Giving an 8 mo cows milk?

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Registered: 06-10-2001
Giving an 8 mo cows milk?
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Thu, 06-16-2011 - 7:49pm

My dd, 19yo, has an 8mo baby girl. She and baby's dad had decided that they would not give baby formula. She is wanting to wean her off the breast and is no longer living with baby's daddy but still holding to the no formula. I am with the understanding that cow's milk(I get 2%)

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 8:01pm
Breastmilk or formula needs to be the primary source of nutrition until the baby is at least 12 months old. I've heard some dr's okaying introducing cow's milk in small quantities after 9 or 10 months but not as the baby's primary beverage. Is there a specific reason she doesn't want to nurse anymore or nursing problems that we could provide help with? Unfortunately, if she wants to wean from the breast, formula does need to be part of the equation for an 8 month old. The AAP recommends no cow's milk at all until after the first birthday.

Here's some info on cow's milk: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/milk-supplements.html

I hope that helps!
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Registered: 06-10-2001
Thu, 06-16-2011 - 9:20pm

Thank you for this info. Baby is being bounced back and forth between 2 homes. Parents are 19 and 22, never married and they are splitting up. I was quite surprised when she told me that their Dr said it was ok. We were shopping today and I was looking at formula for baby when I was told of their decision. I voiced my thoughts and have left it at that. Dad is not going to be around when baby has issues with the cow's milk. I don't think baby will be getting the nutrients she needs since it has been too easy for mom to whip out the boob instead of feeding her baby food. I was always under the impression that it was no cow's milk until after a year but she says Dr oked it. And THEY know best!

Thanks again.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Fri, 06-17-2011 - 5:11am

Even solids are only really meant to be in small amounts up to the age of a year, for any baby. The primary nutrition needs to be breastmilk or formula. Breast milk contains all that is needed, so solids are just for practice and taste at this age.