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How much milk is really too much?

post #1 of 6
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My son is 21 mos, and drinks a lot of milk. I know the doctors say they should have no more than 24 ounces of milk because otherwise it will cut into their food consumption. My DS is a big boy - about 30 pounds but very lean, just tall and broad shouldered. He eats a lot as it is (more than most kids his age I think) and I wonder if the milk "rules" are made for average size kids, or if I'm messing up his nutrition. He has about 28-32 ounces of milk on average in a day. An average day's food is something like a yogurt, a piece of fruit, a cup of vegetables, 1/4 cup of meat, several starches like bread/waffle/pasta (1/2 - 1 cup of pasta), and a few slices of cheese.
Do you think I should push to cut down on the milk, or leave it as is? I think since he's growing he probably needs the calcium. What do your kids eat and drink? Do you think this amount is ok?
Thanks!!
post #2 of 6
I feel that if he is active, healthy and happy, then the milk intake is OK. It sounds like he's eating very well.
If you would feel better, yuou could try replacing one of his milk servings with some water
post #3 of 6
When my dd was 21 months old dd she drank way more than 24 ounces of milk a day. She loved it! She also is very tall and lean. On the same percentage for both weight and height.

In addition to milk she eats the same foods as your son. Yogurt, fish, veggies, etc.

Now at 26 months her milk consumption is down somewhat, but she is still a very happy and healthy little girl.
post #4 of 6
susan, I am going to offer the contrary view.

In fact, the recommended milk intake for a child of your son's age and size is 16 to 24 ounces. That is 2 to 3 cups. Your son is eating a lot of dairy in addition to the milk. In fact, it looks like most of his calories come from dairy: milk, cheese and yoghurt. I can sympathize because my daughter is a dairy addict too! And she is a little bigger than your son.

A nutritious and delicious drink is homemade almond milk: soak 1 cup almonds and 1 or 2 dates in 4 cups of water on the counter for 8 to 12 hours. The almonds will sprout. Discard the water (this is important) and puree the almonds and dates with about 4 cups of fresh filtered water. Strain in a sieve, cheesecloth or through a nut bag (which works best but not everyone can get them.)

It is best to use skinless almonds because the skins release tannins when soaked, but it is not a really big deal.

You can buy almond milk at the health food store but it is filled with all kinds of sugar and other garbage.

Edited to add; here is a link to the Physicians Commitee for responsible Medicine about dairy: http://www.pcrm.org/health/Info_on_Veg_Diets/milk.html
post #5 of 6
Robinmama, I just started making almond milk this weekend. I made it half almond and half walnut, for Omega 3's. I used half the water because Dd's weight is of some concern, and she's a picky eater, and my milk supply is low (but we're still nursing at 15 months, yea). It has the consistiency more of cream, it works well in my tea as a nondairy creamer. For Dd I plan to add some vitamin drops with iron, because of my milk supply issues.

Don't forget to take the solid matter after you make the milk, add a little honey, and use it as a facial scrub.
post #6 of 6
I am curious, Curious. Did you soak the walnuts? Did they sprout?

Good idea about the scrub with honey. I will try that. I c ompost about half of the left overs and use the othetr half in breads, muffins etc...
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