Is there such thing as too much milk?

Sara - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Recently my 25 month old Daughter has refused to drink anything but milk. It's not affecting her bowl movements or anything but her urine color has changed from clear to yellow. I've only known this to mean dehydration. I've been trying to force her into drinking water and juice but she wants nothing to do with it. I'll give her a sippy cup of water and tell her she has to drink it before she gets any milk but she'll fight me until I give her milk. What can I do to get her to drink more water?

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Jessica - posted on 04/23/2010

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My nutritionist told me that my 2 year old daughter was drinking too much milk. She can drink up to 6 or 7 glass (sippy cups) a day, plus a cup of juice. She told me to cut it back to 2 glasses of milk and one glass of juice. She was talking about there was too much sugar content in the milk and juice and she didn't need that much. I've chosen instead to cut out other sugars because I think the milk is more important then cookies or anything else sugary. At least with milk, she's getting lots of calcium and vitamin D

Erin - posted on 04/06/2010

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Zach is a milk junkie... that's all he ever wants... I took him down the juice aisle at the store and showed him all the different kinds of juices but he didn't want any of it. I found the Tummy-Tickler juices. ( the juice bottles with the changeable heads) and bought a couple of them. Instead of giving him the milk all the time, I give him the juice with the head of his choice. ( He loves the Buzz and Woody ones best). The best part of getting him the 'new' bottles? They're washable and reusable!
He's still a milk junkie, but he's drinking less and less of it now.

Sarah - posted on 03/13/2010

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I would talk to your gp or child health nurse about how much is too much. My little girl was breast fed until 12 months and then she went onto cows milk as she wouldn't drink formula 7months down the track we found out that she had severe anemia and she spent 6 days in hospital and nearly had to have a blood transfusion. She apparently had a sensitivity to the milk and was bleeding out through the walls of her stomach however she had no signs of any bleeding or sick stomach or anything like that, she is now 2 1/2 and we are slowly introducing milk back into her diet as we were told that the sensitivity normal goes after the age of about 2. However my eldest daughter drinks loads of milk she has had no problems with it at all so I think it all depends on your child. =)

Lea - posted on 03/13/2010

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Your daughter should be given one cup of milk at each of the three meals. If you give her more (give in to her tantrums - btw giving in to tantrums leads to the child controlling you) she will not get the nutrients she needs from eating food, most importantly, iron. Milk has no iron. You have to learn how to ignore tantrums. Give her juice or water but not more milk.

Jen - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son (now 7.5) went thru that stage and all he would drink was chocolate milk- he got over it. Then he went thru an orange juice stage as well.

Megan - posted on 03/11/2010

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My friend has a daughter who drinks too much milk she has gone through almost 6pints in two days before, she is bordering on having this iron deficiancy anemia, so she gets really tried and grumpy and then she becomes violent and disobediant.
I am also trying to get my son to not drink so much milk but he is still on baby milk so that doesnt have the same probelm as cows milk can on a child. i just tell him when he askes for milk that he can have any yet, he can have something to eat like a bit of cheese or some raisins, if he keeps asking for milk i just do my best to distract him with something else, like sitting on the floor playing with his cars or something. you just have to be persistant, and constant i know its hard but giving in is the worst thing you can do.

i hope this is of some help
megan and finnlay (2 years)

Verushka - posted on 03/09/2010

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http://pediatrics.about.com/od/weeklyque...



that link explains a little something what happens when the child drinks too much milk...



I have a similar problem with my daughter.. She wants juice or milk... They only way she'll drink water is if I give it to her in a water bottle... You should try that.. At walmart they sell small drinking bottle you can fill with water.. They find it fun... The only thing it can make a mess... You should try that and I hope it works out for you!

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