No, cow milk has more fat, but it is not as easily digestible by human babies/children/adults, therefore the extra fat does not help much. Human milk has enough fat for human babies and it is used efficiently.
They can drink either one, provided the toddler in question has no allergies to cow's milk. Both my toddlers drank both, often in the same day. YDD drinks maybe 2 oz of cow's milk and the rest she gets from the tap, so to speak. She nurses about 5x/day. They're not old enough for me to tell whether it's going to work out in the long run, though. Maybe in 10-15 years, I'll know for sure.
What they said! ^ cows milk is never needed.
– Dewey 2001
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 content than 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 a convenient 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.
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.
Quoting Analugojana:No, cow milk has more fat, but it is not as easily digestible by human babies/children/adults, therefore the extra fat does not help much. Human milk has enough fat for human babies and it is used efficiently.
Actually, breastmilk has a higher fat content. this is true at all ages, but in the later stages of lactation, the fat content actually increases.
* Rounded to the nearest kcal† See What affects the amount of fat or calories in mom’s milk?References:
If that were true my two dairy allergic kiddos would be in serious developmental trouble lol. Children need FAT for brain development. Fats can be found in LOTS of foods- oils, avocado, fish, etc, and breastmilk is the absolute best source of fats.
Human breastmilk for human babies and toddlers is superior to any other food.
Nothing else is required.
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