Here's what my doc said (he's a no bull$hit type of doc): The only reason "they" say not to give cow's milk until 1 year is so that parents don't replace BM or formula with cow's milk.
Some babies will be intolerant/sensitive to cow's milk but by this point they either will be or won't be. A few months isn't going to make a difference. Teagan has had dairy products without incidence so milk probably won't be an issue. I don't plan to start giving her cow's milk on a regular basis quite yet though. She's got my milk . When she's closer to a year I'm going to re-evaluate the situation. BM is still better than cow's milk but if she's not nursing much during the day or if pumping becomes a serious chore, I might switch to sending cow's milk to day care. She's still in love with my boobs though so we'll see what happens.
I've read to always give whole milk (rather than reduced fat or skim) to little kids unless they have weight issues. Their metabolisms are so amped up that they need the fat. BM is even higher in fat content. If that's any indication of what baby should be getting (which I strongly believe it is) then whole milk will best mimic that.
On another note, I'm going to be rather hardcore about only giving her organic milk. I try to buy organic with most things but milk is something I just won't compromise. It's truly disturbing what dairy cows are injected with and I don't want Teagan exposed to that. Organic milk isn't cheap. So, the longer we go without it the better. We drank soy milk before I got pregnant but I felt I needed the extra calories and calcium from milk. Once Teagan is a few years old we might switch back to soy or rice milk. I'm a little concerned about the recent studies on soy so that's one reason aside from her need for fat that I don't want to start giving her lots of soy milk.
i've given him whole milk yogurt, but not actual whole milk. i was waiting until a year, but we will see
eta the yogurt was organic so the milk probably will be as well. It's definitely not cheap i saw at the grocery store that 3 bags was like $10. i think i will start with the cartons lol.
Lol, YUP! Our milk comes in bags!! You've never heard or seen that before?!? Too funny... I can't buy milk in cardboard containers cause (I know it's in my head) but it tastes differently then the milk in the plastic bags and it grosses me out. ORGANIC milk?! I've NEVER heard of it or seen it!!! Hmmmm, I guess you can't tell me if there's a taste difference from horomone injection/reg milk can you Erin? Do you know of any websites that states what is put into our cows or what it can do to our children/us???
I hesitate to give her cow's milk because I was severely sensitive to it as a baby. My mom said I was well over a year before I could tolerate it. And when I was a small child we owned our own cows and my parents would milk them twice a day, so we had the freshest most organic milk you can get. Me and DH have talked about buying a place with some land and getting cows and other animals, planting a garden and just living like that with minimal store-bought crap.
Anyway, I've put whole milk in Lyla's oatmeal and she's had no issues so far.
ETA: my family lived in Canada in the 90's and I remember that milk came in bags. You could even get it delivered to your house on a schedule. My dad worked on a dairy farm there though so we would just take a pitcher and walk over to get it fresh and free! It was nice!
Last edited by AnnaRO; 06-25-2011 at 04:11 PM.
FYI in Canada, our cows are not injected with hormones, so our cow's milk is ok.
On another note, I think I may give Simon goat's milk when the time comes. I read somewhere that goat's milk has smaller fat particles and is much easier to digest then cow's milk. Actually most of the world drinks goat's milk versus cow's. My mom said when I first started on milk I couldnt tolerate it (give me major diarrhea sorry TMI) so I had to drink cow's milk. Makes sense now that I know about the fat molecules thing.
Anyone else considering goat's milk? I actually really like the stuff!
PS. I'm drink milk straight out of the bag as we speak......errr....type!
Only $10 for 3 bags of organic, your lucky. A 2l bottle of organic from a place about an hour away is nearly $5. I used to drink it all the time because it didn't make me as sick as other milk, then we moved away and couldn't get it for a long time. Ronin has had dairy but no milk yet and I will hold off on milk until a year because of my issues with it. I can eat yoghurt and cheese (the dairy he has had) but milk makes me quite sick if I have too much.