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Can anyone educate me? I feel dumb for asking but....

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:23 AM
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I have had to go back to work full time recently. As a result, I feel like I am making less breast milk than I should and I am having trouble pumping enough to meet my 6 month olds demands while I am away. We decided to supplement with goat's milk. I drank it from four months of age, my DD from 8 months of age.

I mentioned it to our dr yesterday at our 6 month appoinment and he said he would encourage us to back off because it's too high in sodium. I have heard that it's important to be careful with how much sodium babies take in, but never why. I know sodium can increase blood pressure, but why else should babies have as little as possible?

Thanks for enlightening my ignorance.

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kk_bella
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Hmm....well, goats milk is high in potassium and it's potassium to sodium ratio actually makes it a food that helps combat high blood pressure.
Now, to answer your question, a diet high in sodium can lead to heart disease and kidney damage.

Mandafers
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Thanks, that makes sense

25beengoodtome
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:41 AM

 My guess would be that sodium could be difficult for baby's kidneys . Have you thought about using soy milk or formula? My Granddaughter was on soy for a year. She was allergic to milk - even mom's milk. 

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Mandafers
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I have thought about that but I've heard that goat's milk is the closest to human breast milk and as I said, that's what I was on when I was a baby. Plus formula is just so much more expensive, about twice as much. But I certainly don't want to hurt my baby!

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