those with older babies - is formula better than cow's milk in food?
For Christina's cereal I usually use EBM, but I would like to reduce my pumping at work, so I was thinking of just pumping enough EBM for her bottles but not cereal. I have read that it's ok to use cow's milk on cereal after 6 months. However, I know formula has lots more added vitamins/nutrients compared to cow's milk, so is this a better alternative? Or do you think it's imperative I keep pumping this extra bit for her cereal each day? She is 9 months old tomorrow. What do you use in food?
I, personally, wouldn't use cow's milk at all until at least a year old. I think formula would have more nutrients and vitamins at that age. I'm definitely not an expert though so maybe someone else has more insight.
I was told cows milk in food or on cereal was ok as it makes up such a small component of their milk intake. It is not nutritionally complete enough for a main milk source but that's ok because your boobs are still the main source
formula obviously has added vitamins but in the tiny amounts you'd use it may not make much difference. Also you would probably need to buy small cartons of ready to use formula - depends on the use by dates etc ...
We used quite a bit of milk in Aisling's cereal (about 150ml) so I decided until she was a year old I'd prefer her to have the extra nutrients from formula. I'm not sure if it's the same now but Hipp Organic used to do a box with 2 sealed bags in it so there wasn't as much waste as it has to be thrown out 28 days after being opened.
i try as much as possible to use ebm but if i dont have any then i use formula as i reckon it has more nutrients and LO is under 6 months. it is supposed to be ok to use cow's milk in cereals with babies over 6 months.
I just use cows milk since it is such a small amount of milk going on and formula would just be wasted since I wouldn't use it all soon enough and I would have to throw it out. I have used cows milk on it since 6months
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