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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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  • Cows milk is much better – naturally full of goodness :-)

  • Latest research shows after one, cows milk is better.

  • I found the toddler formulas gluggy and smelly and hard to mix. I did use it for a while, stiring in a teaspoon of Milo B-Smart to make it better but eventually just went to cows. Formula is cheaper but the prep is not worth it for me :)

  • I used to give my son half formula and combine it with cow milk. He used to have issue with cow milk though until my child care suggested a2 milk.

  • I went from normal formula to cows milk. I put pentavite into it for a few months too, and that is what the gp told me to do if I was going to put them onto cows milk

  • If she hates it, then that says more than anything anyone else can say – make the switch to cows milk, after 1 year, the formulae provide no benefit that they aren’t getting from a good diet anyhow.

  • I would switch to cows milk at this stage

  • Cows milk is fine. Our Child Health Nurse told us that follow on formula can sometimes hinder kids appetites, so they end up drinking more and eating less, which is what our oldest was doing.

  • Cows milk as long as they are having a balanced and healthy diet. If they are really picky/fussy eaters, sometimes they may need the nutrients in follow on formula, or else just give them probiotics and vitamins.

  • They didn’t have follow on furmula with my first 3 kids and I didn’t see the need for my 4th I think it is just a rip off

  • Cows Milk and a healthy diet provides all the nutrients needed for a one year old so formula is not a neccessity. But it is personal choice as always. Some people like to use it just to boost any nutrients they may be lacking

  • I have always switched to just cows milk, without any probs. never bothered with follow on formula.

  • I will be giving my bub cows milk when she turns 1. I think follow on formula’s are a bit of a marketing poly.

  • I never even considered follow on formula. My son just started off having a small amount of cows milk on his weetbix, or mixed in with his formula from about 10 months onwards. This is what my family gp said would be the best way to introduce it, and he also told me that the follow on formula is just a gimmick. Yes it has ‘extra’ vitamins and nutrients, but if your child isn’t eating junk food all the time, then they will be getting everything they need from their food :)

  • I’m loving this question and comments :)
    My eldest 3 daughters all went straight onto cows milk when they were 1 and now my youngest daughter who is 1 in 2 weeks l am actually going to use the follow on formula with for a while, I just don’t know if she’s getting enough vitamins and minerals from what she eats compared to my other 3 kids, yet l never questioned this with my first 3….. don’t know why l am this time to be honest lol.

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