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Okay whats the deal with 12 months being the magic number to stop formula?

Im a first time mom, my son is 11 months and everyone keeps mentioning that "pretty soon he wont be drinking formula" or "pretty soon, no more bottle"


So at 12 months magically he is ready for whole cows milk and he magically cannont have a bottle anymore?

What if I want to keep giving him formula? What if he isnt ready for a cup and only wants his bottle?

Am I suppose to slowly ween him from the formula and slowly introduce whole milk?

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Asked by mercilove at 4:41 PM on Jan. 12, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • yep, basically. at 12 months they are magically able to handle whole milk. docs say don't wean, just switch.

    Answer by keisha613 at 4:48 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • i slowly introduced my daughter to cows milk at 11 months..lil sips here and there etc..and then at a year all her bottles where cows milk..i was glad to be done with formula!! LOL and i am personally AGAINST sippy my daughter used the bottle..i have a friend whos kid turned 2 yrs old last month, and he still gets formula. for a couple reasons, being, he has SOOOO many food allergies, and the food he is allowed to eat, he doesnt eat much her dr, said just to keep him on formula. but with that being are the mom..YOU get to make the decision what you wanna do..everyones gonna tell you something different, you have to find what works best for you and your son.

    Answer by alexis_06 at 4:49 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • One year is when their bodies have developed enough to be able to handle cow's milk (or other forms of natural milk). However, what people don't realize is that almost all formulas are dry cow's milk. That none of them are really purely chemically made, but are mostly powdered milk with addatives. With that said, the doctors recommend that at a year you switch to allow them the nutrician that natural milk gives a child. Whether you choose cow's milk, goat's milk, or soy milk. However, for centuries and centuries mothers gave their children cow's milk from the ages of infants and they all turned out fine. Therefore, it is really what you and your doctor decide is best. I switched both of my kids at 11 months and they're both fine. If your child wants the bottle past one then you have to decide to ween them yourself. That can be done a number of ways.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 4:54 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • You can decide to ween him by taking the bottles away and only offering sippy cups. Offering a cup during the day and a bottle at night, or whatever method you find works for you and your child. With that said, you can start weening them onto milk by adding an oz of milk into their formula. Some recommend this whereas others do not. I did this and every week added another oz of milk and one less oz of formula. This worked for my children and both of them took to milk easily.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 4:55 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • 12 months is typically the time they are taking in enough other foods to be able to switch to whole milk without serious health issues. Allergies aren't an issue because formula contains cow milk proteins... but getting enough iron and other nutrients is.

    So, really... it's all up to you. If you want to give formula longer, do it... if you want to continue giving a bottle, but switch to cows milk, do it... if you want to do it slowly, do it. You're mom, you decide. Just inform yourself on why things are recommended at any given age and make an informed choice taking that info and your child into consideration.

    Answer by LeanneC at 5:04 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • After one year it starts becoming more and more difficult to take away the bottle. Formula is expensive and most people are glad when they no longer have to carry that expense.

    Answer by Marwill at 5:25 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • You can keep up with bottle, just put whole milk in it. Be happy, it's much cheaper!

    Answer by mompam at 5:26 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • Bottle is BAD for oral development and actually should be stopped by 10 months according to many experts.

    MOST babies don't want to give up the bottle. It's YOUR JOB as mom to teach them to move to a cup.

    At 12 months the baby can handle cows milk without getting sick from it.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 PM on Jan. 12, 2011

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