T.R. asks from Telford, PA on March 09, 2009
When Do I Stop Giving My Baby Her Bottle and Formula?
My daughter is a healthy and normal 9 and a half months old, she eats 3 or 4 meals of baby food and select soilds a day, and hardly wants her bottle anymore, she doesnt cry for it or really act fussy without it, but is she too young to not have it anymore? should i be giving her formula in a sippy cup instead?? or is it ok to switch to milk this early, she has already had a few things with milk in it so i know shes not allergic.
M.S. answers from Philadelphia on March 10, 2009
Hi T.! Both of my kids were the same way. They ate everything and really wanted little to do with a bottle. I gave them their formula in a sippy cup until they were one, then gradually weaned them over to whole milk. I think they need all of the fats and extra nutrients in formula when they are still that young. I always felt more comfortable switching to milk when my doctor gave me the liquid vitamins to start. You are so lucky to have a good eater. Take care!
R.S. answers from Allentown on March 10, 2009
I have not read all your responses so I may repeat what others have said. I have 4 children so I have definitely "been there, done that". I have always listened to the pediatrician and read many magazines and articles, so I think that I am well informed on most issues.
The first thing, is that your child needs the nutrients in formula till 12 months old. After that you should switch to whole milk till 24 months and then to 1% or skim. You may hear that switching now won't hurt or you may try it and say she is fine. But, do you want to risk it? Formula has different nutrients than milk, for brain development, etc.
It's not all about diarrhea.
Second, I always started introducing the sippy cup at 6 months old. Once my children were able to use it sucessfully and consistantly with no problems, that's what they used all the time. My thought was, why use a bottle when they can use a cup? It gave no chance to get attached to the bottle. They never even missed it. I have witnessed many other children get attached to the bottle and it can be VERY hard to break. I've also witnessed it cause baby bottle tooth decay in other children.
My advice is to switch if you can.
Good luck with whatever you decide!!
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on March 09, 2009
I don't think there's any harm in trying a sippy cup or small regular cup for the formula. I've always been told that their little tummies won't handle milk well until 1 year, so I'd hold off on that for a few more months. By June you will not be buying formula! Good luck!
J.K. answers from Harrisburg on March 10, 2009
A sippy might not be a bad idea to help her transition. I would keep her on formula, as milk is not as filling or nutrient dense. Formula is made to be part of a babys diet for at least the first year. Milk is only able to be digested properly after a year of life and lacks all the "goodies" that a reapidly growing child needs. As far as quantity of formual, I would contact your Ped if she is not drinking any formula during that day. She can get dehydrated by not taking in any fluids other then what her foods contain.
D.S. answers from Allentown on March 10, 2009
A year old. Talk to the baby's peditrician.
Good luck. D.
S.B. answers from York on March 09, 2009
My daughter is 9 mths & uses a sippy cup. I think it is good to switch around 9-10 months because it makes an easier transition. I would not switch to milk yet. They should not have milk until 1 yr, not just because of allergies but because formula has all the nutrients a developing baby needs.
F.B. answers from Harrisburg on March 09, 2009
This would definitely be a good time to try to move your daughter to a sippy cup. She might take to the formula better in the sippy cup.
Don't start the regular milk this early. Your are not supposed to introduce regular milk until your child reaches 1 year. The reason for this is that children prior to one year of age are more susceptible to developing a milk allergy because there tiny little stomachs aren't developed enough to handle the regular milk.
F.D. answers from Pittsburgh on March 10, 2009
Maybe try formula in sippy cup til 12 mo., then switch to milk. (Most formula is milk-based FYI)
A.M. answers from Philadelphia on March 10, 2009
Ok, so i read over all of the posts and I wanted to give my opinion, only my experience for that matter. I breast-fed and supplemented with formula both my children (now 6 & 4). The were on a bottle briefly, until about 5 months old and then had any fluids other than breast-feeding in a sippy cup. I think your daughter is indicating to you she is willing and interested in trying a sippy cup. It was our decision not to have bottles bacause I could not stand to watch a baby walk around with a bottle hanging in their mouth (just my own preference). And I did not want food/ milk to become a comfort issue.
About the whole milk verses formula thing. Both my children went to whole milk at 10 months with my pediatrician's approval.
In my humbly opinion, I feel the formula companies are selling a product and their main goal is to sell that product to you as long as they can, a very expensive product I might add. For example, Nestle went into third world countries and marketed formula to the locals in guise of helping the locals with nutrition and the mothers stopped relying on breast-milk and began relying on formula. This was a difficulty because third world countries often have unsafe drinking water and unsanitary conditions and language translation issues. So the formula caused problems in mixing quantities, using unsafe water, and preparing unsanitary bottles. Google "nestle formula third world" and you can read up on it.
And for those who say babies tummies cannot handle milk; all formulas except soy-based are made from milk. Our mother's generation used to home make formula with carnation dried milk. So if your infant has had regular formula, they have been exposed to milk. And this is not a newborn tummy, this is an almost 10 month old tummy which has been eating all types of foods. As my pediatrician said to me, "there is no magic change that happens from a 10 month old to a 12 month old tummy".
Along the nutritional side, if your baby is eating a well rounded variety of fruits, veggies, and meats and milk (via my pediatrician) they are getting everything they need without the formula. And if your child had a milk allergy, it would already have developed and pronounced itself by now. And if you are really worried, why not give an infant liquid vitamin over giving formula. It is much cheaper!
Again, only my humble opinion. But I wanted you to have one opposing view to all the other posters who had kindly replied to your request.
Talk with your pediatrician, do your research, and then follow your gut. No one person knows all; they can only give your their educated opinion.