whole milk or follow up formula for my 1 yr old?

Amanda - posted on 05/11/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




my daughter will be a year old in 2 months and I have to make a decision what kind of milk to be giving her. What is the diference between whole cows milk or a step 2 follow up formula?

which is best for the baby?

I do not breast feed and she is curently on a premie formula which is recomended from birth to 12 months. she was not a premie she just hase trouble gaining weight and needs the extra calories.


Kathleen - posted on 08/31/2011




IMHO I would ask your doctor, since I would say whole milk too. Step 2 formula has a lot of extra stuff including a ton of sugar. If she is eating table food just substitute for higher fat good foods like avocado and peanut butter if she is not allergic to nuts. I'd try the milk and diet first before running out and getting step 2 formula. Plus to my son it tasted different we bought a can...we had two cups off it before he decided not to touch it. We just ended up giving up cups of milk during the day which I think was roughly 3-4 cups a day.

Amanda - posted on 05/12/2009




I am not at all concerned with cost. Nothing is to much for my baby. we are currently paying aprox $300/month on her high calorie formula. I do not know if I can keep her on that as it is from 0-12 months. I will be talking to her doctor about it.

I want the best nutritionaly for her and thats all that matters to me.

Deidre - posted on 05/12/2009




Personally, I'm doing the follow up formula... I figure till she's at least 16-18mo old and then I'll re-evaluate and see if I'm okay with giving her whole milk. The next step formula has so much more stuff in it than regular cows milk that I'm more comfortable giving that to her. Besides, it is about 5-7 dollars cheaper than the regular formula and by age one their drinking so much less anyway. I've had my daughter on the next step formula since about 10mo old and it is a bit cheaper since she doesn't eat nearly as much as she used to and the can is cheaper than the 0-12mo formula.

Tammy - posted on 05/12/2009




I had my son on step 2 follow on formula as he has had health problems, this was only for 2months. Than I had his check up at the Dr's and asked if he is ready for cows milk. The Dr was happy with his weight and everything so I changed him to cows milk and he loves it just as much as the formula. If your little one is having problems gaining weight I would get advice first from your Dr as formula does have extra added vitamins to support growth. If she is a decent weight now Im sure they will say cows milk is fine! But the proffesional oppion always makes you feel more comfortable with the change over. Good luck :o)

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Melissa - posted on 05/12/2009




Knowing your situation I would possibly go with the follow up formula as you are already spending so much on daily formula that the cost wouldnt be overwhelming even if you did both.

Samantha - posted on 05/12/2009




I would try whole milk first. It's way less expensive and easier to find. Some of the stores near me at least don't sell the follow up formula. We went from formula to milk and she is doing well with it. She is 15 months old now, and sometimes we mix in strawberry syrup into the milk as a bit of a treat.

User - posted on 05/12/2009




I agree with Keisha. My Daughter just turned a year old and her Dr. recommended whole milk until age 2 then after that any kind will do. If there is a concern with a Milk allergy there are lactose free milks as well as soy milk. Best of Luck!

Keisha - posted on 05/11/2009




Whole Milk is what you should give her when she turns one. Most pediatricians recommend whole milk at age one because they need the added fat to their diet. Since your daughter has had trouble gaining weight this probably is the best thing for her as well. My doctors told us that the formula was a waste of money after age one, unless they child has some sort of milk allergy or something.

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