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How to get baby started on cow's milk?

I have a question and there is no better place than to ask than here. Okay, so my daughter is going to be nine months old this month and I need to know what to do about switching her to cow's milk. I have breast fed since she was born. How do I go about introducing her to cow's milk? Would I mix it with my milk then slowly put more cow's milk. What kind of Cow's milk should i give her 1%,2%, Skim? Help I need a mother's advice!!!!!

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Asked by Alicia320 at 2:06 PM on Jul. 3, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • You've got the right idea. That's exactly what I did (only with formula). For me it just took about a week. Something else you might consider is just going cold turkey just one day when she's a year old no more mommy milk just cows milk. It might take her a day to get used to it but you can warm it up a little and that will make it easier. Whole milk toddlers need whole milk until they are 2. Although to be honest during the summer months I give my kids 2% because it's not so heavy on their tummy and they are less likely to puck it up if they get hot.

    Good Luck Sounds like you're doing a wonderful job mommy.

    Answer by 2murphyboys at 2:13 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

  • I went cold turkey with my son after he turned 1 and he took to it very well. You could try that or if it doesn't work then you should mix it in with what she's used to.

    Answer by beckster_01 at 3:07 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

  • try giving her a sippy cup with milk in it. if she wont take it try putting in a little chocolate or strawberry milk powder in it, just enough to make it taste sweet. If she drinks that after a while add less and less until your giving her plain milk. As for what type of milk to use you should check with her doctor. Usually kids under a year old should have whole milk because of the fat content but if your little girl is chubby skim or 1% is fine. They all have the same amount of calcium so you dont have to worry about that. Good luck

    Answer by stephmiester87 at 5:24 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

  • At 11 months I started mixing Vitamin D with formula. I did this until the formula was gone. I have done it with all 3 ids and they all transitioned well.

    Answer by Teachermom01 at 6:47 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

  • mix it and gradually add more cow milk and less formula.

    Answer by princezzmommie at 11:28 PM on Jul. 3, 2008

  • Should wait till the child turn 1. I wont' start the cow's milk any earlier than that. I also went cold turkey on it, i switch and my son took it well.

    Answer by yoshiki56 at 2:35 AM on Jul. 5, 2008

  • Just cold turkey. Warm it up slightly, taste sweeter. Always use whole milk unless your doctor says differently. At that age they can handle the fat.

    Answer by melissap37 at 6:24 PM on Jul. 10, 2008

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