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When did you offer cow's milk and how much do you offer?

My pedi told me to give J 2% - but, if he's going to be drinking milk I would think he would be better off with the people kind. (he gets water and BM only to drink and sugar free organic juices in popscicle form only)

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i'd go with you instinct. he's better off with the "people kind"
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cow milk isn't ever needed in my opinion, you can get calcium, fat and protein from other sources. and the intolerance for milk is pretty common. i've always hated milk and my 21 month old won't drink it either.

ETA: if you do decide to give milk to the babe,whole milk is better at this age then 2% also, the fats are good right now.
 

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: If they are still bfing then cow milk is a waste of time.
 

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We give our kids cows milk. They drink a few ounces a day and can reach it in the fridge at anytime. We love dairy at our house, so it is natural for them to want it too.
 

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Originally Posted by avalonfaith View Post
i'd go with you instinct. he's better off with the "people kind"
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cow milk isn't ever needed in my opinion, you can get calcium, fat and protein from other sources. and the intolerance for milk is pretty common. i've always hated milk and my 21 month old won't drink it either.

ETA: if you do decide to give milk to the babe,whole milk is better at this age then 2% also, the fats are good right now.

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Originally Posted by alegna View Post
Nursing toddlers don't need cow's milk.

I started offering it to dd once in awhile around age 2. I only give her whole milk though. She probably has 3-4 oz a week.

-Angela
I agree with PPs. If you were going to give cow milk, I definitely would NOT give low fat. That just doesn't make any sense. I am also a believer in raw milk. You may want to check it out, but that's a whole different thread.
 

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It's not necessary, & shouldn't be used to replace feedings (unless you've no other choice; my 18 month old has cow's milk sometimes while I'm at work because she started refusing EBM). The general recommendation is that kids under 2 should be given whole milk. I don't worry about that too much, as breastmilk is what has the proper fats anyway.
 

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No haven't offered cow's milk, but I did give him a cup of goat milk when he was almost 14m, AF was returning and he was upset about my lowered supply that day. Hasn't had any since. He drinks water, watered down juice, and white or herbal tea. We don't drink any cow millk in our house, only cook with it and use it on cereal.
 

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Cow's milk isn't really a necessity by any means, but if he wanted some, or you wanted to give him some, just for variety or whatever reason, I'd do whole milk. Our ped said whole until 2, 2% until 3, which I had heard from other sources as well. My kids liked it, but never drank huge amounts. Maybe 8oz a day, tops?
 
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