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Made it a year! Now what?

Posted by on Nov. 26, 2012 at 5:09 PM
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I'm really happy that my DD and I were able to nurse a year and still going...we've had rough patches especially since the teeth started coming! Well now the pediatrician says I need to give her whole milk because she isn't chunky enough.  I still want to nurse because as far as I understand my milk is best ( I'm a first time mom here). Any advice around this? Do I start giving her cows milk and nurse? Just nurse? Even my mom says that if I don't give her cows milk how will she ever wean from breastfeeding....

I need support! So I'm asking you wonderful ladies :)

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jjchick75
by Silver Member on Nov. 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM

She doesn't need cows milk. We've never given any other kind of milk. Cows milk has less calories than breastmilk and is not used as well by babies body. Instead of cows milk add high calorie foods like avacado to her diet. But if she is somewhere around 12lbs bigger than she was at her lowest weight, her weight is fine. I wouldn't worry about it.

collinsmommy0
by Gold Member on Nov. 26, 2012 at 8:04 PM
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It's really up to you. We don't do cows milk (aDS is allergic) or any other kind of milk (we use almond milk in recipes though). I wouldn't bother with cows milk. Three nursings a day provides more nutrition than all of the recommended cows milk.
She will wean when she's ready - she's not going to e nursing when she's 10 or anything!
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collinsmommy0
by Gold Member on Nov. 26, 2012 at 8:05 PM
Oh also your milk continues to have more fat & calories than any other food, including cows milk.
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sreichelt26
by on Nov. 26, 2012 at 8:08 PM
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^^what they said

Cow’s milk?

Many nursing moms are told that they must introduce cow’s milk at a year. Your nursing toddler is already getting the best milk he can get – mother’s milk! Breastmilk has a higher fat contentthan whole cow’s milk (needed for baby’s brain growth), and all the nutrients of human milk are significantly more bioavailable than those of cow’s milk because it is species specific (not to mention all the components of mother’s milk that are not present in cow’s milk).

There is no need to add cow’s milk to your toddler’s diet (or the equivalent nutrients from other milks or foods) as long as your baby is nursing at least 3-4 times per day. Cow’s milk is really just aconvenient source of calcium, protein, fats, vitamin D, etc. – it’s not required. There are many people in many parts of the world who do not drink milk and still manage to get all the calcium, protein, fats, vitamin D, etc. that they need.

  • Good non-dairy sources of protein include meats, fish, peas & beans (chick peas, lentils, baked beans, etc.), tofu and other soy products, boiled eggs, peanut and other nut butters (if your child is not allergic).
  • Good non-dairy sources of fats include soy and safflower oils, flax seed and flax seed oil, walnuts, fish and fish oils, avocado. Adding fats to cooking and baking can work well, for example, stir fry in safflower oil or make mini-muffins with soy or rice milk, oil or butter, and eggs.
  • Calcium may be derived from many nondairy sources.
  • Vitamin D can be supplied by sunlight exposure and food sources.
  • If your child is not nursing regularly and is not allergic to cow’s milk products, but simply doesn’t like cow’s milk, you can incorporate milk into your child’s diet in other ways. Many children like cheese, whole-fat yogurt or ice cream. You can also put milk into various food products: pancakes, waffles, muffins, French toast, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and baked goods.
  • Some moms wish to offer cow’s milk to their toddler, but baby doesn’t like it. Over the age of 12 months, milk becomes a more minor part of a child’s diet. It is sometimes helpful to mix increasing amounts of cow’s milk with your expressed milk to help baby get used to the taste. Many dietitians see nothing wrong with adding some flavor (such as strawberry or chocolate) to cow’s milk.

Pediatricians now recommend that any cow’s milk be whole milk from a cup after the first year and until the child is at least 2 years of age. This ensures that your child receives enough fat, which is essential to proper brain development. After the age of two, if growth is good, you can switch to low-fat or nonfat milk. Note: If your child is nursing, then remember that mom’s milk is “whole” milk – the more breastmilk your child gets, the less need to worry about your child getting additional fat from whole milk or other sources.

It’s best to limit the amount of cow’s milk that your child receives to 2-3 cups (16-24 ounces) per day, since too much cow’s milk in a child’s diet can put him at risk for iron-deficiency anemia (because cow’s milk can interfere with the absorption of iron) and may decrease the child’s desire for other foods.

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/toddler-foods/

2011CaliMom
by on Nov. 26, 2012 at 8:10 PM

She's only gained about 8 lbs since birth. I was petite like this as a baby too though. The pediatrician told me that cows milk had more calories....She does like avocados so I'll try to give them more often. Thank you.

Quoting jjchick75:

She doesn't need cows milk. We've never given any other kind of milk. Cows milk has less calories than breastmilk and is not used as well by babies body. Instead of cows milk add high calorie foods like avacado to her diet. But if she is somewhere around 12lbs bigger than she was at her lowest weight, her weight is fine. I wouldn't worry about it.


justone_jen
by Jen on Nov. 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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This may come as a shocker to your pediatrician, but cow's milk isn't necessary in a human diet. :P

This is all up to you, mama. If you want to give your child cow's milk, go for it. If you want to continue to nurse, go for it. Your milk will continue to provide a plethora of benefits to your child. It doesn't turn to water once the baby turns a year, contrary to what some believe.

My issue with your pediatrician is his reasoning. She's not chunky enough, by whose standards? She's an individual, who shouldn't be held to expectations drawn on a chart.

You wean either when she is ready or when you are, and what anyone else has to say about it is irrelevant. :)
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K8wizzo
by Kate on Nov. 26, 2012 at 8:35 PM
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Calorie and fat content of various milks

AUGUST 2, 2011. Posted in: MILK

Type of milkCalorie content*
(kcal per ounce)
Fat content
(grams per ounce)
human milk22 (average)†1.2 (average)†
infant formula201.06
cow milk (whole)191.00
cow milk (2%)150.62
cow milk (1%)120.31
cow milk (fat-free)100.00
goat milk180.90
soy milk180.50
soy milk (reduced fat)120.25
rice milk (unflavored)150.25

* Rounded to the nearest kcal
† See What affects the amount of fat or calories in mom’s milk?
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marynash88
by Member on Nov. 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM
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Keep nursing and ditch that pediatrician. How can another mammals milk be better than yours? If your baby is meeting milestones and is gaining some weight, why does it matter if she is "chunky". Shes not meant to be chunky.. shes meant to be slim enough to start walking if she isnt already.

2011CaliMom
by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 2:13 AM

She's the third dr, don't even get me started on the first 2. She's our last hope pretty much because of the insurance. She has a birth defect which that specialist told me will make her smaller...which I told the pediatrician. If money wasn't an issue I would change. I believe she is making her milestones though. Thanks for the support.

Quoting marynash88:

Keep nursing and ditch that pediatrician. How can another mammals milk be better than yours? If your baby is meeting milestones and is gaining some weight, why does it matter if she is "chunky". Shes not meant to be chunky.. shes meant to be slim enough to start walking if she isnt already.


2011CaliMom
by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 4:44 PM

BUMP!

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