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    Question Whole Milk

    My LO is almost 1 yr & is bfed. I have heard all along that when they turn 1 yr it is time to introduce whole milk so they learn to drink it and can digest it. I looked around on the internet and I cant seem to find somewhere that actually says its a "must" to do so. All I can find is that you can start at 1 yr. I want to BF my lo until he is 2 yrs old so my concern is that if I introduce whole milk than he not drink as much BM or will quit all together. I would ask his pedi but all pedis have different opinions when it comes to bfing all together. He is fine with us BFing, but not super pro bfing. He feels either is fine (bfing or formula).

    When did you start whole milk? Has anyone started at 2 yrs? TIA!

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    You do not need to introduce cow's milk. Your baby can have it after 1 year, but he doesn't need it so long as your he is nursing 3-4 times per day. If you introduce cow's milk now, your child may drink a lot and replace some nursing sessions with sippy cups of cow's milk, or he may not. Some kids just don't like cow's milk- mine doesn't. If your child doesn't take to cow's milk there are plenty of other ways to get your child to eat dairy, like offering cheese or yogurt.

    My child is 3 and has drunk cow's milk only 10-20 times in her life. She loves kefir, yogurt, and cheese, though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    You do not need to introduce cow's milk. Your baby can have it after 1 year, but he doesn't need it so long as your he is nursing 3-4 times per day. If you introduce cow's milk now, your child may drink a lot and replace some nursing sessions with sippy cups of cow's milk, or he may not. Some kids just don't like cow's milk- mine doesn't. If your child doesn't take to cow's milk there are plenty of other ways to get your child to eat dairy, like offering cheese or yogurt.

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    Some kids don't like dairy - as the above poster said... and some are allergic (like mine) so they never even get it. Your BM is better

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    Default Re: Whole Milk

    yup no need for cows milk... lots of people groups all over the world thrive with out it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    he doesn't need it so long as your he is nursing 3-4 times per day
    Toddlers DO need lots of calcium and fat. Cows milk is often seen as an "easy" way to meet this nutritional need.

    Breastmilk actually has MORE fat per oz than whole cow milk. Bf 3-4 times a day goes a long way towards meeting calcium / fat needs.

    OR - toddlers can get that fat / calcium from dairy foods like yogurt or cheese.
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    with pp's. As long as you are nursing 3-4 times a day other milk is not necessary.
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    Default Re: Whole Milk

    Just curious - if toddlers aren't given cows milk is there more of a chance that they will suffer an intolerance to it as older children/adults?

    Not that I plan on giving it to my DD as a drink, just wondering if it was likely to happen. I've mostly given up drinking milk myself as it just weirds me out now to drink the milk of another animal...eww. lol I love oat milk on my cereal now.
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    Default Re: Whole Milk

    Just a note - with ZERO dairy in a LO's diet it's challenging to meet toddler nutritional needs for calcium & fat.

    I think that when I did the numbers with our dietitian - bf 3-4 times a day meets about half those needs.
    Lynn
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    i think that is the "rule" for formula fed babies...bec now that they can handle it ....it is easier and cheaper...

    I went from breastmilk 100% to cow's milk 100% after a year, (skipping the whole formula stage) but as long as it is after a year mark you can choose to switch when you decide!!

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