milk is a complicated topic, just like starting solids... heres my big question: whats the hurry?
with the price of milk these days, why hurry to get your kid on milk? and if you want to know the truth, milk is NOT as good for us as the milk industry would have us believe.
think of it this way. the inuit has the highest calcium intake in the world, mostly from animal sources. however, they have the hightest rate of osteoperosis in the world. goes to show you that the amount of calcium has nothing to do with helping stop osteoperosis.
i may sound like some vegetarian freak, but im not, i still drink milk and i still eat meat now and then. what im telling you is more about awareness and slightly changing eating habits than becoming a vegetarian.
specifically animal proteins turn into an acid in our bodies. that acid eats away at our bones and makes us in general more unhealthy. comparing vegans and vegetarians and those of us who eat a "normal" american diet, the vegans and vegetarians have a VERY VERY SMALL chance of diseases like osteoperosis, diabetes, heart disease, constipations, etc.... the list goes on.
what i would recommend, is not worrying about giving your child any kind of milk until after one year of age, and only giving it to him as milk in a cup, not a bottle. its going to take some getting used to. however, since your son wont know the difference, i highly recommend almond milk, or soy milk if you want. my son likes either of these milks, and hates rice milk, but that is an option as well.
they may seem expensive, but theres no reason to drink a whole lot of milk, go for more water, and when i give my son juice, i give him it halved with water. lasts longer that way. the point is to drop the dependence on milk.
however, at the same time, they do need the fats between 1-2 for brain development, make sure he gets fats from other foods, healthy foods not bad fats LOL. my son breastfed until 20 months, and as long as he was nursing, he didnt need whole milk at all. you could check the soy almond or rice milks to see what their fat level is.
it would be nice if your doctor was open to this type of diet, but not every doctor is. think of it, if everyone knew how bad meats and dairy were for us, and doctors actually taught us properly, the respective industries would go broke! so its all about money.
i encourage you to check out a study done on diet, the china study. i believe the website is www.thechinastudy.com
another source i trust is www.askdrsears.com
good luck. remember, no matter what advice you are given by anyone; doctors, family, friends, this website, you do whats best for you and your family. we all know that organic may be better for us, but who can afford it right!?! so do whats best for you.