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Name: bmes
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When can you start giving your baby regular cow's milk instead of formula? it's One year old right? This formula thing is getting so damn expensive!!! arg....
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Name: T-rabbit | Date: Jan 3rd, 2007 5:10 AM
yes 1 year 

Name: Melissa | Date: Jan 3rd, 2007 5:19 AM
you don't really need to introduce cow's milk at all. there are many other ways your little one can get their calcium. calcium is the only reason they would need cow's milk. if you do decide to give her cow's milk then please wait until at least 1 yr of age. just give her a little at first, some kids won't even drink it. but you need to watch out for allergies. i would only give 1 or 2 oz at first, then wait and see how she handles it. also if she doesn't like the taste you can start to mix it with the formula to "ease" her into the taste. 

Name: atomic snowflake | Date: Jan 3rd, 2007 10:51 AM
You can buy follow-on/toddler milk at about one year old. It has more iron in than cows milk. 

Name: hazelsweetp | Date: Jan 3rd, 2007 2:28 PM
My kids couldn't drink milk for awhile so when my son was 10 months I just put him regular store brought soy milk and vitamins..the doc said ti was ok and about 18 months he was able to handle dairy so I put him on that, he is now going for and drinks 1% milk daily followed by juice and water. You can give you child juice I believe at 6-8 months add water, you can always give them water too. I use to mix it up everyday and it cut down on the milk or formula. Check with your doc and see what works for you baby 

Name: hazelsweetp | Date: Jan 3rd, 2007 2:29 PM
hope you can understand that, some baby's can't take tap water so you may have to buy bottle, 

Name: Lynne n | Date: Jan 3rd, 2007 6:58 PM
Yea one year is right! 


Name: Melissa | Date: Jan 3rd, 2007 10:12 PM
if and when you do give cow's milk it needs to be whole milk until age 2 unless told otherwise by a doctor. i forgot to add that to my other post. 

Name: Deb Mackellin | Date: Jan 4th, 2007 6:23 AM
I think your maternal and child health nurse would be a great contact person for the answer to this question. Reason being, I have heard different ages from different people. I have heard 6 months, then 10 months and currently yes you are right, 12 months old. Good luck, Iam sure you are dong a wonderful job. Deb 

Name: bmes | Date: Jan 4th, 2007 4:24 PM
thanks to you all...yeah i hear different ages too....My husband's cousin had a baby and started him on cow's milk at 6 months and was totally fine with it, but then my doc and other family said one year usually is when they start having cow's milk.

thanks for all the input!! 

Name: Melissa | Date: Jan 4th, 2007 10:24 PM
if you start cow's milk before a year they have a much higher chance of getting allergies. the aap says not to start until 1 yr old! this is the "new" recommendation. people who start their children before that or say to have outdated info. 

Name: mum_2_3 | Date: Jan 8th, 2007 1:08 AM
In regards to full cream or reduced fat I recently read a study saying that when introduced to cow's milk children only need reduced fat. It also stated that it can be introduced from two years but with my first daughter I introduced it at about 18 months. I think that if you ween your baby onto it, you will know whats right when you are doing it and if it seems to have a negative affect maybe return to formula for a while - afterall all kids develop at different stages....GOOD LUCK 

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