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Chocolate milk or no milk?

Julie - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My daughter always drank Milk from her bottle..when we switched to a sippy cup she absolutly refused milk..now I can get her to drink 1 glass of chocolate milk a day...so my question is, is the 1 glass of chocolate milk a day ok or should we do no milk?

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If you're worried about the sugar staying on her teeth, then give her a drink of water afterwards, it'll help wash away the sugar.

Keri - posted on 11/15/2009

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i agree with michelle, meghan, and erin.... nobody needs milk to stay healthy. I never gave my daughter a single drop of milk for the first 3 years of her life. She is almost four now and drinks a little bit from time to time. And when she does drink it I make sure I give her organic milk. There are plenty of reports that suggest milk isn't good for a child. My child's pediatrician supported my decision from the start. He said that it's more important that she eat her veggies such as broccoli for her to get her calcium. Also yogurt is a great source of calcium! Her pediatrician did however tell me that if at any point I decided to let her have milk then to be sure I gave her fat free skim milk. He doesn't believe any child should be drinking whole milk due to its fat content.

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ya try warming her milk, my daughter only drinks milk if I warm it up.... chocolate may b good now and then, but you put caffeine and sugar in her everytime

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Angie - posted on 04/17/2012

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My son never had cows milk. He went straight to soymilk and I nor my pediatrician have any concerns about his calcium intake. Have you tried a different type of milk? Soy, rice, almond, coconut, or hemp? Soy is the highest in protein and calcium so if you're interested in a milk alternative I would suggest it.

Joi - posted on 11/17/2009

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I buy the reduced fat/sugar chocolate and I don't add very much to my daughter's milk. Basically just enough to add a slight chocolate taste and she loves it.

Jennifer - posted on 11/16/2009

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ovaltine is very good for kids! and it tastes good i even like to drink it. my dr told me to give it to my son because he doesnt eat a lot of meat with iron and he had way low iron and my kid loves it. everyday when i pick up as soon as we get home he has a cup of it.

Sheila - posted on 11/15/2009

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Ovaltine! To me it almost seems better for them than regular milk with all the extra good stuff. Much better than Hersherys Chocolate milk! Nina loves it!

Stephanie - posted on 11/15/2009

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my son was like that for a w hile he would only drink chocolate milk its fine as long as she gets milk but u can try to subsatute it with cheese or yogurt.

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My son hasn't drank milk since we took him off the bottle and we just make sure he gets calcium from foods. He loves broccoli & cantelope, eats parfaits (made @ home) like crazy and is starting to enjoy cheese. He's 3 yrs old and perfectly healthy! I say no milk over giving your daughter chocolate milk every day. Once n a while (then I would mix it over buying the premade stuff) my friends daughter wouldn't drink anything but choc (& did so LIKE CRAZY) when she had a financial slump & couldn't afford the choc no more it was like a war in that household!!! If it's that important to you make her fruit smoothies or something? It is not necessary that we drink cows milk to stay healthy! There are even reports that suggest that it is bad for you...its more important to get your calcium through food sources not milk sources!

Melanie - posted on 11/15/2009

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Chocolate milk is what i give my daughter when she dont want just milk . She has good teeth . I do brush her teeth 2 or 3 time's a day . if your baby wants chocolate milk then i say give it to her she needs the nutrients from it . just brush her teeth more ...good luck

Charlene - posted on 11/15/2009

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Chocolate milk is fine...it still has all the nutrients of regular milk. My son likes Strawberry milk...any of those flavoured milks are good. Look it up on line, and ask your doctor, I'm sure you'd hear the same thing.

Kristy - posted on 11/14/2009

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Still give her the chocolate milk, just try putting a little less chocolate everyday. The chocolate isn't too bad, but she really needs the nutrients from the milk.

Becky - posted on 11/14/2009

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My son loves chocolate milk -- I dilute the chocolate milk with regular milk - he doesn't know the difference. I talked to my dentist about it -- just make sure they are brushing their teeth -- she suggested that any time we give him sweets to sing the ABCs twice during brushing. Milk is milk -- they are too young not to get calcium for their teeth and bones.

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I hate the idea of no milk at all for my son. He sometimes goes through phases where he won't drink it. Or when I put it in a sippy cup he won't touch it. So I'll pour it in to a cup and let him drink it with a straw and it's gone in seconds. Go figure. He loves chocolate milk but I try to give him lower sugar alternatives to drink. Sometimes I give him Ovaltine. It has less sugar and added vitamins and minerals. He also likes vanilla and chocolate soy milk (I only buy the brand Silk). I can't give him too much cheese because it constipates him, but he eats yogurt everyday. Have you tried making your daughter yogurt shakes? Blend yogurt and milk together and let her drink it with a straw. My son loves them. You can even add some banana or berries.

Meghan - posted on 11/13/2009

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i agree with michellle- no milk. all the sugar in choc milk is no good for her teeth, and she will get the calcium other ways - yoghurt, cheese, some veges. by all means give her choc milk, but as a treat maybe twice a week. you are also teaching her that is she doesnt want what you give her, she will eventuallly gets what she wants. kids are smarter than what we think :) but this is just my opinion and what i would do for my son. you will find what works for you.

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2009

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no milk... kids dont need chocolate at this age and she'll learn to drink milk eventually

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My little guy gets a cup of chocolate milk before bed time. He will drink reg milk through the day but the choco milk is like a little treat. He loves it and it's still good for him.

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Chocolate milk is absolutely perfect!, she is still getting the nutrients that she needs from the milk and enjoying it at the same time!

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Have you tried warming the regular milk? My son was the same when he stopped using a bottle. I figured since the milk in the bottle was warm, maybe he would drink it if warmed. He doesn't like flavoured milk, but will drink warmed milk from a cup.

Don't forget, if she is eating things like broccoli and yoghurt, she's getting some calcium from those sources too.

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