Way too lazy for formula
Still, I'm going waaaay off the topic now, so I'll be quiet!
Not sure of the % of fat in breastmilk, but if getting extra fat is a concern how about adding cheese, yogurt or cooking with olive oil? A one year old's fat intake doesn't have to be ALL from milk. Just a thought!
Here is a link to the kellymom site with fat content for a variety of foods. The very first section is "milk" and includes both human and cow. You'll see that the human milk clearly has HIGHER fat content than whole cow's milk. And, no, it doesn't go down after one year. At least one study has suggested that the fat content actually goes up the longer you nurse, not the other way around. AND, while I can't find a reference at the moment, I believe that breastmilk has healthier fats, including essential fatty acids, than cow's milk. The recommendation for whole cow's milk in the second year of life came about BECAUSE people have started weaning before the biologically normal time. It is a REPLACEMENT for the human milk that that toddlers would have gotten. Yes, toddlers need a lot of fat in their diets for brain development--No, it doesn't have to come from a cow.
Oh Thank you all sooo much! The doc said is was important for the myelinization in the brain which I do understand is very important. It is nice to have the assurance from each of you and the data to know that it is ok to keep her on breast milk.
We also found the doc told us a few other things we will Not do:
1) he said to stop giving breastmilk b/c it no longer has any nutritional value
2) move carseat to forward facing (heck no)
3) add eggs, honey, seafood and peanut butter - Eggs we may add but no way for seafood (murcury).
Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200
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Breastmilk actually has MORE fat after the age of one. Some nutrient levels evolve over the course of lactation, but it certainly doesn't mean that your milk lacks nutrition now.
Here's a thread that might interest you:
This resource is helpful, too:
FWIW - We tried transitioning DS to cows milk after he turned one ... but it turns out that DS is allergic to cows milk. So far all the doctors and nurses we've worked with about DS allergies are DELIGHTED that DS is continuing to breastfeed because the breastmilk he's getting is such a wonderful source of fat & calcium & other nutrition.
Things like rice & soy milk just don't have enough fat for a toddler DS age, and I really didn't want to have to transition DS to formula after 13 mo of successful BF.
Reading all of this makes me so appreciative of my kids' pediatrician. We had our 18mo check up last week, and I was concerned about mild spooning of DD's nails (which can be indicative of anemia). The doctor confirmed that there is substantial nutritional benefit to my nursing still, and felt there was no reason to check the baby's blood unless there were a clinical indication. No "routine" blood tests. And last time when we were in for a check up and I asked her opinion on my continued nursing, she quoted the AAP's and WHO's recommendations. It helps me to have a little ammo behind me when my husband is pretty anti-nursing.
If not for you women online educating me on "extended" nursing, I'd never have considered doing what I now know to be so right for my children and would certainly have stopped long ago.
Here is what the World Health Organization has to say about breastfeeding nutrition.
What my health visitor said to me here in the UK.
She said that once a baby is on solids that the fat content in whatever milk the baby takes DOES NOT matter any more, because the baby's main source of nourishment is now coming from the FOOD!
If your doctor's really that bothered about breastmilk vs cow's milk! You should've said to him straightaway "Oh I'll simply give my baby a dollop of cream then, that's will sort out the different!".
I have never heard such nonsense from a doctor in my life!