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    Default Cow's Milk before 12 months

    My DD is 3 months & exclusively breast fed.
    I intend to keep BF until she's 6 months (I'm going back to work when she's 7 months).
    I know the recommendation is to then have formula until 12 months.
    I'm wondering if she can just have milk instead?
    It's what my mum did with us, we never had formula. And I'm sure alot of people around my generation (30 y.o.) didn't either.

    So I'm just wondering what everyone thinks? Do I absolutely have to give my daughter formula? I know it's up to me & these are just guidelines, but I was hoping for some opinions & any other information other parents could offer?
    Thank you!

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    Breast milk and formula are complete foods, as in they provide all the nutrients a baby needs and can be their whole diet. Cows milk however is basically just a drink, of course it contains calcium, protein and whatever else, but it contains no where near the vitamins and other essential ingredients that are in breastmilk and formula. There is no way that a baby's nutritional needs can be met by solids at that age (their diet isn't varied enough) so breast milk or formula still needs to be their main source of nutrition up to 12 months.

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    When my DD1 (she is 20 now) was a bub it wasn't unusual for babies to be fed Sunshine Milk powder which is cows milk based. I guess you could do it but now days we have access to formula, which is made for human babies when back in the good old days I suppose people just didn't know any better and fed their babies whatever. I know bubs in the old old days were fed things a lot worse for them than cows milk!

    I personally wouldn't do it. I FF my bubs from birth and they were on formula till 12 months and we have never had any gastric or spew issues. The cows milk would be too rich for their bellies IMO

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    So glad you asked this, as I've been wondering the same thing. I have an 8 mth old, also bf. I've just given him little sips here & there from a sippy cup.... Not as milk/meal replacement, but just as I'm offering him a range of different solids/textures, I'm also offering milk. It hasn't affected my supply. I'm doing it so that when I do wean, he will.ttansition easily to cows milk., as it is such good food for a toddler.
    I'm interested to know if I'm doing something wrong.

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    At that age, I would only use it on cereal etc.

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    No way. Cows milk is just a drink! Formula is a food supplement and full
    of vitamins and things that milk doesn't have.

    Fine to use milk in cereal, etc but the actual drink should be formula.

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    Cows milk isnt a food on any index as other pp suggested its a drink. It certainly has its place for growing little bodies but not for feeding and nurishment requirements for infants so young. I would swap to formula they are balanced perfectly to meet you growing babies needs and ensure they thrive. Cows milk is also very strong for little tummies to digest as well. I would give on cereal ect to try but in small amounts until the gut matures a bit more after 12 months. When I first gave cow's milk as a drink mine were around 15 months and I did water it down a bit also.

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    I don't mean to be rude but I can't believe this question is being asked. Not necessarily blaming you pre/post natal education can be pretty crappy. I would advise going to see your local child health nurse/clinic. They will have an abundance of information on feeding babies that would likely benefit you (formula, starting solids etc). My clinic had some pamphlets which were very handy.

    Good luck

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    And I'm over 30 and me and everyone I know either got formula or BM.... Don't think many people our age would have had cows milk as a substitute.

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    You can't really say our parents did it and we are fine because we know better now and have access to things like formula now.


 

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