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At DS's recent WBV (15 month) the ped asked if he drinks milk yet. I haven't given him milk yet, although he eats many dairy products. It just hadn't occurred to me to offer it yet since he still nurses about 5 times a day.<br><br>
Anyway, the ped's question, combined with the fact that DS's weight is at the 10th percentile (he was at 95th when born, and I know he's totally fine where he's at, but there's still a part of me that wonders if he should be eating more or whatever...) makes me wonder if I should be using whole milk when I cook for him. E.g. if I make him cream of wheat for breakfast, should I use whole milk instead of 2%?<br><br>
The "problem" is that there really isn't much that we make for him that we don't eat ourselves, and DH and I drink/use 2% milk. If DS isn't drinking milk yet does it matter if the things he eats have 2% milk in them?
 

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We do use whole milk in cooking, but that's mostly because I really hate the lesser fat milks (taste watery) so I only buy the whole milk.<br><br>
If your son is still nursing 5 times a day, I probably wouldn't bother with it. If you really want to see if it will increase his weight you could always buy a half gallon and try it, but really a bowl of cream wheat once a day made with whole milk vs. 2% probably isn't going to make a huge difference.<br><br>
Oh and my guy is in the 3% on the weight chart. Kids come in all different sizes and ds is following his fathers footsteps. Dh was 6'2" and 150lbs when I met him. He didn't start gaining weight until I was pregnant with my first, lol.
 

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We only buy/use whole milk... but then again we get raw milk through a herd share, so its truely whole milk vs skim w/ cream added back in.<br><br>
My DS1 is a skinny guy too and really platued weight and height wise for months. I finally broke down and started buying 'junk' - pudding, chicken nuggets, tater tots, etc just to get him to eat something and he gained a few pounds & grew a couple inches in a matter of months. I'd do it. Its so worth it to see your kid actually grow. GOod luck!!
 

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I only use whole milk. I used to drink skim, but the more I read about it, the more I was convinced to do whole. We do local non-homogonized.
 

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Yes I would make a point of using 4% milk for a skinny tot/child's food, if at all convenient.<br>
DC-5yo is pudgy, he's the only one of my DC I try to limit fat intake for.
 

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I think the reason peds recommend whole milk for growing babes/toddlers is because whole milk provides more fat for brain development, etc. but your babe is getting all those good fats (and more!) from nursing... so I wouldn't worry about buying whole milk just for your LO.<br><br>
If your whole family makes the switch... that's one thing, but I don't think you need to buy 2 different kinds of cow milk.
 

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<span style="font-family:Georgia;">Eh DD is 29 months and doesn't drink any cow's milk at all. She still nurses fairly frequently and is also very petite. Around the 5th at her last WBV.<br><br>
I see no reason and we actually cook mostly with nonfat because I cannot stand the taste of anything more. (My mom switched us to skim when we were teeny kids so even 1% tastes too thick to me.)<br><br>
I just make sure DD gets healthy fats from other sources; yogurt, avocado, flax seed, chicken, turkey & fish, butter, etc.<br><br>
The push to drink milk in this country is appalling, IMO. Its soooo unnecessary.<br></span>
 

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I use whole milk for cooking, but only because I prefer it. The difference between whole and 2% is only 2%. Whole milk is 4%. I'm not sure that much would make a difference. In your situation, I wouldn't change what you were doing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I use whole milk for cooking, but only because I prefer it. The difference between whole and 2% is only 2%. Whole milk is 4%. I'm not sure that much would make a difference. In your situation, I wouldn't change what you were doing.</div>
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Actually, I'm fairly certain whole milk is roughly 3.5 % milkfat. At least, that's the minimum fat content for it to be labeled "whole." So the difference really is minimal, especially for a child who's only getting small quantities of it. If it was the mainstay of his diet, that would be different. Then I'd recommend whole milk, or even adding cream into whole milk.<br><br>
But yeah, like some of the PPs mentioned, 'd strongly encourage you to do some research into the issues surrounding milk-- the controversial recommendations about limiting fat intake, the effects of homogenization and pasteurization, etc. We all drink local whole milk here, and are in the process of converting to raw milk.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i would only use whole un-homogenized or raw milk for the whole family.</div>
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this!
 

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i only use whole milk. My wic checks say 2% or less for me and whole for ds, but I go to a store that doesn't check carefully, and buy all whole milk. the scanner always lets it through, it's just the individual cashier who will sometimes check the label against the wic check. If I do end up being forced to buy 2% I give it away. It's nasty and anyway if I had my druthers we'd be drinking raw milk, but I can't afford it. But to take the fat out on top of all the other crap they already do to it is just too much for me to take.<br><br>
FWIW, dshas been drinking whole milk since BEFORE a year old (I know, I know) and he hasn't got an ounce of fat on him. So....if that's what you're going for, don't hold your breth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Then again, maybe he'd be a pile of bones if he hadn't been drinking whole milk (and breastmilk, both in pretty substantial amounts) for the last year.
 

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I only use whole milk- I beleive it's healthier for anybody of any age, if they're going to drink milk at all.<br><br>
However, if your family uses 2%, there's no reason to switch to whole milk because of your toddler. Toddlers should be fed whatever the rest of the family is eating, plus their own milk (in his case, breastmilk- but if he was having bottles or sippy cups full of cow's milk, it would make sense to buy whole milk for him.) If you really feel the need to add fat to his portion, why not add cream or butter just to his bowl?
 

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Thanks for all the responses! Now I'm very interested in researching milk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
We buy our milk from the wonderful co-op down the street. It's from a local dairy, but is not raw. They do sell pints of whole milk, so I wouldn't have to buy it in large quantities if we started incorporating whole milk into things. Our next door neighbors have raw milk delivered to their home (for themselves and others in the 'hood), so that is an option for us, too.<br><br>
The comment about adding cream into DS's diet reminds me that that's what happened to my mom. She was always "underweight" growing up (as was I, but I think she may have been more so). Anyway, her ped told her mom to feed her cream. She remembers eating her cereal with cream poured over top. I can't imagine!
 

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Dd loves a little bit of heavy cream poured over her oatmeal-for that matter so do I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I buy whole milk and full-fat yogurt etc. for everyone, and just try to use it in moderation.
 
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