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    Question % of fat in My milk vs. Cow's milk

    My LO turned 1 yr on Fri and her Doc said we need to put her on cow's ,ilk b/c my milk will not have enough fat. I "know" breast milk is better and the WHO reccomends 2 years but can anyone point me to some data that backs this up or is there somewhere I can get my milk tested to verify that it has enough fat for my baby?

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    Mary

    Well - I found the answer on Kelly Mom.com http://kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/milkcalories.html but if you have other references let me know.
    Last edited by @llli*mary.mud; September 29th, 2007 at 10:35 PM. Reason: found my own answer
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    Default Re: % of fat in My milk vs. Cow's milk

    The world health org has a website with really detailed information on breast milk nutrition. It's interesting to think about the fact that what dr.s are really suggesting is that after blank days of life, human infants need the breast milk of .. a cow... its just weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carpentergirl View Post
    The world health org has a website with really detailed information on breast milk nutrition. It's interesting to think about the fact that what dr.s are really suggesting is that after blank days of life, human infants need the breast milk of .. a cow... its just weird.
    hence why I avoid doctors at all cost!!!

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    Default Re: % of fat in My milk vs. Cow's milk

    yup tell your doctor to take a hike he doesn't know what he's talking about!

    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/t032100.asp


    FAT CONTENT
    Does milk contain a lot of fat? Yes and no, depending on whether you use whole, lowfat, or skim milk. Since milk is an animal product, most of the fat in milk is saturated. So you can scratch whole milk from a heart-healthy diet. A glass of whole milk contains five grams of saturated fat, two-percent milk contains 2.9 grams of saturated fat, and a glass of one percent milk contains 1.6 grams of saturated fat. An 8-ounce glass of whole milk also contains 23-31 milligrams of cholesterol, and three glasses of whole milk contain about the same amount of cholesterol as one lean ground beef patty. In contrast, a glass of one-percent (lowfat) milk will contain only ten grams of cholesterol. Three glasses of milk will contain 30 milligrams of cholesterol, only one-tenth of the maximum 300 milligrams a day recommended for an adult and only one-fifth of the maximum 150 milligrams a day recommended for an average pre-school child.

    Cow's milk does not contain any of the essential fatty acids necessary for brain and body growth in young children. The fat composition of milk depends upon the composition of the fat in the cow's feed, and the essential fatty acids from the cow feed may be hydrogenated or saturated as they pass through the cow's four stomachs. The fats in cow's milk even contain trans fatty acids, and the amount depends upon the season of the year the cow is grazing (up to six percent in the summer and three percent in the winter). As you can see, there are many good reasons for choosing lowfat or skim milk over two-percent or whole milk.

    SWITCHING TO MILK
    I've been feeding my baby iron-fortified formula. When is it okay to switch to whole cow's milk? Research comparing cow's milk and formula-fed infants during the first year of life has shown that cow's milk is irritating to the intestines of a tiny infant, causing infants to lose a tiny bit of blood in their stools, contributing to iron deficiency anemia. There is very little iron in cow's milk anyway, and the iron that is there is poorly absorbed. Concern about iron-deficiency anemia has led the American Academy of Pediatrics, backed by solid research, to discourage the use of cow's milk in children under one year of age. One of America's top pediatric hematologists (blood specialist), the late Dr. Frank Oski , Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkin University (and co-author of a book entitled: Don't Drink Your Milk) advised parents to be cautious and not rush into the use of cow's milk, even during the second year of life. At present it would seem prudent to continue giving your baby iron-fortified formula during the second year of life and very gradually wean him to dairy products, beginning with yogurt. If your toddler generally has a balanced diet and routine hemoglobin tests show that he is not even close to being anemic, then switch from formula to whole milk sometime during the second year, but don't be in a hurry.

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    Default Re: % of fat in My milk vs. Cow's milk

    Here's a thread that I started a while back on the nutritional value of nursing past one. If you read through all the posts there's a lot of interesting information.
    http://forums.llli.org/showthread.php?t=31990

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    Default Re: % of fat in My milk vs. Cow's milk

    isnt it odd that we are the only species that consumes another species milk! when you actually think about it its very odd. i hope we can skip milk all together. it seems obvious that human milk is more superior than cows milk
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    Default Re: % of fat in My milk vs. Cow's milk

    Quote Originally Posted by andrea_ohio View Post
    If your toddler generally has a balanced diet and routine hemoglobin tests show that he is not even close to being anemic, then switch from formula to whole milk sometime during the second year, but don't be in a hurry.
    Sorry to go off at a tangent here, but why on earth would a healthy toddler have a "routine" haemoglobin test???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsavocet View Post
    Sorry to go off at a tangent here, but why on earth would a healthy toddler have a "routine" haemoglobin test???
    Often when you let doctors know you are EBF past the 6month point they become concerned about iron levels. This test lets you now whether or not your child is anemic or in danger of becoming anemic. Depending on what you are feeding in the way of solids (if you are conscious of the iron concern and chose foods rich in iron) sometimes it becomes a non issue with the Pedi.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: % of fat in My milk vs. Cow's milk

    Oh, ok. It just doesn't seem to happen in this country. But then we don't have routine doctors checks like I gather you do in the US either. I'm getting to realise that the systems are very different - it's a bit confusing for me!

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    Default Re: % of fat in My milk vs. Cow's milk

    It would seem to me that if you pump some, and can still get a layer of cream that rises to the top after a while... then it's still got fat in it... right?

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