S.P. asks from Saint Augustine, FL on September 08, 2008
When to Start Milk
I have a 10 month old baby boy who has recently taken a dislike to his formula. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on when it is ok to start him on milk. I have also heard somewhere that you should water the milk down a bit but wasn't sure if I should or not.
So What Happened?™
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I talked to my ped. about it and he said they do not recommend giving them milk until they are 12 months old. I got a second opinion from a nutrionist who said he is close enough and the decison was all mine. My husband and I decided to start him on 2 oz milk mixed with 4 oz formula and try that for a while. The nutrionist suggested that after he seemed to adjust to the switch to go ahead and switch to a sippy cup with just milk. So we will see how things work out.
T.S. answers from Panama City on September 09, 2008
T.M. answers from Panama City on September 09, 2008
I started my son on 2/3 whole milk and 1/3 water at 10 months and then whole milk with no water at one year. My doctor said that was fine and he has done well. I hope this helps.
Have a blessed day!
A.G. answers from Mayaguez on September 09, 2008
Right on time. Some people recomend feeding them a bottle of Pedyalite, sort of like cleaning the palate and then starting on regular milk. The way I did it was feeding on formula for his last before bedtime and starting on milk the next morning. Always worked fine.
J.D. answers from Boca Raton on September 08, 2008
T.B. answers from Jacksonville on September 08, 2008
I would give the doctor a call. Most will agree to start with some milk at this age. As long is there is no family history of allergy to dairy. But I would use a sippy cup not a bottle. He is getting older and that way it will be a transition to the cup. Do not water it down and use whole milk.
R.R. answers from Orlando on September 08, 2008
You're not supposed to start whole milk until they are at least a year old. Talk with your pediatrician about what to do.
S.M. answers from Miami on September 09, 2008
Hi, Stacy. Hon, please talk to the pediatrician before changing your son's diet. Your pedi will be able to tell you when or if it is OK to start your son on whole milk. Most recommend to stay off regular whole milk until at least 1 year old. However, there are transitional formulas like Good Start, but I would definitely check with the pedi before trying to decide what to do next.
M.H. answers from Orlando on September 08, 2008
T.B. answers from Miami on September 09, 2008
My best friend put her daughter on whole cows milk before her 1st birthday. I believe she was about 8 months and she turned out just fine. The reason for staying on formula until they are 12 months is because milk does NOT have all the necessary vitamins. Could you possibly try mixing half of the formula and half of milk? I would not dilute the milk. Milk already does not have many of the necessary vitamins and diluting it will only weaken the milk's potential. I would say 10 months is close enough to a year old and I would say it would be fine to switch to whole milk. It's your call. You must do what feels comfortable for you.
T.M. answers from Orlando on September 09, 2008
First I won't give you advise on when to make the change to regular milk because I think you should check with your pediatrician first. But most likely your boy is not doing the formula because he started drinking juice. If that is the case, you just need to keep being persistant becuase he is tasting his boundaries.
K.B. answers from Orlando on September 08, 2008
Most pediatricians don't recommend starting milk before they are a year old. With that said I think you could start adding milk to his formula to gradually wean him off formula to milk, this way his digestive system can adjust slowly to milk.