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How much milk?

My daughter just turned 1 a few weeks ago. We've done the transition from formula to milk. She's not really into the milk, nor was she into the formula before her birthday. She only drank 12 - 16 oz a day of formula. I'm lucky if she'll take that much whole milk now. How much whole milk should she be drinking a day? She has a good variety of foods and also drinks 1 sippy a day of diluted apple juice. She's just not a big drinker and it worries me a bit!

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Asked by cschwanger at 1:15 PM on Apr. 26, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • She doesn't need cows milk. My toddler doesn't eat cows milk, but he's breastfed, so I don't have to worry about it. Even so, milk is not necessary.

    Answer by Hendrix07 at 1:29 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • My ped told us after DD turned a year old to give her 2-3 4oz glasses a day. It's the good fat in the milk that children under 2 need. Other dairy products are good for calcium but only whole milk products have the good healthy fat that an infant needs. I hope that helps some! I'm sure others will tell you something different, every Ped/parent seems to be a little different.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 1:43 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • Water is perfect for drinking - you can set a great example be remembering to drink at least 8 8oz glasses a day. If you are concerned about good fats, give her avocado; a egg scrambled in olive oil; flax oil in a smoothie or mixed fruit; etc. If you are concerned about calcium, you can get great information here:
    The best book for feeding babies and toddlers is Super Baby Foods; you should be able to find it at your local library

    Answer by rkoloms at 1:48 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • I was told the average toddler drinks 16 oz of milk a, if your baby drinks less that is OK. Just have your baby drink water through-out the day.

    Answer by GreekMama28 at 2:14 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

  • 16 to 24 ozs a day is usually the target but if she's eating other dairy products (yogurt, cheese), etc she'll do just fine on what she' s drinking. Just use whole fat versions of the other dairy. If she's a good eater otherwise, I really wouldn't worry about it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

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