J.B. asks from Arvada, CO on December 27, 2006
Going from Formula to Whole Milk!
My daughter is almost 1. In which case I will be switching her onto whole milk from formula. ALSO from a bottle to a sippy cup (which she already takes well). I am just looking for some tips on if anyone has found a good transition method to transition her from formula to whole milk, or if you just go one day from formula to milk (and that's it) --or if it is recommended to slowing/gradually change from formula to milk. -THANKS in advance for any and all suggestions!
P.H. answers from Denver on December 29, 2006
When I did this with my 2 kids, I switched them gradually over the course of a couple of weeks. A few days of 3/4 formula and 1/4 milk, then 1/2 and 1/2 formula/milk, then more and more milk. Worked like a charm. The only other thing to keep in mind is to not introduce anything else new into the diet during this time so you'll know if your daughter has any milk allergies.
C. answers from Denver on December 28, 2006
My doctor suggested gradually switching from formula to whole milk because milk can cause constipation. So, for the first few days I mixed 2/3 formula with 1/3 milk, then 50/50 for a few more days, 2/3 milk with 1/3 formula, and finally whole milk alone. It takes about 10 days to transition. You also may want to gradually go to the sippy cup with milk. It really depends on your child. My little one refused milk in the sippy even though she'd been taking the sippy with juice and water for months. So, I cut out one bottle at a time (she was getting 3 a day at first). This transition took about one month, but worked out great in the end. For a couple weeks she wasn't getting as much milk b/c of her attitude towards the sippy, but she eventually figured out that it was that or nothing. Good luck!
M. answers from Denver on December 27, 2006
With my daughter and son I just decided to not give them milk in thier bottles, only in sippy cups. I started by giving them milk with their meals and offering a bottle in between meals. Luckily they prefered the taste of milk over formula so very quickly they no longer wanted the bottle Thus, they were weaned from both the bottle and formula at the same time. With my son, we let him drink from a child size cup, and only from sippy cups if we were out. It's messy, but he got the hang off it really fast. We did this because a friend is a speach therapist, and told us sippy cups are horrible and harm thier speach. I think she's right because all of the children we know who drank out of a sippy cup for a long time have speach problems, including my daughter. I am getting ready to get the third one off the bottle and formula, and will do it the same way because it worked well for us. Hope this helps, Good Luck.
K. answers from Denver on December 27, 2006
We switched my son to whole milk just all of the sudden, and he had no problem transitioning...
Also, I only let him have his bottle if he was sitting in my lap, and his sippy any other time, so that worked out well, and he was bored on my lap, so he wanted to always use his sippy.
D.N. answers from Denver on December 27, 2006
You can definitely try to switch cold turkey because some kids don't mind.
I have two boys (5 and 2) where one switched cold turkey (yippee!) and the other one refused (dang!).
So in his case we had to give him straight formula until he trusted it again and then we started diluting the formula with milk until it was all milk. Every few days we increased the milk part. The key is to add just a little bit so that he can barely taste the milk part else he will refuse this trick.
This worked well for us and we used this trick later on to wean them off their bedtime milk to switch them to water as well.