Post # 1
DD is almost ten months old. I will go back to work soon, but DH is on paternity leave for four months.
DD eats solids pretty well, but I still breastfeed a bit:
at night for bed-time, during the night when a&e wakes up hungry, in the morning to prolong our sleep (I’m lucky and we usually sleep in till about 9.30 :)) and when she has her nap and we’re not out with the stroller or in the car, she usually also needs the breast to fall asleep.
I don’t have enough milk supplies to pump anymore but I also don’t want to give her formula. It is after all just chemistry and while it’s of course important for the littler kids to get all the nutritients, I don’t think that’s too big of a concern for as at this point in time as she gets these with her regular food and nightly BF.
So what could DH give her for when she takes a nap or other times she’s usually be BF?
I’m not sure cow’s milk is good yet? I heard yiure not suppose to give it under the age of one? Even though I have used it to cook her cereal and she was fine (but still switched to alternatives like rice milk, oat milk, etc). Oat milk etc is not so fillin though, so I’m not sure she’s going to like it plain?
what did you do? Thanks!
Post # 2
the reason for breast milk or formula until 1 year of age is due to the iron content. Both have iron, while cow’s milk (or other “milks”) do not. Despite being a good eater at 9-10 months, it’s unlikely she is eating enough iron rich foods to meet her needs, thus giving BM or formula to meet those needs. The other issue is that babies will often fill up on milk, making their tummies too full to eat those iron rich sources.
Post # 3
I would just ask her doctor. I don’t think you are supposed to use anything other than breastmilk or formula before 1 year.
Post # 4
Formula or BM until 1 yr old because cows milk doesnt contain the nutrients required for 10 month old.<br /><br />Please talk to baby’s doctor.
Post # 5
After 12 months you can give cow milk. But not before.
Post # 6
Thanks for the warning you guys! Then maybe we’ll have to resort to formula for two months.
Post # 7
MsquareM: I’d check with your Pedi as sometiems the guidelines and rec’s can differ depending on diet, frequency of nursing etc. You might find that your Pedi ok’s cow’s milk for your LO if she’s closer to twelve months rather then ten by the time you actually return to work.
Your LO might also surprise you by putting herself to sleep when you’re away (babies are clever like that!) so you could be worrying for nothing (and it you continue to nurse on demand when you’re together then her intake of bm will probably be just fine!).