Can I give my toddler 2 percent milk?


Asked by TaylorBuz at 11:18 PM on Oct. 17, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I think it the fat in the whole milk they are interested in babies still need a significant amount of fat to develop at this point...The Ped will let you go to 2% at age 2. I know it sucks whole milk is sooo expensive if no one else drinks it

    Answer by But_Mommie at 11:32 PM on Oct. 17, 2008

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  • whole milk is better for their brain at this point. ask your doctor when its safe to switch, all drs are different.

    Answer by imanixon2 at 12:11 AM on Oct. 18, 2008

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  • Babies actually need the butterfat in whole milk for proper brain development.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 AM on Oct. 18, 2008

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  • Actually, a pediatrician will tell you keep them on whole milk until they are 2 years old. Unless they have medical conditions or they may be in the overweight catergory. Unless you doctor says otherwise, keep your lil one on whole milk. It is good for their immune systems also.

    Answer by lnlsmommy at 12:46 AM on Oct. 18, 2008

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  • I would keep your little one on the whole milk. It is good for their immune system, and they need the fat in the milk to continue developing. I have 2 boys, 2&4, and both are on whole organic milk. They hardly ever get sick, and when they do, they recover a lot faster!!! But if you're still unsure, I'd say give the dr a call!

    Answer by mama_mcneal at 9:10 AM on Oct. 18, 2008

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  • they tell you to stay with the whole milk until age 2 but we couldn't afford 2 different milks and our youngest dd only drank 2% from the time she turned 1 and her doctor said it really wasn't a big deal as long as she was eating healthy. My kids don't drink a lot of milk anyway. They get some in their cereal in the morning and that's it. They get dairy from other sources. And it isn't because they don't like milk. If I let them they would drink over a gallon a day but we can't afford it.
    My dd is 2 1/2 now and super smart (too smart for her own good). She's been speaking in sentences since she was 17 months old.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 9:54 AM on Oct. 18, 2008

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  • I understand not being able to afford the whole milk like justanotherjen said. Plus my dd wouldn't drink whole milk because it was to thick for her. I tried watering it down and she still wouldn't drink it. I was on wic and told them she wouldn't drink the whole milk and the lady told me to make her drink it! So i just put her on 2% and she has done fine on it. Smarter then her cousin that is 7 months older then her.

    Answer by EJsHottMama at 11:58 AM on Oct. 18, 2008

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  • my doc said it was ok to take my son off whole milk around 14 months cause of the weight gain.. he now drinks skim milk or powdered milk... he is 26 months

    Answer by navywifemomkoch at 1:39 PM on Oct. 18, 2008

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  • My son is getting both 2% and whole milk. When he is with me its only whole milk. His father and I have joint custody. Sometimes he stays a couple of days and other times he stays a whole week before going back to his dads. Sometimes his dad buys 2% so he can drink it if he doesnt think my son is going back for a while. We feed him a balanced diet so its not like he isnt getting his nutrients. Plus he is borderline overweight. Pediatrition says he is right where he needs to be and he is only almost 14 months. He is very intelligent and doesnt show any signs of malnutrition which is what pediatritions worry when our kids arent on strictly whole milk.

    Answer by ashes_leigh at 1:31 AM on Oct. 7, 2009

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