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I was talking to my mom the other day about how formula was so expensive (I physically cannot breastfeed), and she said that she started giving me and my sisters whole cow's milk in a bottle instead of formula when we were all 6 months old. My daughter is getting ready to be 6 months old, and she told me that maybe I should think about it. I've always heard that you're supposed to wait until the child is 1 yr old, but why is that? Allergies? My sisters and I have no allergies or intolerances. Has anyone started giving their baby cow milk before one year? How did it turn out? Feel free to post anon, because I KNOW there will be bashers and trolls.
Studies claim that a baby's tummy can't handle it yet. However, when you do come across a study that isn't done by someone who is owned by someone who owns a formula company you get different results. Those studies state that some babies are ready at 6 months but to watch for signs of problems (like blood in the diaper, excessive fussiness, etc). I personally started my oldest on tastes of milk at 6 months and had him completely switched over to it from breastmilk and formula at 8 months. He is perfectly fine except for asthma (which he got from daddy) and a peanut butter allergy. My husband actually was put on unpasturized milk at just a few weeks old. You just have to make sure the baby is getting his or her nutrients from other sources (like my MIL started mashed potatoes at 2 weeks).
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