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We tried switching my daughter from formula to whole milk just before she turned a year and she had an awful reaction to it (note the doctor said she could have been sick at the same time coincidentally). So we stopped giving her milk and she got better almost right away. Our doctor suggested we wait a month and try 2% milk.

At first she wouldn't drink the milk but now she is drinking it when mixed with formula. It has been 2 weeks and I am scared to give her whole milk again. She is almost 14mths now and I know you can start giving them 2% at 2 years. Would it be awful if I kept her on 2% instead of switching her to the whole milk again? I do plan on using less and less formula till she is off of that soon and just gets milk. She is very healthy otherwise, big for her age in both hight and weight. So I don't think she needs the fat as much as some babies. I am scared to give her something that her body rejects or will be bad for her.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I want what is best for her.

asked 03 Dec '09, 15:54

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IMHO, the combination of "our doctor suggested" and that you observe that she tolerates the 2% milk and did not tolerate the whole is more than enough to justify this.

On the other hand, since there's some chance that her sickness was entirely coincidental, I also see no reason not to try whole milk again. You do say that she got better right away after discontinuing whole milk, so if she gets sick again you (a) have learned for sure that the problem is the milk, and (b) you know how to make her better right away.


answered 03 Dec '09, 18:05

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In our experience, we had to feed our 1 year old 2% milk because she's lactose intollerant and we cannot buy homo lactose free milk. Our pediatrician and dietician said this was OK. In the beginning we would boost the essential fats and calories by adding 1 oz of whipping cream to an 8 oz bottle compensate but over time decreased it and now she is on straight 2% at 15 months. The reason they suggest homo milk is because the essential fatty acids help support brain development and the extra calories are needed for proper growth (according to our health care professionals)


answered 03 Dec '09, 16:27

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Homo milk? "Whole" is just one more letter...

(03 Dec '09, 16:53) ceejayoz

My brother was switched to 2% at about this age because he was gaining weight too quickly on whole milk.

(03 Dec '09, 17:09) mkcoehoorn

"homo" means "homogenized." Entirely different issue than 2% versus whole.

(03 Dec '09, 18:04) lgritz

@Igritz That doesn't make sense in the context of the post.

(03 Dec '09, 18:47) ceejayoz

Homo milk IS 3.25% which IS whole milk - thats a very common and acceptable term for it. If you want to get technical it can be anywhere from 3.25% to 3.7% depending on where you live. In Canada, homo milk is synonymous with whole milk. All our packaging calls it Homo milk even. Sorry for any confusion people.

(03 Dec '09, 19:29) dreamerisme

Huh, interesting. Never heard the term in the US or Australia, so was quite confused by the usage. Cheers!

(03 Dec '09, 21:07) ceejayoz

Oh, how odd. I assumed you meant homogenized, which is where the fat is thoroughly mixed rather than settling at the top (which even 2% will still do). See: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-homogenized-milk.htm

(03 Dec '09, 22:44) lgritz

Yeah, it's a Canadian thing. I can remember camping in the US as a child and my parents sending me to the camp store to buy some "homo" milk. I'm certain this was done for their own amusement, as I don't remember drinking anything but 2% any time other than that... ;-)

(04 Dec '09, 02:26) Scott ♦♦
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You might find the answsers to this very similar question of 2% vs. whole milk of interest.


answered 04 Dec '09, 00:37

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