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No Milk, No Problem! Alternatives to Cow Milk For Toddlers

I met another mother yesterday at the library who also gives her toddler almond milk instead of cow milk.

I thought I was alone.

I asked her if she gets any judgment about it, knowing she probably did.

It's been over ten years now that I gave up cow milk. I was never a huge fan of it anyway while growing up, but the older I got, I began to think about how unnatural it was. Humans drink milk from their mother's breasts, and calves drink milk from their mother's udders. Why crisscross that?

When Maura was close to being weaned, I didn't want her to drink cow milk.  After speaking to her pediatrician and doing research, I knew giving her unsweetened almond milk would be fine. In one serving, the almond milk actually has 50% more calcium than cow's milk.

I also supplemented her diet with a lot of healthy fats, so she was still getting the necessary nutrients.

At 13 months, this is what she'll normally eat through the week to get enough fat that she needs while growing:

  • Whole milk, organic yogurt and cheese
  • Avocados--loves them
  • Peanut butter--usually on toast or as a sandwich
  • Flax seed mixed in yogurts, cereal
  • Coconut oil used in recipes
  • Steel cut oatmeal/whole grain breads
  • Eggs etc.

This has been working really well so far for us. Has anyone else tried an alternative to cow milk?

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