How much milk should my toddler be drinking per day?

He has always been smaller than all of my other kids be far.....he isnt walking yet but just cause he is afraid and he has been really hard to get off the bottle. He wakes up at 6am and I give him a full 10 oz bottle and then I give him 3 or 4 during the day and then at night b4 bed plus water inbetween and with all his meals.... Is he getting enough milk???


Asked by scaredmommy08 at 11:22 AM on Nov. 6, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My daughter is 15 months I give her a bottle when she wakes up 5oz. and I send 3 8oz. bottles with her when she goes with her nanny and she gets 1 more before her bedtime so she gets a total of about 64 oz. perday.

    Answer by Heaven0802 at 11:35 AM on Nov. 6, 2008

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  • I don't agree with still having kids on bottles at that age but I would say at that age 2 sippy cups of milk a day is good. (whole milk) The other time you coul give juice and water.

    Answer by AshJoe05 at 11:41 AM on Nov. 6, 2008

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  • I honastly didnt ask for mean answers I have 3 kids soon to be 4 and my older 2 were off the bottle by 8 months.... but as I said my son is small like the average 8 month old and he is 17 months!!! I know age wise he is to old for a bottle but he is very small and it has been hard to wean him off it!!!

    Answer by scaredmommy08 at 11:47 AM on Nov. 6, 2008

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  • To me that seems like a lot of milk. But im not an expert. My son will be 1 on monday and he as a 7 oz bottle when he wakes up in the morning, and another 7 oz. bottle at 12 and the another 7 oz. bottle before bed, so total , he gets 21 oz. and then he has a full sippy cup of juice throughout the day. From what you said it sounds like your son is getting a minimum of 50 oz. a day . i think i read somewhere that they should only be getting like 24 oz. a day and no more than 4-6 oz. of juice. don't take my word on it though, but it seems like too much. Hope this helps!!

    Answer by ClvDandJ at 12:21 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

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  • After one year children shouldn't be drinking more then 24 ounces of milk per day. their bodies use iron to break down the lactose in milk and more then 24 ounces can lead to anemia. they should be getting the majority of their calories per day from solid foods not milk. In addition anything more then 6 ounces of juice daily is also unhealthy, as the acid in juice is very hard on their teeth and juice is full of empty calories. I got this information from a infant and toddlers nutrition class I was required to take for my job.

    Answer by norbert at 12:39 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

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  • What does your pediatrician say? I was told 16-24oz of milk at age 1. Has your son ever used a sippy cup? You could try replacing the bottle with a sippy cup one feeding at a time. Start with breakfast when he'll be thirsty/hungry and save the pre-bed one for last. Best of luck!

    Answer by twinclubmom at 1:18 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

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  • i agree with the last answer. my family doctor always stressed the amount of fluids kids should get, she said 3 cups of milk a day is plenty. any more than that and it is actually unhealthy. 2 cups of juice for healthy teeth and the rest water if they are still thirsty. if he is on the small side maybe sticking with whole milk with vitamin d would help. the best thing i think tho would be to ask a doc.

    Answer by 2babygirls_mom at 1:22 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

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  • I found a website that talks about how much milk a one year old should have. It says Limit your child's milk intake to 16 to 24 full ounces (480-720 milliliters) a day. and for everyone bashing u because your son isn't off the bottle the website says it's ok to have them on it until 18 months. The website is

    Answer by mommy20507 at 2:02 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

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  • He should be getting 24 ounces a day MAX. Especially if it is milk and not formula. Too much of either will cause constipation and cause him to not want to eat food. But formula at least has all the vitamins and minerals that he needs, milk doesn't give a balanced diet on its own.

    As for him being on the bottle still - so what? It's not like he'll be using a bottle when he goes off to school or when he gets married. Tackle one problem at a time and dont' worry about the bottle (or the bottle bashers).

    Answer by kaycee14 at 2:12 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

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  • My doc said it doesn't matter as long as they are getting a healthy mix of foods along with the milk. My daughter gets probably 12 oz milk, 4 oz juice and 4 oz water during the day, maybe more jucie and milk - day care mixes it up at snack time.

    Answer by ferdo0204 at 4:03 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

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