Questions about 14mo and whole milk/BF

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Registered: 10-29-2005
Questions about 14mo and whole milk/BF
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 11:42am

My baby girl is 14 months old and still nursing 3-4 times a day and more often than that on weekends. She is in daycare so on weekdays she nurses in the morning, gets a 4-5 oz bottle at daycare, nurses after daycare most days and then again before bed. Yesterday I took her for her 12 month check up, which obviously we were a bit late on. Her height is consistently in the 15%ile but her weight fell from 10%ile to under 5%ile. She weighs about 18.5. The doctor asked about how much whole milk she gets and I said she was still nursing so she hadn't had whole milk yet. The pedi said that this could be the cause of her weight dropping a bit and said it was "okay to continue nursing" but suggested I also introduce whole milk. Here is the thing--she is a happy, healthy, plenty-chunky baby as far as I am concerned. Am I worried about her weight? Nope. We are a very skinny family. I am 5' 4" and weight 105 lbs. I'm not going to have big kids--ever!

So--I guess I'm just looking for validation. Any reason to put her on whole milk if she is happy, healthy and thriving? She is a good eater too--on all table foods and we eat very healthily. She loves avocado and cheese and gets plenty of fruit, whole grains, etc.

Now, next question--it is getting a bit difficult for me to keep up with pumping every day and I do travel for work every few months or so. If I should have to, is it okay to supplement her feedings with whle milk if my supply runs low? We have no history of allergies in our family but is it best to gradually introduce milk as opposed to just giving her a cup of milk one day?


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Registered: 07-25-2006
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 9:12pm

Hey Shannon!

Dropping in percentile means nothing...just that more kids are larger than your child. It has nothing to do with nutrition or health:

if she's nursing at least 3-4x in 24 hours, you do not HAVE to give cow's milk:

There are other ways for baby to get calcium.

I don't think you'd need to supplement your feedings at all if she's getting 3-4 sessions in when you're together. You could give milk, but she doesn't need more milk if she's still nursing 3-4 times with you. My dd always got water.

Follow up with ?s!


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Registered: 11-29-2005
Tue, 06-02-2009 - 9:55pm

I'm with Theresa.


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Registered: 06-18-2004
Wed, 06-03-2009 - 2:22am

Shannon -

I agree with the pp. Another option is to go ahead and introduce whole milk and see how she takes it. Just because you offer it, it doesn't necessarily mean she'll take it.

I started to offering whole milk in sippy cups to my twins were they were about that age. They weren't interested in it at all. When they were closer to 18 months, my DD would take a sip from the sippy cup and then hand it to her twin brother. He liked it and would drink part of a sippy cup of milk some of the time. My twins didn't really get to a point where they really liked milk until they were 2 1/2 years old. I think it was probably a year between when I started offering milk to my DD and when she started to like it. Actually, now that I think of it, I'm not sure that my DD ever really drank whole milk!

My DD is also a little one - 33lbs and 37in tall at 4 years and 5 months old. Her twin is much larger at 43lbs and 42in tall. I'd actually say that DD is usually the bigger eater, but she grows at a different/slower rate than her twin or most kids for that matter!