Getting ready to wean from breastmilk/expressed milk/formula to whole milk or a milk alternative? Here’s what you need to know!
When do I make the switch?
Generally, if your baby is a term baby, you will transition from breastmilk/formula to whole milk or a milk alternative around 12 months of age. If you choose to continue breastfeeding, you can absolutely continue! You can offer only breastmilk or a combination of breastmilk and whole milk/milk alternative. However, your baby doesn’t need formula after 1 year of age unless directed by your provider.
What do I use?
Choosing a milk for your baby is a personal choice. If you go the cow’s milk route, whole milk is recommended until 2 years of age for its nutritional properties to support a growing toddler. You can swap cow’s milk (for example, if your baby has an allergy or you prefer not to feed cow’s milk) for a milk alternative such as almond milk, soy milk, pea milk, or even goat’s milk! You can read more about a cow’s milk alternative for your toddler here on HealthyChildren.org.
How do I transition?
We have a 3 week calendar guide to transitioning to a milk/milk alternative here! The calendar includes a 3 week guide on how to introduce your milk of choice, wean off of breastmilk/chest milk/formula, and switch over to a sippy cup.
Need more personalized help?
Book a consultation with Lauren or Natalie (NICU RNs)! They will work out any kinks with you.
**This post is educational and not meant to take the place of your provider. Bumblebaby makes a small commission on some of the items listed above