View Full Version : does your 1yo BF and also like to drink milk?
07-19-2009, 11:50 AM
Lucas is 13 months. I still BF him "full time" I guess you could say. his doc (who supports extended BF) said I could give him some whole milk if I wanted to. he's tried Ethan's when he got ahold of his sippy cup. It was 2% and warmed up, but he drank it and looked at me like I gave him motor oil LOL. He hated it. I wonder if it wasn't "fatty" enough. I am tempted to buy a small carton of whole milk to see if he likes it. I don't know if its worth it though- I am just not sure. I don't mind nursing him at all and that's sort of like starting to wean right? I am not interested in weaning yet and neither is he. I guess I just thought he might l ike it. He seems to like water just fine to sip on during the day from his sippy cup.
oh and he's not used to bottles so its not like he drinks BM from bottles or sippies. I honestly don'tt hink he's has a bottle of BM since he was about 4 months old or so.
07-19-2009, 12:06 PM
We did with Haydn, although it wasn't until around 15 or 16mos and it was mostly at daycare. Up until then I pumped and sent my milk (6oz with 1-2 oz vanilla soy milk cause he wouldn't take my milk plain out of a cup :twitch:) to daycare. In spite of him getting milk of any type in a cup during the day, he continued to nurse until he was 22mos. Of course, that said, he always had a bottle or cup since I WOH.
Personally, I don't think it's necessary to give him cow's milk or any milk in a cup if he's still nursing well and you are there and willing to nurse him. Breastmilk is far superior to any other milk for baby or toddler, and if he's getting that then he's fine.
07-19-2009, 01:16 PM
cool, thanks! :) I'll hold off then. I'm in no rush and neither is he.
07-19-2009, 01:18 PM
I started t o give it to Zosia at about 13 months and I was still nursing. She hated it. So I got some vanilla soy milk and did about 2/3 soy to 1/3 milk. She loved it. then I slowly started to move the percentage of milk up and eventually she had just cows milk.
I figured it was because our BM is so sweet.
07-19-2009, 01:39 PM
KateLynn hated it. She just now at 19m has decided she likes a little. She was stealing sips out of her sisters glass and since they think its good she decided to like it too. So no rush but its okay to get sips here and there.
07-19-2009, 01:48 PM
We transitioned Jocelyn to whole milk at daycare at about 14 months and she takes it fine there and when I'm not home. As you know, she still nurses quite a bit as well. We give her whole milk in her cup at meals and sometimes she drinks it and sometimes she doesn't. She just recently started asking for milk on her own, but is still nursing 3-5 times a day depending on if I'm home or not. So, at least in our case, it hasn't led to weaning.
07-19-2009, 03:51 PM
I can't believe I can't remember! He JUST turned two and drinks pretty much anything from a cup. I weaned at 13 months and he did do milk but for the life of me I can't remember how I transitioned him. WTF is wrong with my brain?
07-20-2009, 05:10 AM
I won't be offering cow's milk. I am not a big fan of inter-species milk sharing, really, but especially not cow's milk and especially not in nurslings under 2. JMO :)
07-21-2009, 06:58 PM
My nephew is almost 2 and rarely drinks cow's milk. Its usually water or juice. But yeah, you're right, replacing your milk with other milk is a weaning tactic.
07-23-2009, 05:35 PM
Only Dustin, who weaned at 1, drank more than little sips of cow's milk before age 2. The others have all taken sips here and there, but when we finally made the switch, they required chocolate or strawberry flavor in it....and then we gradually cut that out.
07-23-2009, 05:37 PM
my dd still doesn't like milk too much, we substitute other forms of calcium like cheese, yogurt, etc
07-23-2009, 05:37 PM
My 16 month old nurses 2-3 times a day and has a sippy cup of whole milk as well- he likes it fine- so did all my other boys.
07-23-2009, 05:38 PM
aleah never really drank milk, and marlee hates it.
so there ya go. lol. i dont think BF kiddos need additional nutrition from milk, as long as they have healthy diets as well.
