How to Switch a Baby From Soy Formula to Whole Milk

By Alison Ingraham

The reasons a baby drinks soy formula vary. Some babies show signs of being lactose intolerant, while others may be on soy formula because of colic or the parents’ diet preferences. The recommended age to switch a baby from formula to whole milk is 12 months according to babycenter.com, but you should always consult your doctor before making the switch. Many parents choose to make the switch to whole milk gradually and this change can be broken down into several steps.

Instructions

Consult your baby’s physician before beginning the switch to whole milk. Once he says it is OK to begin making the switch, do it gradually.

Mix a couple of tablespoons of whole milk with some cereal or fruit and offer it to your baby. The texture of whole milk is different from formula, so your baby may be hesitant to consume it in the beginning.

If your baby doesn’t have any adverse reactions to small amounts of whole milk mixed with your baby’s food, mix one part whole milk with three parts formula in a bottle or sippy cup and feed it to your baby. Watch for reactions to the cow’s milk and call your doctor if you notice any changes.

If your baby doesn’t have any reactions to small amounts of whole milk mixed with his formula, gradually increase the amount you are feeding him until he is drinking 16 to 24 ounces a day. According to babycenter.com, a one- to two-year-old baby should drink about 16 to 24 ounces of whole milk in a day. However, make sure your baby isn’t drinking too much milk making them not hungry for other nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables.

Warning

Consult your baby’s doctor before switching to whole milk. Because your baby’s body is not used to consuming cow’s milk, the switch to whole milk should be done gradually and you should watch for adverse reactions to the whole milk. According to the Mayo Clinic, allergic reactions to cow’s milk can range from mild to severe and can include wheezing, vomiting, hives and digestive problems.

If your baby has signs of milk allergies, you should try offering them lactose free milk instead of cow’s milk as long as your child seems to have this allergy. According to the Mayo Clinic, most children outgrow milk allergies by age three.

About the Author

Alison Ingraham has worked as a business report editor, administrative assistant, and an education analyst. She spends much of her free time with her family, running in 5k and 10k races, and reading. She also has interests in nutrition, health, and fashion.