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Can you believe that Mckenna is going to be 1 year old in just 6 weeks? Pardon me while I curl up in the fetal position and start crying because oh my heavens there’s no way my baby can be turning one! Say it isn’t so! I don’t know about you, but I’m totally the mom who Googles just about everything and am always searching for what’s next as far as her development goes.
And the next big thing on our baby to do list (besides real crawling and not army crawling and walking) is introducing cow’s milk. I’ve made the decision that 12 months will be the end of our nursing journey and I’m feeling pretty confident in that decision. My milk supply is going down, I’m pumping less and less, and Mckenna’s interest in solid foods is only gaining more and more traction!
Starting cow’s milk is just the natural next step for her and we will definitely be starting that introduction around 12 months. I’ve been digging around for tips and tricks to introduce cows milk and have even stumbled upon some saved conversations with friends and family on the topic. With Alea I was so nervous that she wouldn’t adjust well, but she absolutely surprised me. Now let’s just hope with these tips and tricks that Mckenna follows suit.
1. Slow and Steady: Some babies truly prefer the slow and steady method of introduction when it comes to cows milk and do best if you add breast milk or formula to the milk to start. Each time you serve it to them you do so with less breast milk or formula until it’s 100% milk. This is a great way to ease their tastebuds and their tummies.
2. Serve as a Beverage, Not a Meal: Now that baby (yes, they’re still a baby) doesn’t need to rely on a beverage as an entire meal like they did with breastmilk or formula, they can leisurely sip milk as a compliment to their meals and snacks!
3. Pick the Right Kind: Until age 2, whole milk is the best option to ensure baby is consuming enough calories and healthy fat for adequate brain development.
4. Warm it Up: So, you’ve tried a slow transition with breastmilk or formula and baby is still struggling with the adjustment? Try warming up the milk a little. Remember that they used to receive breastmilk and/or formula that was warmed and they may want the same for their cow’s milk!
5. Be Persistent and Consistent: Continue to offer milk in your child’s favorite cup with each meal and with snacks as well. Continuing to offer it may help persuade them into trying it a little more here and there until they’re loving it just as much as their older siblings if they have any!
I’m sure Mckenna will look-up to her big sister like she does with anything else and see what a big fan of milk Alea is! I’m interested to see how much milk we go through once we have two big milk drinkers in the house. Alea requests milk with every meal and drinks about a gallon of milk each week–it’s definitely one item that’s always on our grocery list!
And I honestly don’t mind. I love that I can provide her with lots of vitamins, nutrients and calcium all in a wholesome refreshing beverage. Not only that, but it’s also a good source of calcium, vitamin A, potassium and vitamin D per 8oz serving. Sure, there are other ways to get some of these nutrients, but milk is so easily available and has all of the above included!
Want more information on milk and it’s benefits for your family? Check out MilkLife.com! It’s such a great resource!
What tips do you have for introducing cow’s milk?