I am thinking about whether to start giving DD (9 months) who is breastfed day and night a try of cow's milk in a cup in preparation for if I have to go back to work when she's 12 months old. She won't take a bottle and I find it very hard to express.
I know the recommended age for cow's milk as a drink is 12 months but I wouldn't be giving it to her instead of breast milk, just little bits to try and get her used to it so I can supplement BF if I go to work in a couple months.
I could try formula but it's potentially a big waste of money as she's never liked it before.
Is it dangerous to give her a tiny bit to drink under 12 months or just not recommended as their main drink as doesn't provide what they need?
Advice gratefully received, thanks
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18-05-2014 15:27 #1
Question about giving cow's milk while BF
18-05-2014 15:31 #2
My DS2 is 10 months old and I'm wondering the same thing -- and I can't remember what I did with DS1!!! I *think* I did what you're suggesting - just gave him a little bit of cow's milk in a sippy cup with lunch just to get used to it. Not sure if it was before 12 months or not though, so I'm keen to hear others' replies
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18-05-2014 15:33 #3Senior Member
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does she drink water from a cup/water bottle?
i wouldn't bother with milk or formula at this age. she will probably increase solid intake over next 3 months and be able to have food and water during the day, and just breastfeed at night.
you can give cow milk in cereal etc now.
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18-05-2014 17:04 #4
Just be careful - if she likes it she may start to prefer it over breast milk and it definitely does not have all the nutrients she needs
cows milk may also cause havoc with her digestive system and she may fill up on it and not want to get used to eating solids plus it can hinder iron absorption which is critical at that age , I would definitely try formula over cows milk at 9 months
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18-05-2014 17:49 #5
I would put it on cereal if you want her to get a taste for it, not in a cup yet.
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18-05-2014 17:50 #6Senior Member
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I was under the impression that it was only not recommended before 12months as to not take the place of bm or formula. I gave my Ds1 cows milk at that age, for that reason. And continued bf til 12 months. Best of luck op
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18-05-2014 18:06 #7
You have three months- no I wouldn't give cows milk as a drink yet- no need and can come with it's own set of problems as @Elijahs Mum said. At 12 months if she won't drink cows milk it's no big deal. You can always keep bf before and after work (if you're not planning on weaning) and she can have water dieting the day at care. Even if you don't keep bf there's no actual need to give cows milk as long as she gets her calcium in her diet so if she's not keen on it it's not a big deal.
18-05-2014 18:17 #8
If you're worries about wasting formula, you can get sachets from the chemist rather than wasting a whole tin if she doesn't like it.
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18-05-2014 18:19 #9
Thanks for all your replies. I definitely don't want to risk upsetting her tummy so if it's not entirely necessary for her to have milk during the day after 12 months then I'll just wait and see if she takes it when the time comes. She drinks water from a cup very well so hope she'll take cow's milk too. I have already started using it to make her porridge so she is probably already becoming accustomed to the taste.
I may try formula again in the meantime. She's always hated it. Would love to just give her EBM but takes me days to get enough for a full feed!
She's a big booby monster and usually feeds to sleep so know she'll miss bf if I'm out all day, will try to get DH to bring her to me for one or two feeds if possible. She's such a mummy's girl I worry how she'll go when I leave her :-/
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