Introducing Cow Milk

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Jamie - June 19

When/how do you plan on introducing cow milk? Or, for moms of older kids, when/how did you introduce it?

 

Ang - June 19

I don't know but I have the same question though my ds is only 6 months and won't start for a while.

 

Rabbits07 - June 19

I never started mine on cow's milk until they were at least a year old. That was also my pedi's recommendation. I have also done tons of internet searches on it and have found nothing as of yet (not saying it's not out there, but I've not found it) that recommends introducing cow's milk earlier than one year. Everything I have read states that most babies who start before one year become iron deficient as cow's milk has alot less iron than formula or b___stmilk. It also has less vit. c, vit. e, & zinc, as well as having twice the sodium and protien, which can be hard on baby's tummy. I have heard of pedi's starting babies earlier for different reasons, but the AAP also recommends waiting until 1 year....so I guess in cases where it's given earlier is dependent on the circ_mstances.

 

Steph - June 19

At about 11/11.5 months I started mixing half whole milk and half formula (made with water) in my daughter's bottles. By the age of one, she was only drinking milk alone.

 

Jamie - June 19

Would mixing cow milk with b___stmilk in a cup work the same way? Sreenity won't take formula, nor will she take a bottle.

 

Steph - June 19

I wouldn't see why it wouldn't work out....I mixed the two because I felt it would give her stomach an easier time adjusting to cow's milk. I'd definately try it out and see if it works for her. :o)

 

Jamie - June 19

Did you give the milk cold, or room temperature, or warm? Serenity won't drink anything cold, but I tend to think even room temperature milk is NASTY.

 

Steph - June 19

The cows milk was cold and the forumula was lukeish warm. I agree, room temp anything is icky...but a lot of kids don't seem to mind. I certainly would.

 

Rabbits07 - June 19

Jamie, have you tried conditioning Serenity to take cold drinks? You do that by offering her drink at whatever temp she likes it now a few times, then the next few seving it just a bit colder...but not such a difference that she will be able to tell, and then keep decreasing the temp until she takes it cold. You'd probably want to wait until she has made the transition to cow's milk completely as it is easier to slightly heat something quickly than to chill something quickly.

 

luvbendict - June 19

The dr ok me to give ds cow's milk at 11 mths because he had no desire to be b___stfed anymore and he did not like formula at all. I warmed the milk for couple seconds in the microwave so it's not too cold and gave it to him in sippy cups/ cup with straw. He likes the cows milk much better than the formula. Sometimes I would put a little bit of nestle chocolate powder in it and he loves it.

 

binkys mom - June 20

luvbendict...My son is also 11 month's old and has always bf...never had formula and hates the taste of it. he doesn't really want to BF anymore and my doctor gave me the okay to also just give cows milk. Do you have to give any extra vitamins? My doc said 2% milk (my son is normal for his age)....does yours say to give whole milk. Everything I have read is whole milk...so I am scepticle of 2%

 

luvbendict - June 20

Hi binkys mom, I give my ds lactose free whole milk. The dr told me to give him whole milk not reduced fat milk since babies need fat to grow. I almost never give him vitamins because it would make him gag , he hates the taste of it. The dr says vitamins are just like insurance you can give it if you want but you don't have to give it everyday. But if you think yr son eats a healthy balance meals, it's ok not to give him. I just give my ds vitamins when he has poor appet_te. What is yr ds feeding schedule by the way?

 

binkys mom - June 21

He still likes to nurse in the morning. Then he has some milk mid-morning, a little sip with lunch, a little snack with some milk in the afternoon, and some milk at bedtime. He is a good eater. Her loves the baby oatmeal. I am trying to switch him to some table food...but he would rather have the #3 foods...are you having these sames issues?

 

binkys mom - June 21

I forgot, I also talked to my dr last night, he said 2%...he said babies at a year don't need all the fat and cholestrol by then...But he did give me the go ahead to give milk now at 11 month.

 

luvbendict - June 21

You are so lucky that yr son is a good eater binkys mom. I ve always had hard time feeding my ds. He is such a picky eater. I started to cook his own meal when he was 8 mths old. Right now I pretty much cook for him everyday. He quit b___stfeeding cold turkey at 10 mths old. The last time I offered him he bit me so hard! Maybe you can give a little bit of table food with # 3 food so he'll adjust to the new taste?

 

binkys mom - June 22

He is good eater when it is stuff he likes. We tried to give him so chicken last night...which he ate before...but this week he is having none of it. I think he is trying to cut molars and this may be causing his fussiness. It is hard when they clamp their mouths shut and turn their head. My ds will even spit it back out. My son is started to bite to hard lately. I am still bf a little but he would really rather have his sippy

 

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