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    Default giving extra pumped milk to 3 yr old

    I just had my 2nd baby. I am exclusively breastfeeding. I usually throw away any leftover milk that has been previously frozen at the end of my work day. Would my almost 3 year old benefit from this milk? Should I be putting it in her sippy?

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    Default Re: giving extra pumped milk to 3 yr old

    It's absolutely beneficial! It's a source of healthy calories and of natural immunities. Many kids are still nursing at age 3, so there's nothing weird about providing breastmilk via sippy.

    Just a suggestion, though- unless you have a freezer that's jammed full of milk, don't throw that extra away, even if your older child doesn't drink it! Freeze it, just in case a time comes when your supply drops or the pump gets forgotten at home.
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    Default Re: giving extra pumped milk to 3 yr old

    Yes, now that cold and flu season is approaching, it would be wonderful for her to have some breastmilk, if not for the antibodies, for the great nutrition.
    Canadian mom and breastmilk fan.
    We have 2 beautiful children: Luana who's 9 y/o, had breastmilk for 2 years and is smart as a whip. Lucas who came out kickin', is 4 y/o and continues to enjoy his milkies.

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    Default Re: giving extra pumped milk to 3 yr old

    I've given my 3yo some in a sippy when she's asked. Nothing wrong with that.

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