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    Default Cow's Milk Before 12 mos. Question

    My son is 11 mos. 1 week old. He nurses 4x a day. His midday feeding has become a struggle. Sometimes I have to wrestle with him to keep him on. He wants to nurse at first because he is hungry, but then dislatches several times and tires me out. I would like to cut this feeding out. He has never had formula and hasn't liked it in cereal either. I was told by a doctor/dietician that it would be okay for me to give him cow's milk for this feeding since he won't take formula. I was wondering if this sounds appropriate for him. I plan to continue his other feedings, but just work this one out.

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    Default Re: Cow's Milk Before 12 mos. Question

    Would it have to be milk? I give DS drinkable yogurt in a straw cup when we're pressed for time and he seems to need a meal rather than just a snack like a cracker or some fruit. MY DS occasionally has yogurt or cheese. I have offered milk once or twice, but he didn't seem too interested and I'm not that interested in giving it to him, either, while he's BFing (I just don't particularly see the need). From 10 months until very recently, my DS wasn't interested in eating/drinking/nursing a lot midday unless he was sick or teething. Too interested in moving around/exploring.

    4x a day isn't a lot of nursing, though. I think nursing 4-6 times a day is the minimum range through the first year, so I'm assuming that's why you're asking your question about milk. Are you scheduling your feedings or nursing on demand? Could it be that your DC would be interested in nursing some other time of day?

    I guess it all depends on whether you're interested in starting the weaning process or want to continue BFing for another year or more. If you're interested in keeping things going, I would find a way for DS to nurse more at other times. We sometimes have "catch-up" days if I feel like DS hasn't been nursing much. We stay home and I make the boob really available and that is usually enough to get us on the right track. We also cosleep, and during this time DS shifted from not waking much at night to waking up to nurse more often.

    I do know lots of Moms who were down to about 3 times a day a little after their baby's first birthday, but all of them weaned pretty soon thereafter, having reached their "one year" goal.

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    Default Re: Cow's Milk Before 12 mos. Question

    I had the same issue with my son. By about 11 months, he nursed first thing in the morning, before his afternoon nap and before bed. He just wasn't interested in nursing any other time of the day. I was a little concerned that he wasn't getting enough fluid, so with the pediatrician's blessing, I started him on a sippy cup of cow milk with his morning snack. He had no problems at all and really liked it. Of course, that being said, I never had to eliminate dairy from my diet for any reason and he had been eating yogurt and cheese for months with no problem. From what I understand, possible allergy is one of the primary reasons that it is recommended that cow milk not be started until 12 months. So, if you guys haven't had any dairy issues thus far, I don't see any reason why you can't substitute cow milk for the feeding he is not terribly interested in. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Cow's Milk Before 12 mos. Question

    I see a specialist for environmental hypersensitivity (sort of like an allergist, but deals more with sensitivities and diseases like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and saw him in May for a check up. I asked him (he's very bfing friendly) if I should follow the allergy reducing schedule for introducing certain foods (eg. dairy and peanuts). He said yes, that was fine, but that it was all about balance. He said no child ever had anaphylactic shock from dairy, but potentially dangerous foods like nuts and peanuts should wait until the recommended four years, or later, because if they go into shock it will A: be less severe if they're older, and B: be more treatable. His point was if I was concerned about dd having sensitivities to dairy to wait, but not to worry, especially in a case like yours where it's more necessary.

    I did have a sensitivity to dairy (I got over it) but for the record he clarified that having a parent with allergies makes the child more likely to have them too, but the parents specific allergies are not passed on. For example, I can't eat wheat, yeast, corn, rice or sugar, but dd may be sensitive to soy and chicken. It's all about what you're over exposed to. He said the most important thing is using the rotation diet - that is making sure she eats a wide variety of foods. It's almost impossible to develop a sensitivity to something that you eat once every three days, rather than three times every day.

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    Default Re: Cow's Milk Before 12 mos. Question

    I was going to post this exact question!

    My DS is 10 months and 2 weeks old. I feed him on demand and he sleeps from 6:45 pm to 7 am. He does not wake up at night anymore. He used to BF 4 times a day but in the last week or so he has gone down to 3 BF sessions. He has solids at lunch and dinnertime and nurses when he gets up, in the afternoon and before bed.

    I'm concerned that he's not getting enough calories or enough fluids. He's a happy big boy and not due to go to the ped for over a month. How can I tell if he's doing ok or if I should give him cow's milk or something else? He has little interest in juice or water.

    I said I was going to start to wean at 12 months...did he hear me say that?????

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    Default Re: Cow's Milk Before 12 mos. Question

    My dd does the same thing I have been giving cow's milk since around mths she has been find with it. She will only drink between 1 and 3ozs. So don't expect much at first.

    Hilde mentioned the drinkable yogurt. One thing you might like to know is that if it is store bought it has a lot of sugar in form of high fructose corn syrup or it has artificial sweeteners both are not good for anyone. I buy the plain yogurt and mix my own fruit in or I use a fruit spread that is sweetened with grape juice instead of sugar.

    good luck

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    Default Re: Cow's Milk Before 12 mos. Question

    I had much the same question. My ds is going to be 11mo and a few weeks ago he stopped his daytime feedings. It was just a fight and not worth it. As he got older I never knew when he wanted to nurse as he didn't demand but kept up with 5 feedings once he started sleeping through the night. I pump his middle day feed and get so little like 2oz and mix it with either cows milk or formula and he drinks it. He also hates formula but will drink it sometimes. I offer him a bottle or cup several times a day and hope he takes it. I still nurse morning and nighttime and will wean from morning when I go back to work in a few weeks. I am sure that the nighttime will follow. My ds isn't thrilled with cows milk either. I have been giving him a oz or two a day for the past week to see how he reacts to it and no problems other then he isn't thrilled in anything but mommy milk. I am glad to see I am not the only one out here.

    DS does eat yogurt during the day and cheese and loves water. He will not drink fruit juice but loved fresh fruit and eats plenty of solids.

    Why is it that milk supply goes down in a flash? One day I was getting 4oz and the next 2oz. Sigh...

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    Default Re: Cow's Milk Before 12 mos. Question

    Hello ladies! My 13.5 mo. old boy went through a similar struggle couple months before his birthday -- with afternoon feeds becoming something of a struggle. I wasn't comfortable at the time with dropping feedings and quite accidentally I discovered a solution that works for us. I give him a soft lovey toy to play with and hold so he maintains focus close to me and not distracted by things around the room (his daddy, lights, etc.). This still works! Sometimes now I give him other sorts of interesting stuff like little plastic toys or the remote! Anything to keep his focus. Hope this helps -- I also found that offering a feed immediately after a nap when he was still sleepy and cuddly usually goes well.

    You know you can always add back a feeding after it's been dropped by stepping up # of feeds for day or two or three (whatever works for you).

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