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Milk Question

Postby leahtill » Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:40 am

My kids are almost 16 months old and I'm still trying to figure out how many times a day to offer them milk. I had, until recently, been offering it 4 to 5 times a day. They were both drinking a good amount, which I thought was good, until I noticed they weren't drinking their water. I figured it they were thirsty they would grab their water cup...nope. What I noticed it they would be very thirsty and not drink until I gave them their milk, then down it. I want my kids to like water too and not just live on milk.

I know it's all (uaually) a matter of opinion and I would love to hear your thoughts. TIA
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Postby benney » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:41 pm

My DS is 13 mos old and my doc said at his 1yr appt to give him no more than 15 oz's of milk a day. Which is what I was doing anyway at that point. I give him a cup in the morning and one at night before bed. He gets juice/water, about half and half at lunch, then another one that is mostly water with just a splash of juice sometimes after nap, if so then gets another one at dinner. He doesnt really like just plain water so thats the reason for the splash of juice.
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Postby CamsMommy » Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:51 pm

At my lo's 1 year appointment his pediatrician said that he should be getting no more than 25 ounces of milk a day. If he gets more than that he could become anemic and blabbedy blah.

He gets 2 bottles in the morning and 2 bottles in the afternoon. In between, usually while we are out and about, I give him a sippy with water as well as at lunch and dinner times. He still refuses juice so water it is.

My lo didn't like water either at first. I just kept offering it to him and he eventually just took to it. I also keep a sippy of water in the car because it gets so hot and just let him drink it up.
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Postby Egray » Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:47 pm

We do milk right after breakfast (about 5oz) after they wake from their afternoon nap (about 5 oz) and right before bed (about 8oz). They never drink the whole cup though. So I would say they are probably getting about 12oz a day right now.
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Postby Emmo » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:10 am

My son was drinking a lot of milk and the Dr said his iron was too low and to cut back. (Milk interferes with iron absorption) So, I have to try to sneak him water when hes not paying attention, etc. So watch out for that.
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Postby Chiteacher » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:21 am

At DS's one year appointment he said no more than 16 oz of milk. He gets one sippy when he wakes, which he barely drinks but will finish before his first nap, one at his afternoon nap and one at bedtime. We drink water during the day. DH is very anti-juice so DS has only has juice twice, BUT he loves watermelon which is practically juice. :)
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Postby JADE0199 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:08 am

you could try cutting back and offer milk only at breakfast, lunch and dinner and all the other times offer water in a sippy cup.

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Postby panacea » Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:21 pm

Chiteacher wrote:At DS's one year appointment he said no more than 16 oz of milk. He gets one sippy when he wakes, which he barely drinks but will finish before his first nap, one at his afternoon nap and one at bedtime. We drink water during the day. DH is very anti-juice so DS has only has juice twice, BUT he loves watermelon which is practically juice. :)


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DS love to drink milk too. Sometimes when I give him too much of it, he doesn't eat, so I pull back and offer more water. He really prefers and wants milk most of the time though. Occasionally it has caused looser stools and some frothy ones. Then I definitely give him less for a while and have him drink more water or cut juice with water. When we are out and about or traveling a lot he tends to get more water than anything else because that's what's available. But he knows that if we are at a restaurant, chances are he'll get his milk.
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Postby KimmyH » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:26 pm

At that age, my pedi recommends limiting milk to 16 ounces or less a day. I only offer milk at meals. He says too much milk can contribute to anemia, and also decreases the appetite for good, nutritious solid foods and thirst for water.
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