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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Default How to start cows milk

    I am in the process of weaning my 11 month old. I was replacing the nursing sessions with formula but people have been telling me to use cows milk instead since she is almost one year. What is the process of starting cows milk? Do I start with a little bit and mix it with formula and then keep adding more and more regular milk until eventually she takes it?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: How to start cows milk

    heres something from dr sears:


    from that link

    I've been feeding my baby iron-fortified formula. When is it okay to switch to whole cow's milk? Research comparing cow's milk and formula-fed infants during the first year of life has shown that cow's milk is irritating to the intestines of a tiny infant, causing infants to lose a tiny bit of blood in their stools, contributing to iron deficiency anemia. There is very little iron in cow's milk anyway, and the iron that is there is poorly absorbed. Concern about iron-deficiency anemia has led the American Academy of Pediatrics, backed by solid research, to discourage the use of cow's milk in children under one year of age. One of America's top pediatric hematologists (blood specialist), the late Dr. Frank Oski , Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkin University (and co-author of a book entitled: Don't Drink Your Milk) advised parents to be cautious and not rush into the use of cow's milk, even during the second year of life. At present it would seem prudent to continue giving your baby iron-fortified formula during the second year of life and very gradually wean him to dairy products, beginning with yogurt. If your toddler generally has a balanced diet and routine hemoglobin tests show that he is not even close to being anemic, then switch from formula to whole milk sometime during the second year, but don't be in a hurry

    how much is baby nursing?
    as long as baby is nursing 3-4 times in 24 hours they don't realy need extra cows milk

    is baby eating solids well?
    how much formula were you giving?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Default Re: How to start cows milk

    Hi, I started giving my lo formula in a sippy around 10 months. Just to get her use to the taste of something different. Now at 12 months I replaced the formula with cow's milk and to my surprise she loves it. I just give her a sippy of milk at meal times for now. I may start to wean soon. I give her bm at bedtimes etc...I just want her use to other things than bm so hopefully that will make weaning easier.
    Isabella Grace 4/3/07, Elijah 6yrs, Logan 8yrs

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