Is it better to give formula or cows milk after the first year?

Jennifer - posted on 12/31/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




My 11.5 mo old will not take a bottle and gets about 50% or more of his food from breastmilk, I've been battling various breastfeeding obstacles from the very beginning such as poor latch due tongue tie, marathon cluster feedings that lasted entire nights for weeks on end, and nipple & ductal thrush which I'm still battling. It's been a long road and I'd like to take the pressure off a little. I'd like to start introducing milk in a cup to baby and want to know if formula is better than cows milk or if formula is nutritionally unfit for a child after his first birthday. I don't want to pump. My breast have hurt for a year and need a break. I also have about 20 cans of formula in my pantry I got about 6 months ago that I need to either use or donate before they expire.


Jodi - posted on 12/31/2013




Formula is not unfit for a child over 12 months - they have toddler formula specifically for this purpose. Whether you choose formula or milk would be dependent on your child. If your child is eating solid foods well and likely to get a fair amount of nutrition from solids, milk will be fine. However a baby that is not eating solids well yet is likely to benefit more from formula. As an example, my daughter wasn't a big solids eater at this age, until she was about 18 months, so I kept her on formula a little longer than necessary.

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