My daughter (she'll turn 2 next Saturday) started begging me for cow's milk one day about a month ago. She wanted it so badly that I gave her about an ounce. She loved it and periodically begs me for it. I'm starting to wonder why I'm withholding something from her that she loves. My biggest concern is that she will be getting too much dairy (she already eats and loves cheese and yogurt almost every day). She is getting her 2 year molars and is asking to nurse just about every hour of the day (and still wakes 2-4 x's a night). I was so tired of nursing her the other day that when she asked to nurse again, I offered her about 2 oz of cow's milk. She gulped it down and asked for more and forgot about nursing (which brings a new concern to mind, my supply is dwindling and I should be giving her cow's milk). Offering her an alternative to nursing on days when she is on me all day is appealing. In general she has always been a frequent nurser and over the last few months has been nursing about 4-6 times in the day and 2-4 times at night.
I'm reluctant to give her cow's milk because I'm afraid she will replace my milk with cow's milk in her diet. I'm reading LLL's How Weaning Happens because I'm really unsure how to transition from my milk to cow's milk or how much cow's milk a toddler should have. Sorry for the long post. Thanks for any insight or encouragement.