Switching from whole milk?

Dawn - posted on 03/01/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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For those of you that have your child on cow's milk, have you switched to 1% or 2%?? We are on WIC, and starting this month all our milk is now 1%. My son adjusted to the taste immediately (we mix in Carnation Instant Breakfast) and I am perfectly happy to switch to a lower fat milk, but I will be keeping an eye on his weight. At 4 months old my son was diagnosed "failure to thrive" due to GERD, which was treated with medication and went completely away around 10 months, once he started eating more solids; but he still hovered in the 3rd percentile for weight. We have his checkup on the 23rd (busy doctor!), so I will get her opinion at that time, but I wanted to see what other mom's had to say. I know that there is a problem with childhood obesity, but is it really neccessary to watch the caloric intake at 2 years old? And isn't it still beneficial for them to have the fat content at this age?

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Dawn - posted on 03/02/2011

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Thank you! There seems to be a lot of concern with childhood obiesity here in the US, maybe too much! I think my doctor will most likely agree with keeping him whole.

Louise - posted on 03/02/2011

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In England the govenment guide lines is that all children under 5 have full fat milk. Obesity problems seem to stem from sugar in take and lack of exercise not the fat in milk. Children with a weight problem here are given full fat milk and cheese but no biscuits, crisps or cakes with high sugar and fat contents and are advised to take at least an hour of exercise a day.

If your son is already under weight I would not change his milk to skimmed.

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