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    Default Does my 2 year old *need* milk?

    DS just turned 2 a few weeks ago. At 12 months I tried weaning him to cows milk with no luck. He refused it and so I continued to give him toddler formula until I successfully weaned him to milk shortly before his 2nd birthday. That only lasted a couple of weeks and is now refusing milk all together. I was hoping it was just a phase and continued to offer milk again every few days. Several weeks later and he's still refusing. Is it ok that my DS doesn't want milk now or do I need to go back to buying formula?

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    Does he have cheese or yoghurt? I think the recommended daily intake is 2 serves, which isn't a huge amount (tub of yoghurt is one serve), so I wouldn't stress if he's getting dairy in other ways.

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    I would say if your son eats enough dairy (yoghurt, cheese, etc) and has a well balanced diet then he doesn't need cups of milk or formula. But I am not a health professional, you may want to check with your community nurse or gp

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    I think it's fine, I wouldn't go back to formula. Does he eat cheese or yoghurt? My kids only have a small amount of milk, they have some on cereal in the morning and about half a cup after dinner (although 21mo DS only drinks his half the time).

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    He does eat cheese and also likes Greek yogurt. I think I may just have to be more diligent in offering the yogurt every day like I offer cheese. I was going to ask my gp next time I see her but didn't want to make a special trip in just to ask such a simple question iykwim. Thanks for the responses, ladies.

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    No they definitely don't, DS never had any milk as a drink , there are plenty of ways to get better sources of calcium like chia seeds, yogurt, cheese, almond milk, tofu, fruits, all beans, veggies, all nuts and seeds, almond butter and the best source is blackstrap molasses ( just brush on roast veggies or add to soups and stocks/stews)


    1 and 1/2 serves of calcium rich foods is the recommended in take for 3 year olds, then goes to 2 serves at 4 - a serve is 2 slices of cheese or 1/2 tub of yogurt plus add in all the fruit/veg/bread and it's quite easy to get your daily intake without cows milk!

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    Recently saw a paediatrician for my nearly 3yo. She said they don't need milk if they have yoghurt and a piece of cheese that's plenty for the day. or milk on cereal is also 1 serve. She said most parents give there kids way too much milk/dairy so they don't eat enough other foods. Dairy is very filling and high in calories so I'd definitely not worry too much.

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    My little girl doesn't have milk, she's 2.5 and she eats plenty of other sources of dairy. She will have milk in scrambled eggs or a little on her cereal at weekends but nothing straight from a cup.

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    DS won't drink milk but he will happily eat cheese or yoghurt and has milk on cereal, which is an adequate amount of dairy for their age

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    My DD2 doesn't have milk, we cut it out cold turkey a few months ago on the advice of our doctor because her diet/appetite wasn't great because she was always full from milk. He said as long as they're eating yogurt and cheese then there is no need for milk.


 

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