question on Milk

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question on Milk

I get those emails every couple of months from Pampers that talk about your baby's development and offers different tips and advice. I was just reading the one for a 1 year old. It was an article on nutrition and it said babies this age should be drinking about 20- 24 ounces of whole milk a day, roughly 450 calories, making 1/3 of their daily calorie need. I was really surprised!!!

Luke drinks maybe 5oz of lowfat milk a day, definitely not anymore than that. He eats yogurt a couple times a week and a serving of cheese everyday. I have to say I'm really not worried about the milk thing. I don't feel like I need to go crazy and try to pin him down and make him drink milk. Am I missing something here? I LOVE milk, and I'm certainly not anti-milk or anything. I drink it every day. But 1/3 of their daily calories from milk just seemed like alot!

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My ped says two servings of dairy a day. My kids get it from cheese and yogurt. Most of the time they don't get regular milk as it doesn't work well with DD. They both drink almond milk regularly, an 8 oz glass a day.

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Mason doesn't get whole milk either. but given his size I don't have a problem with giving him lowfat milk.

He maybe drinks like I don't know, 10-15 oz a day and gets yogurt and cheese. I'm comfortable with that. I don't always strictly subsribe to the recommendations. I try to do the best I can and go with that.

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Both my kiddos LOVE milk, and are still drinking whole milk. They are both string beans so I'm ok with it. They probably drink close to 20 oz a day each, although I am actually trying to lower that amount and push more water. My pedi is good with what they are getting, so I'm not too worried about it. I've read some places it's not enough, and some places it's too much. I say just go with what you feel is right. Luke is obviously doing just fine with what he's currently getting! Smile

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Anthony used to drink a ton of milk, like over 1L per day, and he often still has at least 2-3 cups. Alexander is still totally a boob man and won't drink from anything but. He would rather just go thirsty when I'm not around. Needless to say, no milk for him!

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Our Pedi said Jordan should get 12oz a day of dairy. He said it could be from milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, etc. I really don't worry about it that much though. Her growth chart has been perfect so I figure whatever we are doing, it is working.

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My pedi follows the recommendation and says about 20 oz a day which she usually gets. she is not a day milk drinker at all and usually will have half a cup in the morning of whole milk and then a whole cup at night before bed. As well as cheese and yogurt and stuff during the day.

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Evie maybe has 4 oz of cow's milk in her sippy daily. She gets the rest of her milk from me and from cheese and yogurt. Her ped had no problems with that at her 15 month checkup, so I'm guessing all is OK.

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I think this may really depend on whether you are still nursing or not though too, so that may factor in. For babies that are still breastfed, I wouldn't be worried about how much 'milk' they drink from other sources if they are getting sufficient dietary requirements from other things like yougurt and cheese and such. Sophie isn't nursing and is no longer on formula and will take whole milk about 3 times a day, I will keep her on whole milk until at least 2 and depending then on her weight decide whether to switch her to lower (but not low) fat milk.

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My ped thought 2 cups was a good amount - she's getting close to that I think. But he is a sticker about whole milk. The fat intake is really important.

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Beni doesn't drink milk. Has never had a drop. I do make sure she gets fats in other places- she gets real butter on toast, and noodles and rice, and she eats cheese and yogurt. There's more than one way to skin a cat as they say- there are plenty of people the world round that don't eat dairy products at all, and they are healthy. Do what you're comfortable with and as long as your kid is healthy, don't worry about it! Also, too much milk can cause issues.

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The recommendations are all over the place. Alanis's pedi was ok with 16oz of whole milk at this point, but Leyla's pedi said no more than 10oz. She's drinking between 16 and 24oz a day (of Lactaid whole milk). Alanis has 8oz a day and is still on whole milk because I think she needs all the calories she can get. I just nod to the doctors and do what works for us at home. If Leyla keeps eating as well as she's eating I'll probably switch her to 2% when she turns 2 and by then hopefully she'll be down to just one serving a day.

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Wow, recommendations really are all over the place! Nico was down to only the 5% in weight at his 15 mth check so the ped really pushed whole milk - right now he drinks zero. I am trying to get him to drink more but he really prefers water. My ped recommened 16oz along with yogurt & cheese. He also said that there is something in milk that helps them sleep???? I haven't had time to research that yet...

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jo... milk has tryptophan which is supposed to make you sleepy. My guess is you would have to drink a whole cow to get enough tryptophan to make you fall asleep lol.

thanks for all your answers guys! I like how we all pretty much have the same train of thought. I think May 2010 is the best board ever!

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Um yeah, Jake doesn't drink milk at all. He just refuses it. But, he's still nursing 5-6+ times every 24 hours so I'm not worried. His ped suggested pushing it at his 15 month appt for the fat/calories, but he just won't have anything to do with it. I suppose I could be more consistent with it, but I figure breastmilk is better for him than whole milk so I'd rather him nurse. I'm particularly big on it since he was premature and I want him to have BM for quite a while.

He'll eat yogurt, and sometimes cheese, so he's OK. Smile

Luke, on the other hand, still drinks whole milk b/c he's also a skinny little thing. He probably drinks 15-20 ounces a day. Smile

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It's funny, b/c if an adult didn't like something (milk, meat, whatever) we would just ignore it and assume they got their nutrients from other things. But when kids don't like milk we get stressed! To me it is no different than any other food and there is a chance some kids won't like it. Mine always have, and I have found it to be an easy way to get fat intake increased (which is an issue for one of my kids), but if it doesn't work for you, then there are lots of other sources of healthy fat. Oh to have the problem of getting enough fat in my diet Smile

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"mom22sofar" wrote:

It's funny, b/c if an adult didn't like something (milk, meat, whatever) we would just ignore it and assume they got their nutrients from other things. But when kids don't like milk we get stressed! To me it is no different than any other food and there is a chance some kids won't like it. Mine always have, and I have found it to be an easy way to get fat intake increased (which is an issue for one of my kids), but if it doesn't work for you, then there are lots of other sources of healthy fat. Oh to have the problem of getting enough fat in my diet Smile

Very good point! And oh how I agree with the bolded!

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Carolyn, all of my kids eat lots of milk in the form of cheese, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese etc....but none of them drink cows milk. Jake is a big bruiser like Luke, so something tells me they are thriving just fine without a mostly liquid cows milk diet Smile The inclusion of lots of dark greens and/or beans in his diet takes even more pressure off....I like that he has different sources for calcium than just dairy products alone. I don't think that I would rely on dairy products alone for calcium needs as they are not the best source.

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Topher's still a heavy nurser and doesn't drink cow's milk at all. He does however eat cheese, yogurt and other dairy. He only drinks water from a cup. His pediatrician was perfectly fine with that. Even if he wasn't though, I wouldn't change what we do. I really don't like looking to pediatricians for nutrition advise, though.

DS1 does drink cows milk, but not a whole lot. He probably drinks about 16 ounces a week.

Like others have said, just do what works best for you and Luke.

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The pedi told me (for Andy) to strive for 16 oz a day minimum. Kayley drinks 6-7 oz 4x a day so 24-28 oz. She is my biggest toddler milk drinker! In retrospect, I think it's because I weaned her from the formula really slowly... over 3 months! She still gets 3/4 of a scoop in her first 2 sippies. It's almost gone though. My boys are now chocolate milk drinkers only and because of the sugar I only give them 1 cup a day. We eat lots of cheese and yogurt.