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Formula?

Has anyone ever mixed formula with cows milk? Just curious.

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coala

Asked by coala at 8:34 PM on Dec. 12, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • nope.. you are not suppose to... everything the baby needs is in the formula... no cow milk before 1yr old is what my pediatrician said.. and usually by then all the babies are on solids anyway
    m.robertson811

    Answer by m.robertson811 at 8:36 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

  • no its not good to do that
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:37 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

  • No, but I mix formula with my milk since I'm not producing enough to feed him with just breastmilk.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:38 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

  • Does anyone know of any concrete evidence as to why not? My SO and I are debating this.
    coala

    Answer by coala at 8:39 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

  • We are supplementing with formula b/c I don't have enough at the moment.
    coala

    Answer by coala at 8:40 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

  • Cow's milk is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children under 1 year old. Infants fed whole cow's milk don't get enough vitamin E, iron, and essential fatty acids. They also get too much protein, sodium, and potassium. These levels may be too high for the infant's system to handle. Also, whole cow's milk protein and fat are more difficult for an infant to digest and absorb.


    Cow's milk can have dramatic effects on the infant's iron levels. Infants fed breast milk or iron-fortified formula have normal iron levels. Studies show infants often have low iron levels when started on cow's milk at 6 months of age. http://www.umm.edu/ency/article/002448rec.htm

    mama_l

    Answer by mama_l at 8:42 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

  • Okay but AFTER 1 yr. arent't you supposed to mix whole milk with formula to ween the baby off formula?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:56 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

  • You can transition your baby from formula to whole milk by beginning to replace bottles of formula with bottles - or sippy cups - of milk. However, by 1 year old your baby should be eating other foods and only needs 2 cups (480 milliliters) of milk per day, so you could switch from formula to milk without a transition period. http://www.thechildrenshospital.org/wellness/info/parents/45611.aspx



     

    mama_l

    Answer by mama_l at 9:02 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

  • Thanks ladies for your help this evening. I have also done a little bit of research as well.
    coala

    Answer by coala at 9:04 PM on Dec. 12, 2008

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