DS, however, is 15 mos, still BF, and hates cow milk. I have tried to get him to drink it for when I'm at work, since I no longer pump, but he won't drink it at all. I don't worry about it, as he loves other calcium foods (cheese, yogurt etc).
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I suspect that one of my older kids needs more calcium. the other eats a ton of yogurt, and the youngest still nurses.
I should say that we'd like for her to wean around 2 and she's a nursaholic. Nothing wrong with that but I'm getting very exhausted and am back at work so I need a break. We don't want her to wean totally right now but just cut back a bit and giving her cow's milk has helped with that. So... if you're happing with your nursing relationship, you probably don't need any but if you're like me and want to gently wean over time then it doesn't hurt to introduce it.
She likes it though... she is allowed to taste almost anything we drink but I don't give her anything except water and my boobies for a real drink.
She's just starting to like cheese and she's hit or miss with yogurt.
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I work full time and pumped/ frozen milk until around 19 months. We weaned shortly after I stopped pumping and wouldn't drink cow's milk. He did eat a super great diet at that age and ate a lot of plain yogurt instead.
He drinks cow milk when he wants to and it is usually anywhere between none-2 cups a day. He eats really well and I only supplement with D during the late fall-early spring.
I do try to give him a multi-vitamin but I forget
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Wow, I'm surprised at all the none answers. Maybe it's b/c I work, but 16 month old DS has gotten used to and now loves cow milk. He gets about 6 oz right before his nap and another 6 oz in early evening time. My supply dropped when I stopped pumping so I feel good that he's getting another source of milk. We call it "leche," and mine is "milk." He also eats about 4 oz of yogurt and a good amount of cheese in the day. But he is a good eater of solids so gets a well rounded diet.
It's not really *necessary* for toddlers to be getting so much dairy, but it tends to be *easier* since they do have specific needs and alternatives like rice milk/almond milk aren't as fatty. If you are relying on one of those alternatives and you're not breastfeeding as much/at all, you'd need to make sure that the rest of his diet had higher fat foods as appropriate (good stuff like avocado, nuts - if not allergic, adding flaxseed oil to a smoothie, etc.).