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Sunday, November 13th 2011, 11:09pm

Follow on milk, is it necessary?

DS is just over 11 months and only has two bottles of formula a day now, 7oz before breakfast and 7oz at bedtime (still won't tolerate a cup or beaker of any kind!) He has a really good diet and eats everything at the moment.

I just wondered about moving on to cows milk or follow on and I wondered is the follow on really better than the cows normal whole milk. DS is currently on aptamil from birth but has cows milk in cereal in the morning and in some meals so I'm hoping when the time comes he won't be too bothered by the change.

Would love to hear what everyone else does. BTW my health visitor just told me to do whatever I felt was the best, hmmmmm, big help!


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Sunday, November 13th 2011, 11:51pm

I personally didnt bother with follow on milk, just after a year i very much ditched the steriliser and the formula and went to cows milk straight from the fridge. however if they were sick and not eating i did give them the follow on here and there so they got the extra nutrients that they were missing from food!
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Monday, November 14th 2011, 8:00am

We still use follow on milk for our girls (22 months old). It definitely is not necessary. We find it useful though - it has lots of iron in it (which your little one can and should be getting from diet).

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Monday, November 14th 2011, 9:28am

We never used follow on milk. In fact when she turned 1 we let her have a taste of cows milk and we never looked back! She preferred it to formula.

Took me a bit longer to stop sterilising teats though cos of all the bugs so only stopped when we started using a cup.






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Monday, November 14th 2011, 10:39am

We are planning to skip follow on milk.

Girls are nearly 11months old and they are already reducing the formula they take, they don't seem to want it. They do drink water at meal times and they get cows milk in their breakfast every day.

So, once they reach a year old, we'll switch to cow's milk for their morning and night bottles.
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Monday, November 14th 2011, 12:58pm

This is an interesting thread! I am currently musing over the same thing, my thinking is to go to cows' milk but to maybe use a vitamin and iron supplement. Freya is already on an iron tonic as her levels were a bit low so part of me is a bit worried about the lack of it in her diet. She just doesn't seem to like formula though, I am still BFing and struggling with the fact that I really need to think about stopping before too much longer. I think my battle is going to be to get her to drink milk in any form other than from my (.)(.) but that's for another thread I guess..................................






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Monday, November 14th 2011, 4:49pm

I never used follow on milk. I BF til DD was 14 months but started giving her some cows milk at 12 months. My H.V. said that it is all a money making scheme rather than actual necessary nutrients etc. If they have a balanced diet then they should be getting all they need from their food too xxxx



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Monday, November 14th 2011, 5:10pm

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It is against the law to market infant formula to new babies in this country. To get around this, the mmanufacturers have created 'follow on milk' with slightly different levels of nutrients and they can then call this a different product so they can legally market it. This means that their brand name is out there and if you decide not to breastfeed, they hope you will choose their brand. The formula which you give to a new baby is also suitable from 6 months and after one year. However after one year, a child is getting a wide variety of nutrients from their diet and their irone requirements in particular are lower. Cows milk does is a suitable drink (and it tastes much better) from one year and if your child is eating a wide variety of foods including fruit, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats, then they don't need any extra vitamins/minerals from formula milk. If there was a need for it, then your HV would have recommended it.

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