View Full Version : Is it common now a days to stop Formula at 9 months and go right to whole milk?
07-11-2004, 12:06 PM
I saw my cousin last night and we were talking about her littleone being so much bigger than Ashley. He is 2 birth months younger and he was born 6 weeks premee at 5 pounds while Ashley was 8 lbs 9oz and 9 days late. Ethan is over 3 pounds more than Ashey being almost 4 months younger.
She mentioned that she stopped formula at 9 months and when right to cows milk. Since then he has been gaining weight alot in addition to also eating regular food.
She said her doctor said it was okay to do that and people have been doing it for years.
I was just wondering if that is common now a days. I am a BF and I thought it was bm or formula for a year.
I also thought breastmilk or formula til one year, cows milk only to be used in cooking or with cereal per my doctor. I'm not sure weight has much to do with it as there is so much healthy variation by 1 yr.
I don't suppose that helps you much but I wouldn't try only cows milk til one year or later.
07-11-2004, 03:56 PM
Anna was formula fed until 9 months. At her 9 month well baby, her ped told me that she was eating enough table food to be able to transition to whole milk. Anna was a very good eater and at that time ate anything put in front of her. He said that as long as we watched her iron and protein intake that it would be OK to switch her over. However, that was almost 4 years ago... and recomendations change all the time as you know. I am not sure what peds suggest now - I thought it was one year.
07-11-2004, 06:16 PM
We've never switched our babies to milk before they were 12 months old....for our first it was a definate health-issue (milk allergies as an infant) so our ped said not to even CONSIDER anything with milk until after her 1st b-day. With our other 4 kids - we have (or will - in the case of our youngest) waited until AFTER they turn 12 months old to switch to formula...so far - no more milk problems.
We switched ped between our 2nd and 3rd babies...but even the new ped has never recommended switching to milk before 12 months old.
07-11-2004, 09:11 PM
We didn't switch either of our kids over to cow's milk until they were at least one year per the Ped's instructions. We were told the same as you, no cow's milk for BF or FF before a year.
Sorry I'm not much help.
Edited for typos.
07-12-2004, 05:51 AM
At my daughter's 9 month check up, her doctor said anywhere from 9 months to 12 months to try and transition her to whole milk. He said 9-12 months is the recommended time to transition. I jumped at the chance, I trust her doctor. She hasn't had any problems transitioning to whole milk. Madelyn gets 3 meals a day (she eats what ever we put in front of her) along with about 40 ounces milk and water throughout the day. I also checked about vitamins and her doctor said as long as she's eating/drinking well there is no need for them.
I think it all depends on the physician and thier way of thinking/practicing.
07-12-2004, 10:50 AM
I think every ped will say differently. Mine is pretty "old days" and said between 10-12 months. I switched Dakota cold turkey at 10 months and he took to it just fine.
07-12-2004, 01:15 PM
Our old pediatrician told us to wait until 1 year, then to move to the next step formula until about 14-18 months and that is what we did.
This time around I'll switch to next-step formula at 9 months (like the package says) because it's less than half the price of formula. That is assuming everything is going well.
07-12-2004, 01:40 PM
I learn something new every day. I bet it is much cheaper too switching at 9 or 10 months.
07-12-2004, 07:54 PM
With DS#1 we were told to wait till 1 yr and then make the change to whole milk.
07-21-2004, 05:04 AM
I did try transitioning Stephen at 10 months to whole milk but he got sick.
He was vomitting and had horrible loose stools.
So I stopped, went back to soy formula.
We are now weening off of soy, to milk and he is doing great.
We are doing it slowly though.
At this point he is at 50% milk/ 50% soy fomula.
And he is doing great :D
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