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question about cow's milk??

my daughter is now 1 yrs old and i switched her completely to whole milk but shes still having trouble with hard stool...i know its hurting her so would it be ok to switch her to 2% if whole milk is too heavy for her? Please help

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Asked by mariisasmommy at 10:27 AM on Apr. 19, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • We never used whole milk for that reason. She went almost immediately to 2% and at 2 she went to 1%

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:28 AM on Apr. 19, 2010

  • I'd ditch the cow all together and try goat or soy. Stool problems are frequently a sign of intolerance to cow dairy in some form. It might just be milk, it might be all cow dairy.

    Answer by eema.gray at 11:01 AM on Apr. 19, 2010

  • i would skip the cow milk and go to water. the reason whole is suggested is for the fat, so be sure to include good fat in your lo's diet. fish, nuts, and avocados are great.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 11:11 AM on Apr. 19, 2010

  • Call your doctor and see what he/she reccomends first.
    But this is what I would personally do. I would try giving apple or pear juice a couple times a day and see if that helps first.
    If not I would try the 2% and see how that goes.I know that they recommend the whole milk basically because of the fat in it that they want the young ones to get from it and of couse the vitamin D and calcium.
    If 2% doesn't work, I'd go with Lactaid. My son used to be on that, he was lactose intolerant for a couple years.If that doesn't work, I'd go with soy. They also offer Goats milk which is more easily digestable for some.
    But call your doctor for sure. Good Luck!

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 11:18 AM on Apr. 19, 2010

  • Why cows milk?

    Hard stool is not due to how much fat is in the milk, it is an allergy issue.

    There are numerous milk options that do NOT include cows milk, which have the same (or higher) nutritional value, without the risks of feeding cows milk. It is food for baby cows, not people.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 11:33 AM on Apr. 19, 2010

  • Hard stool isn't about the percentage of fat that is in the milk. It is that a new material was introduced into her body and her body is just adjusting to it. It doesn't even neccisarily have to do with allergies either. It is the body's way of adjusting to the new materials. Just as it did with pureed foods and solid foods. Give your baby stool softening foods like prunes, peas, green beans to try and help soften the stool. If that doesn't help within a few days to a week, then consult her doctor and talk about possible alternatives.

    2% usually isn't a good idea until they're at least two years old. Just for the fact that the child requires that fat that is in whole milk. Unless otherwise specified by her Pedi. All the best!

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 12:02 PM on Apr. 19, 2010

  • if she is having trouble with constipation try limiting her milk. If she is having that much trouble passing her stool, she may be getting too much dairy. Remember yogurt, cheese, etc. count toward milk products, so if she eats those as well you should count that as part of her dairy intake. Also it will help to increase her fiber intake with stuff like oatmeal, sweet potatoes, etc.

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 5:20 PM on Apr. 19, 2010

  • Oh yes...and drinking enough water will help her also.

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 5:25 PM on Apr. 19, 2010

  • Water is fine. Cow milk is for baby cows, and humans don't need it. Like many other nutrients, and despite the claims of the dairy industry, plant based calcium is superior to animal based. While cow mild is rich in protein, the kind of protein that is contains is casein, while human milk protein is lactalbumin, with is easily digestible; more the 50% of casein isn’t digested and can cause health problems later in life, like food allergies. Here is some of what the doctors at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine say:

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:40 PM on Apr. 19, 2010

  • It could be something else in her diet. Maybe she needs more fiber and green leafies. Talk to the doctor. All you get here is opinions and preaching.

    Answer by brookebella at 6:24 PM on Apr. 19, 2010

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