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Weaning 12 Month Old to Whole Milk

I am looking for tips or suggestions for weaning my baby to whole milk. He's a breastmilk baby and drinks from a sippy. Do I just give him whole milk, or should I be mixing breastmilk and whole milk? Also, my milk supply is starting to dwindle a little since I'm at work part-time and not pumping like I should and so I really need to be careful about not "wasting" any breastmilk. Thanks.

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As everyone else suggested I would mix it. Then maybe a treat for him try either chocolate or strawberry mix (Nestle Quick has added calcium) that worked for my daughter. The only downfall being you may have to wean off the flavored milk, but that's pretty easy.

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With all my kids and I too have an 11 month old that we are starting to wean, I have just taken them to whole milk. I haven't mixed it, just straight milk. I even try to eliminate a step by taking them straight to a sippy cup instead of a bottle, because then you don't have to wean from that later. Good luck
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I just don't understand giving babies body whole milk. It is extremley hard to digest.Causes more problems that it's worth. I use a soy formula by Baby's Only that has been tested time and time again to be the perfect food/milk next to mothers milk. Has the perfect balance of nutrients and is easily digested. You decide. I get tired of fighting mom's who insist. Sorry. I just have experience and knowledge that would help mothers who would listen. Hope things work for you. There are bottle nipples that mimick the natural nipple and work.

I breastfed my daughter until she was just over 13 months old. She never took a bottle and I was never able to get her to drink breastmilk out of a sippy. However, we had been giving her small amounts of juice in a sippy to eliminate constipation after she started eating solids. Once her pediatrician cleared her for whole milk at her 12-month appointment, we started putting trace amounts of whole milk with juice in her sippy. I gradually increased the amount of milk until she was pretty much getting whole milk with a trace amount of juice, while I was slowly eliminating one feeding at a time. Within a month, she was down to nursing only before bed time, and drinking 100% whole milk out of the sippy. Once I was satisfied that she was getting close to 16-24 oz of whole milk per day, I cut out the night time nursing.

Oh yeah, I tried heating the milk, even tried heating it with fresh bananas and stawberries then straining it, for a sweet bedtime treat and my little one didn't like it. She pretty much has gone for milk straight out of the fridge.

As everyone else suggested I would mix it. Then maybe a treat for him try either chocolate or strawberry mix (Nestle Quick has added calcium) that worked for my daughter. The only downfall being you may have to wean off the flavored milk, but that's pretty easy.

What I did was each couple of days add a sippy cup of whole milk. Because breastmilk is warm, I also warmed my kids up a little bit, not as warm as breastmilk, but just a little, it made an easier transition for my kids. Each few days add another milk sippy until that is all your child is drinking. Then you can work on giving them cold milk if you want to.

I have an 11 1/2 month boy too and we just weaned him to whole milk. The doctor told us to mix it starting with 1/4 milk, 3/4 breast milk...then to 1/2, 3/4 etc. This also gets them used to the temperature change. My little Jack did just fine! Good luck and Happy Birthday to your little one!

I just added breastmilk to the sippy of whole milk to get him used to the flavor, then phased out the breastmilk. Replace one of his feedings with a sippy of milk and a snack of real foods, and when he's used to that do another. It's easiest to go slowly, so that you don't get uncomfortably full.

I never mixed it. If your baby takes a sippy, that's half the battle. I just replaced one daily feeding each week with whole milk in a sippy. I gave it to them cold - didn't want any other habits to break. It worked really well - no problems.

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