Whole milk vs 2% milk

Melissa - posted on 04/05/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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When I went to switch Emma from formula to whole milk there was an issue. She got constipated she pushed so hard she had a mild prolapse. It scared us. The doctor thinks it has to be whole milk but when I gave my daugher 2 percent milk she was fine. The daycare also feels she is good on the 2 percent milk. Is it bad to give her the 2 percent milk over whole milk.

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Dawn - posted on 04/21/2011

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I was dealing with transition issues as well. Keimana doesn't like whole milk, and the vitamin D content is the same, it is just lower fat, her pediatrician said as long as she is getting the fat in the rest of her diet it would be ok to even try soy milk. So she drinks Silk at every meal and I give her an omega 3 oil berry flavor (sardine type fish) in her yogurt in the morning and everything is great.

Caroline - posted on 04/16/2011

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Our doc said 2% is totally fine so that is what we have been giving our little girl :)

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I agree completely with Elisabeth and Sherry, whole milk is preferred purely for the extra fat content for brain development. 2% won't hurt her, just make sure she's getting her fat!

Sherry - posted on 04/06/2011

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It may be ok if she get enough fat from other sources. They need the fat in the whole milk over the 2% for healthy brain development until they are 2 years old.

Elisabeth - posted on 04/06/2011

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From what i have read the main reason for whole milk vs. 2% is the fat content (www.drsears.com). If you LO is getting fat from regular diet than i would say it would be fine to give 2%. Have tried the almond milk?

Ashley - posted on 04/06/2011

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I haven't heard anything bad about it. I'm sure if she's doing fine on it then it's fine. I think they recommend whole milk cause it has more vitamins than 2%. No biggie, sounds like it's just too much vitamins for her. :-)

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