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Milk for our 1 year-old?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 14, 2010 at 4:56 AM

We are weaning our daugter off breast milk as she has become a nibbler and the standard recommendation is to move to whole milk. Our pediatrician mentioned fat need as the primary reason. My question is to the paleo parents out there: we are a paleo + some dairy family (cream and cheese) and we can tolerate dairy but are concened about the inflammatory effects of the mik, but know there are good growth components for youngsters. What do the other parents out there do?

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

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on August 16, 2010
at 02:36 PM

Yes I did not make that clear Eva, whole milk came up because we are weaning her off of breast milk, not because it is recommended over breast milk. My question just boils down to, we don't want to go to any type of franken-formula, goat milk is a no for now (see above), would organic whole milk for the next 6-12 months be really damaging or do paleo people still give their kids whole milk for the growth properties and fat?

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

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on August 16, 2010
at 02:32 PM

Our pediatrician said no to goat milk because that was my first instinct, something about a particular bacteria I think? Out daughter does love her meat too, it is all meat, veg and fruit now and breast milk but weaning.

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

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on August 16, 2010
at 02:29 PM

Wow that is great. We have made the decision to wean and not continue pumping as my wife is back to work now. I will check out the page on biting, the biting issue is actually not so much biting during feeding but at all other times, and only my wife...thanks!

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on August 16, 2010
at 12:14 AM

That is the situation my wife is in, she is going back to work and pumping is very difficult and we are frankly ready to move on. Just wanted to know what other Mothers were doing when they hit this stage

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on August 15, 2010
at 02:27 PM

@Eva, I don't think the pediatrician was suggesting that cow milk was healthier than breast milk, but that whole cow milk is better than low-fat cow milk or no milk at all. Your point about goat milk is a good one.

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on August 14, 2010
at 02:45 PM

Many pump with great success, but it is very time consuming and uncomfortable, and takes careful planning. At a year old, the most important benefits of breastfeeding have been achieved. I'm not saying it isn't wonderful to do it longer, just that I wouldn't worry or feel guilty about stopping at a year.

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on August 14, 2010
at 11:48 AM

Would it not be an option to collect the mother's milk with a breast-pump and then feed it to the child with a bottle?

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on August 14, 2010
at 06:12 AM

BTW, forgot to add, kudos to you for feeding the natural way this whole time. Evidence suggests it makes a big difference in long term health of the child.

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on August 14, 2010
at 05:59 AM

What about A2 milk - do you have that where you are?? http://www.a2milk.com.au/

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on August 14, 2010
at 08:40 AM

No need to wean just because they've got teeth...it just takes a while for them to get used to them.

Have you seen this page on biting on the excellent Kellymom breastfeeding website? It has lots of info an tips for coping with a biting child.

I fed my son until he was 4. It was a pain (literally!) when he was teething, he would generally start biting towards the end of a feed so I just started watching him feed a little more closely than I had been so I could unlatch him before he could have a good chew. If he cried I offered the other side, if he didn't then he was obviously finished and I gave him something to chew on like a chew toy or a wooden spoon. But He soon grew out of it once his teeth were in and they'd stopped bothering him and we went on to breastfeed for another couple of years with his full set of teeth :)

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

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on August 16, 2010
at 02:29 PM

Wow that is great. We have made the decision to wean and not continue pumping as my wife is back to work now. I will check out the page on biting, the biting issue is actually not so much biting during feeding but at all other times, and only my wife...thanks!

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on August 14, 2010
at 02:42 PM

We use goat milk, sometimes mixed with a small amount of corn-syrup-free formula, and a touch of coconut oil as a supplement to breast milk in our 10 month old. Goat milk because it is supposed to be more digestible and better tolerated, formula for the omega 3's and probiotics, and coconut oil for the saturated fat, especially lauric acid, which there is much more of in human milk than in that of cow or goat.

We probably don't actually need the formula, since he does get breast milk, and moreover we give him fishoil and yoghurt, and lots of great food (we're sharing a ribeye as I type!). I think we were just hedging our bets a bit at first, worrying about mimicking the nutritional profile of human milk, which formula aspires to do.

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

(269)

on August 16, 2010
at 02:32 PM

Our pediatrician said no to goat milk because that was my first instinct, something about a particular bacteria I think? Out daughter does love her meat too, it is all meat, veg and fruit now and breast milk but weaning.

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on August 14, 2010
at 06:09 AM

Sounds suspicious to me. Why would cow milk be healthier than mother's milk? Besides, found this article that says that it looks like mother's milk may triple in fat content if fed long term: http://www.medicineonline.com/news/10/6108/Fat-Content-of-Breast-Milk-Increases-with-Time.html

Also, if whole milk has 3.25 percent fat content and mother's milk has from 5 percent (some studies put it at 4.5 percent) to 17.5 percent, then why would whole milk be better if you want more fat and cow milk has less fat than all mother's milk? This makes no logical sense whatsoever. I would stay with mother's milk. And if I where you, I'd ask the doctor what he/she is thinking in the first place and where he/she is getting his/her numbers from! Is there some kind of info somewhere that would make this more logical because I am not finding any.

Besides, IMO there is no reason why nature is so stupid as to make cow milker healthier for human babies than is baby milk. If it were me, I'd stick with mother's milk as the baby is gradually switched to regular food as is age appropriate and skip the cow milk. If an alternate source of milk is needed, I'd go with goat milk because it is the closest to human milk and many people do better on goat milk than cow milk. -Eva

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on August 14, 2010
at 06:12 AM

BTW, forgot to add, kudos to you for feeding the natural way this whole time. Evidence suggests it makes a big difference in long term health of the child.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on August 15, 2010
at 02:27 PM

@Eva, I don't think the pediatrician was suggesting that cow milk was healthier than breast milk, but that whole cow milk is better than low-fat cow milk or no milk at all. Your point about goat milk is a good one.

F3951b3141a6ab7036b33e70b4bfad71

(269)

on August 16, 2010
at 02:36 PM

Yes I did not make that clear Eva, whole milk came up because we are weaning her off of breast milk, not because it is recommended over breast milk. My question just boils down to, we don't want to go to any type of franken-formula, goat milk is a no for now (see above), would organic whole milk for the next 6-12 months be really damaging or do paleo people still give their kids whole milk for the growth properties and fat?

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