus the cows are free roaming and eat grass not corn wich makes healthier milk wit more vitamins :)

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Deborah - posted on 12/08/2009

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When my daughter was 8 months my health nurse told me i could start to introduce her to cows milk gradually as long as i boiled it first and added the abidec liquid into it for the vitamins and iron a baby needs i havnt looked back since she was never sick from it at all

Maria - posted on 12/07/2009

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When our son was 5 or 6 months old, we started giving him baby cereal with either pumped breast milk, formula (was less tasty to him since he was on breast milk, but he still ate it), or water. We warmed it. It took a couple tries to get used to being spoon fed, and since he wasn't quite sitting up in a chair we put him in the middle setting on the swing we had. It helped fill him more and introduce him to solid foods in a safe manner that also helped define some of what bedtime was and introduced routine. It was hard, for us, to breastfeed and get some semblance of a schedule... because breastfeeding was on demand. So introducing the solids like cereal at regular times each day helped with that. You will get there--it can be frustrating as I am sure each of these ladies knows! But hang in there; in your child's time he will get there too. Enjoy breastfeeding him while you can; I kind of miss the closesness even though I still hold him while he drinks his rice milk (he is allergic to cow's milk) in a cup now and he kind of tugs on my shirt a lot wondering what the heck is up with this cup!! Best wishes, Maria S.

Taruna - posted on 12/07/2009

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thank you all for the advise and information .it surely has been helpfull.

my son will turn 6 months in dec , and as i have to start with solids for him i was going thru lots of different view points from friends and family and was confused on what to start with,being a first time mom is a of hard work and confusing

... till now i am breastfeeding him and wish to do so for next 6months or so , but then i wasn't sure that it will be enough for him as he is now growing and surely will need more feeds.

thanks again to everyone for the advise.

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From my personal experience & 2 children later, I found that a good formula (eg. Karicare Gold) has all the nutrients that your child will need and is gentler on their gut. If you decide to introduce cows milk, ensure it is Full Cream and do it gradually (in small amounts with food etc) otherwise, from my younger ones experience, her body didn't tolerate it and suffered diahorrea for about 5 weeks & I had to start all over again.

Isobel - posted on 12/04/2009

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Formula is not "milk"...it has a dehydrated milk base...if you are not breastfeeding...you feed "formula" for the first year...before you try "milk"...cow's milk. :)

Fran - posted on 12/04/2009

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the answer is very simple. from birth to one years old, breast milk is absolute best. but if you are unable to breastfeed than use formula. your doctor can suggest which one to use but most of them are the same formula. try to make sure you use one with iron and dha in it. and no bottles of water. babies get all the fluid they need from breast milk or formula. also, since i don't know how old your baby is or if you are expecting, i would recommend finding a pediatrician in your area or go through your local clinic. the first year is very confusing. we circle of moms are here for you too. so you don't have to go through it alone. keep us posted!

Toshala - posted on 12/04/2009

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Think of the size of a baby cow compared to a human infant. Big difference. The cows milk is designed to nuture its calf. The best thing for your baby is your own milk which is designed specificly for your baby. But if that is not an option, milk based formula is what doctors always start out with (but it has a cow's milk base in which most infants are allergic too... but it is the closes thing you can get to mother's milk). But whole milk from the frige is not easily digested by babies under a year old.

Maria - posted on 12/04/2009

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My son was breastfed until he was 13 months old. He had some formula in infancy to supplement until milk came in, etc, but then was solely breastfed. At about 9 months, we started to look for alternatives in conjunction with feeding him new things as scheduled by the doctor's little handy list. Unfortunately, our son had a horrible reaction to egg and milk products and is severely allergic to both! I am not sure what I am saying can help you much, but just keep an eye out for any kind of reactions--if your child seems itchy or is having trouble breathing, or if they seem to be behaving abnormally, get them to the doc or ER quickly! Food allergies can be lethal! My son can't even get flu shots because of the egg allergens in them. So ... be wary!

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i have 3 kids all of which were breast fed then put on cows milk at roughly 10 mths old.(the eldest is now 11) your little one will be fine. its natural and full of nutrition as long as its full fat. i don't personally agree with formula milk as its manufactured. you can't beat what is natural. don't worry too much do what you feel is best.

Jennifer - posted on 12/03/2009

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Formula has been developed to help babies get all of their nutritional needs it has added vitamins and minerals that plain cows milk doesn't have. So until your baby is getting those vitamins and minerals from their food (solid) formula is better than cows and breast is always best but not always possible. Good luck.

Tammy - posted on 12/03/2009

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Breast milk is best especially the 1st 6-8 weeks it helps with bonding and the babies health and development .... if not formula never cow in an infant not until they turn 1yr old are they to receive cow milk hope this helps....

Destiny - posted on 12/03/2009

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My son only got breast milk for the first 6 1/2 months. When I found out I was pregnant with the next one my OB told me to wean immediately because of my preterm labor history with my previous 2 children. After 3 weeks of trying almost every different formula you can buy and a lot of money, I finally called his pediatrician who said because he was a healthy weight, length despite just recovering from bacterial meningitis and having asthma he told me it was fine to put him on whole milk with vitamin drops in the milk. A lot will depend on you child and your doctor. My 3rd child was over a month early and he didn't get whole milk at all (breast milk only) until he was over 18 months. The doctor said if I could get him to take the expressed milk in a cup it would be better for him than putting him on whole milk because of his size. Now at 3 1/2 he is health but still only in the 7th percentile. :)

HEATHER - posted on 12/03/2009

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Our daughter was allergic to every formula under the sun!! Soy, lactos free, all brands. EVERYTHING!!! Our pediatrican put our daughter on whole milk. It was the only thing she would keep down. And unfortuantly I was unable to breast feed, due to having shingles. Our friends baby was born with a bad heart and couldn't drink formula either. His pediatrican put him on goats milk. But the girls here are right. 10 -12 months is a good time to start introducting cows milk.

User - posted on 12/03/2009

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Most formula has cows milk in it. It's ok to start introducing cows milk at around 10 months but dont cut out formula until your child is 1. Make sure you use whole fat milk and maybe try it on some cereal first.You will soon know what your bubba thinks.

Samantha - posted on 12/03/2009

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Babies aren't equipped to handle what's in cow's milk until they are about a year old. There are things in there that can make them really sick. Plus formula is specially made to help your baby with digestion and the proper nutrients. And if you have a baby with gas or a sensitive tummy, they have special formulas to help with that. Your doctor can tell you when your baby is for sure ready for cow's milk and he will probably tell you to start with whole milk.

Holli - posted on 12/03/2009

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Our sons pediatrician told us when he was 10 mos old that we could begin him on cows milk as long as it was whole milk. My son is 18 mos old and has never been sick. No fever, cough, runny nose, etc. The only thing we were told is that if he had any adverse reactions to any baby foods to wait until he was a year old. I breastfed until he was 3 months old then he was on formula until he was 10 months and then we went to whole milk. I attribute his hearty immune system to his diet and cow's milk was part of it.

Ruth - posted on 12/03/2009

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only use fromula or breast milk for the first year. babys tummys are not ready for cow milk and it can really hurt them.

Michelle - posted on 12/03/2009

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Babies are not supposed to have cow's milk until after 1 year. At a year you can give whole milk. Before then breast milk/formula.

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