According to Dr. Sears (and others) protein needs decrease per pound of body weight as a child ages.
They need appx (per pound)
0-6 months 1gram
6-12 months .75
1-6 years .6
7-15 years .5
I'm fairly certain I have seen the 6months-6 years broken down further, as well but can't find it right now.
SO, you would expect bmilk protein levels to go down (since calorie needs increase, so you would want baby drinking MORE to get the same amt of protein).
|If this is true I'm worried that dd isn't getting enough protien since she can't have dairy, we don't eat much meat and we haven't really introduced soy yet nad breastmilk is still a MAJOR part of her nutrition
This was quite awhile ago, but one of the mainstream parenting magazines did a big article on the fact that most children have WAY WAY WAY too much protein and it is actually very unhealthy for them (they studied different kid's diets and some of them were getting 3-4 TIMES the amt they needed). In fact, they concluded that protein needed to be cut back because most kids weren't getting other nutrients because they were bulking up on protein so much!!!
If you look at the Sears' chart, if DD was 21 lbs, 4 ounces at a year (average for girls according to Babycenter's growth chart: http://www.babycenter.com/calculator...equestid=41043
) you would see your DD needs around 13-16 grams of protein a day. *that* is a fairly miniscule amount met with easily with two CUPS of cows milk daily (leading me to believe that frequent nursing would easily produce more than than amount). When you only need 15 grams, each tiny gram counts (crackers, pasta, etc... all have *some*).
Hope that helps!