Im currently still feeding my 10 month old on demand. As we are nearing the 12 month mark ..There has been alot of talk between me and my partner as to give her cows milk at 12 months.. I want to know what to pros and cons will be on giving her cows milk at 12 months i know she is allowed. But is breast still best?
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22-04-2012 16:59 #1
what are the pros for feeding further then 12 months...
22-04-2012 17:20 #2
Breast is definately best but if have to take into consideration how you are going with it
Are you getting depleted of energy or are you still okay?
I fed until 15 months and only stopped because he self weaned as I was pregnant
You have to stop when the time is right for you. Around the 12 month mark was when he was down to one feed a day off me and the rest in other fluids, it's filled with vitamins and awesome for their immunity but it really has to be about what's working for YOU x
Ps well done on getting so far, it's a big task
22-04-2012 17:25 #3
I'm still going at 16 months although I am considering weaning at the moment.
It's very handy!
I can feed her when she gets sick which is giving her the best medicine for her. (She has had a couple of colds and food poisoning so far.)
It's an instant comfort when she's upset or hurt.
Godda go, mummy duties
22-04-2012 17:27 #4
From a purely nutritional perspective - Cows milk doesn't even compete with the goodness of breast milk! it contains no iron and the protein is a lot harder to digest ( which is why a lot of people have intolerance's to dairy) plus your breast milk is still boosting your child's immune system which is not fully developed until about 4 years old
22-04-2012 17:49 #5
In the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL of breastmilk provides:
29% of energy requirements
43% of protein requirements
36% of calcium requirements
75% of vitamin A requirements
76% of folate requirements
94% of vitamin B12 requirements
60% of vitamin C requirements
— Dewey 2001
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22-04-2012 17:51 #6
Breastfeeding a toddler is a normal and healthy thing to do for you and them. As somebody who had no particular intention to feed beyond 1, and have recently had to bribe my 3.5 year old off the boob, I can attest that self-weaning doesn't always happen gracefully within a timeframe you are both happy with, but many toddlers do self wean in the second year of life. Slow weaning is better in terms of fat redistribution too, so your boobs are more likely to regain their former shape if you wean very slowly.
22-04-2012 18:12 #7
I love this article about breastfeeding... and the natural age of weaning.
Slow weaning is better in terms of fat redistribution too, so your boobs are more likely to regain their former shape if you wean very slowly.
Very interesting SPC! I never knew that, thanks
22-04-2012 18:59 #8
I've been feeding DS for just over 12 months now without planning to from the beginning.
Besides the nutritional benefits pp have mentioned. I find it easy & convenient. Great for calming him down when he's having a tantrum or hurt himself. I still feed him 3-4 times a day and1-3 times overnight.
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22-04-2012 19:31 #9
I think the nutritional benefits have been well and truly stated here already.
Just to throw in a soppy reason to BF past 12 months...they get so big and independent so quickly - my DS is 14 months and just so busy - so it's really lovely to have that special time at the end of the day (or in my case the beginning and the end) where it's just the two of you snuggling together. It's a great source of comfort and what better way to get them back to sleep in the middle of the night than a boob...
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