My 8 month old is still breastfeeding but eating everything her older siblings eat just about. She won’t take formula she just spits it out. She drinks water and juice out of cups and/or bottles…I want to know if its ok to give her a bottle of milk for bed?

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Posted by quillie, 29th January 2014


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  • I don’t think it is too young. Just keep an eye on bub and check for Any lactose intolerance. The formula i use contains lactose. So do many others. So bub may already be used to it.



  • you can pump in the bottle . but no cow’s milk. 8 months is too young.



  • yes she is way too young



  • Health Professionals state not to start babies on cows milk until at least 12 month. Breast milk or formula have the vitamins and minerals that their little bodies and brains need to grow until then. You can also try mixing formula in with a little bit of rice cereal and spoon feeding and see if she my get to like it that way to start with. There is also the option of donor breast milk or as others have stated mixing breast milk with formula and slowly fazing out until all formula



  • I am not that sure but the midwifes recommended to me 12 months and above, you can always talk to them about it and they might recommend what to do



  • I am not sure about the age. but I started at 10 months transitioning with mixing milk and a prepared formula bottle. maybe you could start mixing the breastmilk expressed with a little milk and transition out. speak to your gp or mchn first as I am not sure but think 8 months maybe too early.



  • It sounds like she has made up her own mind.



  • I recommend 1 year would be ok go to normal milk but you can ask your local GP for sure.



  • I introduced it mixed in foods from about 10 months but didn’t give bottles of milk until after 12 months. Check with your child health nurse or GP to be sure.



  • I’ve just started giving my 7 month old a little rice milk in her food (cereals etc) but not too drink, I’d hold off on the cows milk at all until they are a little older. The enzyme lactose can be difficult for even adults to break down, you don’t want their nutrient absorption to be compromised by any mucas in the gut.



  • I’d give it to them in cereal etc, but not to drink .



  • thanks for all your replies, I might try it a bit watered down and talk to gp next time im there… she is baby number 4 but the older 3 were all formula fed as I couldn’t feed them due to different things 1 wouldn’t suck , low milk supply with another lol this time its all different the others went onto cows milk after a couple tins of the 12mth formula but have been lost as what to do this time especially after her refusing the formula which I have tried a few times !! I will let you know how I go…



  • Maybe mix a little breast milk with formula and keep putting more formula each day until eventually you bubba gives up the breast milk



  • I’m not sure what the current recommendations are but I have an 8 year old and they always said 12 months and on.



  • My first son went on cows milk from 10 months because he kept biting me! – he loved it and he is a healthy 3 year old who loves his food! I plan the same for second if he starts chewing on my boobs!!


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