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Giving breast milk instead of cows milk

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blushingmare Thu 17-Jul-14 19:48:01

I'm currently expressing regularly on one side to boost supply for feeding my DS, but I don't have access to a freezer at the moment. Can I give it to my toddler instead of her cow's milk? Is it nutritionally as good for them at that age or is cow's milk higher in calcium?

fledermaus Thu 17-Jul-14 19:50:21

Cow's milk has a higher level of calcium but the calcium in human milk is better absorbed by humans.

fledermaus Thu 17-Jul-14 19:52:03

But yes, you can give it to your toddler. Human milk is nutritionally better suited to human children and cow's milk is more suited to calves!

nickelbabe Thu 17-Jul-14 19:55:04

yes. of course you can.

human milk is a lot better for humsn babies than cow's smile

nickelbabe Thu 17-Jul-14 19:55:27

my toddler still

blushingmare Thu 17-Jul-14 20:30:04

Great thanks. Thought it should be ok, but when my mum was round today she said she thought bm didn't meet their nutritional needs after 2 - don't know where she got that from!

Next question, if it's only for my toddler, do I still need to bother with sterilising the pump, or would a hot wash in the dishwasher be sufficient? I mean, obviously my toddler doesn't have her cutlery or anything else sterilised, or am I missing something?

jamtoast12 Thu 17-Jul-14 20:49:31

The above link shows it contains much less volume of nutrients compared to cows milk though so toddler would need to drink much more of it

nickelbabe Thu 17-Jul-14 20:52:05

my tpddler still has breast milk directly from the source wink

nickelbabe Thu 17-Jul-14 20:53:40

nono, no need to sterilize - you can even put it in a normal cup if that's how she has cow's milk.

NorahBone Thu 17-Jul-14 20:59:27

Dishwashers make things pretty sterile - personally I wouldn't bother with anything else.

catkind Thu 17-Jul-14 21:04:23

I would sterilise the pump because I don't think it's that easy to clean out or wash off particles of milk that are hanging around in the workings. Depending on your pump design I guess if you think putting it in the dishwasher would reach all corners.
It doesn't meet their nutritional needs in that they shouldn't live off just human milk at 2, but it's still got loads of good stuff in it.
Another 2.5 yr old who has mostly human milk from source here smile

fledermaus Fri 18-Jul-14 08:04:52

That's not entirely true jamtoast - human milk contains more of some things than cows milk and less of others, because they are designed for different animals. Human toddlers are a lot smaller than calves.

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