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BUTTERFLY1976
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10/1/08 2:10 A

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My DS would drink milk all day if we let him. He would also eat yogurt or the drinkable yogurts all day. They are his favorite. Up until he turned 2 I was going on the 16-24 oz a day reccomendation and he probably got closer to 24 oz in a day. At his last appointment they said to switch to 1% or skim milk and 16oz a day was enough. So we've switched him over and cut back some of his milk. He gets about 4-7oz with breakfast, he drinks some at lunch (unsure of the amound since he's at daycare) and has about 8-10oz after nap. I'm trying to have it be closer to 8oz now. We don't give him milk with dinner anymore. I have noticed that he will often eat more at dinner now that he only has water with dinner. I think for my DS it makes sense to switch him to 1% because he will drink a lot of it if we let him, and he is consistently in the 70th% for his weight, so he doesn't really need the extra calories in the whole milk.

MILLISA874
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9/30/08 12:06 P

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Jeez...your LO drinks 20oz and you think that's not alot? I was told no more than 16oz per day and to switch to 2% (only stay on whole if they are underweight which Logan is not).

There are days when Logan only drinks about 8-10oz of milk (but drinks water and watered down juice(only 1/2 cup). Now that's not a big drinker.

I really don't think they need to stay on whole milk unless there is some good reason (weight/diet issues). They don't need all that fat. Plus, if they eat a balanced diet which includes other foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, they is no reason to keep them on whole milk. Yes, whole milk is good for brain development, but so is other foods.

I agree that childhood obesity is out of control and it is OUR responsibility as parents to control it. I blame the parents for this problem. Parents are too easily tempted by "convience foods", which include fast food and heavily processed foods". Too much fat, not enough exercise.

Sorry for the rant, I just feel very strongly on this issue.


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MAURINO
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9/29/08 2:19 P

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we just had our dr's appt last week and he told us to stay with the whole milk (currently drinks 20oz) and 8oz of juice a day! we haven't given her any juice but that's also because she's not a big drinker to begin with. she'll only drink juice from a juice box; so that's what we're going to do now.
anyway, the whole milk is good for them because of the calories & it helps their brain development. i also consulted a pediatric nutritionist and she said to keep our LO's on whole milk till 3yrs. never give them skim milk and if you want to switch them to 2% milk; that's ok too. the reason that they are asking parents to switch from whole and not to give so much juice is because American children are very over weight and they think that it's attributed to the whole milk and juice intake, but if your LO isn't on the heavy side, then there's no need to switch. mine is not a good eater to begin with so she'll be on whole milk for a long time! i was drinking whole my entire life & i was a skinny kid & adult.



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MOMTOJACOB
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9/29/08 9:43 A

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Di, what does your pedi say about the milk intake?

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MANDAS4KIDDIES
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9/19/08 6:53 A

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Charli is on 2% now and has 2-3 cups a day, a little in her cereal, some yoghurt, some chesse and some custard each day. I dont fuss over what she takes in the way of milk anymore. She is a great eater.


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MOMTOJACOB
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9/18/08 10:42 A

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We've been asked to switch to 2% too and he'll drinking probably 8-16 oz depending. But since he's getting calcium from other sources, we've relaxed quite a bit on how many ounces he's taking in from milk.

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SCRAMBLEDEGGZ
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9/9/08 9:57 P

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Mandy had her appointment today and her doctor told us to switch to 2% now. I asked what the reason was (since I also drink whole milk) and she said that whole milk has a lot of cholesterol and it builds up over time and that DH and I should switch to 2% also. I thought the only reason for 2% was because of the fat. I didn't even think about cholesterol being the reason!

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MILLISA874
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9/9/08 10:37 A

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At Logan's doctor appoint last week, I asked, and she said to switch him to 2% (which I did a month ago). If a child has weight issues (not gaining enough or is very small) then to keep them on whole milk for a while.

Logan only drinks about 12oz of milk a day but he has a very good well rounded diet with lots of other calcium rich foods.

But, I agree, you need to discuss with the doctor first.

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ALYSSASMAMA
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9/8/08 4:06 P

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i still give alyssa whole milk.
8 oz in the am and 8 oz b4 bed.
I do not force her to drink if she doesn't want since she eats lots of stuff that have diary & lots of veggies & fruits.
i wouldn't worry about it as long as she having other source of calcium.
i am going to ask my pedi on her appt too.

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9/8/08 3:46 P

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I found this online, I hope it answers some of your questions:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents not feed fat-modified foods to children 1-2 years of age (Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, fourth edition, AAP, 1998), including 2%, 1% or fat-free milk. Children this age need foods with a high caloric density for growth.

After age of 2 years, the 1995 Dietary Guidelines recommend that children gradually adopt a diet that by about five years of age, contains no more than 30 percent of calories from fat. So between the years of 2 and 5 it is up to the child's parent and pediatrician what type of milk is best for that particular child, depending upon how well the child is eating and growing and which type of milk they prefer, rather than risk having them drink less or none at all.

According to the latest recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences, children ages 1-3 need 500 mg of calcium daily, or the equivalent of 3 small servings of milk (6 ounces of milk or yogurt or 1 ounce of cheese.) children 4-8 need 800 mg of calcium, or the equivalent of 3 servings of milk (8 ounces of milk or yogurt or 1 ounces of cheese.)

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SCRAMBLEDEGGZ
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9/8/08 12:51 P

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Now that our LO's are 2 do they still need to have milk everyday? Mandy has been drinking 16oz a day of whole milk since she was a year old. I'll ask at her appointment this week but just wondering if anyone knew if they need as much. TIA!

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