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    Introducing cows milk if breastfeeding?

    Is it necessary to introduce cows milk if you plan to continue breastfeeding past the age of 1?

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    Hi,

    No - you don't need to introduce cows milk just because your child is over the age of 1. Breastmilk is still the best milk for a child, alongside solid food. It's great that you are still breastfeeding your son because there are still so many wonderful benefits of breastmilk for toddlers.

    One study (by Dewey in 2001) showed that in the second year of life 448ml of breastmilk gives your child:

    29% of energy requirements
    43% of protein requirements
    36% of calcium requirements
    75% of vitamin A requirements
    76% of folate requirements
    94% of vitamin B12 requirements
    60% of vitamin C requirements
    – Dewey 2001

    Breastmilk has a higher fat content then cow's milk and it was designed to be the right milk for a baby.

    I hope this helps.

    Best wishes,

    LJ

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