How much milk/ dairy?

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How much milk/ milk products are toddlers supposed to have at this stage, ie around 13-14 months? Does formula count as milk for "amount of dairy" consumed per day?

I know calcium is very important at this age and am a bit worried my boy/ girl twins aren't getting enough; they prefer watered juice, or even just water, to milk. They have 3-5 ounces of whole milk in the morning, and a 6 ounce bottle of follow-on formula at bedtime. They get a yoghurt for breakfast every second day or so, and often have a little cheese during the day (a cheese string for a snack, or cheese on toast for dinner or something). Is that enough?

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Michelle - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hun, I wouldnt worry. I took my daughter to A&E becuase she was dehydrated because of a sickness bug. As soon as they weighed her, she was just above the 0.4 percentile, which is really bad for her. Normally above 25th. Except she was v.ill and had lost so much weight due to this. She was prem and has always been skinny. They told me she was 'failing to thrive' and I was like 'shes ill!!!' She hadnt eaten in 4 days. I know she gets all the goodness she needs from her foods now, and she did before. She is always v.active. Shes the same age as your twins.  She is on Soya and rice milk as she is milk intolerant. She hardly gets any fat in her diet. hence the skinnyness and a bit underweight. But as long as your twins have practically tripled thier birth weights by now, I wouldnt worry. She has accomplished all her milestones, and is on the road to walking.



I would say, to include as much dairy as you can, as well as keep on with the great diet you provide them.

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They both eat a varied diet (mostly what we eat, plus some baby food), though the boy doesn't eat much- hence I still give some formula. At their last check-up, at one year old, they were still on 2-3 bottles of formula and no whole milk for a drink, though they were having yoghurts, cheese, milk with cereal etc already. At that check-up, they were both tall (boy 95% and girl 75%), though he was skinny- 25% for weight, and that is still the same. Doctor said that was fine though, better a bit thin than too fat, epsecially as they are both very active physically, hit or were (and still are) slightly ahead of all their physical milestones, and way ahead on social/ verbal milestones.

ME - posted on 04/10/2009

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My 14 month old son doesn't like Milk...I bought him organic whole milk from a local dairy and tried to give it to him for weeks. He refused it every time! He eats a lot of dairy (cheese, yogurt) every day, as well as tons of fruits and veggies...but he would NOT drink milk. I finally bought Soy milk out of desperation...it's fortified with DHA and Calcium and it's full of protien and fat...I figured it was better than nothing...and HE LOVES IT!!!  Since experiencing this two  months ago, I have done some reading and found that babies with a mild sensitivity to dairy will sometimes refuse to drink milk. My son is also still breastfeeding...so, I'm not worried about his nutrition, but I would deffinately talk to your children's pediatrician...or contact your local le leche legue rep. They are full of good advice!

Michelle - posted on 04/10/2009

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Children can get calcium from all sorts of foods, including brocoli! Ready Brek  can give up to 50% of a childs RDA.



Are they of good weight? Are they accomplishing milestones that they need to be?

Cecilia - posted on 04/09/2009

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i would cut off the formula and use only whole milk, i also give my son juice through out the day with his meals or snacks.

Cecilia - posted on 04/09/2009

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my doctor said no more than 30 ounces of milk a day to give them cheese yogurt grains and snacks and vegetables and whatever else they want to eat. i give my son 2 bottles of milk a day. 9 oz each, i think that your baby should be on whole milk its better than the formula. my son eats like crazy he'll have a bottle in the morning, yogurt almost everyday, cheese and crackers, these cheeto snack things for babies, maybe some pasta or whatever we're eating for dinner that night. he eats baby cookies, and then has a sippy cup full of milik before he goes to bed. i think you should feed the baby more cuz they are more active now and use alot more energy. hope that helps. the yougur i give is him is made my yobaby it's all organic and my son Loves it.!!!

Michelle - posted on 04/09/2009

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They need to be drinking around a pint of milk a day. Also Formula does count but so does the yoghurts and cheese. Try and get them to have a yoghurt every day.

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