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My pediatrician told me at ds's 12mo checkup that I need to start giving him at least 8oz of cow milk (or equivalent cheese, etc) a day so he will get enough calcium.  I don't want to cut one of his breastmilk feedings to do this unless I have to... what do you think??

 

Some background... my ds was born early (36 weeks) and has had low iron.  I've been giving him 2 meals of iron-rich foods daily, plus the otc iron supplement, and his iron levels are on their way up.  The ped said we don't want to load him up on all this iron and then forget about his calcium needs, so I started giving him something with dairy for breakfast like yogurt or yogurt cheese with fruit since I can't do calcium/dairy with the iron meals.  But he probably only eats maybe 1/4 cup of yogurt then so that's only 1/4 of the calcium the pediatrician wants him to get.

 

He loves his breastmilk and has grown fantastically on it... he is now 80+ percentile.  I'd like to extended bf him and child-led wean.  He eats way more solids than my older dd did at a year old, and she weaned around 4yo.  It just seems unnatural at this stage for me to purposely withhold breastmilk and give him a cup of cow milk you know?  But of course I will if he needs the calcium...

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No need at all. Continue to breastfeed as often as you both want and if you are concerned that he is not getting enough calcium, check out this chart for other foods you can give him... http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=45

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Spinach is one of those higher in calcium and you can find several kinds of the baby food pouches with a mix of spinach and other veggies or fruit.

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There is a lot of calcium that is well absorbed from breastmilk. I think it is good to try and get some calcium-rich foods to your babe on the non-iron meals, but I don't think you should worry about it too much. Here is a relevant link from kellymom: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/calcium/

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No need for cow's milk in a toddler who is being breastfed. Your doctor is misguiding you with the current recommendation for formula fed toddlers.
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Okay, thank you!  I'll try not to worry so much about it.  Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.  I'll keep up with the two iron meals a day and one meal with dairy. 

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