cows milk vs formula for the odd feed?

(7 Posts)
missknows Wed 27-Aug-14 20:27:28

As of next week 7.5 month old baby will be with my mum 2 days a week. At the moment I always breastfeed her when she wakes, once or rarely twice during the day, before bed and one or two times in the night.

I will express to give my mum milk to give baby, but if she runs out or uses it thinking baby is thirsty/hungry when she isn't or whatever and needs more- as a very rare thing- would whole cows milk or a ready carton of formula be better for baby?
If you say formula, is there any age before 12 months you would suggest cows (just for an emergency)?

Thanks

missknows Wed 27-Aug-14 20:28:05

Oh and should have said- she eats 3 meals a day, I'm just on about milk smile

CultureSucksDownWords Wed 27-Aug-14 21:12:05

I would say ready made formula rather than cows milk at 7.5 months. I would be ok with cows milk from maybe 11 months ish.

Cows milk can be hard to digest and can be irritating to their digestive systems. Formula has been adapted not to be, so it would be more suitable at this age.

ThisBitchIsResting Wed 27-Aug-14 21:12:11

Formula before 1. The little ready made cartons are so convenient and it's not going to be very often so won't cost a lot (the only reason to consider cows milk instead?) just stock up on a crate of them and leave them at your mum's.

I would say formula rather than cows milk. From 10/11 months cows milk could be given occasionally.

hollie84 Thu 28-Aug-14 15:28:17

For an emergency I'm sure cow's milk wouldn't do any harm as a one off, but keeping a few little bottles of ready made formula to hand would be better.

Chunderella Thu 28-Aug-14 19:26:56

At 7.5 months she's really quite little for cows milk. You probably don't even know how well she digests it yet. For a drink, I would assume she'd want at least a few ounces and that's quite a lot for her age. It's ok to give it to a baby of that age in eg porridge or cooking, but you're usually only talking about an ounce or two. Formula is easier for them to digest.

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