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Old 02-12-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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Introducing cows milk before the 1st birthday?

My baby will be 11 months in two weeks. He's been on milk based formula since 8 months (I dried up, very sad). The formula is really breaking the bank. Almost $75 a month! I was thinking about introducing cows milk once he's 11 months. Would this harm him? Or should I wait the extra month?
My first son nursed for 13 months and switched cold turkey to cows milk no problem.

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Maybe do a 50/50 split for a month? Really it should be ok as long as he weighs what he should and doesn't have allergies.
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Re: Introducing cows milk before the 1st birthday?

It has been almost 8 years since I weaned a baby from formula to cows milk, but this is how the pedi told us to do it 8 years ago (things have probably changed, lol). At 10 1/2 months take 3/4 formula and 1/4 cows milk. Do this for two weeks. At 11 months take 1/2 and 1/2. At 11 1/2 months take 3/4 cows milk and 1/4 formula. At one year all cows milk. It worked great and baby had no problem adjusting to taste and thankfully no allergies. Since your LO is already 11 months I would start at the equivalent of what I did at 10 1/2 months and you should be able to completely switch over just a couple weeks past a year. Hope this helps.
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I would finish out what you have in formula by doing 1/2 and 1/2 and then go to cows milk. That is what I did with both my older boys.
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Thanks for all the help ladies! Just to clarify. Do you mean mix formula and milk together in the same bottle or alternate bottles of formula and milk? My LO found my older sons sippy cup of milk and had a taste just now. How funny! Haha
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In Canada, it is recommended to introduce milk at nine months (not as a formula substitute though)
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Thanks for all the help ladies! Just to clarify. Do you mean mix formula and milk together in the same bottle or alternate bottles of formula and milk? My LO found my older sons sippy cup of milk and had a taste just now. How funny! Haha
Mix the formula and the milk together. This is how I was told to do it years ago with DS. It helps the kids adjust to the change in taste.
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We had to wait till my son was about 18 months before we could give him milk because milk backed him up so much he couldn't poop.
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