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Q&A: Starting baby on regular milk?

When should I switch from formula or breastmilk to regular milk? What kind of milk should I give my baby? Should I switch gradually, or all at once?

Re: When should I switch from formula or breastmilk to regular milk? What kind of milk should I give my baby? Should I switch gradually, or all at once?

The Bump Expert Once baby hits age one, his digestive system is able to handle the proteins in cow's milk. (Unless your pediatrician recommends another kind.) To be honest, the switch is probably less exciting for your baby than it is for you...no more measuring out scoops of formula or subjecting your breasts to the pump. Make the switch from breastmilk or formula to cow's milk (always whole -- the fat it contains is important for development) gradually. Since it isn't as sweet, many babies initially balk at cow's milk. Try starting out by mixing one part cow's milk with three parts formula or breast milk, and then increasing the proportion of cow's milk each day over the course of a week or more. Chances are, he won't even notice the transition.

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re: Q: Switching to regular milk?

What are the benefits and risks to regular and organic milk? All my friends are giving their babies organic milk (and I am too). My husband tells me that I'm just falling into a marketing scheme, and that I shouldn't spend the extra money on organic.

kbiddle |

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I also get my son organic whole milk. There are a lot of advantages besides the fact that they are more natural without hormones and antibiotics they give cows of regular milk. I think the big plus is that it has a much longer shlef life -next time you go th the milk isle check out the difference - the carton I just bought is god until the end of August not just til next week. Being my son is the only one who drinks whole milk the longer expiration date helps among other benefts.

Jeff&Annie |

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I agree with the Bump expert. I was told to just give my daughter pedialite for one whole day and then the next give her whole milk. I chose not to go that way. I transitioned her over a month not a week and she's 8 days away from her 1st birthday and we give her 1 part formula and 3 parts whole milk now. I still have half a can of formula left so this works out perfect!

kirby&taylem |

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You should consider doing research on non-dairy milk. Many studies show after a certain age toddlers no longer properly digest dairy. I personally will never feed my children cow's milk.

smackjlaw |

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We switched our daughter over from formula to whole milk when she turned 1. We mixed half milk & half formula for a week and then just gave her straight milk.

herbie727 |

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If you're happy breastfeeding, there isn't any reason to give your baby cow milk. Your breastmilk changes as your baby grows, and is the perfect milk for your baby. My "baby" is now 13 months, and while she'll take a sip of cow's milk every once in a while, and definitely does eat dairy products, like cheese, she and I are perfectly happy to have her milk come from mama. :)

gnatty_girl |

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why should you change from formula to cow's milk? there is no many vitamins in the formula!

chantelledavid |

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Why would anyone want to continue formula?? its expensive!! and more of a hassle than reg. milk. I know myself, my brothers (and probably most of us on here) probably started on whole milk around age 1. Can't speak for anyone else...but my family is very healthy! They cant stay on formula forever....eventually a child needs to learn to drink cow's milk - organic or not, thats a different subject. Are you gonna send formula milk or breat milk to daycare and kindergarten packed in their lunch? i dont think so.....give the kids milk!!! :)

amberkris |

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My son has 2 weeks before he is 1 and we have started transitioning to milk. The pediatrician said it would be fine. He pushes the formula away now.

ash138 |

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you should start by regular milk first .then when the baby gets a little older you should give it formula milk the you give the baby breastmilk

laninabonita08 |

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My little girl is 11 months today and we have already started the transition. She is breastfeed but during the day she gets one sippy cup of whole milk that she sips on here and there most just plays with it. I can't speak for all moms that breastfeed but 1 year is enough I'm ready to have my body back and have some space before we have baby number 2. Besides milk is good.

BetsyDavis |

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when you switch to regular milk do you also need to give them water, or do they get enough water form the milk?

sunrocklove |

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We started with goat's milk but I was also breastfeeding 2-3 times a day in addition. I felt it would be easier on the stomach (from what I've read and heard from others). I really like it so my son is now 16 months, I'm breastfeeding twice a day and giving him goat's milk once a day.

chicagobride13 |

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12 months

yvetted0912 |

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This is very interesting to me. I BF my son and he gets EBF at daycare. He is just over 11 mos. old. Pumping is getting really old (and don't plan on continuing after he is 1) but I want to still BF in the morning and night and not wean completely till he is ready. Does anyone have experience with this? Does your milk stay there just for morning and night or does it go away completely?

