When should I stop giving my baby formula? This is actually a question I have had recently, my son is 5 months old (no, I am not thinking of stopping any time soon, just looking ahead). I have a 6 year old and while I remember things like her first favorite song, I can’t seem to remember the critical ‘mom’ things like when to stop baby formula. Since I had this question, I assumed (and rightly so!) many other moms had the same question.
What Age Should I Stop Feeding My Baby Formula?
Everything I could find says do not think about taking away the formula before 12 months. Formula has so many nutrients and vitamins (obviously, we are giving it to our babies). You want to be sure your child is eating a variety of foods, getting his vitamin and other healthy things he needs to grow. Kids are picky little buggers, and it is almost like they are born to be this way. When you are ready to make the switch, whether it is to whole cow’s milk, or whatever other milk you choose, make the switch a slow one.
My personal suggestion (as well as many other moms out there) is to add the milk to the formula for a bit. Mix them together. It gives him the taste of something new without flipping his little world upside down. I don’t know about your little humans, but mine definitely knows what his bottle is, and knows what is in it and what it tastes like. Unless you really want to make your baby mad, I would combine whatever milk you choose to use, with his formula for a bit.
Something you can do if you feel it is time to make the switch (and make sure this is your decision, do not give in to peer pressure) at his nighttime feeding, give him straight formula, fill his sleepy little belly with something he is used to and likes. Leave the changes for the day.
I recently made a change in my son’s diet. I started him on cereal, it has been about a month or so now. I started with oatmeal (cue the gasps) He loves it! I put a scoop of his formula in it and mix with water. My point in telling you this is that in addition to his bottles of formula (which is all he is still getting at the moment) I am still giving him formula nutrients in his cereal.
Apparently the general rule of thumb is that before 12 months of age, formula is the way to go. The idea being that you want to make sure your little is getting what he needs from other food sources before taking away the one source. You can always discuss this with his pediatrician. I did read in some of my research that some moms continued to give formula until 18 months, and some even longer. There is nothing in the formula that will harm your child (obviously). The debate then becomes similar to the breastfeeding debate (in terms of how long).
It is a big job raising little humans, making sure they are getting the healthy things in life they need to grow and not missing out on something important. And that is just the tip of the iceberg (their health).
What have you done in the past with your older children? Unless you are like me and can’t remember, post below in the comments section when you made ‘the switch’ and stopped feeding your baby formula.