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Giving baby milk before their one!

My sister in laws, friend is giving her 7 month old 2% milk!!!!!! She said she started giving both her kids milk at an early age. They both look healthy & fine. Has anyone given their baby milk before their first year ? How do you feel about that ?

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yamil519

Asked by yamil519 at 12:29 PM on Jan. 25, 2012 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • According to my mother, her pediatrician told her to start giving us 2% milk after she stopped breast feeding at about 3 months. We are all fine without any allergies or digestive issues.
    hootie826

    Answer by hootie826 at 12:32 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

  • Never mind what they look like now. What comes down the line later is what counts. While Hootie and her family are fine, there are a lot of people who are not.

    Doctors used to recommend smoking as a weight loss technique, too.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:34 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

  • Milk is nutritionally unnecessary.
    SaraD1989

    Answer by SaraD1989 at 12:46 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

  • I agree w/gdiamante, although there are people who get away with it, it's a dangerous thing to do. My husband was laid off from his job when my youngest was 6 mths old. I ran out of formula a few wks later & was going to give him milk. My neighbor was a pediatric nurse, she said DON'T DO IT. She said that giving babies younger than a year old milk can cause kidney problems & other related problems. They also don't eat enough solid food to get the nutrition that they need & cows milk isn't formulated to give the proper nutrition to a human baby.

    She was able to help me out with formula samples until my husband went back to work, but your friend needs to talk to her pediatrician.

    When my mother was pregnant with me back in the 60's they gave her diet pills so she wouldn't gain anymore weight (she only gained 18 pounds!) They wouldn't do that now. As far as I know I didn't have problems from it-but my brothers are 6' & I'm 5'2"
    ohwrite

    Answer by ohwrite at 12:46 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

  • Straight cow's milk, especially 2%, does not have everything a growing baby needs.

    My mom was giving me orange juice at 3 weeks per doctor's orders. I had huge digestive issues and at one point, when I was 5/6, they thought I was citrus allergic. My stomach has calmed down some, but who knows if the orange juice was the cause but why take a chance.

    My pediatrician gave me the best feeding advice - you have 18+ years to feed them, why rush it?
    balagan_imma

    Answer by balagan_imma at 12:50 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

  • No, we aren't supposed to do it, but my mother asked me what exactly I thought people did before formula if they didn't breastfeed. According to modern medicine, it is amazing any of us survived what happened to us. LOL

    I've always nursed for at least the first year, so I don't have any firsthand experience with starting early, though.
    Mom-2-3-Girlz

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 1:22 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

  • Milk as a drink with meals or milk instead of formula?
    mompam

    Answer by mompam at 1:32 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

  • I gave my baby everything early. she was drinking water after a month and started drinking cow's milks around five months. Not as a subsitute but so she can get used to it.
    Shortma197

    Answer by Shortma197 at 1:37 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

  • Between 9 and 12 month is it ok to give baby SOME milk but they need WHOLE milk, NOT 2%. Too much milk too early causes histamine buildups which is very bad and can affect your baby later in life, even if she/he is fine now.
    ginger5653

    Answer by ginger5653 at 2:25 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

  • Dairy is an allergy trigger food; if your family has any history of food allergies, it should not be given before age one.
    Milk is nutritionally unnecessary; my daughter went from breastmilk to water (at sixteen, she has never had a glass of milk).
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 8:45 PM on Jan. 25, 2012

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