aliciakunkel |

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anyone ever done goats milk instead of cow's milk? i've read that goats milk is closest to breastmilk.

mrs.mcG |

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Like everyone has been saying, you can give your little one cow's milk at about a year old. To be honest I don't see why you would, or maybe I'm just weird. If you're breastfeeding like I am, then plan to keep breast milk around, it is FAR better for your baby and natural and the easiest for him/her to digest. You also don't have to go out and buy jugs of milk specially for the baby. What do you think people did in "the old days"? Back when there was no such thing as formula or other alternatives, women fed their young children breast milk and mashed foods. Sorry, but you can't get anymore natural than that. I'm not saying feed your 3 year old straight from the breast, I'm saying pump and keep a nice reserve for the munchkin whenever you can. It really is the best thing for your kids. I really do hate how there is this huge complex about breasts and breast milk. I've met way too many people that look at breast feeding like it's wrong. I say get the stick out of your bum and realize that it is babies and young kids' best source of nutrients and vitamins. Bottom line: Cow milk is made for baby cow stomachs. Human milk is made for little human stomachs.

F0xism |

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I am all for the natural and organic stuff. But, my LO is 1 1/2 months away from being 1 year and the ONLY reason I am hesitant about cow's milk is because we know she is lactose intolerant just like I am. Babies need the fat from whole milk, pediatricians recommend the transition. in my opinion, Organic v regular, is all about individuals choice and the extra things that are in the milk like steroids and things. But breastfeeding past 1 is a little weird. You have bonded so try not to continue with that and foods are just as natural and full of vitamins that are essential to your babies development

nje2008 |

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My daughter is about to turn 1 and I'm nervous about giving her regular milk. She's on formula now. She goes to the doctor on Friday, and I'll ask the doc, but do any of you use soy milk versus regular milk?

cmrider |

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What age can babies go from whole milk to reduced fat or 2%? Our little guy isn't even a month yet, just wondering for the future.

LovelyLucy6 |

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Uhm. My baby has had 'regular milk" every day of her life. Our 15-month old drinks regular, human milk rather than regular, cow milk. If we're calling cow milk "regular," what does that make momma milk? Irregular? Abnormal?

C-Charm |

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@ AliciaKunkel- My LO is 9 months and for the past few weeks i have only BF him at night and in the morning. During the day there's no milk, but it comes in right before feeding times. Everyone's body is a little different, but usually ur milk supply stays regular with ur feeding times. It also depends on how strict of a feeding schedule u stay on.

mommy510 |

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My son is 13 months now and when we transitioned to whole milk his stomach started to bloat up to the point were he was crying of pain. We switched over to goat milk and that seems to be better for him. The only con is that I can't find it in the gallon size and it's expensive. But if it's easier on his belly and no crying.

Duenas |

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My daughter is just over 12mnths old, I want to make sure she is getting enough fluids so I give her cows milk during the day but still nurse her once in the morning and once at night. Your body will continue to produce milk even if you only nurse twice a day. I plan to continue nursing her for a while longer, its the best thing for her and that's what matters the most.

StephanieMH |

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Humans are the only animal on earth that feeds their young the milk of another animal AND we are the only animal that drinks milk beyond infancy... seem strange to anyone else??? Skip the cow's milk - give them juice and water instead!

Tiffy75 |

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My LO was exclusively BF until about 10 mos of age when my milk supply started to drop. So he only nursed in the mornings and at night as I transitioned him to formula.......which by the way did not go over very well. He would take a sip and then hold his bottle into the air with a sour look on his face as if the formula was gagging him. It was quite funny to watch actually. So I got creative and added a little yogurt to his formula bottles (this only helped alittle). Anyway, long story short, I wound up transitioning him to whole milk early. Still nursing twice a day but offering whole milk instead. I discussed this with his pediatrician and this method worked for us much better. I feel like it depends on your baby - I started the switch to whole milk a little earlier than most but what was most important was the fact that he still received milk. Even if came from 2 sources :-)

jcmom32010 |

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My daughter is 13 months old and I use enfagrow. It is toddler formula and yes its way more expensive but it has more vitamins and nutriants

countrygirl.36.14 |

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By this age, toddlers should be getting most of their vitamins from the solid foods they eat. My daughter is 12m old. She only has two teeth fully in, but is getting 4 in right now on the top. She completely refuses to eat anything pureed. So her food intake? Peas, turkey, cheese, sweet potatoes, corn, apples, pears, pasta...etc. If you're super worried about vitamins, you can buy a toddler vitamin drop supplement. I give it to my girly when she's sick or teething and doesn't want to eat.

