Milk alternative to formula?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

the reason for breast milk or formula until 1 year of age is due to the iron content. Both have iron, while cow’s milk (or other “milks”) do not. Despite being a good eater at 9-10 months, it’s unlikely she is eating enough iron rich foods to meet her needs, thus giving BM or formula to meet those needs. The other issue is that babies will often fill up on milk, making their tummies too full to eat those iron rich sources.

Post # 3
8498 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would just ask her doctor.  I don’t think you are supposed to use anything other than breastmilk or formula before 1 year.

Post # 4
746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Formula or BM until 1 yr old because cows milk doesnt contain the nutrients required for 10 month old.<br /><br />Please talk to baby’s doctor.

Post # 5
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016


After 12 months you can give cow milk. But not before.

Post # 7
1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

MsquareM:  I’d check with your Pedi as sometiems the guidelines and rec’s can differ depending on diet, frequency of nursing etc. You might find that your Pedi ok’s cow’s milk for your LO if she’s closer to twelve months rather then ten by the time you actually return to work.

Your LO might also surprise you by putting herself to sleep when you’re away (babies are clever like that!) so you could be worrying for nothing (and it you continue to nurse on demand when you’re together then her intake of bm will probably be just fine!).

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