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“I was just wondering if anyone had some ideas on toddler formula. My 1 year old(today) has been formula feed and now looking into whether or not go with a follow on formula or switch to cows milk. I am just worried about which one and what others have done might help. I tried a follow on formula when my first was 1 but she hated it. ” What is better, follow on formula or cow’s milk?

Posted by Shani, 24/04/13

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  • I did one bottle of cows and 1 of formula

  • I went from breast feeding to formula as they nutrients were better

  • I would discuss with the community nurse.

  • I chose cows milk but each to their own.

  • What did you end up decided to go with?

  • I am not sure what they do to cows milk these days, but their calcium intake at this age is better off gotten through cheeses and yoghurts.

  • What did you end up doing?

  • Mix feed, and slowly graduate to cow’s milk

  • We didn’t bother with follow on formula we just went on to full cows milk. We just introduced it slowly over 2 weeks with no problems.

  • I would do formula. It’s better for them, easier to take with you and the cost is about the same

  • In my opinion, I wouldn’t bother with follow on formula. Give cows milk and a balanced diet full of nutrients.

  • I would give a bit of both. Formula has a lot of nutrients

  • Both my kids were on formula. With my first I used follow on and with my son at just over 12 months I went to normal cows milk and gave him a follow on bottle once a day usually before bed.

  • Good luck and I hope this helps with your decision and remember cows milk is least nutritional :-)

  • Iron status of one-year-olds and association with breast milk, cow’s milk or formula in late infancy.

    Thorisdottir AV, et al. Show all


    Eur J Nutr. 2012 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print]


    Unit for Nutrition Research, Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland and Landspitali, The National University Hospital of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, asavala@landspitali.is.


    PURPOSE: Studies on iron status in infancy and early childhood have shown contradicting results concerning prolonged breast-feeding and cow’s milk intake. The aim of the present study was to investigate associations between iron status among one-year-olds and feeding, with focus on the type of milk.

    METHODS: Randomly selected healthy infants were prospectively investigated until 1 year of age in two cohorts born 1995-1996 (n = 114) and 2005 (n = 140). Information on birth data, feeding and growth until 12 months and iron status at 12 months was collected. Data from the two cohorts were pooled and the infants categorized into three groups according to their predominant milk consumption at 9 months of age, that is, breast milk, cow’s milk or follow-on formula.

    RESULTS: The prevalence of iron deficiency was highest in the cow’s milk group and lowest in the follow-on formula group. According to a linear model, adjusted for gender, birth weight and exclusive breast-feeding duration, cow’s milk consumption was negatively associated with serum ferritin (SF) and formula positively, but breast milk not. Predicted SF (μg/l) = 11.652(intercept) – 5.362(boy) + 0.005 × birth weight (g) + 2.826(exclusively breastfed ≥ 4 months) + 0.027 × formula (ml) – 0.022 × cow’s milk (ml) + 0.005 × breast milk (ml). Correction for other dietary factors did not change these results.

    CONCLUSION: In this pooled analysis, cow’s milk intake in late infancy associated negatively, and follow-on formula positively, with iron status. Prolonged partial breast-feeding does not seem to be of importance for iron status. Fortified food seems to improve iron status in late infancy.

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