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...to start her 9 month old on whole milk?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Due to some bad bfing advice early on, she ended up having to formula feed her boy. So does this make any sense? I was under the impression that whether a baby was formula or breastfed, they shouldn't have whole milk before 1 year.<br><br>
This is not in response to any problem with his current eating habits, this Dr.'s office just recommends all 9 month olds begin cow's milk. Oh - her little boy has had a few ear infections.<br><br>
It would be great if anyone could also post links &/or book recommendations. TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Just my 2 cents- most milk is pastuerized, thus destroying the enzymes needed for digestion and most nutrients, thus making it empty calories.<br>
I have read that the best breastmilk substitute for babies/ toddlers is raw goats milk, but I don't have any links. Perhaps a google search would provide more info.
 

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If you post this in the breastfeeding support and advocacy forum, you will get a lot of informed responces.
 

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Thanks ladies! I'll try over in bfing, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was told by my pediatrician and others to start with yogurt or cottage cheese (with live cultures) at 9 months. The cultures contain enzymes which help to digest the dairy. But to wait until around 1 year for milk because it is harder to digest.<br><br>
I'm not a big fan of dairy products at anytime and my beleif is that kids don't need to drink milk. Rather than milk, there are a lot of calcium, protein and fat foods to feed a child and just give water to drink.
 
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