My daughter is 11 1/2 months old and is only nursing 2-3 times a day and doesn't nurse at all between 7am and 4pm. I was wondering if it would be okay to start giving her a little cow's milk now since she has already self-weaned a lot, I think that maybe if I wait until a year to start cow's milk she will not have much of a hance to get used to it before she is completely weaned. What do you all think?
If your little girl is 11 1/2 months I don't think introducing cow's milk two weeks early will probably hurt her at all. If she seems fussy after drinking cow's milk you might hold off a while longer. Some toddlers have allergies or sensitivities to milk so keep that in mind. My little one wouldn't drink cow's milk after nursing for so long. I tried to introduce it at a year, but he has adamantly refused, throwing the cup and spitting the milk out. He is now 14 months old and still nursing four or five times a day which doesn't bother me at all. I've found other ways to get his calcium in such as offering yogurt and cheese. Best of luck and hopefully she will take to it without a problem. If she doesn't get used to it before she's completely weaned don't panic. You can offer her other foods to make sure she gets the nutrition she needs. As my pediatrician told me, milk isn't necessary for good nutrition. It is a nice, convenient package to meet many nutritional needs at once, but if your lo won't take it there are ways around it. Good luck!