Re: Extended breastfeeding and offering cows milk
I'm imagining your visit with the doc...
You: "I didn't think I had to offer cow's milk if I nursed frequently."
Doctor: "No, no, no. Let me just consult my big book of Made-Up Medical Statistics- Hey, don't look! Only doctors are allowed to see this book. Hide your eyes. Okay, yup, just like I thought: the book says that breastmilk doesn't have any fat in it and your baby needs just as much cow's milk as if you weren't nursing at all."
You might want to bring this article in for your doctor to read: http://pediatrics.aappublications.or.../e432.full.pdf. Basically, it says that milk from a mom who has been nursing for >1 year has relatively more fat and more energy than milk from the mom of a younger baby- though I suspect that is in part because most moms overproduce in quantity during the first weeks/months of breastfeeding, and the more milk you have the more likely it is that you will have a lot of so-called foremilk, i.e. watery, lactose-rich, relatively lower fat milk.
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