D.C. asks from Abingdon, IL on February 03, 2009
Switching from Breastmilk to Whole Milk - Abingdon,IL
My son just turned 12 months and I am looking for suggestions for switching from breastmilk to whole milk. I did not get to breastfeed my daughter and when we switched her we just mixed until it was all milk. Obviously you can't do that when you breastfeed so just wanted some suggestions on how to make the transition! Thanks for all your help!
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Thanks guys! I knew you would have good ideas! I had already started making his cereal with cows milk and he has had yogurt with no problems. I'm not weaning him yet but just wanted suggestions for when the time comes. He still nurses twice a day, before bed and once in the night but he is also a very good eater so I am in no hurry! Thanks again! I also have given him cows milk in a sippy he will drink a little but then looks at me as if I'm crazy so I guess he's in no hurry either!
J.S. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
My daughter transitioned to milk a few months ago too and I found that going from breast milk to soy milk then to whole milk worked best. We tried going straight to whole milk, buy she refused it initially; I guess soy tastes more similar to breast milk so that transition went easily and we gradually switched to all whole milk. Good luck!
B.C. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
You actually can mix breastmilk and whole milk if you pump. However, we tried going at a 75-25% mix and increasing it starting at around 11.5 months with my daughter and she refused! Oddly, we tried straight up whole milk 3 days after her birthday and she was fine with it (as if she knew we were trying to do something 2 weeks early! smarty pants!).
You don't need to do a fancy transition if you don't want to, but you may want to give smaller ammounts of milk to see how he'll do.
D.M. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
When introducing something new, it is recommended that you mix in something familar to your daughter. If you have a breast pump, then pump out an ounce or two of breast milk and mix that in with the whole milk. I beg of you, if you decide to actually give cow's milk, please, please give on Organic milk. Organic milk will have no pesticides, herbicides, growth hormone, or carcinogens that will disrupt normal DNA, growth, & hormones of your child. Regular crappy milk can disrupt estrogen & set her up for cancer, asthma, possibly diabetes. Also, keep in mind that cow's milk is really difficult to digest, Whole Goat's milk would be better tolerated & digested. If you still decide to go the Cow's milk route, it would be better to boil it first, let cool down, then give to your daughter. THis will break down the milk proteins a little & help her digest better. As with anything new, please watch for any reactions like: runny nose shortly (or while) drinking the milk, wheezing, rash anywhere on body (could take a few days to develop), or diaper rash (again could take a few days to show up). If you have anymore questions on nutrition or Naturopathic health, just call the office at ###-###-####. I'm a Naturopathic Doctor & I specialize in women's medicine, adolescents, & pediatrics through natural medicine (Nutrition, Homeopathy, Botanicals, Hydrotherapy).
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K. answers from Chicago on February 03, 2009
I just gave my son milk in a cup. Our rule was that cow's milk goes in a cup. Breastmilk either comes straight from the source or goes in a bottle if I'm gone. In other words, we treated breastmilk and cow's milk as 2 distinct beverages. I weaned my son at 20 months and he was always happy to have cow's milk too.
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M.A. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
Before adopting a complicated regime, try just offering him some milk to see if he'll take it. He might be fine with it. I gave my daughter her first cow's milk at around 14 months. She took a swig, pulled the bottle of out her mouth to look at it, shrugged, and went back to drinking. She's very specific about food and will only drink milk and water, no juice. But she was fine with the cow's milk. She still nurses, so it wasn't like she had to give up the breast, so maybe that helped too.
J.K. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
I don't really remember how I transferred with the children I was nursing, but my last was bottle-fed. I was anxious about how he would take to the milk. I was dreading the mixing of milk and formula and worried about whether he would have some stomach problems. Well, one day, we ran out of formula. I gave my little guy a cup of milk out of necessity, and he loved it. Wouldn't go back to formula, wouldn't drink milk mixed with formula. So, it might be easier than you think!
A.S. answers from Chicago on February 03, 2009
Have you thought about just giving her straight cow's milk? My son preferred straight milk to a mix of BM and cowmilk. Try a sippy cup...you may have to play with temperature a little, but you probably won't have much of a problem. Good luck!
S.N. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
Kudos on the nursing , I did the same and it's a great start for your babies. With my kids, I just gave them the milk in a sippy while I was weaning, not after I finished weaning. Just to introduce it to them. Thankfully they all switched well. I know some babies, will not they of course would prefer the breast. My youngest had to start with soy formula while I weaned at 1 year and then went to soy milk which is kind of sweet= he had a milk allergy. I say just slowly introduce it.
S.S. answers from Raleigh on February 04, 2009
whole milk can be heavy after breastmilk. try rice or soy milk first. also nuby cups are great. they make the switch a bit easier since babies can control the flow. if you just decide to do whole milk maybe don't offer it at bedtime. just put a little in the cup(2-3 ounces)and see how it goes. don't give up or in if you are ready to switch.
T.L. answers from Chicago on February 04, 2009
cant help you there I love nursing my 13 month and cant imagine weaning her to give her milk from a cow. What I have heard from others is just continue to give your child milk from a cup and the more fluids they get from other sources the less they will get from you and at some point your child will be drinking full on cows milk.