When does a baby stop drinking formula? It’s such a common question that deserves explanation to help you handle the transition with ease.
When does a baby stop drinking formula?
Babies should stop drinking formula by 12 months of age. There are a few reasons for this.
- When a baby turns a year old, they are typically eating three meals and two snacks a day, and are getting the majority of their nutrition from food.
- Continuing to use formula can reduce a child’s appetite for food and can potentially cause challenges with learning to like a range of foods and textures.
Why does a baby need to be 1 before they can drink milk?
Babies under 12 months of age have immature digestive systems that aren’t very good at digesting milk proteins. The proteins and minerals in cow’s milk can stress a baby’s kidneys and can cause diarrhea. Thankfully, this improves by the time they are a year old.
What kind of milk is best for toddlers?
When you transition from formula to milk, you should use whole milk and not reduced or nonfat milk. One year olds (and older toddlers too!) need fat for proper growth, so you want to be sure to use milk with fat in it. Read more about transitioning to cow’s milk here—including ratios, the type of milk that’s best, and how to know if a child is tolerating milk well.
When should a baby stop drinking from a bottle?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that we start to wean a baby from a bottle by 18 months of age. That said, it’s not always easy to make that transition and some babies need the emotional support of a bottle a little bit longer. So keep in mind that weaning from a bottle is a process and it may take a little longer. Many families aim to be totally done with bottles by age 2.
TIP: If your one year old is still drinking a bottle of milk, start to transition to a sippy cup.
When do babies stop drinking breastmilk?
This is a much more nuanced and individual decision than stopping formula and some families choose to wean from breastmilk at 12 months and others much later. I’ve experienced this type of weaning at 14 months and 17 months—both because my kids seemed ready and I was also ready to move forward—but there’s no one right way to do it. If nursing seems to be inhibiting your child’s hunger at meals and snacks for food, you may want to consider starting to wean, offer food before breastmilk, or at least recognize the factors in play since a child going into toddlerhood without a firm grasp on textures and flavors can potentially experiences additional challenges with learning to eat.