dd is 15 months and has never liked milk as a beverage. i don't blame her, neither do i. she loves her some water.
thing is, she's recently dropped from the 25th percentile to somewhere around 10th....and this is in spite of the fact that she is an a-MAZ-ing eater. we're talking adult sized portions and a wide variety. our ped isn't so concerned as she just started walking but we could also attribute the percentile loss to the fact that she's missing all those calories and fat from the milk that other kids would be drinking all day.
so here's my question...how important is it that the fat in her diet come from dairy specifically? i have always tried to focus on getting her good fats and sneaking more in whenever possible....alot of the time with olive oil. she does love cheese. i could always try more coconut milk.
the other issue is that we keep kosher so alot of other good options aren't available to us. we can only get low-fat yogurt and even then it's super expensive so i'm not sure if it's worth packing her full of it although the calcium and protein is great. cottage cheese, same deal, only lowfat and breaks the bank. there's no option for goats' milk. it would be a pretty big PITA to make yogurt from scatch due to our kitchen setup (only a hotplate for dairy cooking and i have to wash the dishes by hand in the basement...ugh!)
the other thought is to add flavor to the milk...vanilla or chocolate...she did drink a hot chocolate at a coffee shop today as a special treat but drinking chocolate milk at home seems like a slippery slope that i'm not sure i want to head down.
thoughts? do i just focus on adding other non-dairy fats? do i really make an effort to get her more cheese throughout the day????