My daughter couldn't handle formula from birth and we have her on cows milk per doctors orders: Advice?

My daughter was born prematurely at 34 weeks. I, unfortunately, I was not able to breastfeed her (couldn’t produce milk even after seeing four different lactation consultants), so she has been on formula since birth. She instantly developed stomach problems and was not able to digest hardly any brand of formula, we found one that worked for her, and we have been mixing it with cows milk (doctors orders, also did this with my first daughter). We did this for the first three months, and then she began taking just formula. Currently, she is on schedule, eating, , and drinking correcting for her age, not behind in any way. She eats 2-4 servings of baby food daily, and she also has one cup of cows milk daily. About three weeks ago, she started turning away from formula bottles and started preferring the cow’s milk. I mentioned this to her doctor, and the doctor suggested to keep trying the formula and if she absolutely would not take it, let her have cows milk and supplement with vitamins. I guess my question is, has anyone went through anything similar? Or did anyone stop formula at such a young age? Should I be worried? My daughter was born prematurely at 34 weeks. I, unfortunately, I was not able to breastfeed her (couldn’t produce milk even after seeing four different lactation consultants), so she has been on formula since birth. She instantly developed stomach problems and was not able to digest hardly any brand of formula, we found one that worked for her, and we have been mixing it with cows milk (doctors orders, also did this with my first daughter). We did this for the first three months, and then she began taking just formula. Currently, she is on schedule, eating, and drinking correcting for her age, not behind in any way. She eats 2-4 servings of baby food daily, and she also has one cup of cows milk daily. About three weeks ago, she started turning away from formula bottles and started preferring the cow’s milk. I mentioned this to her doctor, and the doctor suggested to keep trying the formula and if she absolutely would not take it, let her have cows milk and supplement with vitamins. I guess my question is, has anyone went through anything similar? Or did anyone stop formula at such a young age? Should I be worried?

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Have you thought about getting donor breastmilk

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How old is your daughter?

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remember the doctors are not nutritionist and doctors do not specialize in the digestive system you should seek out somebody who does specialize in digestion or who is a nutritionist because doctors have been known to give bad advice when it comes to introducing foods and other related things

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Have you tried aliminitem im probaly spelling it wrong its a purple can of similiac but its predigested only brand my two youngest could handle

I switched my daughter to cows milk at 9 months and shes a very strong and healthy 7 year old didnt see exactly how baby is but would suggest speaking with a professional other then your primary dr as a second opinion

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My daughter had to drink actual soy milk out of fridge section when she was little. At first watered down. She was unable yo keep anything else down or screaming for hours. This was per our doctor too

Idk what kinda dr suggested cows milk but they are WRONG! stomach was not developed enough for cows milk at that age. Jeez!

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How old is she? Is she thriving ? Gaining weight? If she is. I don’t see an issue

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My grandson had to have powdered milk, he couldn’t drink formula and couldn’t drink cows milk until he was over a year old

My neighbor was raised on goat milk and he lived till 87

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About 2 weeks after my mom brought me home from the hospital- I refused formula and I refused breast milk. Our family doctor at the time told my mom to put me on cows milk so she did. I was raised on cows milk from about 2 weeks old. 29 years old now and 0 health problems :blush:.

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My daughter hated milk so I started using it in her food she was getting enough from the food she was eating and preferred flavoured water. This was from about 8 /9 months, she didn’t drink milk again until she tasted a milkshake even now she’s not a fan of milk, just go with you feel is right for your daughter as every child is different

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I would get a second opinion or see a diet specialist cow’s milk does not have all the things a growing baby needs for their physical and brain development I would stop giving her vows milk all together if she’s hungry she will eat the formula

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No doctor would prescribe cow’s milk so young…where the hell do people live that post here?

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My son was born with a genetic disease called Marfan Syndrome. Comes with all kids of possible issues which includes a heart problem. Anyway, he refused bottles and fomula at 9 months. He only wanted milk in sippy cups. By then he was mostly eating baby food and some solids (mashed potatoes, things like that). It didnt matter what I tried or the docs said, he WOULD NOT take it. I did start mixing the baby rice cereal in with the milk after he refused the formula. He’s 9 years old now and other than the (currently) small heart issue, he is perfectly fine.

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What the fuck. That doctor needs to not practice anymore. You sang just give a baby cows milk vs formula

Switched all my kids to cows milk at 9 months, they started eating baby food at 2 months to help reflux and it worked great they are all happy and healthy now.

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You never mentioned how old she is. I would ask for a GI and nutritionist referral. They combined the appointments for my son so it was easier. She may need an amino acid based or other specialty formula. They are expensive but WIC or insurance will provide them with a prescription.

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I missed in the original post how old your daughter is. Unfortunately this is the kind of issue I don’t think any of us can give you answers on as without age and full genetic description we may give you recommendations that make things much worse. I would reach out to your pediatrician and if you don’t trust their advice then I’d either find a new pediatrician or ask for a referral for a specialist on eating. There’s soooo much that comes into play in making this kind of decision that I would hate to give you exact recommendations that could seriously harm your lo