At what age do you take childrent off homo milk

Jacklyn - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My son is 23 months old, he weighs 27 lbs. I`m not sure when I should switch my son off of homo milk. Some people have told me that he should be 3 or 4 years old.

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Jen - posted on 01/07/2014

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My daughter has just turned 3 and I have her on homo milk 3% but she is on her last bag then she will have 2%. I discussed this with my doctor in great lengths and did plenty of research on the matter. She didn't tend to eat much on the best of days so insuring that she was getting the nutrients she needed I kept her on homo 3% milk for brain / center nervous system. At this age less is no benefit I was thinking of her only. People will have their own views I just felt good about my decision for her. I also work in the health care field and have seen some absurd food/drinks given to infants/toddlers and just shake my head. Most medical professionals that I work with don't recommend doing it before 2years of age...

Nikkole - posted on 11/23/2010

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I have heard that whole milk and 2% are about the same they still have a good amount of fat in each but im not 100% if that is true its just something ive heard!

Laura - posted on 11/23/2010

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Homo milk is 3.25%. All milk sold in stores is pasturized, to kill bacteria, not homoginized.

Mashal - posted on 06/12/2009

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One other thing about the milk thing....At the age of two we should start introducing our children to tumbler cups or just a cup. The reason for this is at the age of two children start demanding on having his comfort items and well a sippy cup is one. They will carry it around under the arm like it's there little buddy. Don't start this when your out but just work on it when you are at home and he/she is in there high chair. It works great and they get it down in no time and it makes them feel good about themselves...kinda like yeaaaa I get to drink out of a big cup like mommy and daddy so he feels all grown up like us.....Well this was just a little note about the sippy cups Gotta get them off of them....I was told by my pediatrition that when they turn two no more sippy cups in the house....Hope this helps lol

Kimberly - posted on 06/12/2009

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Thankyou:) I have read a few comments about this and had no idea what is was.

Mashal - posted on 06/12/2009

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When your son turns 2 yrs old it is ok to switch them from whole milk to 2% or even skim. The reason for having them on whole milk untill 2 is for the fat intake for healthy brain development but once they reach 2 (24 months) they do not need all that fat. Good Luck my son took the transition very easily infact I don't even think he realized we switched.

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Quoting Kimberly:

What is WIC?


WIC is a food assistance program here in the States.  It stands for Women Infants & Children.  Basically it gives vouchers to pregnant women and women with children for things like milk, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, beans & cereal.  As the child grows, the types of food offered also changes to meet their growing needs.  By no means does the program provide ALL that a family will need, but it is a great help.  It also provides formula for children under 1 year (in Florida that's the cutoff for the formula).  I like the program because there is a nutritionist available to answer any questions I may have regarding my son's eating habits.   Hope this helps :)

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Quoting Kimberly:

What is WIC?


WIC is a food assistance program here in the States.  It stands for Women Infants & Children.  Basically it gives vouchers to pregnant women and women with children for things like milk, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, beans & cereal.  As the child grows, the types of food offered also changes to meet their growing needs.  By no means does the program provide ALL that a family will need, but it is a great help.  It also provides formula for children under 1 year (in Florida that's the cutoff for the formula).  I like the program because there is a nutritionist available to answer any questions I may have regarding my son's eating habits.   Hope this helps :)

Paula - posted on 06/12/2009

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My son's pedi told me now that he's 2 he can drink 2% vs whole milk. I buy both b/c my DH likes whole milk more & I drink 2%. When they're babies they need all the fat they can get from the whole milk.

Tiffany - posted on 06/12/2009

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I never put my kids on whole milk. My family drinks 2% and I didnt want to have to buy two different kinds. I never had an issue with never putting htem on whole milk. My Dr. said whole milk is thicker ( like you chew it lol) and that keeps them fuller longer and thats the only real benefit..

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I know that my family will be continuing to use whole milk. WIC changes or not....they are switching the WIC here next month to 1% (YUCK!) so we will probably be giving up our WIC voluntarily. Well, we may keep it for the cereal,eggs and other things, but we will be paying for our own milk because I refuse to go to 1% (again, YUCK! lol).

Kat - posted on 06/10/2009

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Yea, to find non-homo milk you'd have to go to a farm. Thats what we used to put fat on my fiance to get him in the army.

Jessica - posted on 06/10/2009

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My son is 3 and is still on whole milk. My son doesn't even weight 35 lbs yet. I won't take him off whole milk yet b/c of the fact that the doctor keeps telling me he needs the extra calories. My son is lactose intolerant first off so he doesn't get the extra calories just b/c he doesn't get the the natural sugar that comes in regular milk and second of all he is a very active 3 year old. There are days he runs me under the table with how active he is.

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

Yes, ALL milk is homogenized, for safety. It is the % of fat that you should be concerned with.



ALL milk sold at stores.

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

Yes, ALL milk is homogenized, for safety. It is the % of fat that you should be concerned with.



ALL milk sold at stores.

Kat - posted on 06/10/2009

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homonogized milk is milk that has gone through processing, non homonogized milk is milk that comes straight from the cow. The benefits of non-homo milk are questionable but non-homo milk is usually cheaper if you can find it. Whole milk can be stopped when the child turns two. It's highly recommended that the child stay on until their second birthday (not a day before) because they need the fat in the milk for brain development. When they turn 2, they can go to 2% because there is a lesser need for the fat. I think non-homo milk is also more difficult to digest, but i'm not sure about that. You should ask your doctor.

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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Yes, ALL milk is homogenized, for safety. It is the % of fat that you should be concerned with.

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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My friend is a nutrtionist for WIC and she said the latest recomendation is at 2years old to change to 1% or skim. They have even changed thier vouchers to support it. She said kids now days get plenty of fat (which they do need for brain development) in thier regular diet, especially if like most families you do fast food ever. That being said we switched our son to 2% at two and continue with 2% at three (with her and our pedi's approval) because he was a preemie and still under 25pds. So there are certain circumstances that would vary from the recomendation.

Kathleen - posted on 06/10/2009

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ummm i've never been told that. I thought they could drink milk whenever. Well, I heard the number of cups needs to decrease. Most milk sold in stores i believe is homoginized....so i don't know. you can also talk to a nutritionist or call you doc.

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