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#1 of 2 Old 10-27-2009, 08:03 PM - Thread Starter
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My son is 11 months old and is in day care. I have been pumping and providing pumped breast milk when he is at daycare. When he is at home he nurses. It has become harder to pump enough breastmilk now. Could I have his daycare provider offer him cow's milk instead of formula before he turns 1? He will only have the cow's milk at day care, at home I will continue to nurse him.

He is eating cheese and yogurt with no problems. And he is very well developed in the 75% percentile for height and weight; and already walking. So, my instinct is telling me it is ok.

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I have heard/read in the past, so I don't have a source. Anyway, if a child is 100% breastfed up to the point of starting solids and has been able to tolerate solids, their gut has matured to a level of being able to take in cows milk in the later part of the first year.

I think a formula fed baby would have gut issues and have problems tolerating cows milk protein.
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