Introducing cow's milk

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Introducing cow's milk

Postby minniemac » Thu 16 Dec, 2010 4:26 pm

My toddler is 14 months and currently having toddler formula. I would like to change to cow's milk. Do I offer diluted full cream milk first? And when can he have yoghourt?
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Re: Introducing cow's milk

Postby NgalaOnline » Sun 16 Jan, 2011 2:07 pm

Hi MinnieMac

Thank you for your post. Fourteen months is a fantastic time to move your child from formula to full cream cows milk, this can be done anytime from twelve months onwards. You might like to try offering the cow's milk straight to your child, many mothers are pleasantly surprised that the child adapts to the different taste with no concerns.

If your child does not appear to tolerate the change in taste well, some mothers will mix cow's milk with his formula to get the child gradually used to the taste. If you do this it is very important that you firstly mix the formula following the directions on the tin, adding the correct amount of water to the number of scoops you are giving. It is very important not to vary from the instructions on the formula tin. Once your formula is mixed according to directions, you can then add it to a cup with cow's milk in it. You can reduce the amount of formula offered over several days. After twelve months it is beneficial to move from offering fluids in a bottle to giving them in a sippy cup - this has been shown to reduce dental decay in toddlers. Yoghurt is a nutritious food that can be offered any time from six months onwards. Current recommendations are that milk offered to children be full cream until the age of two, and that skim milk not be introduced before the age of five. This is because milk is an important source of fat and energy which young children require.
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