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My son is 12 months and is nursing 4-5 times a day. Is that enough without giving him cow's milk or should he be nursing more frequently if he's not receiving cow's milk?

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I think Kellymom says that at least 3x day is enough to make cow mlk supplements unnecessary. Actually you never need cow milk obviously but it makes calcium/fat supplements unnecessary.

At 12 mos DS was probably nursing...5 times during the day and then..3? 4? at night. Now he nurses more during the day but only 1 or 2 times a night.

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My DD is 17 mos...a yr. old technicaly, lol...and nurses at least 10X per day. Honestly, I would work on getting him to nurse more and NOT offering any other milks, that can cause early weaning. Good luck!

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I agree- I would not offer cow's milk.

I would STRONGLY encourage more nursing. Offer at least every hour during the day and cosleep at night.

I would also make sure there is no other sucking. No bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups.

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My little guy is 17 mo and nurses many, many times a day I would say, more than 8 times... and that doesn't include night time. We co-sleep, so he nurses whenever he wants at night This is all in addition to his regular breakfast, lunch and dinner but he doesn't drink any cow's milk...... he hates it!!

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My 12 month old DS nurses 4-6 times during the day and 1-6 times at night. Although night nursings are more regularly happening just once since he starting sleeping in his own bed. He wakes up at 4 am precisely every night ready for a snack. I also give him cow's milk for the calories because he doesn't eat that much in solid food. I always wonder whether he is getting enough nutrition.
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My DD nurses a LOT...maybe 8x a day. I wouldn't even consider giving her cow's milk anytime soon. I do occasionally give her yogurt and cheese, though she seems to have gone off of cheese lately.
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My naturopath said as long as I am nurisng three times a day in a 24 hour period there is no need to give cows milk and if it is needed goats milk is a better source of calcium.


 
 

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We've done goat's milk twice and he tolerated that fine.

My problem is he's considered failure to thrive and he HAS to gain weight or we're going to end up with some invasive procedures.

He won't co-sleep. He just won't. I offered more today and he was happy.

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Does he have a sign or word to ask to nurse yet? That might help. You might hate me for suggesting it too- if he does like most toddlers do when they learn they can ask and asks every 2.5 minutes...

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Have you considered chiropractic for failure to thrive? A good upper cervical chiropractor can usually help and it is very non-invasive! I'm a chiropractor who has helped several infants and toddlers like this.

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We've done goat's milk twice and he tolerated that fine.

My problem is he's considered failure to thrive and he HAS to gain weight or we're going to end up with some invasive procedures.

He won't co-sleep. He just won't. I offered more today and he was happy.

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I honestly have no idea, I don't count.
Plus, I'm also nursing my 27 month old.
I know I nurse a lot, some feedings are just sips, some are meals.
My 1 year old tanks up at bedtime, and my 27 month old fills up in the morning.

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Does he have a sign or word to ask to nurse yet? That might help. You might hate me for suggesting it too- if he does like most toddlers do when they learn they can ask and asks every 2.5 minutes...

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No, he's developmentally delayed & I think he could probably learn signs but his fine motor skills aren't great so I'm not sure.

He has seen a chiropractor but his FTT is related to a metabolic disorder.

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No, he's developmentally delayed & I think he could probably learn signs but his fine motor skills aren't great so I'm not sure.

He has seen a chiropractor but his FTT is related to a metabolic disorder.
The sign for milk is a pretty easy one, depending on his particular issues. It's opening and closing a fist. Do you think he has the control to do that?

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The sign for milk is a pretty easy one, depending on his particular issues. It's opening and closing a fist. Do you think he has the control to do that?

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Yeah, he does have the control to do that. He started clapping and waving(once in a while) within the last few weeks so he could probably learn that.

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my son is 13 months old and well he nurses every 1 - 2 hrs but he doesnt get solids but he will drink maybe 5ozs of cows milk a day but that is all i give him cause he just started asking for it but pointing to the gallon of milk or pointing to fridge asking for milk

but now if i can get him to ask for food hahahahah

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my son is 13 months old and well he nurses every 1 - 2 hrs but he doesnt get solids but he will drink maybe 5ozs of cows milk a day but that is all i give him cause he just started asking for it but pointing to the gallon of milk or pointing to fridge asking for milk

but now if i can get him to ask for food hahahahah
That sounds like a lot of cow's milk for a toddler who nurses that often. He may just be asking/pointing to it because he knows how. My DD knows signs and has to sign every time she sees something she knows the sign for. It doesn't necessarily mean that she wants it, FWIW.

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leilla1213 if he doesnt get the milk he will scream and throw a fit soo i give it to him to keep him happy he doesnt drink it all at one sitting it takes all day to drink it he will take a few sips throw the cup on the floor i pick it up put it back when he is ready for it again he asked for it and we go through this all day until it is gone and by then he is in bed soo it takes alll day to drink the 5ozes hahahahah

but at first i throught it was too much but when i seen how long it takes him to drink it i said ohh ok well it keeps him happy and most the time their is still maybe 2oz left over

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dd is a year today and nurses 4-6 times a day she's skinny as hell but not FTT
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natalie is 21 months and nurses 3-4 times/day. we are night weaned...due to my pg. she also gets 2-3 sippies of milk/day as we are fighting w/the wic office about her weight issues. i think she's fine, but they seem to think she needs to bulk up. it seems like she's gained...will find out the 18th. at 15 months she was 19lbs, and they flipped on me asking me how much she nurses and telling me to replace it w/food. i told them what they wanted to hear, and then just kept nursing her. we started supplementing w/cow milk b/c of my pg and my milk almost went dry. i think she's still getting a little from me, but mostly she is comfort nursing.

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