Toddler moms

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




I finally got my 15 month old son off the bottle...yay!! So, my question much whole milk are your young toddlers drinking in a day? And how often do they drink it? My son won't drink a lot of milk at one time so I have to spread it out throughout the day. He gets approx 16oz of milk...about 3-4oz at a time.


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Sharon - posted on 01/05/2011




Our little guy is 14mths old and we give him 2 x 200ml (6-7oz), one in the morning and one just before bedtime. Plus he gets one early afternoon, only 120ml (approx 4oz), usually to help him nod off to sleep.
We've chosen to not put the milk in a sippy cup, but a bottle only. He has his sippy cup available all day long with water.
He also has a yoghurt for afternooon tea most afternoons or a cheese stick. Oh, and he has milk with his cereal for breakfast.

If we let him, I think he'd drink milk only for dinner, he LOVES it, and if he goes off it for a day or two then we know he's coming down with something.

Renae - posted on 01/04/2011




Most toddlers have 2 drinks (about 5-6 ounces each) of milk per day, either with morning and afternoon tea - or as soon as they get up and last thing at night.

Iysha - posted on 01/04/2011




That's actually what my pediatrician advised too. She also said that if my daughter eats lots of cheese (which she does...she loves it) that I can count that as a serving of dairy and that my daughter doesnt even actually need to drink that much milk. She said 4 servings of dairy a day. My daughter is now 18 months and has less milk since we all dont drink milk but we use it for food and she likes yogurt and cheese and will eat that and not always drink her milk.

Susan - posted on 01/04/2011




I think that sounds about the right amount. If he's not drinking milk, he can also have other dairy products like cheese, yogurt, etc. My daughter didn't drink a whole lot of milk when she started, but the pediatrician said as long as she's getting calcium in some form she's okay. She also suggested if we were having trouble getting her to drink, to make her food with milk - oatmeal, mac and cheese, etc. She's now almost 2.5 and is better about drinking milk.

Krista - posted on 01/04/2011




You're doing exactly right. The AAP recommends that children that age drink no more than 16-24 oz of milk a day. Any more than that, and they run the risk of an iron deficiency, because they're filling up on milk instead of food.

I know that's one thing I have to watch for. My 16-month old would live off of milk if I let him. And it's hard to coordinate sometimes between us and the sitter to make sure he's not getting too much.

Abbie - posted on 01/04/2011




Good job!! You did it earlier then we did ;) My son is now 2.5 and I would say drinks probably 2-3 9oz cups a day. He has slowed down, in the earlier days when he first went off the bottle I would say he probably drank double what he is now. As long as your son is eating a decent amount, not sipping on it all day ( hard on their teeth) and gaining weight I would say he is doing fine, but if he askes for more from time to time I would give it.

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