Weaning/Switching to milk

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Weaning/Switching to milk
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Sun, 08-14-2011 - 9:02am

Hi ladies!

So, Evan is just about 10 months, and is still on formula. He's not really weaning himself like I thought he would. From what I've read, as babies eat more solids, they will reduce the number of milk (formula or BM) feedings per day. But, that's not what he's doing. He eats solids four times a day and still has five bottles a day. But, he seems to need less formula in each bottle (he used to have 6oz every bottle, now he'll have anywhere from 4-6 depending on the time of day). As a note, he does eat and ingest a lot of solids, so that's not the issue.

Any other formula feeding mommy experience this? Did you actively wean your baby from the bottle, or just let it happen? If you just let it happen, how long did it take?

Also, and this can be for everyone, when did you start giving your child cow's milk?

Thanks so much for any ideas/suggestions!





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Registered: 11-01-2005
Sun, 08-14-2011 - 10:31am
Maxim started getting cows milk around 11 months, just one bottle a day for awhile and then I started going up when he appeared less interested in nursing. For awhile he was nursing in the morning and evening and by Fathers Day he was weaned. I give him 4 4oz bottles a day of cows milk...wake up, after naps and before bedtime.

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Registered: 01-08-2008
Sun, 08-14-2011 - 10:35am
We gave him milk at a yr and when we ran out of formula that was it. No more formula or bottles. Milk went into a sippy. He did quite,well and at first it took awhile for him ro like milk but after a,little,while he,started to like it. Hope that helps.

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Registered: 02-27-2008
Sun, 08-14-2011 - 12:59pm
We started offering Eliza cow's milk in a sippy cup at 1 year. She didn't really like it very much at first. So we just kept offering it to her at mealtime and now she has finally warmed up to it and will drink it with meals. She is still nursing though, so I haven't worried about how MUCH she is drinking...

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Sun, 08-14-2011 - 1:10pm
We started giving Evan goat's milk (he had a problem with cow's milk at the time) at around 11 months. We put it in a straw cup--we skipped sippy cups--and he really liked it. I was BFing, but looking to reduce how much he BFed during the day if I could, so i started offering the cup of milk instead of BFing in the morning, or if he wanted an extra BFing session during the day.
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Registered: 10-15-2001
Sun, 08-14-2011 - 1:24pm
Alyssa, we only used formula as a supplement to breastfeeding, and at 11 months we started offering small amounts of milk as a substitute for some of the fomula. On the morning of their first birthdays, we gave them their last bottles ever. After that, they only received cow's milk in sippy cups plus breastfeeding. If we hadn't been breastfeeding on top of the bottles, I'm not sure how I would have handled it. Neither boy was at all attached to the bottles, so it was an easy transition. Good luck!
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Registered: 08-24-2005
Sun, 08-14-2011 - 9:41pm

Alyssa, I think you should really let things flow on this...

At least with Fede at first he really ate very little, and needed milk to round up things. At that point I was EBF, but I did make the transition to cow's milk when he was 15 months.

It was a little traumatic... the weaning from the breast, I mean. But once he understood that now he was taking bottles with cow's milk, he loved it.

Oh, and although he eats really well now, he has 3 1/2 bottles a day!

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Registered: 12-23-2003
Mon, 08-15-2011 - 8:04am

We switched to cow's milk at a year. We give it to Teddy warm, now he will also drink it cold but it took a few months. He still probably drinks about 300-500mL (10-16 ounces) of milk a day. (2-3 bottles) but he eats fine so I don't mind. Our goal is to slowly transition to no bottles by the time he is 2.

He only gets water in his sippy cups but he will also drink milk out of a cup.

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Mon, 08-15-2011 - 9:07am
Thanks for sharing your experiences, everyone! It's nice to hear that most other babies still drink a lot of milk too.

In all honesty, I just want to stop using formula because it's so expensive! LOL! I think we'll start trying cow's milk at about a year. Hopefully he likes it and the transition from formula will be quick and easy.




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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 8:54pm

William started on cow's milk just before 11 months. We finished our last container of formula and I figured it was close enough to 1 yr. He was weaned from nursing between 8 and 9 months as he totally lost interest and I was glad as I hated BF. William eats 6 or so times a day between actual meals and snacks. I don't know how much milk William drinks a day (lost count), but I do know that he goes through (by himself since dh and I only drink 2%) a gal and a half a week. He drinks tons of milk from a sippy cup and typically only drinks water out of my camelbak water bottles.

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 10:29pm
berry81 wrote:
We started offering Eliza cow's milk in a sippy cup at 1 year. She didn't really like it very much at first. So we just kept offering it to her at mealtime and now she has finally warmed up to it and will drink it with meals. She is still nursing though, so I haven't worried about how MUCH she is drinking...

Ella,

I've been wondering about this with Selin as she is still BFing about 3-5x/day. When I HUTH after her 1st birthday, I sent her to the sitter with rice milk but within a few months, she was barely finishing one sippy cup full. She just didn't seem that interested so I told the sitter to just give her water.

My ped just suggested that since she's still BFing, to continue the Vit D drops but didn't say that we have to offer milk in addition to that. She happily drinks water out of a sippy all day long, sometimes we give her a tiny bit of juice mixed in, but not everyday. She eats 3 meals a day plus 2 snacks.

I've been trying to figure out what to do when she starts going to the sitter again, to my friend, because my friend's son is deathly allergic to dairy so they drink almond milk. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to send her there with cow's milk, or ask them to provide it for her, just due to the risk of their son accidentally drinking it. I don't want to be responsible if he has an allergic reaction. It is so severe that he can't even touch dairy without breaking out.

I have a LLL meeting tomorrow night so maybe I'll bring it up then and see what the other mamas have to say.

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