We were lucky in that he liked milk right away. This is what we did:
AM bottle - 100% formula
lunch - sippy
dinner - sippy
water in sippy cups inbetween
First 2-3 days: 80% formula, 20% milk. Once he tolerated it (watched his poops. They're a little soft/runny when you first introduce whole milk. Gets better as his body gets used to it), we'd change the ratios until we were at 100% whole milk. Somehow it worked out so that he ran out of formula at about the same time. The morning bottle then became milk in a sippy.
With this, we were off both formula and bottles by 11 1/2 months. Oddly enough, I wasn't sad to see the bottles go!
Great feeling to make that final purchase
It might be different for us since early on G sometimes seemed allergic to milk and milk formula but I just wanted to add that G took in less milk than formula- where she was having 6-8 oz bottles of formula before bed she could only stomach a 3-4 oz bottle before bed without getting sick.
MelissaSue81:How much milk should they be getting once they switch? I am both excited and nervous about this transition, since Eve is only so-so with her solids (she is starting to reject purees but struggles with many table foods also) so I've been pretty dependent on formula to make sure she's getting adequate nutrition. That said, I am also hoping to only have to buy formula one more time. (I have almost two full cans plus a small can and a sample can)
When they start off, they shouldn't be getting any more than 16 oz. of whole milk a day.