My 11 1/2 month old doesn't breastfeed. She gets formula and pumped breast milk (that is frozen, I stopped pumping months ago), and she drinks A LOT. Like she goes through around 35 ozs a day (sometimes less, often way more). She loves her bottle, and shows barely any interest in food, she'll graze on cheerios or cheddar bunnies, but spits out every meat, veggie, fruit, and noodle. She doesn't like anything! (I do sit her down to eat with us three times a day and try a wide variety of foods, and keep introducing the same foods over and over, and we regularly snack as well) We get formula through WIC, but they won't give us any more formula after this month. So I either have to give her regular milk, or buy my own formula (or maybe toddler formula). I guess it's not such a big deal to buy my own, but still it's pretty expensive! I don't like the idea of giving her regular milk, when her bottle/sippy cup is the only real source of calories and vitamins she gets. As much as I hate it, the formula has a lot of vitamins, and if I stop it, she won't get her vitamins through any other source, all she'll get is a lot of milk....I'm under a lot of pressure to switch her to milk (from my mother and from the ped.-who also wants me to stop the bottle at a year.
If I do switch to milk, should I go away with bottles? (They are like her security blanket, she carries them everywhere, she asks for it all the time, she sleeps with it though it's either empty or has water in it) And do you recommend a specific milk? We buy organic cows milk, just to cook with, dh and I don't really like drinking milk. Should I try to buy some locally? Goats milk? Almond milk? (That's what I drink and eat cereal with).