07-23-2009, 05:56 PM
I had read when I was pregnant with Cyrus that cows milk before the age of 3 increase the chances for diabetes. Now - this was 6 years ago that I read it so I can't pull a link out of my ass lol but because of that we don't do milk from a cow before 3. The thing I read said that milk products were fine - but actual milk was a no-no. So cheese, yogurt, ect was ok...just not milk. Cy has just started to like milk at almost 6 - he's just not a fan. Shae hasn't had it except a sip she stole from another kid's sippy cup.
07-23-2009, 06:01 PM
Frank loves it, but we have raw milk, straight from the cow, cream and all. He took right to it. I still nurse him morning, once in the afternoon, and through the night if he wakes.
07-23-2009, 06:28 PM
My dd is 22 months nurses 3-4 times a day and drinks milk with 2 or 3 meals/snacks a day. For both my kids, I don't think the drinks in a cup affected nursing at all.
07-23-2009, 06:41 PM
DD#2 will drink whole milk from a sippy cup, though she prefers to sprinkle it all over. What she really likes to do is steal her cousin's bottle of whole milk, and chug it down. I never gave her a bottle in her entire life, but she sucked that bottle down like an expert. And she still insists on nursing several times a day, and twice at night.
07-23-2009, 07:09 PM
Yep! Whole milk from a sippy cup about 2 to 3 times a day, breastfeed 3 times during the day and about 1 or 2 times at night.:D
07-23-2009, 07:41 PM
My 13-month old still breastfeeds like it's going out of style. We offer her sippy cups of water, which she likes just fine (unless daddy decides to sneak and add juice to it... then she acts like plain water will kill her for a day or two :rolleyes: ) All in all, she doesn't really need a sippy cup with anything but we like to have it available. I decided not to push the regular milk for several reasons. One being that we plan to CLW, so it's not like I'm in any hurry to substitute my milk. Another being that I recently developed lactose intolerance to milk specifically... so I have experienced first-hand the fact that are bodies are not designed to digest moo juice properly. I didn't want her to go through that, and so I don't see the point of pushing it when she could have her own mama's sweet milk.
Our nutritionist at WIC said it was fine to continue BFing her, but that it wouldn't hurt to offer cow's milk too. She suggested adding chocolate (or in our case it would be Ovaltine) to her milk to make it more appealing because the comparison of breastmilk to cow's milk leaves cow's milk seeming pretty nasty. I figure that if there ever does come a time when I absolutely need her to drink milk, then I will offer it to her with a little bit of Ovaltine. For now, though, I want to keep the chocolate and the cow's milk out of her system as much as possible. The couple times she was offered a few sips of milk, it gave her the runs. I din't see the point in forcing it on her only to make her miserable.
If you really do want to get your LO to drink milk, I've heard of some woman adding small amounts of honey to cow's milk to make it seem closer to BM. I think this is beneficial if you need or want to wean for whatever reason.
IDK. Goodluck with whatever you decide :)
07-23-2009, 10:08 PM
Ezekiel is 23 months, but has been drinking cows milk since probably 11 months. He chooses what he wants to drink, mamas milk or milk from the fridge.
07-24-2009, 04:42 AM
we're having this issue now. dd2 is 13.5 months and hates cows milk. flat out acts like i'm poisoning her when i try to get her to drink it. she nurses a lot, but def. less than she used to. she's a hardcore eater - she east three FULL meals a day plus snacks.
my concern is for when school starts up again - i am done pumping. i will not be pumping next year. i need to be done pumping to maintain my sanity at work. anyways, i can't even get her to take ebm out of a sippy. so wth will she drink at the sitter's?
i know she doesn't technically need cows milk and can be fine w/ just nursing and eating solids and drinking water, BUT, if she doesn't nurse a lot during the day, she cluster feeds all-night-long. and i just cannot go back to that during the school year. last year around 8 months she started rejecting the bottle and reverted to nursing all night to make up for not taking much milk during the day. being up all night nursing and then working all day was a nightmare. i am so stressed over this. i feel like if she won't take some kind of milk during the day we'll be nursing all night again and i just can't have that and work full time.
vanilla milk sounds like an excellent thing to try. i am so hitting whole foods tomorrow for it.
07-24-2009, 01:35 PM
My 2yo is still BF and rarely drinks any other kind of milk.
I finally got my 4.5 yo to drink some a few times a week though although he is no longer BF.
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