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How much cow's milk do they get and how often do they nurse?<br><br>
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I work full time, and DD is in a daycare center. I nurse her on my lunch hour and send 2 - 4oz cups of bm with her to daycare. She drinks those with a snack in the morning and afternoon. She is also eating lunch at daycare. Besides that, she nurses before daycare, before dinner, before bed, and a couple times at night.<br><br>
In a few weeks I would like to start replacing some of her bm at daycare with cow's milk. I was thinking of replacing one feeding at a time but am not sure how much cow's milk she should be getting or if she really needs it at all. If she's still nursing at least 4x a day (more likely 6x including the night), does she really need cow's milk at all?<br><br>
What has your experience been like? What would you recommend? Maybe keep giving her bm in the morning and let her have water with her snack in the afternoon? Then transition that to cow's mik in the morning?
 

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Well . . . my dd is now 15 months old and we still nurse 3x per day during the week (more on the weekends) and occasionally if she wakes up at night.<br><br>
I weaned from the pump at about 13 months and she transitioned into drinking maybe 4-10 oz cow's milk during the day - usually when she would go down for naps.<br><br>
I know that she doesn't necessarily *need* the cow's milk if we're making sure she's getting plenty of dairy in other forms (she loves yogurt and cheese), but she reportedly likes to have milk when she goes to sleep. I know dh also gives her some with breakfast usually and she seems to enjoy that as well. I think it's his way of giving her milk too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Basically we just gave her some cow's milk here and there to see how she would drink it before we made a complete switch, and for her it was very easy. She definitely prefers my milk and does ok without the cow's milk, but she likes it when I'm not there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I know every child is different - good luck with your decision!
 

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My dd was just over a year old and we purchased 1 cow share for raw organic milk. I would give her 1 cup, about 6oz and not every day b/c I only gave it to her if she asked for it.<br>
She nursed at least 6 times during the day at that point (6 on the min side and 10 on the max side).
 

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I agree with the pp who suggested looking at the total dairy picture. My feeling is that if your dd has cheese and yogurt during the day, and is nursing as much as you say before and after daycare, then you might not need to worry about subbing in other milk for breastmilk. When we first stopped sending breastmilk to daycare with dd, that's basically what we did--her lunch bag had whole milk yogurt and hard cheese in it. Now, she usually has a cup of milk with her when we take her in the morning (this would be post wake-up nursing session), but mostly drinks water during the day.
 
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