DD is 9 months old and still breastfeeding with sips of juice from a cup at lunchtime. She eats a good and varied diet and has had dairy products for a few months now with no problems at all and takes cows milk in cereal, sauces etc. At the moment I express about 3-4oz of milk so she can take it to her grandparents once a week. She is only away for 4 hours and her gran has told me half the time she doesnt even drink most of the milk. Would it really do any harm to give her 4 oz of cows milk to take with her instead if she needed a drink?
You shouldn't replace BF or formula with cows milk because it doesn't contain enough nutrients in it to be a suitable substitute under the age of 1. If she doesn't drink it, why bother with cow's milk at all? Can she just have water instead?
She wont drink water and surely cows milk would have more nutrients than water anyway? Also, I would only be substituting one drink a week so I don't imagine it would make all that much difference. I just wanted to know if others had given cows milk as an occasional drink befor the age of 1?
I would give her some formula to take as cows milk as a drink is unsuitable as a drink before the age of 1. That is, if expressing is becoming to difficult, but it sounds as though you are managing, so why give it up?
i gave boiled cows milk from 8mo, just as an occasional drink, with BM as the main one - it isn't the whole of their diet. though i don't doubt the advice i was following then (3 years ago ish) may have changed.
If the OP is managing to express though, I don't see the why she feels the need to substitute with anything else, being only once a week? That 3-4ozs is doing far more good than anything else, particularly cows milk.
Thanks for the more sensible replies. As always on mumsnet some people cant see outside the box and do everything by the book. sometimes makes me wonder how the human race survived before all the new advice came along!