milk and breastfeeding?

Janet - posted on 04/16/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hello my wee giy is 15 month old now. and I am still nirsing him.
I work FT now and he only nurses first thing in the morning and at bed...
when I am home with him he nurses alot more... There is no way he is ready to stop...
I was wondering what I can give him to drink.... when he goes to daycare because I can't pump?
I was told by my pediatrician that I shouldn't give him milk becasue breastfeeding and milk will make him Iron deficient... I am not sure if I belive this or if he just thinks I souldn't be nursing this long.....

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Carolyn - posted on 04/16/2011

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Its not advised to switch babies under a year to whole milk because cows milk makes it difficult to digest iron ( or something like that). I would expect if he is getting iron rich foods ( red meats, grean leafy vegetables, etc) it would even out at his age as his digestive system would be more mature.



They make toddler formulas you can use. But i know many people who use whole milk with no problem. Just make sure he is getting plenty of iron in his solid foods

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Kim - posted on 04/18/2011

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There are also vitamin drops that contain iron. "Enfamil Poly-Vi-Sol" is what I used. My pediatrician suggested it while I was nursing my son, and it tastes sweet so he had no problem taking it. At 15 months, his appetite is much larger than before. Whole milk is just fine; diluted juice is a refreshing option once in a while (but be careful, too much juice and not enough milk can cause painful diaper rashes).

Catherine - posted on 04/18/2011

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Too much milk can cause iron deficiency (calcium blocks iron absorbtion, Vitamin C helps with it). The "rule of thumb" at your son's age seems to be that nursing 3X a day is enough milk for the day, so if he nurses 2X a day, then one cup of milk at daycare would probably be a good idea.

Valerie - posted on 04/16/2011

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give him whatever you want that is healthy: water, whole milk, diluted juice,

Amy - posted on 04/16/2011

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I don't know how not giving him milk will make him iron deficient, but at daycare if I were you I would have them give whole milk or water. My daughter is 13 months old and bf's when I'm home, I no longer pump at work either. When I'm home with her she gets water with her meals or water in a sippy cup when we're running errands. When my husband takes care of her while I'm at work he gives her whole milk in place of the feedings where I would normally bf and she goes back and forth just fine without any problems.

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