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?
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.