Works for Me Wednesday — Toddler Nutrition

Toddlers aren’t the best eaters. Most moms worry about their kids’ nutrition. I don’t stress over how many veggies my daughter eats or fight to get a lead-laden vitamin in her daily because I know she is getting a good dose of the nutrition she needs from mommy’s milk.

(from Kelly Mom)

    • In the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL (that’s about 15 ounces) of breastmilk provides:
      • 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

This nutritionally-sound milk also protects my daughter from the germ-y world. She gets my immunities through my milk, and since she and I are usually together, we are exposed to the same things. Since a human’s immune system isn’t fully developed until two years of age, nursing is the best thing I can do to keep my daughter healthy now. The health benefits she gets now will continue with her for the rest of her life.

for scholarly research about the nutritional benefits of extended nursing, search Google Scholar.
for breastfeeding support and information, contact La Leche League.
I’m sure I’ll be posting more about toddler nursing in the coming weeks and months, so check back here, too!
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6 thoughts on “Works for Me Wednesday — Toddler Nutrition

  1. thanks for reminding me of so many nutritional benefits. I am still nursing my youngest of 3 daughters. She is 23 months and no sign of her wanting to stop. Typing one handed right now in fact 😉 My middle dd nursed until 26 months so long term isn’t new to me.

  2. Thank you for this post on nursing. I am an avid nurser and feel very very strongly about it.

  3. Thanks for posting. My doctor acted like I was nuts for breast feeding past 12 monhts. Luckily I knew the benefits and my child didn’t quit till he was ready.

  4. Thanks so much for the reminder! My little guy is 16 months and still nursing, and sometimes I think I want to wean him soon. But he still enjoys it so much. It helped me to read those statistics. I just wish I was one of those breastfeeding moms who loses weight while breastfeeding! I won’t be able to fit back into my old clothes until he’s weaned (nothing new…worked the same way with my daughter!)!

  5. I totally agree! I would have been very concerned about nutrition my dd’s second year of life if she had not been nursing, especially considering she couldn’t tolerate cow’s milk very well so that wasn’t an option for us.

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