When Do Babies Stop Drinking Formula?
It is an indisputable fact that formula and breast milk, in the initial stages of his life, offers much needed nutrients to your baby’s rapidly growing body. However, the baby’s dietary requirements change as he gets older, and begins eating regular food. To guarantee he receives all that his body require, you ought to transition him, at appropriate time, to regular milk. So when do babies stop drinking formula?
When the baby reaches his first birthday, you may begin giving him whole cow’s milk, so long as he has also a balanced diet. Besides milk, your one-year old baby requires foods from the same 4 basic nutrition groups just as you do, which includes vegetables and fruits, meats, grains, or other protein sources such as eggs, poultry, and fish. This is according to a website of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): You should not provide your baby cow’s milk before his first birthday since infants below 12 months are unable to digest completely or easily cow’s milk as they digest formula. Cow’s milk additionally contains high minerals and protein concentration that may affect an infant’s kidneys, leading to illness. At one-year old, your toddler requires 1,000 calories per day for energy and proper growth.
Type of Milk
After switching from formula, your baby should be provided whole vitamin D milk. Normally your one-year old baby requires the high fat content of whole milk to enable him maintain his normal weight gain. In some cases, like when the child is overweight, or he is at risk of being overweight your pediatrician may instead recommend 2%, or reduced fat, of milk. When your child is intolerant to lactose, you may provide fortified soy, and milk alternatives.
To familiarize the baby with drinking from the cup, begin providing her a sippy cup of water, or a formula when she is around six months old. This is besides his usual bottle feedings. Even when most of the contents are spilled, the little one requires the practice. And by the time she is 12 months old, she should possess the necessary motor skills to help her drink from the cup. She will not be a pro at this, but she should get more in the mouth than on floor.
Leaving Behind the Bottle
When the baby reaches his first birthday, you will want him to all together surrender drinking from the bottle. Remember that AAP advises weaning a baby from the bottle before he reaches 18 months, since extended bottle use may lead to tooth decay, and may encourage the baby to drink more milk that he needs. Furthermore, the longer your baby drinks from the bottle, the more difficult it will be for him to break the habit. When the baby is still very attached to his bottle or to his formula after the first birthday, you may have to try some transitioning strategies to get him give up. You should try providing cow’s milk in some sippy cup the whole day. If you do provide him formula or milk in a bottle, begin to dilute it gradually with water over a period of a week or two. The bottle, at the end of this period, should be pure water. He’ll most likely lose interest in the water, and instead opt for the cow’s milk in the cup.