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To switch my 10 month DS to cows milk?!

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2wwmadness Mon 11-Feb-13 10:58:27

I know they say before 12 months. But It's really expensive. I am trying to keep costs down and e eats really well. Fruit, veg all home cooked meals I freeze in advance. Eggs, fish anything really. No concerns with his weight or milestones. Would it do any harm if I used full fat cows milk?! He just doesn't seem to like the formula anymore and it's expensive. Is it unreasonable to do it to keep costs down?!

valiumredhead Mon 11-Feb-13 14:35:59

THere is no difference between Aptimil and Cow & Gate. They are made by the same company, to the same recipe but marketed differently. Aptimil is the "sciencey" brand and actively marketed at HCP who then recommend it to their patients. Cow & Gate is a "mummy" brand, marketed directly at mums with the lovely laughing baby. Same stuff though

Is that actually true? Aptimil is what is given in SCBU which is why we used it for ds as the nurses told us to carry on with what was given. I breifly tried Cow and Gate - dear God ds was in agony with wind and constipation - I was told they are very different by a nurse.

MrsKeithRichards Mon 11-Feb-13 13:46:25

You checked grin

Flobbadobs Mon 11-Feb-13 13:42:59

Price doesn't matter, I still felt a little faint when I remembered how much formula was after a 6 year break between newborns...
OP from my experience watch the nappies when you do combine or switch. They can be horrifically smelly for a while.

Fakebook Mon 11-Feb-13 13:41:05

What the fuck is your problem with me? I've seen you make a few snipey comments to me in the past MrsKeithRichards. Why don't you keep your shitty comments to yourself because I don't particularly want to read them. Makes you look pathetic.

Fakebook Mon 11-Feb-13 13:38:52

I've just checked online and SMA gold follow on milk is on sale for £7 in tesco.


MrsKeithRichards Mon 11-Feb-13 13:37:25

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EdgarAllanPond Mon 11-Feb-13 13:37:19

my sister had the ops problem - her child simply didn't like formula or wterand had to be given sth before 12 mths..-

better to give milk and have hydrated baby than one who isn't getting the 'extra' portion of vits from the formula because they aren't drinking it anyway...

MrsHuxtable Mon 11-Feb-13 13:34:43

Breastfeeding or giving formula til 12 months at least for the extra nutrients has nothing to do with how varied a babies diet is. Well, a more varied diet is obviously better than a bad one but the point is that babies that age still have an immature digestion system. So even if they eat healthy foods, it doesn't mean their little bodies are able yet to absorb all the good stuff. Never noticed the undigested food in babies nappies?That is what breastmilk and to a certain extend formula is for. To give them essential nutrients they couldn't otherwise digest.

So no, you shouldn't switch to cow's milk yet.

fromparistoberlin Mon 11-Feb-13 13:34:39


I felt same, my DS2 was huge and given he was much larger than many a 1 year old I did it

screw you cow n gate !

and anyway I prefer cows milk to powder and water

EntWife Mon 11-Feb-13 13:33:40

Aptimil is £9 a tub. Cow and Gate is £7.99 and sometimes cheaper at Boots/tescos or on Amazon.

THere is no difference between Aptimil and Cow & Gate. They are made by the same company, to the same recipe but marketed differently. Aptimil is the "sciencey" brand and actively marketed at HCP who then recommend it to their patients. Cow & Gate is a "mummy" brand, marketed directly at mums with the lovely laughing baby. Same stuff though.

Flobbadobs Mon 11-Feb-13 13:31:29

Aptamil is £9-10 per tub for the follow on milk. I thought all formula's were around the same price, have never seen any round the £7 mark.
I'd heard of some the evidence of that study before Edgar but not read the report. Have bookmarked..

Tryharder Mon 11-Feb-13 13:31:27

I personally would and did. But that does go against recommended advice. I returned to work when DD was 10 or 11 months old. She was bf and upon my return to work, she self-weaned and would refuse the breast altogether. I couldn't be arsed to buy and prepare formula so she had cows milk <shit parent emoticon>

Fakebook Mon 11-Feb-13 13:30:44

Who said the OP was lying? confused hmm. I've only ever bought cow&gate so thought all milk tubs cost around the same.

MrsKeithRichards Mon 11-Feb-13 13:26:43

Sma is £9, or to be more accurate £8.97 in tesco, £9.13 in the co-op.

Other formulas are dearer.

Why would the op be lying?

EdgarAllanPond Mon 11-Feb-13 13:24:52

the advice re peanut products is not evidence based

countries where people eat peanuts in infancy have very low rates of peanut allergy

see here

Fakebook Mon 11-Feb-13 13:20:03

I weaned DS at 16 weeks because he was reaching out for our food and staring at our mouths, but I didn't start cows milk until he was 12 months. Even now, he has a bottle of formula in the evening and proper cows milk in the morning.

I think 10 months is a bit young to start cows milk. It shouldn't cost £9 a tub though. Isn't it £7.99 everywhere?

MrsHoarder Mon 11-Feb-13 13:13:11

Watering formula down with cows milk is a no-no beacuse of the need for the micronutients etc. in the formula. If cows milk is being introduced then mixing the two together will not have a higher salt content than each does alone.

CheungFun Mon 11-Feb-13 13:02:46

I think a little in moderation is fine in regards to the peanut butter. Isn't the salt intake supposed to be about what the baby has over the course of a week, rather than just a day? I give DS (13.5 months) marmite on his toast and he loves it!

To answer your question OP, I'd carry on with formula until 12 months and then switch over to cows milk. I do understand where you're coming from, formula is expensive to buy, but if your LO isn't drinking much, I guess the carton will last longer.

OHforDUCKScake Mon 11-Feb-13 12:55:58

Mixing cows milk and formula together?

Is that not a huge no-no? Salt content?

OHforDUCKScake Mon 11-Feb-13 12:53:05

Ah peanut butter! Of course!

I was picturing a gummy 10 month old trying to chomp on a packet of KP nuts wink

KumquatMae Mon 11-Feb-13 12:47:07

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threesypeesy Mon 11-Feb-13 12:43:55

all 3 of mine went on cows milk at 6 months tbh that was the guideline 10 years ago but dd3 is1 and we just added an ounce to her formula for 24 hrs and watched for any sign of allergy and added another ounce every 24 hrs after that until she had a full bottle of cows milk shes perfectly healthy and happy. you know your child best so go with what you think

KLou111 Mon 11-Feb-13 12:41:12

I changed my ds at 10 months to cows milk, not a cost thing, he just didn't like milk once he started solids, so I changed him cold turkey and he loved it!! smileHe's now 18 months, happy healthy and still drinking milk and he's never been ill, bar the odd teething cold <touches wood>
I think it was the first time he actually liked having milk. I bf him for 11 weeks and he struggled hence we changed to formula, which he either drank buckets, or none! But cows milk he has always drank fine smile

Katnisscupcake Mon 11-Feb-13 12:04:39

Give it a go. But make sure you do start with a small amount of cow's milk mixed with a larger amount of formula and do the transition slowly.

I did it over about 2 months with DD and suddenly from nowhere she developed a lactose intolerance. That may well be unusual, so it may not take that long, but we were just being extra cautious and she still got it! We had to go back to formula and start the process again and that time she was fine. But definitely do it slowly.

2wwmadness Mon 11-Feb-13 12:01:03

Yea we waited untill he was a out 8 months. He just seemed to want mine all the time so with a little test an asking the health visitor we went for it. He loves it. So much so I can't actually eat mine in peace hmm

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