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Old 09-09-04, 07:35 PM
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Question Extended Nursing & Cow's Milk

The post on weaning reminded me that I have had this question for a while now. For those of you who have nursed or are nursing past 1 year, did you or do you plan to introduce cow's milk along with nursing? If so, is it because you plan to gradually cut down on nursing and head towards weaning or is there another reason to do it? Should a nursing toddler be exposed to cow's milk in addition to nursing, or is it just as okay to continue nursing and not introduce it 'til later? And when later? I plan to let Marshall self-wean, but I guess since he's getting close to that age where it is common to introduce cow's milk, I was just wondering. TIA.
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Old 09-10-04, 02:33 AM
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I started adding cow's milk after the 1 year point with my first few children. They were so highly lactose intolerant and had such horrific acidic diarrhea that I never did that again. I b/f until they self-wean and then try it slowly with things like yogurt juice, etc.
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Old 09-10-04, 09:57 AM
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I'm planning on keeping Audrey away from cow's milk for as long as possible. It's not natural for humans to be drinking it anyway and with her ezcema and the allergies and asthma on DH's side of the family I want to keep the major allergens out of her diet and only try them carfully when she's a few years old.
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I introduced cow's milk at 1 year. Since I'm working, that way I didn't have to pump or use formula after the first year. Both boys loved it. I would have continued to pump, but with a hand pump (not electric) it was pretty exhausting. I also gave it at meals, since by 1 year they were pretty much on finger foods (I couldn't feed them if I wanted too.. they were both too stubborn!) and that way they had something to drink then too... I gradually introduced it though, like 1 glass a day, to check for allergies, especially since Aiden had horrible gas with normal formula.
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Since both of my children have/had a dairy allergy I never introduced cow's milk. Once my son was older I eventually started giving him fortified soy milk which he is still drinking at 3 years old. At this point he can handle some dairy, about 1 serving a day which is usually cheese or yogurt since he handles them better. To make sure he gets enough calcium (really the only reason to drink milk) I make sure that his orange juice is fortified as well as his soy milk (they have at least as much, if not more calcium and vitamin D as milk)

At 11 months, my daughter cannot tolerate any dairy products, including whey and casein. I anticipate that that will continue to improve until she is like my son, who at this point I would call extremely lactose intolerant.

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