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Almost 12 months ds - cow milk or still formula?

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Booklover Thu 24-Mar-05 09:34:43

My ds is almost a year now and he hates the taste of pure formula milk. He is on one bf now and the rest of his daily milk intake is made up from milk in his food, yoghurt, cheese etc as he just refuses to drink the formula milk if it is pure. Do you think I could try full fat cows milk or is he still too young? If so, do I have to heat it up? Just worried that he doesn't get enough milk although he does eat a lot of dairy stuff.

moondog Thu 24-Mar-05 09:38:13

Try it, although mine never drunk cows' milk-just b/milk. My 81/2 mth old only has 2 bfeeds a day now. Rest of the time it's water and yoghurt, cheese and so on.

RudyDudy Thu 24-Mar-05 09:40:47

If he's close to 12 months then it should be fine - you could either try it straight or gradually dilute his formula with it. As for heating it, that depends on how he likes to take it.

uwila Thu 24-Mar-05 13:37:03

I agree that if he is almost 12 months and he has a varied diet then cows milk is probably fine. We continued to give DD formula until about 20 months but that is because she is a terrible eater and formula os fortified with lots of vitamins so we figured it was better for her to keep getting the extra nutrients. But as you seem to have him eating a good diet I think cows milk should be fine.

HUNKERMUNKER Thu 24-Mar-05 13:40:11

DS has cow's milk when I'm at work (equates to about four bottles a week, so about 16oz - doesn't drink much from a bottle these days).

The rest of the time, he has water and breastmilk - but I just decided that since expressing was getting more and more difficult to get any kind of quantity, he could have cow's milk. He still has about three breastfeeds a day when I'm with him.

HUNKERMUNKER Thu 24-Mar-05 13:40:27

Just realised it would help if you knew he was one a week on Sunday

Noggermum Thu 24-Mar-05 13:40:42

My DD went on cows milk at 11 months and loved it and has suffered no adverse consequences that i can see. If it assists your decision, most Eurpoean countries say that full fat cows milk is OK from 6 months, not the 12 month advice we are given here, so i say, go for it!

Booklover Thu 24-Mar-05 22:24:48

Thanks for your messages, I think I will try cows milk and dilute it with formula first, good idea. Hunkermunker, how do you feel about your ds first birthday coming up, it is exciting isn't it? At the same time I feel a bit sad that he is not a baby anymore although I feel a bit silly saying that

Gobbledigook Thu 24-Mar-05 22:29:03

All mine have gone onto cows milk from around 11 months and they were off bottles by then so it was just milk in a beaker - their milk drink intake did drop quite a lot but they ate cheese on their meals and quite a lot of yoghurt plus milk on cereal. I've never really meaured how many oz they take because every child is different and as long as they are thriving I'm not going to worry about how much they drink or don't.

mummytosteven Thu 24-Mar-05 22:30:52

booklover - why not take the plunge and see how he is with cows milk neat - he might be unfussed by it, rather than going thru the palaver of mixing it with formula?

AussieSim Thu 24-Mar-05 23:11:25

I initially put my DS on cows milk when he was older than 12mths and I started to wean him off the breast but a few months later his intake went down and I changed him to soy milk and we haven't looked back. I think I will skip the cows milk all together with no. 2 as dairy is much more often found to cause congestion, allergy and skin problems.

HUNKERMUNKER Thu 24-Mar-05 23:14:37

Booklover, I was initially very nostalgic and wistful about DS being one - but now I'm of the opinion that it's also a celebration of us being parents for a whole year without screwing up too majorly! I'm sure I'll be a bit choked about it, but I'd not swap the little boy I have now for the tiny newborn again, no way!

AussieSim - can't soy milk cause allergies too?

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