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Old 11-20-2012, 02:48 PM   #11
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Re: Starting whole milk! What do you do?

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I would really do your own research before you make the switch. I made the transition very slowly. At a year, he was still nursing 3 times and getting 1 bottle of formula every day. I started introducing a bottle of whole milk every day, in addition to his bottle of formula, somewhere between 12-13 months. He self-weaned from the breast at 13.5 months. I still kept him on a bottle of formula every day until he was around 18 months. I really believe they need that extra nutrition for at least that long. The WHO recommends that babies get breastmilk until they reach age 2. Why should it be any different with formula? I think most people transition early just to save money. There is no medical reason to transition early that I know of.
Yes it is mainly for financial reasons. There is no medical reason for the transition.

If they could BF, we would have done so. But they did not and it was too taxing on my wife to pump for twins. Just was not practical.

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Old 11-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #12
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How many bottles are they still getting a day? I ask, b/c even at their age, breastmilk and formula is still considered to be the primary source of nutrition. Cow's milk in no way compares nutritionally to breastmilk or formula, that's why most will suggest you continue with the formula. If you go ahead and start the transition, I would suggest only transitioning a few of their feedings right now and maybe the others later. Plus, let's say they're taking 5-6ounce bottles of formula, I wouldn't necessarily let them have 5-6 ounce bottles of milk, kwim?
Formula is still their primary source. We give them one bottle at 7am, 11:30, 4ish, and 8ish. They are taking 7oz bottles.

We feed them other high nutrient foods (fish, meat, veggies) in-between.

They should probably be down to 3 bottles a day, but they are in the 96 percentile for height, so it's understandable. I am 6'2", and my wife is 6', so we are to blame for that.
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Do they go to daycare/sitter? I added the milk only when we were at home or at the sitter (she added it..i bought Half a gallon of milk and kept it at her house). When we were out I didnt bother...just used formula. I did this until he wasnt taking so many bottles. I also switched from bottles to soft spout sipppy cups... I think it made the transition to CM easier.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:45 AM   #14
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Re: Starting whole milk! What do you do?

TBH, my kids never cared one way or the other whether it was milk or formula in their bottles so we didn't too too much in the way of transition.

Pasteurized milk really doesn't go bad that quickly so other than in the summer I didn't worry too much about taking milk out and about. Generally I did like pp's and used milk at home and water when out. Or I would freeze the bottle of milk if we were going to be out a lot.
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