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I took my dd in for her one year well visit. The Doc said I should start giving her cow's milk.<br><br>
Do I really need to? Cow's milk is for baby cows and last time I checked my girl was not a baby cow. I was under the impression that my milk was made just for her and changed to suit her needs.<br><br>
I don't understand how my dd could <i>need</i> something that isn't nessarily intended for human consumption.<br><br>
The Doc said she should drink 12oz. of cow's milk a day. But I stuggle to get my dd to drink even a few ounces of juice or water.<br><br>
She also said toddlers need the fat from milk to help foster brain growth and devolopment. I would rather give my dd soy milk or avacodos [I believe those have fat in them]<br><br>
I'm not totally agaist dairy. I don't drink milk but I do eat cheese and other dairy products, but I would consider them important as veggies and grains.<br><br>
Anyways I would love to hear you ladies offer up your take on the matter.
 

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Absolutely not. No one <i>needs</i> cow's milk. Just nurse her and let her drink water occasionally if she wants. At her age all she needs is breast milk, which has plenty of fat in it.<br><br>
Your doctor is giving you advice for babies who are not breastfed. You might consider shopping around for a doctor who understands breastfeeding and nutrition better.
 

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Only cows need Cow's milk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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As long as she's getting (good) fat and calcium in her diet somehow, I don't see why she needs cow milk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">: Hasn't this guy ever heard of vegans?
 

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She also said toddlers need the fat from milk to help foster brain growth and devolopment. IQUOTE]<br><br><br>
I believe this! But I believe it's the fat in their MOTHER's milk - at least ideally - that they need. Same as I assume calves need it from their mother's milk for the same reason.
 

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Your doctor is operating under a lack of information about human milk. The fat content of your milk increases with time, in fact it surpasses that of whole cow's milk and blows it out of the water! Check out this article -<br><br>
Fat Content of Breast Milk Increases with Time<br><a href="http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2005/09/06/hscout527765.html" target="_blank">http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/heal...out527765.html</a><br><br><br>
On an anecdotal note - My own four year old ds is reactive to dairy proteins, and has never once in his life had a single drink of cow's milk. His growth and intelligence have not suffered. His ped never once tried to tell me he "needed" the breastmilk of a cow more than he needed mine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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glad i saw this post .. thanks for the article link .. my ds will be one in a month and i am sure we will get some of this too ..not trying to hijack <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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It's not gonna kill your kid (barring allergies, of course!), but it's not necessary. As has been said, your doctor is sadly uninformed about the nutrition which breastmilk provides (what a surprise in a culture where the cards for newborns' bassinettes are provided by Similac, right?). You don't need to add <i>any</i> extra sources of fat right now, be it soy, avocado, dairy, or what have you. Your breastmilk is absolutely enough, and indeed is the ideal, being designed for HUMAN babies & all.
 

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Dump the dr. How absurd.<br><br>
Giving cow's milk is a major weaning technique. Your child needs human milk of course.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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soy milk doesn't have much fat in it (just FYI)<br><br>
I wouldn't listen to that sort of advice, but I wouldn't jump the gun and quit going to your doctor over it. What you decide to do is up to you, your doctor is there to give you advice, no matter how uninforming that advice is. You as the parent can decide what advice to take and what advice to dump.<br><br>
Ds is 16 months, still breastfeeding some, and I occasionally give him cow's milk. he also gets other kinds of milk, cheese, yogurt, avocado, so I know he's doing fine.
 

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Nope. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My 2 yo had her first sip of "moo" a few months ago, because she wanted what Daddy had. Altogether now she probably drinks about 2 or 3 oz a week, just a bit whenever she has cookies or pancakes with Dad. But she still gets lots and lots of nilkies from Mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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DD has had 2 sips of cow's milk, the first b/c she wanted what I had, and the second tonight, b/c she had spicy chili. Both times she hated it, and made funny faces. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
FTR, she's healthy.
 

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We got the same thing at our one year visit! Our pedi said 24 oz of cows milk.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I'd like to know why so may say this, and if it's not current research, why are they not keeping up. It is frustrating to me that I feel like I have to throw out 50% of what this so called professional is telling me. It makes things so confusing. I just tell myself that my milk is make just for him, not the milk of an animal with two stomachs.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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because my DS barely drinks it. He's getting whole milk from me so I don't worry (he also likes cheese and eats well overall). I mean, you can lead a toddler to milk but can't make him drink it, even with chocolate syrup! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Even while away from me at daycare, DS prefers water.<br><br>
(BTW I take what my ped says with a grain of salt but I haven't actually dumped her, they are all human and have their own theories and have more info in some areas, less in some. I still trust her to diagnose his colds, even if I don't believe her claim that babies don't "need" to nurse in the night after 6 mos <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 

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My oldest didn't get cow's milk until she was 3. My ped gave me the go ahead to give my 14 mo old cow's milk. When I told her I didn't plan to give her cow's milk and that I would continue nursing her until whenever, she was fine with it. She's not as cool as my last ped but she's ok.
 

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Like other's said, your milk is perfect for her. Compare breastmilk to cow's milk for a human being and the choice is obvious. I think a lot of ped's just aren't used to or educated on the benefits of breastfeeding past a year.<br><br>
Since almost ALL toddlers do not have a well balanced diet, why would you want to fill them up with whole milk when they can get something much healthier?<br><br>
And like Angela said, offering cow's milk will only encourage weaning, and you little one still needs your milk.
 

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I don't know that offering cow's milk really is that much of an encouragement to wean in a toddler that is still nursing frequently. I have offered my DD milk in a sippy with meals and she is still a nursing fiend. My BFing-friendly peds have had no problem with the fact that I rarely bother to offer dairy and did make clear that I don't need to give whole milk since she's getting my milk as her major supply of fats and protein. The rules/advice are not the same for toddlers still getting a lot of BM as those who are not. Does your doc actually realize that you are still nursing frequently? This may just be his standard spiel.
 

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You know, I always think those commercials for toddler formula are the best argument for extended nursing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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