View Full Version : When did you switch over to whole milk?

10-01-2003, 08:12 AM
I posted this question on the baby board so it may be easier to answer there but I wanted to make sure my toddler moms saw it.
I know when bfing some choose to continue past the first year so why do formula fed babies get switched over at a year?
Is it common to continue to formula feed past one year? How old was your baby when you started the switch and how old when they were exclusively on whole milk?

10-01-2003, 02:20 PM
I switched Sarah at around 13 months. I started the transition when she was 12 months and did it gradually. She had some trouble when I tried to make the transition quicker than that.

In general, milk is a food and a good source of fat, calcium and protein. But it is not considered a "complete" diet, like formula or breastmilk is for a baby. If a one year old doesn't eat a wide variety of foods or has been slow to grow or thrive, then some peds will recommend continuing formula.

I think the reasons for continuing to breastfeed past one year is, in general, less for nutritional reasons than for other reasons. And all the moms I know personally who breastfed past one year, started their babies on milk in sippies as a beverage with meals once they turned a year.

10-04-2003, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the response Beth. I don't know if you saw the responses at the baby forum but the bfing mom's were great too at answering my question.

10-15-2003, 04:11 PM
We switched over to whole milk when my son was 1 year old. We made a gradual transition and started by mixing it with his formula at first. He seemed to do pretty well. Our biggest problem is that I have waited too long to take him off his bottle for his milk. He gave up the pacifier at 3 months and used the bottle to soothe his teething. He didn't like any of the sippy cups, but likes the cups with a straw for his juice and water. We are going to try a different cup with a straw today so hopefully he will start drinking all his milk again.

Mom of Cade 6/16/02

10-15-2003, 07:00 PM
My ped says 12-16 ounces of milk a day is more than sufficient after 1 year, so as long he's getting something close to that, I wouldn't worry too much about milk comsumption.