whole milk

Meghan - posted on 11/06/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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okay, so J is a little over 2...I can't find an actual factual page on when kids are recommended to stop drinking whole milk...I haven't taken him to his 2 year check up which I probably should...but for now anyone have an answer for me?

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Lesley - posted on 11/10/2010

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Hi there

Full fat diet to the age of two then i changed to semi skimmed meant i got into habit of drinkin it myself

Meghan - posted on 11/09/2010

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In all reality I probably shouldn't worry about the milk cause he does eat very well...but there would be HELL to pay lol.

Johnny - posted on 11/09/2010

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My daughter refuses whole milk. She will drink 2% once in a blue moon. She eats loads of yogurts and cheeses. I was very concerned about it, so I consulted a nutritionist who said drinking milk isn't that big a deal. As long as they are getting the appropriate calories, vitamins, and nutrients in their diet in a healthy manner, it is not a necessity. It's the easiest delivery method, but it's not a hard & fast rule.

Candace - posted on 11/09/2010

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I printed off something online and I can't remember what the source was now...but it said to have whole milk until they are two and then you can switch to reduced fat milk.

Meghan - posted on 11/08/2010

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J has always been underweight...it would be nice to switch to 2% so I can drink it. I know my parents gave us whole milk until we were 8 or 9 because I was smaller as well. I will defiantly talk to a doctor though, Brandy hadn't even thought about the anemia thing! Thanks ladies!

April - posted on 11/08/2010

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what the others said: until 2 and then 2% but it's whatever you feel comfortable with, as long as he isn't overweight/ obese.

In my case, my son is still breastfeeding which is higher in fat than whole cow's milk, so when we're not nursing, I give him whatever my hubby buys. Sometimes that is skim milk, sometimes 1 or 2 %. A few times it has been almond milk.

Brandy - posted on 11/07/2010

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i think it depends on your childs weight gain as well, but im not exactly sure as far as vitamins are concerned, my pediatrician told me not to give jenna more than 3 cups of whole milk a day because it could cause anemeia which i never knew, so its best to talk to the dr.

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Roxanne has NEVER drank whole milk but it's recommended until age 2. Like the other said, it's not gonna hurt to keep him on it because he's not overweight and he's thriving on it but 2% is a wee bit cheaper.

Jessica - posted on 11/07/2010

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Haha I actually used whole milk too until I got WIC. Now I get whole milk for my son (16 months) and they give me 2%, so that's what I use. I thought I'd have a hard time adjusting but it hasn't been so bad. They told me though that he'll get 2% after 2 years, not 1%..

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Same here. It was whole milk until 2 and then we dropped down to 2%. I prefer the taste of whole milk so that's what I buy but I also get WIC for my son and as of the first of this year they changed their policy to only offer 1%. He drinks a combination of both. Whole milk isn't gonna hurt him unless he drinks way too much of it and eats an unhealthy diet. By the way, 1% is horrible! It tastes like it looks....gray.

Jessica - posted on 11/06/2010

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I've always heard whole milk until 2, and then switch to 2%. I am sure giving him whole milk longer won't hurt him though ;)

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