No she doesn't need to drink cow's milk much of the world doesn't drink cow's milk. If she is nursing 3-4 times a day she definitly needs no cow's milk. Even if you wean her you cow's milk and cow's milk products are only a convenient source of fat, protein and calcium.
Calcium is very easily obtained from green leafy veggies, where do you think cow's get it from? Also things like fish (with and without bones). Molasses. Tofu. Beans. Almonds. Sesame seeds.
Dietary fats can come from many sources meat, eggs, seed oils, vegetable oils, fish oils, nuts, etc. Egg yolks are also a source of vitamin D, as is fish oil, and these are natural sources unlike the vitamin D in milk which is added.
Protein from meats, nuts, beans and lentils. Actually many veggies have protein.
So you can see it is easy to get calcium, fat and protein from non-milk sources. Vitamin D should primarily be created from sun exposure. Even in Canada in the winter 17 minutes a day head exposure is enough for vitamin D creation.
Also if your periods have come back you probably do not need to wean to get pregnant, nor is there any reason to wean while you are pregnant.
As for getting her to like milk try adding some vanilla extract to it. Breastmilk is vaguely vanilla-y so that may help and won't add extra sugar like chocolate or other syrups. Also don't forget cheese, yogurt, etc.
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Many nursing moms are told that they must introduce cow's milk at a year. Your nursing toddler is already getting the best milk he can get - mother's milk! Breastmilk has a higher fat content than whole cow's milk (needed for baby's brain growth), and all the nutrients of human milk are significantly more bioavailable than those of cow's milk because it is species specific (not to mention all the components of mother's milk that are not present in cow's milk).
There is no need for additional milk or (or the equivalent nutrients from other foods) as long as your baby is nursing 3-4 times per day. Cow's milk is really just a convenient source of calcium, protein, fats, vitamin D, etc. - it's not required. There are many people in many parts of the world who do not drink milk and still manage to get all the calcium, protein, fats, vitamin D, etc. that they need.
* Good non-dairy sources of protein include meats, fish, peas & beans (chick peas, lentils, baked beans, etc.), tofu and other soy products, boiled eggs, peanut and other nut butters (if your child is not allergic).
* Good non-dairy sources of fats include soy and safflower oils, flax seed and flax seed oil, walnuts, fish and fish oils, avocado. Adding fats to cooking and baking can work well, for example, stir fry in safflower oil or make mini-muffins with soy or rice milk, oil or butter, and eggs.
* Calcium may be derived from many nondairy sources.
* Vitamin D can be supplied by sunlight exposure and food sources.
* If your child is not nursing regularly and is not allergic to cow's milk products, but simply doesn't like cow's milk, you can incorporate milk into your child's diet in other ways. Many children like cheese, whole-fat yogurt or ice cream. You can also put milk into various food products: pancakes, waffles, muffins, French toast, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, and baked goods.
* Some moms wish to offer cow's milk to their toddler, but baby doesn't like it. Over the age of 12 months, milk becomes a more minor part of a child's diet. It is sometimes helpful to mix increasing amounts of cow's milk with your expressed milk to help baby get used to the taste. Many dietitians see nothing wrong with adding some flavor (such as strawberry or chocolate) to cow's milk.
Pediatricians now recommend that any cow's milk be whole milk from a cup after the first year and until the child is at least 2 years of age. This ensures that your child receives enough fat, which is essential to proper brain development. After the age of two, if growth is good, you can switch to low-fat or nonfat milk. Note: If your child is nursing, then remember that mom's milk is "whole" milk - the more breastmilk your child gets, the less need to worry about your child getting additional fat from whole milk or other sources.
It's best to limit the amount of cow's milk that your child receives to 2-3 cups (16-24 ounces) per day, since too much cow's milk in a child's diet can put him at risk for iron-deficiency anemia (because milk can interfere with the absorption of iron) and may decrease the child's desire for other foods.
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American Academy of Family Physicians -Breastfeeding Statement:
"Nursing Beyond Infancy
Breastfeeding should ideally continue beyond infancy, but this is currently not the cultural norm and requires ongoing support and encouragement.85 Breastfeeding during a subsequent pregnancy is not unusual. If the pregnancy is normal and the mother is healthy, breastfeeding during pregnancy is the woman's personal decision. If the child is younger than two years of age, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned. Breastfeeding the nursing child after delivery of the next child (tandem nursing) may help to provide a smooth transition psychologically for the older child.61"
Nursing During Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing:
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