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#1 of 7 Old 08-12-2007, 11:40 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Just wondering if anyone has heard of any special health benefits for toddlers drinking colostrum? I know it is good for newborn digestion, and other "start your infant off on the the right foot" kinds of things. But here I am with a 2yo who will be drinking colostrum for nearly 3 months, not just the 2 or 3 days of liquid gold that a newborn gets...

I have googled and searched but haven't found anything yet that speaks directly to this.

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Does anyone here know any nutrition or health-related facts re: colostrum for toddlers that I can spout to the folks in my life who seem incredulous that I am nursing through pregnancy?

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Subbing. I nursed through pregnancy and am still tandem nursing. I can only speculate that at a minimum DC1 is getting a booster shot --so to speak-- of the concentrated immunological factors.
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that will be me in february...hope you find some info for me too!
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Only anecdotal - I met a woman the other day who raises goats and sells raw milk and colostrum (goats') for - ahem - animal consumption only. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) : Her son consumes a few tablespoons full per day if he's showing any signs of illness, and so far, he's not been sick. It's obvious to her that it does amazing immune system boosting, and I'll be getting some for my Henry and Benton goats when the spring rolls around.

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Well, my dd1 got the full 3+months of colostrum and still got sick a few times (actually the whole family got sick more times durig my pregnancy than we usually do in 2-3 years! It was surreal!).

I haven't found anything saying it's especially "good" for toddlers but it certainly wont hurt them any!

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Wouldn't that be nice -- a magic super-syrum to fend off colds in toddlers. We don't get sick here all that often, but when we *do* get colds they seem to last forever and get passed around to every family member before slinking off ~4-6 weeks later. So aren't I always wishing for a magic syrum at the first sign of a runny nose...

Mind you, DS woke up yesterday with watery eyes and a runny nose, and it only lasted ONE day. That's a first for us. So maybe there is something to the anecdotal idea of super-immuno-power colostrum for toddlers. Sorry to hear that it wasn't that way for you, wombatclay. Maybe *everyone* in your family should have been drinking your colostrum, LOL!

Too bad not more responses on this thread (yet?)

I was wondering especially about nutritional benefits (in addition to immunological benefits) because I am always wanting to make sure DS gets enough nutrients in his vegetarian diet. He grazes a lot and eats a big variety of foods but with my milk supply so low now (gone entirely?) I am more conscious than ever that he really needs to benefit from what he eats. Gosh this stage came so fast.

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Definitely still the immunological benefits, plus the fact that there is definitely no problems with constipation. DS had looser stools there for those months till my full milk came back in after DD was born.

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