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how can i get my almost 3 year old daughter to stop drinking so much milk?

she is not drinkin out of a bottle! she drinks out of her big girl cup durin the day,and sippy cup at nite, she still wants her cup at nite w/ milk, which i can understand, but durin the day, she drinks milk nonstop! she will be 3 next week. she eats very well, however she is a picky eater,and she will say what she wants and when,and thats what and when she eats. i have tried to change this, however, she will not eat if she is not hungry,and i will not force her to,and i am not goin to refuse to feed her if she is hungry! however,i am not worried about her eating habbits as much as i am about the milk. i have heard it is bad to give a child to much milk, how much is to much? and if i dont give it to her, she throws a fit, til myself or her dad gives in, i know we shouldnt, however, it is hard not to give milk to your child! she does drink a few glasses of juice a day as well. should i be worried? if so what should i do?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:21 PM on Aug. 15, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Our Dr said no more than 2 cups of milk per day and no more than 4 ounces of juice per day as well. You are going to have to be tough and hand her water.

    Answer by shanlaree at 10:23 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • it's pretty easy, stop putting the milk in her cup.

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 10:23 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Is she going to bed with the sippy cup? If so, definitely stop that part. It will destroy her teeth, my step son has a ton of cavities because his bio mom sends him to bed with milk or juice every night. I don't know how much milk is recommended for her age, but you can try just giving her water instead, and you could give her 2% or skim instead of whole. It would be less filling and she would be more likely to eat regular food then. Good luck, and stick to your guns! You're the mom, you make the rules :)

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 10:24 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Give her water. If she throws a fit, so be it. Don't let her rule you. She should have 16oz of DAIRY max. Meaning 2 8oz glasses or if she has cheese, yogurt or other dairy, then, it should be even less. Offer milk with meals only and one watered down cup of juice a day...everything else should be water.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:25 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Stop giving it to her. She is not incharge of what she eats/drinks, you are. It's as simple as that. :)

    Answer by buzymamaof3 at 10:27 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Stop giving her so much milk.

    Answer by caseyandkids at 10:27 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Gradually water it down, then she won't make the fuss she would if you refuse to give it to her. I am surprised your dr. set such low limits in milk and juice. Do not give her soda pop under any circumstances as the phosphoric acid in them inhibits bone growth.

    Answer by janet116 at 10:30 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • stop giving it to her. give her water or whatever else and she'll drink it when she's thirsty.

    Answer by Blubuni99 at 10:32 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • Giver her water instead.

    Answer by Liansmommie at 10:39 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

  • The reason they say to not give too much milk is that it's very hard on the digestive system to digest cows milk protien, and it causes tiny bleeds in the track(digestive track) so too much can mean the child can get anemic, from too much blood loss. It sounds bizzare,but look it up.

    Answer by minimo77 at 10:46 PM on Aug. 15, 2010

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