how much cow's milk does a 13 month old need? I am down to breastfeeding her once/day at bedtime but she doesn't drink much cows milk during the day (only about 3oz).

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Sally - posted on 06/25/2011

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2-3 8 oz servings is the standard. If she doesn't like milk, cheese or yogurt (or even ice cream) are made from it.
However, no human being needs cow's milk. We're really not designed to digest it and all the good stuff in it can be gotten from healthier sources.
Protein is in meat, fish, legumes, and nuts.
Calcium is in some legumes and nuts, canned fish (especially salmon and sardines), and dark green leafy veggies.
Vitamin D is added to milk. It can be gotten naturally from some fish and from sunshine.
Vitamin A is added to milk. It can be gotten naturally from all yellow and orange veggies and most orange and yellow fruits.

Lucy - posted on 06/25/2011

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I have heard that between a year and 18 months they need about 250ml of milk a day (I think that is a little over 8oz), whether breast or cow's milk, which isn't all that much really if you think about it - only a cupful. But if she isn't keen on drinking milk by itself, the milk in her cereal still counts, as does yoghurt, cheese, and any other dairy really - the importance of the milk is essentially as a source of calcium and vitamin D, so any food containing those will be great :)

Amanda - posted on 06/26/2011

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Cow's milk is for calves not humans. If her diet is well rounded and balanced she will be getting everything she needs. My 3 year old has never had cow's milk or any dairy products. He is healthy with more than enough energy. My daughter is 4 months and I will never giver her dairy either. There are much richer sources of calcium out there than cow's milk if you are concerned about that. Broccoli, leafy green veg, kidney beans, chick peas, green beans, baked beans, wholegrains, different fish and nuts, and more.

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Angela - posted on 06/27/2011

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My doctor just told me at my son's 12 month check up that he only needs about 16oz of cows milk or about 3 breastfeedings a day. So if your are still breastfeeding at night I would say maybe 8-10 oz. If she does not like it, maybe try breastmilk in a bottle.

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 06/26/2011

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Please refer to this link for the norm babies tend to drink - http://mommby.com/Breastfeeding_and_Bott... My pediatrician wanted my son to still drink around 18 ounces of "milk" at that age. I think the importance of "milk" is that it has a good "fat" content which they need. I actually didn't give my son much cows milk until closer to 1 1/2 and instead gave him formula for toddlers. My son was never a good milk drinker but he loved yogurt and cheese so we did a lot of that. Then at 2 1/2 I introduced almond milk and he loves that. It doesn't have as much fat content as whole cow's milk and it is important that they get a high "good" fat content at 13 months so you may want to check with your baby's doctor to see if it is ok to try something like that. Good luck!

Erin - posted on 06/26/2011

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Cow milk is not the best choice to supplement for BM, I would look into either goats milk or almond milk. We use Almond milk

Tanya - posted on 06/25/2011

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I have read that babies not being breastfed anymore need 2-3 cups of cow's milk or an equivalent calcium rich food per day (like yogurt, cheese, soy milk, spinach, etc) but if you are breastfeeding 4 times a day they don't need any. With your daughter feeding once a day and drinking 3 oz, she is probably getting about half her calcium needs met. Depending on what other calcium rich products she eats, you can evaluate how much more she needs.

Melissa - posted on 06/25/2011

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Well for adults i know that they recomend 2-3 servings of dairy a day (depends on age/weight/breastfeeding/ some other factors)- check the nutrition pyramids of what they say i am sure they should generally say.

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