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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 04:01 AM   11
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From 6 months old baby can have cows milk on cereal, in general cooking and they can eat cheese and yoghurt etc. Cows milk is not supposed to be used as a drink instead of breastmilk or formula until 1 year old.

I started giving Fran yoghurts and cheese from about 5 months old because she's always been formula fed and if she had any cows milk allergies they would have become apparent by then xx



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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 04:22 AM   12
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Ahh ok thanks



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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 05:43 AM   13
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one little lick off the finger wont do any harm. its not like he was giving him spoonfuls of it!x



 
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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 05:47 AM   14
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Dairy (along with other allergy related foods such as strawberries and wheat) should not be given before 6 months as its undecided whether giving them before this time increases likelihood of developing an allergy so guidance is better safe than sorry.

Between 6 months and 12 months babies can have small amounts of dairy (yoghurt, milk in mash potato/porridge) but it must not become part of their main diet (ie must not replace BM/formula). Cows milk is not as nutrient rich as either of these and I think I'm pretty sure I read it is higher in sodium too (but that last bit I'm not 100% on)



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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 06:32 AM   15
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The UK government do not specifically advise dairy from 6 months, they advise starting weaning from 6 months but they don't include dairy (unless its unpasteurised) in the things to avoid if you do wean before six months. If your baby has already had formula then the chances are you will already know if they are allergic to dairy products because a large constituent of most formulas is cows milk-which is altered but to make it easier to digest and less salty as opposed to less allergenic. Cows milk is not advised as a main drink before 12 months because it doesn't contain the correct balance of vitamins (and most vitamins are absent), plus its hard to digest which can irritate the gut in some babies leading to a form of microscopic bleeding that causes anaemia and also it is very high in sodium as wishing on a star has rightly mentioned, one 200ml cup has just under 1/4 of the salt level an under-1 is allowed in an entire 24 hour period, for a baby between 1 and 2, it is 1/8 of the allowance which is a lot less bad xx



 
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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 06:42 AM   16
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A little bit of cream given on a finger shouldnt do any harm hun.... go easy on your Dad, he probably feels pretty crappy after everyone giving him a lecture x



 
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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 07:48 AM   17
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My MIL is visiting for Thanksgiving and game my LO oatmeal and sweet potatoes. They're flying back home today, thank goodness. LO also slept 11 hours straight last night and I awoke to a lecture on how soaking LO's diaper was. And it was a Huggies Snug 'n' Dry. But still.



 
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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 11:30 AM   18
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I might have given my daughter a lick of whipped cream last Easter and she wasn't quite 4 months. It won't hurt your baby. We won't discuss the cupcake yesterday.

But tell your parents that it is your choice when the baby gets solid foods. Unfortunately parents aren't that great about respecting their children's choices.



 
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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 12:00 PM   19
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Babies can have cows milk on cereal and things just they need BM or formula as well as food. I was swapped from BM to just plain cows milk at 8 months anyway and it did me no harm.



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Old Nov 25th, 2011, 22:25 PM   20
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Thanks everyone... I had just heard that babies shouldn't have dairy before 1 year, but I didn't know why!

My problem with my dad trying to give my LO is that we (me and DH) haven't made the decision to start DS on anything other than BM/formula, and when DS gets his first taste of something else, WE want to be the one to give it to him! And we both definitely want to be there to see his reaction--not a decision someone should take out of our hands. I know my dad meant well, but I was still a little peeved that he didn't think to ask first.

Thanks for the responses!



 
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