NeishaRuth |

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wow at this point i totally feel that its necessary for me to chime in with my judgmental response about how if you don't do it exactly the way my family does that you are wrong. no. please, let's be real people. every family is different. every child is different. don't hop up on the soap box just because it makes you feel validated in your choice. around 12mos there is often a switch (sometimes not if you continue to breastfeed)- whether that's cow's milk, pumped breastmilk, or an alternative milk like soy, goat or other. as long as it's done with your doctor's approval and done with what you think is the best for your child, then it is the right choice. end of story.

Kaitlyn_Prior |

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I totally agree with kaitlyn. It is so funny that people like to get on their soap boxes about breastfeeding, formula, regular vs. whole vs irregular milk. Nuts!! Aren't we all trying to take care of babies as best we can. Just answer the questions without being judgemental, people!! I am going to breastfeed past 1 year, but just stop pumping. I am ready to give up that part-time job. I am going to take some of the suggestions here to transition from bm to whole milk over the next few weeks until his 1 year birthday.

hissunshine82104 |

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Ok so i just have one question how in the world can anyone want to breastfeed for longer than a year. I mean seriously, yes it is the "best" thing for baby, but what happens when baby becomes a toddler. I agree with one post that said are you going to send breast or formula milk to kindergarten? No, you wont, so eventually something different will need to be done. If you want to switch to cow's milk, why not, people have been drinking it since way back when. One poster said what did they do in the old days when there was no alternative, THEY MILKED COWS in the "old" days. How do you think people back then lived, seriously get real everyone. Listen to your baby, but i think after one year of age you child/toddler should be getting most of their nutrients from food and maybe a vitamin supplement. weather you choose cow milk or other, eventually you as momma's will need to change YOUR habits.

SDeGroot |

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Baby's should be switched from formula or breastmilk to whole milk at 12 mos of age(Depending on your Pediatrician's recommendation). Caution: If a baby is given whole milk before age 1, it may cause intestinal bleeding. The digestive system is sensitive in infants and you have to allow it to mature. I switched my baby's milk gradually, I gave 1/2 formula and 1/2 whole milk and gradually made the transition so he can get used to the taste of whole milk. I didn't give whole milk until he turned 1 year.

lbradber |

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I tried giving my son cow's milk at 13 months and he had terrible diarrhea, so I tried 2 other times and the same thing happened. So, we are still nursing at 15 months and drinking water the rest of the time and it works for us. Guess we are going to wait a while longer before we try it again...if we try it again.

mgratzky |

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BFing isn't just about 'bonding'. It's about health and nutrition. Breast milk IS formulated for your human child. It you don't want to BF or pump after a year that's fine and swith to whole milk (or almond/coconut milk if lactose is an issue), but if you do want to supply breast milk, that is great! Breasts are not a sex object to your child. They are a source of comfort and nutrition, so get past the perverse thoughts Western society has imposed. Should you whip out your boob at the checkout counter and start nursing? No. But, you can easily put on a nursing cover and nurse where ever you darn well please! When making ANY decision about how to care for your child, do your own research. Then, make what you believe to be the right decision. Be a smart momma and your have a smart baby - Breast milk, whole milk or goats milk.

ashleykaye07 |

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My son is only 8 months old but this is good advice... I wasnt sure how to get ready for the switch but now i have a better idea.... I can also see a few parents that need to take a chill pill.... Some people are still breastfeeding at this point and thats great.... Good for you.... But if you dont make the transition at some point your toddler is gonna learn jis/her first sentence and that sentence will be, "mommy im thirsty" as they go for your boob.... If they are old enough to ask you to put your boob in their mouth its a little creepy.... Learn to let go a little bit.... Cut the cord.... Holy crap people!!!

