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When Should I Introduce Whole Milk To My Baby
Formula, but costs $: A 1 year old baby can switch off of formula and start whole cow milk. Formula is somewhat more nutritious but is much more expensive. A baby who is a picky eater and eats little solid food, or has almost no variety in his choice of solid foods, will probably not get enough iron and vitamins from his diet. Such a baby may be better off drinking infant formula until 18 months of age. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No sooner than 2: The rapidly growing infant brain uses fat in it's diet to provide the building blocks of that process. Look up brains in a diet book & you will cee the high fat/cholesterol content.The body uses fat & cholesterol to provide the insulation around the nerves. I kid never needs to go low fat.If they get heavy it's because of all the juices & other processed sugars,Low fat to early=developmental delay ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes. : Unless the child is very overweight, this is the recommendation. Milk can be introduced at the age of 1. Before that, formula or breast milk should be the form of "milk". The rapidly growing brain and nervous system benefit from the higher fat content in whole milk, but there are other forms of fat that can be incorporated into the diet if cow's milk is not acceptable or tolerated. ...Read more
My baby is 11 months..When can she start to drink normal milk?I mean whole milk, no more formulas...Thanks
At 12 months, when : You can wean to a doubled-handled, open-mouthed cup. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./day to avoid constipation & iron-deficiency anemia. If you give juice (not recommended) limit it to 4-6 oz./day. Since the same muscles used for eating & drinking are used for talking, use a "commuter cup" if you feel you need a lidded one. Sippy cups keep the tongue forward in an immature sucking position. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 11mth old never has liked formula. Tried whole milk doesn't like. She weighs only 15lbs. Eats baby food. How can I get her to gain weight. Normal?
Needs assessment: Sounds small for age. May be failure to thrive which has many etioiogies and would need to see pediatrician to assess. Social issues, gastrointestinal abnormalities, chronic illness, metabolic disorder, intolerance to milk protein, infections etc. Infant is avoiding liquids.Could be related to gastroesophageal reflux. Liquids more likely result in reflux and irritability of esophagus and refusal. ...Read more
Many do: The american academy of pediatrics recommends breast milk of formula until 1yo. Kids may thrive if started at 9 mo if they have a diverse diet rich in iron & other nutrients from cereals & vegetables.. Whole milk is a bit irritating to the infant gut & should be limited to 16-24 oz/day or it can produce anemia. ...Read more
Worth waiting: Cow milk is designed for cows.In the era when it was used as a formula base/substitute it was boiled to break up the protein some and make it more digestible.Straight cow milk can actually produce intestinal bleeding when given in enough quantity to substitute for formula or breast milk.After a year the intestines are more mature/tolerant, but excesses can still cause anemia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Baby: 8 month olds can have solid foods. Full info on how to introduce solids is too long for a Heathtap response. Here is info from the AAP https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx --- you should not introduce whole milk yet. You should have a 9month check up soon with your pediatrician. Make sure to go over these ?'s with them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: It depends on what allergic reactions your child have to whole milk. There are many ways that milk allergy can present, from mild to serious. It can affect the gut, skin, lung or can be life threatening. If it is a mild reaction like fussiness / gas, replace whole milk with partially hydrolyzed formula like enfamil gentlease. Otherwise, talk to an allergist or replace with rice, almond or soy milk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whats the best whole milk but has to be lactose free for my 1 yr baby and that doesn't cause constipation? Or all of them cause?
Lactaid is one : Brand name, but there are others. 16-21 oz./ day of milk & milk products is recommended. At that amount, constipation usually isn't a problem. A word about sippy cups-they keep the tongue forward in an immature suckling position. Since the same muscles used for drinking & eating are used for speech, an open-mouthed or " commuter" cup that promotes lip closure is preferable. ...Read more
Cow's Milk: At 1 yo we recommend starting cow's milk. It depends on the patient's weight, but you can start with whole milk and then your pediatrician will tell you according to his weight of another type is needed (skim, 1 or 2%). Most whole milk in the US is fortified with Vit D. Limit the amount to 16oz a day. Too much milk can cause iron deficiency anemia. ...Read more
Can I mix breast milk with whole milk for 10.5 month old baby? Can I give him a bottle of only whole milk?
Maybe yes, maybe no.: Your pediatrician should have checked your child's hemoglobin at their 9 months checkup to see if child anemic (low iron usually the cause). If this was fine, it's okay to start transitioning to whole milk along with your nursing. If child was anemic/low uron, should continue to supplement your nursing with iron fortified formula until at least a year of age. ...Read more
13 month old baby drinks regular whole milk and have stomach cramps afterwards what other milk is good for a developing baby?
Almond: After age one people do not need more than 16 ounces of milk a day. I am not a fn of dairy...And clearly this 13 month old is not either- it is making baby ill. I like almond, rice, coconut or hemp milk. They contain less protein than goat, soy, or cow mlik so be sure baby is also eating food. Baby should not be "drinking" his/her calories and should be eating food. ...Read more
Baby is 1 year old. Has had 8 oz whole milk in 12 hours. Now vomiting and 1watery stool. Should i be worried? Do i take her to hospital?
Hydration: Can your baby hold down oral liquids like water? Is this the first time she develops vomiting and diarrhea from milk? If she was able to drink milk before and now stopped vomiting and can keep water down, watch her. If she always reacts to milk, she may be allergic to it, go to the er. ...Read more
1yr old will only drink whole milk..No table food, sometimes baby food, no water or juice. I need advice on feeding. She cries bc she is hungry. :(?
It's either a neuro-: developmental disorder with delayed self-help & oral-motor skills or a bad habit Stop all bottles & juice; give water for thirst. Limit milk to 16 oz./day from an open-mouth cup at sit-down meals. Let her finger-feed 1 tbsp. of each food for 10 min. before offering help. Don't nag or beg. Ignore protests.Take a developmental screen from firstsigns.org to her 1-yr. medical & dental check-up ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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