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Hi all. Well I am trying to decide if I should give my 17 month old daughter regular milk in addition to breastmilk. She doesnt nurse as often as she used to though she still does some. I am mainly thinking of adding it for the extra Vitamin D. I try to take Vitamin D myself, normally about 1000 to 2000 IU per day and then up to 4000 IU when I am sick, but I get sick alot and am thinking that I may be Vit D deficient.. If I am, then she is probably not getting enough Vitamin D from breastmilk. I just wanted to see what others are doing as far as giving regular milk. I appreciate any advice!!<br><br>
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You didn't say how old she was but I am okay with my kids doing dairy as soon as they are on solids (around 6 months) as long as they don't show a reaction and they don't fill up on it (don't want it replacing breastmilk).<br><br>
As far as vitamin D, you can take cod liver oil yourself which is pretty high in it.
 

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Not knowing the age of your DD, I would say in addition to BM is great, as long as she doesn't show any reactions. My son was on goat's milk until he stopped tolerating that too, and now he drinks lactose free cow's milk.
 

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My son gets hives and rashes from dairy so he does not have milk but my other 2 girls started on milk after a year in addition to breastmilk. It was what they did (and still do) drink at mealtimes. My son drinks a lot of water and breastmilk.
 

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We started giving regular milk with meals around 18 mos for my son. Also with snacks if he wanted it. He was still bfing, and just weaned at 33 mos. We still drink milk several times a day.
 

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If you are concerned about vitamin D, why not give her some vitamin D drops? I have some Carlson Vit D drops that I give my 18mo every day. They are tasteless and colorless, I just put a single drop on a food she loves, or on a spoon and have her eat it.<br><br>
She tested deficient at her 15 month visit, and I probably am too. So she gets 1000iu/day and I get 5000iu/day. 1000-2000iu/day may not be enough for you, especially if you are deficient to begin with. And the amounts in fortified milk are very small relative to what scientists are realizing we really need. FWIW, we're getting sick so much less often this fall!<br><br>
I don't have a problem with giving DD cow's milk, but she's uninterested, so I don't. She still nurses regularly.
 

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DD is 17 months and I just started letting her 'drink' the milk at the bottom of the cereal bowl. She seems to like it. I have not given her a glass of milk yet, but don't see anything wrong with it.
 

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Breastmilk IS regular milk! Do you mean cow's milk?<br><br>
I introduced cow's milk as a new food, not as a replacement for breastmilk, or out of concern that the baby was deficient in vitamin D or any other specific nutrient. DS had his first sips of cow's milk at about 10mo, but never really drank full cups of the stuff until he was nearly 4yo and weaning.
 

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I've given my guy cow's milk a couple of times. He doesn't seem to mind it but has shown a preference for mama's milk - handed me the cup of cow's milk and then started lifting my shirt. <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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Nah. I never gave cow's milk while I was nursing. I wanted him drinking bm or water and figured cow's milk would probably decrease one or the other.<br><br>
We do give a lot of yogurt. If you are concerned about D maybe mix it into his food.
 

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Nope. Only bm and water here so far. There's something about giving dd cow's milk that freaks me out a bit. She's 16 months, and she still nurses a lot. She does like yogurt, though, and that doesn't bother me at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks everyone.. I gave DD a sip and she made a face. lol I definitely dont want her to stop nursing and get full off of cow's milk... I did add a 600 IU drop of vitamin D today and was thinking of adding another drop but wasnt sure if I should or not. I think I am reading that for 1 year and up they can have 1000 IU, is that about right?
 

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My 18 month old drinks a fair bit of moo, somewhere between 1/2 a cup and a full cup a day. She still nurses like a champ at least 8 times a day. I started giving her occasional goat milk when she was 11 months old if I had to be out for many hours. She didn't start the moo till she was 14 months old. We also do raw milk because it is more easily digested and we have a family history of lactose intolerance. She loves her moo and she loves her milk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm not too worried about my boobieholic weaning prematurely. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> oy. Sometimes I think it wouldn't be the end of the world...
 

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i didn't until fairly recently and he has never really taken to 'cow milk' anyway and would prefer water. if your Lo likes it then cool but i wouldn't stress about it if they dont.
 

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I agree with Ruthla, for my human baby breastmilk IS "regular milk" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
No, I do not give my 16 month old DS cow's milk. I do however give him Carlson's D drops. He gets one 1000 IU drop per day.<br><br>
You likely aren't getting enought Vitamin D yourself even with your supplement. DP and I take 4000-6000 IU on a regular day and 8000-10000 on immune compromised days.
 
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