montanaAFpirate |

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Just wanted to point out that the World Health Organization--one of the best and most reliable ways to receive info about general health including babies--recommends breastmilk for AT LEAST two years. I'm not quite sure what we're going to do at the one year mark, but it will be up to us. Perhaps the biggest problem is the way this country views breasts. Most other countries don't have as much of a problem with breastfeeding as we do in the U.S. It's kinda gross when I hear other people freaking out about breastfeeding when a child is older because they're turning it into a sexual thing and saying it's creepy--which it is sooo not by the way. Breastfeeding is a natural thing and if viewed as nutritional is not creepy at all no matter during what age. A majority of babies will let you know when they want to stop breastfeeding or consuming expressed milk. As long as the mom and baby are both happy and healthy (getting the right amount of fluids & nutrients); formula, breastmilk, cow milk, etc. isn't really such a big issue. I don't see why it's necessary for anyone to express views in such a degrading and condescending manner. Please try to be kind to all the concerned mothers on here who genuinely care about their babies and want what is best for their situation :)

JessR42004 |

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I want to point out to all the Mothers out there who are insisting you must feed your baby breastmilk.. Some of us were never able to breast feed!!! I have struggled a lot with this. I felt like a failure, but after I started talking to people about it, I learned that it's not as uncommon as I thought. I have several family members that had to raise their babies on formula too. So my question is, for the FORMULA feeding mothers out there... Has anyone switched their baby from formula for sensitive tummies, to regular milk? If I give my LO regular formula, she gets horribly gassy, so we use Similac Sensitive. I'm worried that she will experience the same painful gas on regular milk. Has anyone experienced this?

amarie726 |

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For anyone who cares to read. THERE ARE NO HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS IN COWS MILK. The cows may have had antibiotics etc. in the past, but they are taken off of the milking schedule during the course and until the antibiotics have passed COMPLETELY through their systems. It is BOLOGNA that people still are ignorant enough to think that dairy farmers are careless enough to give their customers things that would make them sick when ONE bad batch of milk would shut their whole operation down.

equinenlime |

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I totally agree with the post saying some need to take a chill pill. I am currently breast feeding because it works for us and will stop when it no longer does. I'm not really sure how this thread turned into a breast feeding debate though since the question asked was about cow's milk. As someone who was raised on a,dairy farm, I have NO reservations about switching my son to whole milk when he is a year old and I hope no others buy into the horror stories of cow's milk. Just remember, if it works for your family, go with it.

valconrady |

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You should be giving you child water once they start eating solid foods for regular meals. My son turns 1 in a week, and has recently started at daycare. He eats so much food that the food program people told his daycare lady that he HAD to be on the toddler(1yr+) program, and because of that she is required to offer him milk. HE LOVES IT!!! Whole milk is so good for your child's body, the fats help his eyes and brain develop, as well as his joints and bones. I loved nursing my kids, but they can't survive on breastmilk forever. I nursed my oldest til he was 15 months, but with the little one, I am ready to be done. Every child weans at a different pace. The point is, even if you are still nursing, offer them a cup of cow's milk during the day with lunch or dinner, then work it into snacktime. By the time they are two they should be drinking two kid cups of whole milk a day. BTW-I will NEVER downgrade my kids from whole to low/non-fat. THAT STUFF IS NOT MILK! Most of the studies that show developed dairy issues in kids are done on kids who are switched at the age of two to low fat or skim milk. You tell me how a kid is supposed to learn in school if his brain doesn't have the right amount of healthy fat to function properly?

pitbulls10great |

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Not to sound mean here but can we please get back to the question at hand. More power to the Mom's that are breast feeding longer. However, let me reask the question in the form of when you finally switch over what and how do you do it? Ugh! Just answer the question. We don't need lectures about breast feeding being the best. We all know this.

Mich411 |

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When my little one was around 10 1/2 months I would give her 1-2 oz a day of regular whole milk, to see if she would do okay with it and she did now shes a year old and has it everyday. If I could have breastfed I would but I cant, so I had to go with formula and I am glad I dont have to make a mess trying to scoop that stuff out anymore!

