Milk needs for nursing toddler
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|Sun, 12-27-2009 - 7:22pm|
My 16-month old nurses 4-5 times a day. He does not nurse at night, and he nurses out of routine/thirst rather than for comfort, etc..
He also eats plenty of food (three big meals and 2+ snacks a day) and drinks lots of water from a cup. My problem: he will NOT drink milk (other than bm). I have tried different temps, different cups, different kinds of milk (soy, rice), even chocolate milk, because my pedi thinks he needs a certain amount of milk a day (24 oz I believe) and doesn't count nursing towards this amount. I'm pretty sure at the next appointment if I say he is still not taking milk he will say it is because of nursing and I should wean him.
I don't really want to do that at this point -- it just doesn't seem right from what I have read. And we're both comfortable with the nursing he's doing now. But of course what the doc said is making me nervous, and I don't want to hurt my son nutritionally.
I should add that he does eat a full cup of yogurt every day, plus cheese (but in smaller amount). I also make his oatmeal with a ton of milk -- I make steel cut with milk only, so 1 cup of oatmeal takes about 4.5 cups of milk in as it cooks.
Also, I don't have any indications that I am not producing milk. I feel letdowns. I don't pump normally, but I did two months ago while I had to be away for two days, and I got plenty of milk.
What I would like to do is stop pushing the cup milk (he won't even sip it now just bats at the cup if it isn't water...at first he would drink a little (months ago)), just go on as we are and re-evaluate when he turns two eight months from now if the situation hasn't changed.
Thank you in advance...