Questions about 14mo and whole milk/BF
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|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?