CierraN21 |

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With my 1st one we started 2% milk at 11 months. She has a fat intolerance and can't have whole milk. It's whatever you feel comfortable with. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

YoungandHappyMom |

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I started my daugher on whole milk at 6 months old, the doctor just had us put vitamin drops in with it, she is now 5 years old and healthy, active and strong. I just had my 2nd child nov 11 and plan on doing the same thing with him. My parents did with us, as well as a a friend of mine and all of us kids turned out just fine.

pickeraljm |

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My twins are 12 weeks old are are completely on goats milk, due to the fact that they were completely allergic to all formulas! Even the prescription ones..... With goats milk you have to give a vitamin supplement since goats milk doesn't have iron. You don't want your baby being anemic. They love the goats milk way better than the formula, but with twins it does get expensive. Goats milk is not cheap.

gina5360 |

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I breastfed my son until he was nearly a year old. At that point we were both done and he had no problems transitioning to a bottle of whole milk. He had formula a couple times before (if I was gone for an extended period of time) but for the most part exclusively breastfed. I don't feel bad for not nursing him longer - it was the perfect amount of time for us both. If a mother wants to continue breastfeeding until 2 years old - that's great! I personally would not continue after 2 but I will not criticize a mother for the way she raises her child - as I would not want anyone to criticize me! I breastfed my daughter until she was 5 months old and I needed to go back to work full time (at the time I also found out I was pregnant with a third!). I'm confident that was the best decision for us. My daughter turns one tomorrow and I plan on buying whole milk next time I'm at the grocery store and making the switch over the next week or two. I'm not planning on giving her the more expensive toddler formula but we'll see. She eats a variety of solid foods and it will be nice not fussing with formula. I'm planning on breastfeeding my third but I'm not worried about timetables or anything of that sort. Whatever works for us :)

MamaM88 |

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I gave my baby a soy baby formula until she was one year old and then I've started to give her cow milk gradually. It is not recommended to give your baby cow milk if he is under one year old because the risk of developing an allergy is very high.

ClaudiaDupont |

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do it slow we moved to fast and she got rash from vit d now on laticde like mom

nmktig |

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In response to a previous post: Children who are no longer formula fed or breast fed need MORE than just juice or water. There are certain fats in whole milk that are important to a child's brain development and it contains vitamin d which is very hard to get elsewhere. Juice of any kind is not necessary for good nutrition, most of them have too much sugar in them. It is healthier to just eat piece of fruit instead. Both of my children eat a balanced diet and drink both milk and water, never juice.

rsb796 |

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My daughter is highly allergic to milk products. However, she can eat gold fish and have some Mac and Cheese. She has never had yogurt or straight cheese. About a month after she turned 1 I gave her some milk and within an hour it was back up. I've heard that Almond soy milk is good, any suggestions?

lovesmusic20 |

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I started my daughter on whole cow's milk at 12 months but she still wanted to nurse until she was 20 months. I stopped offering the breast at a year but I didn't tell her no when she wanted to nurse and there was always milk there for her. I stopped pumping at work when she was ten months old.

Jillian Hahn |

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I run my own daycare and my little guy kept drinking from the other kids milk cup. He then decided that he no longer wanted formula. He would only drink formula when it was time to go to sleep. I watched him to make sure he had no reaction to the milk. He loves whole milk know and will not drink anything else. He will be 1 on the 27 of April. My husband and I decided to stop buy the expensive formula and just start giving him whole milk. We have enough formula until his birthday which we give him for bed but during the day he drinks whole milk.

MaiMaiFina |

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I have to say that I'm very surprised at the amount of people that simply follow suit in thinking they HAVE to quit with breast milk or formula just because the child is at 12 months. Actually, cows milk is very hard to digest for anyone, babies and adults. Are there no moms out there that will continue to breast feed (or pump) beyond 12 months? I've done SO much research on this subject and due to that, I will not even give my child cows milk at any point. I plan to go with a different form. I respect all decisions out there, but read a lot of the same responses... interesting

MillertoMills |

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I'm Going to wait till my son is 2 in August.

Lemles5 |

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I gave my son a sippy cup with cow's milk (organic) the week he turned 1 and he didn't skip a beat. He drank it right up and I haven't given him formula since. His poop changed and actually gave him his first diaper rash. Don't know why, maybe acidity changed. Anyways, I grew up in Cuba and they don't have formula there (many other countries don't either). I was breast fed until I didn't want it anymore at 4 months then given cow's milk I survived. Don't over think it. Babies only know what we show/give them. They will survive, and so will you!

nickybride10 |

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I would still wait until the baby turns at least one year old until I give up on formula. I don`t know how other mothers choose to make this change into their babies` nutrition program, but I would first want to make sure he doesn`t need formula anymore as in the nutrients that are contained in the baby formula. When my kids were still very small, I saw one of those donper frozen yogurt business opportunities coming and I wanted to get on the market with a start up for this matter. I still give all consideration to the idea, however I don`t have all the necessary time to do it right now.

