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<p>My DS, who is nursed on demand, is only nursing five times (on average) in a 24-hour period.  He is gaining, growing, meeting milestones, etc., but it seems like a little amount in comparison to how much milk he may need and/or how much (cow/almond/soy) milk other children have.  <strong>My main concern is whether he is getting enough for healthy development</strong>.  There are so few resources out there that have information on (extended) nursing and Kellysmom simply says "a few times is enough', which isn't really helpful.</p>
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<p>Do I need to start pumping or "force" additional nursing sessions?  I do sometimes "force" a nursing session and he will normally suck for a minute or two and then pop off to go play.  I think I have a healthy supply; I can hear the flow of milk and I still spray frequently.  So, is five times enough? </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mulvah</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1290760/is-five-times-enough#post_16176904"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>He is gaining, growing, meeting milestones, etc.</p>
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<p>I think I have a healthy supply; I can hear the flow of milk and I still spray frequently.  So, is five times enough? </p>
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<p>I am no expert but I think you are all good if he is gaining/growing, etc! <br>
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<p>I believe that the AAP recommends 16-24oz of cows milk at 12 months.  While you can't completely compare the amounts as human milk is obviously more formulated for a human baby in calories, fats, proteins, etc. It gives a rough idea. </p>
<p><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html#cowmilk" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html#cowmilk</a></p>
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<p>this link at Kellymom states breastmilk has a higher fat content than cows milk- a fat for brain development is one of the big 'sells' on cows milk.  This link also says nursing a toddler 3-4 times a day is sufficient for their milk needs, without the need for any other milks until weaning.</p>
 

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<p>Thank you both for the responses!<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MEcatlady17</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1290760/is-five-times-enough#post_16203604"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>...</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html#cowmilk" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html#cowmilk</a></p>
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<p>this link at Kellymom states breastmilk has a higher fat content than cows milk- a fat for brain development is one of the big 'sells' on cows milk.  This link also says nursing a toddler 3-4 times a day is sufficient for their milk needs, without the need for any other milks until weaning.</p>
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I didn't see that information prior; thanks.  <span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"> </span> I will see how his next visit is and go from there.</p>
 
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