Toddler Breastfeeding

Information on toddler nutrition seems to assume your toddler is no longer breastfeeding. Breast milk does not magically lose nutritional value after the first birthday. In fact, the US is one of the only countries to recommend stopping breastfeeding at 1. The WHO recommends continuing until 2!

Toddler breastfeeding key points:

🤱🏾Breastfeed as often as you want. There is no “recommended number of times per day” for breastfeeding. Find what works for your routine and your family. Human milk will continue to fill nutritional gaps as toddler eats more solids
👩🏻‍🍼Depending on your situation, you may be able to stop pumping while at work and still maintain a good supply when you’re home with your toddler
🚰Slowly add in more water by cup during meals
🍎Offer foods BEFORE toddler breastfeeds. Human milk still had nutritional, immunological and emotional benefits
3️⃣In general, nursing 3-4 times a day will give your toddler all of the milk nutrition they need
🥛 Research shows between 12 and 24 months toddlers average 14-19 oz of human milk per day. Between 24 and 36 months typical amounts of human milk are 10-12 oz per day
🍦Your milk IS whole milk. It has a higher fat content with more bio available nutrients than whole cow’s milk. The more human milk toddler gets, the less additional fat from whole milk or other sources is needed
🐮 Cow’s milk is a convenient source of calcium, protein, fats, vitamin D, etc. – it’s not necessary in our diets
🥩 Sources of protein: meats, eggs, fish, peas & beans, tofu and other soy products, peanut & other nut butters
🐠 Sources of fats: oils like soy, safflower flax and fish; flax seed, fish & avocado
🥬Calcium sources: dark greens: broccoli, spinach, collards, kale, turnips, bok choy, parsley, tofu & other soy products, beans: chickpeas/garbanzo beans, navy beans, pinto beans, nuts & seeds: sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, nut butters, tahini, fortified orange juice
🐄 Limit cow’s milk to 2-3 cups (16-24 ounces) per day. Too much cow’s milk increases the risk for iron-deficiency anemia