conquerer |

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You can breastfeed just in the morning and at night and your milk shouldn't go completely away. Your body adjusts to what the baby needs. When my child started daycare, just two weeks after he turned one-year-old that is what I did. I gave him whole milk during the day but continued to breastfeed in the morning and in the evening. Eventually I only nursed in the evening, until around 13 months. At which point he was completely weened. I think the slow transition allows the child time to adjust. As I slowly took away one breastfeeding session at a time, my breasts were sore for a day or two during the time I was skipping, but then my body adjusted quickly to just produce milk for the times I was nursing. Good luck!

KellyKel722 |

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My Son is 15 mo old and we are still BF. We are in the weaning process but he usually nurse at bed time thats it. but I'm not worried about him geting Cows milk right now bc he has my milk. Breast is BEST!

Babymason101411 |

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My daughter will be a year old next week. She is starting to refuse to BF. I've cut back to 2x a day (per her cues) and she loves table food. She gets upset when DH and I are eating dinner and she doesn't have the same thing. She is now distracted in the morning when BFing and at night she squirms bc she just wants to be in her crib (we were blessed with a happy sleeper.) I'm not going to continue to force my child to BF bc I think it's the best thing for her. It's ok to wean your child around a year. Most likely that's when most of us were weaned and went to milk. Listen to your body, your Dr, and your child. It's the only way to do the best thing for all involved. And enough about how humans are the only ones who drink milk from another animal. We are also the only ones who cook our food. Should we all start eating raw meat bc that's how other mammals do it?

Caru959 |

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Does anyone know if I can give my baby almond or coconut milk? There is a history in my family of lactose intolerance/sensitivity, and I really don't want to start giving my daughter cow's milk that early.

keriannethebride |

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Like others I have waited until baby turns ine which will be in 2 weeks. I have been EBF up until now and just returned to work on Monday. I have now been BF in the am, when I pick her up and before bed and I pump once in the day to send to the day home the next day. In addition to this she gets 6 oz of formula and her water. My hope is to keep the BF up as long as possible in the am and at night and then send the formula and or milk to day home during the day.

GrantHenson |

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My LO is 14 months and I am just starting to introduce her to whole milk. I decided to breast feed her through the winter with the hope of keeping her from catching all the colds and flu that have been going around. It has worked so far! Kerriannethebride, my pediatrician actually suggested that I give her almond milk since its sweeter than cows milk so it would be an easier transition for her from breast milk.

adamstentzel |

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My little one is 3 days shy of her 1st birthday and I've been doing 1 part formula and 2 parts whole milk. She really doesn't notice the difference yet. We are doing this with the guidance of our pediatrician. However, she is only in the 33rd percentile for weight and I thought maybe we should either keep her on formula longer or try the Enfagrow as a next step. Any suggestions or parents that have tried that product?

wmw66gemini |

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We switched all at once some time right after the first birthday

sexysadie01 |

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I was hoping to continue breast feeding past 1 year but have been sick for the past 11 weeks. Illness = little or no milk supply. We reluctantly started her on formula and are getting ready to make the switch to cow milk. For me - I felt like a failure. At the same time - pumping really did consume much of my time (especially when I was getting less than an oz for 20 minutes of pumping). Opinions are like butts - everyone has one. Thank you for all of the constructive and helpful answers for making the switch to cow milk - for those of us unable to provide mama milk.

fkidder |

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My son is now 17mths and he still refuses to drink ANY milk other than breast. I have tried different kinds and flavors and the most he will take is one sip then refuses it. Not sure how to get him to drink any milk since I don't plan to breastfeed forever!!

mel2many |

Q&A: Starting baby on regular milk?

My little one was switched to goat's milk at 1 year. I was unable to breastfeed more than 8 weeks due to hypoplasia so she was on sensitive formula. We gave her organic cow's milk at first but her diarrhea was so bad, we quickly realized we needed an alternative. She can eat dairy but she has a dose related intolerance for cow's milk. We found a goat dairy and we pick it up and pasteurize it every week. She gets 1 ml of vitamin drops because goat's milk lacks Vitamin D (which can lead to anemia). She is happy and healthy and it's cheaper than formula!

JMPrice |