Congradulations to Helena! I just read the news on another thread. Glad to be able to keep in touch! We've found a raw milk source here, but it's not as yummy as Helen's. Anyway, Sava (11 month) had about an ounce or two of milk over the last couple days and his BM have changed. They are runny, stringy, green and have little globules of fat in them. Is it too early for cow's milk? He's still primarily breast feed. He was just interested in what I was drinking and gulped it down! I'd apprecate some advice.... Jean
Last Edit: May 9, 2010 15:51:05 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Hi Jean, The pediatricians say that you can "wean" a baby to cow's milk (and by that they mean store milk) at 12 months. I wouldn't worry at all about a little real milk at his age.
As Joann said, as soon as they have anything besides breast milk, their bm's, and even their urine will be different. My opinion is that as long as they are happy and content and going, and the foods they are experimenting with are good foods, it's nothing to be concerned about.
I still remember my panic when I first changed a diaper after one of my boys tried beets for the first time. It took me a few pounding heartbeats to reconcile the happy, healthy, gurgling baby with the RED diaper I was changing!
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Post by Laura G in Idaho on Dec 7, 2006 15:49:44 GMT -5
With my daughter Sylvia, I found that I was losing my breastmilk supply by the time she was 7 months old. I had a lot of stress in my life at that time, and didn't just sit and nurse enough and eat perfectly, so that probably explains why my milk disappeared.
Anyway, Sylvia was still nursing, just not getting a whole lot of milk. She wasn't on enough solid foods yet to consider weaning. I let her have some raw cow's milk, and she took to it fine, and her BMs changed, just as you said, but I didn't give her a lot of cow's milk at that point.
I didn't realize just how little breastmilk I was producing until she was about 10.5 months old. It occured to me then that she was a constantly fussy baby and that she looked underfed. Her skin seemed tight around her face, and under her eyes were large bags. She didn't look happy or healthy at all. Her little body was small, and she lacked muscle tone and development. So, at that point, I quit nursing altogether and gave her plenty of cow's milk.
She started to gain weight. The bloom of health returned to her cheeks. The bags under her eyes disappeared. She was finally content! It has been 2 years since that time, and she is still small and I still worry about her, but if it wasn't for fresh cow's milk, I shudder to think what could have been.
So, bottom line, milk (preferably breastmilk) should be the primary source of calories during the first year. Fresh cow's milk is fine for feeding babies, as long as you are sure it is clean and from healthy animals.
Adelle Davis' recommendation in her book, Let's Have Healthy Children, is that a quart of milk should be consumed throughout the entire growth period. That seems reasonable to me. I'm trying to see to it that my children are all drinking their milk (or yogurt, or cheese, etc.)
I believe milk is nature's perfect food. In fact, I can only think of two foods whose sole purpose for being produced is to nourish... milk and honey... sounds like the promised land in the scriptures!
Many babies have the starved appearance you describe but it is rare that mothers are able to so clearly identify the problem, let alone have the courage or opportunity to provide fresh raw milk. There is a sort of magic in raw milk.
Jean, if you are reading this, I am not speaking of Sava!!
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