Cow's milk

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So at my son's 15 month appointment last week, the doc encourage me to start him on cow's milk just so he can get use to it and doesn't reject it later on. She's supportive of my extended nursing as long as it doesn't interfer with solids (it doesn't). I'm having some trouble figuring out how to work in the cow's milk though. It seems like he is always nursing or eating and I'm not sure when to give him the milk.

Do any of you give cow's milk? Do you do it instead of a nursing session? with a meal? as a snack?



Thanks for your help!

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Merry - posted on 08/29/2011

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Anissa, no one NEEDS to drink cows milk ever! It's a debatable drink anyways, with all the hormones and antibiotics in it these days, drinking it raw is debatable, organic is wicked expensive etc. Honestly humans don't need to drink other mammals milk. Just like most mammals we are designed to drink our mothers milk for a period of time, 2-7 years, and then weaned and eat a diet of food and drink water! Adults often loose their tolerance to lactose as they age anyways because we aren't supposed to be consuming infants food as adults! Especially not cows infants food :) lol.
I don't drink milk, my husband is lactose intolerant, and our toddler still nurses and doesn't drink cows milk.

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Anissa - posted on 08/29/2011

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I only nursed till just over 14months but my daughter started cow milk at almost 13mos after her doc said she was ready. I gave it to her in a sippy cup when she asked for it. But I gave it to her to try just randomly in the afternoon after her snack. don't give it with a meal or to substitute a meal because the child will fill up on it and eat less. Then I gave it to her regularly after that. just like I gave her water or watered down juice before that. Making sure she drank what she needed for the day. But always away from normal meal times.



Marabeth - Because they can't obviously be breast fed all their life and need to start drinking cow's milk so their body doesn't reject it later, develope an allergy to it. Just like any other allergen if they are exposed at the correct time the can become tolerant of it without problem but if not they can develop an allergy to it, and sometimes that can be severe even fatal if they try to ingest that substance after they developed that allergy without the parent or child knowing. Always better to be safe than sorry, like my poor little niece.

Marabeth - posted on 07/05/2010

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not that there is anything wrong with drinking cow's milk but why would a human drinking human milk be inferior to drinking cow's milk? i thought cow's had 4 stomachs (or stomach like organs).. my daughter only has one! :)

Merry - posted on 07/03/2010

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im not so into the whole cows milk thing but Eric has a small amount if he eats cereal. I wont give him a cup of it until he is older, maybe. I like the idea of him drinking human milk as long as possible but when he weans I will give him some cows milk.

Alicia - posted on 02/24/2010

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With all the hormones, antibiotics, etc. in cow's milk, I've not started my 15 month-old on it yet. I agree with previous posters that your milk is really all he needs. He's eating a variety of foods, so he's most-likely getting the nutrition he needs. I fhe grows up not liking cow's milk, what's the harm? There are tons of other ways to get the protein, calcium, vitamins A & D, etc. that milk has. I remember reading somewhere (???) that humans are the only mammals that routinely drink milk past infancy. I think that says quite a lot.

Amanda - posted on 01/14/2010

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My son wouldn't take cow's milk initially (around 14 months). I figured it didn't taste right to him since breastmilk is so sweet, so we tried vanilla soy milk, then eventually switched him to plain soymilk, then to normal cow's milk. He's now 21 months and taking cow's milk with no problem. Technically as long as you still nurse frequently your milk is all he needs, but I wanted him to learn to drink out of cups and not have an aversion to milk later on. As far as when to give it... my son has milk in his cereal in the morning, and a cup with dinner. He still nurses his normal amount of times, so it hasn't cut back on his nursing at all. Hope this helps you!

Jennifer - posted on 12/07/2009

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Quoting Nancy:



I always offered milk with meals after the girls were over a year or so.  If they drank it that was fine and if not I was not worried about it as they got all they needed from nursing.  They each drank it when they wanted and nursed when they wanted. 






We have a "dorm" fridge that is in our kitchen low enough the girls can open it themselves and we always keep spill-proof cups of milk and water for each of them.






I remember times when my oldest would stop nursing, take a drink of milk or water and then want to go back to nursing.  They find ways to meet their needs...





Ha! This really brings me back!  My daughter used to do the same thing.  She'd nurse with her sippy in hand, stop to take a few gulps of water, and pop back on.  I'm sure I wasn't making much milk anymore at the time so maybe she was just "supplementing" herself.

Jen - posted on 09/22/2009

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all i do as far as whole milk goes is that yo baby whole milk yogurt. and cheese, but breast milk is whole milk, only its for humans. :) My DSs pediatrician said the same to me, but i dont think shes too supportive of me still breastfeeding. She didnt seem too enthused when I told her...

Nancy - posted on 02/17/2009

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I always offered milk with meals after the girls were over a year or so.  If they drank it that was fine and if not I was not worried about it as they got all they needed from nursing.  They each drank it when they wanted and nursed when they wanted. 



We have a "dorm" fridge that is in our kitchen low enough the girls can open it themselves and we always keep spill-proof cups of milk and water for each of them.



I remember times when my oldest would stop nursing, take a drink of milk or water and then want to go back to nursing.  They find ways to meet their needs...

Angie - posted on 02/10/2009

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my 22 month old rejected cows milk until this week... I am refusing the evening feed and lying next to him with a bottle (I was told NO bottle but he won't take milk from a cup!) and he is finally taking it with lots of praise.



I wouldn't worry too much. W.H.O. advises breastmilk up to and beyond 2yrs old!

Zara - posted on 01/29/2009

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i now only breastfeed at bedtime with a story. i started introducing the cows milk with her cereal in the morning, and when she was used to that i then moved on to giving her a cup of cow's milk instead of a breastfeed. i was advised not to "rush" it because they can get sick off it. my dad also warned me that my brother couldn't have cows milk when he was young so he had goats milk, its easier on the stomach.

Crystal - posted on 01/28/2009

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I give my 14 month old 1 sippy cup of cow's milk a day. I just give it as a snack, so it doesn't interfere with his nursing.

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My DD couldn't tolerate dairy for a long time. There is no rule that you have to give cow's milk. We used Almond milk instead, which actually has more calcium and other nutrients than cow's milk. She only recently outgrew her intolerance of cow's milk and started drinking it instead of Almond Breeze.

Emily - posted on 01/28/2009

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My 2 1/2 year old still doesn't drink straight cow's milk, but she loves milk on her cherrios and corn chex. When she finishes her cereal, she drinks the leftover milk. I'm also not a big milk drinker... but my girls and I all LOVE dairy. We eat tons of cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. And for some reason my girls like to eat spoonfuls of sour cream...

I would just work milk and dairy into other solids and not stress it too much. My 3 1/2 year old LOVES milk and will drink it until she throws up if I let her...so we actually have to limit her intake. But she was formula fed from 4 1/2 months and moved to cow's milk at a year and was pretty much forced to get used to it... not an ideal situation for me.

Celeste - posted on 01/28/2009

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You don't have to give cow's milk. Your milk is really all he needs. Kellymom talks about it here:



http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...



And if for some reason, he rejects it, there are other ways to get the nutrients found in cow's milk other ways.



 



Of course, if you choose to, you certainly can. My twin boys are 2, and I give them cow's milk in the morning but I don't replace any nursing session with it.

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