At their one year checkup, the pediatrician told us we could start giving Riley and Paige whole milk instead of formula. She gave us 2 options: switch cold turkey and replace all formula with milk right away or switch gradually, mixing milk with the formula and gradually increase the milk while decreasing the formula. We went with option 2 for several reasons. First, and most important, I had JUST ordered a new case of formula (we get a multiples discount by buying it directly from the company. The only drawback was the discount only applied to cases. Considering the amount of formula we went through, this was never a problem. I think a case lasted us a little over 2 weeks. Crazy, right?) and I wasn't going to let it go to waste. Plus, the girls didn't really take to the straight milk immediately. Right now they still get about 6 ounces of formula a day. Our ped's recommendation was to replace the 24 ounces of formula with 24 ounces of milk. Seems like a lot, but we'll do what she says. Now we are going through at least 2 gallons of milk a week and we aren't even on full milk yet! It's cheaper than formula, but it seems like we are always running to the store for milk. We don't even run out of diapers as often as we run out of milk.
Sometimes, I think adopting a cow would make things so much easier.