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Toddlers and milk?

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DD is 21 months and just weaned. Do I need to push milk the way the doctors claim? We usually do raw milk but we haven't been able to go to the drop recently. We have non-homogenized milk right now. I was thinking about taking her off milk completely for a week since we're getting over some gunk to reduce the mucus and help her clear up her nose. She's drinking plenty of water and a little watered down grape juice so I know she's hydrated but she's not eating a ton since she has no appetite.

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Even when there were colds in the house, I always let my toddlers have one or two cups of milk. It was comforting and nourishing.

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Mostly dd drinks water and sometimes OJ. She does however eat a fair amount of cheese and yogurt. IMO as long as she gets some dairy it is fine.

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Do I need to push milk the way the doctors claim?

 

I don't know. I did with my first but he hated milk. I shouldn't have been surprised; I dislike the taste of milk too. But I pushed it because I was *supposed* to. It was awful; he'd drink it because he had to and then he'd follow up with a cup of watered-down juice and then his tummy would be too full and he'd throw up. My second ds liked milk so it wasn't much of a push; he'd ask for it.

 

By the time dd came along (third child) I lightened up on the milk thing. She likes milk but not all the time so I didn't push it. She's just as healthy as the other dc.

 

I guess what I'm trying to say is if she doesn't want milk I wouldn't push her to drink it.

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No, you don't have to give her dairy. Think of all the people who can't have dairy and they are healthy.

 

Explore other milk options: almond, flax, rice, hemp, soy, coconut are all good options. My boys love almond milk. I love coconut milk.

 

We rarely use cow milk. However, we do eat cheese, yogurt, and kefir made from cow milk.

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I never had a doctor tell me to push milk. My kids did like milk and they asked for it a lot, but I didn't push it. Now they drink very little.

 

I guess I believe it is fine either way.

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I've never pushed milk drinking. We do have a fair amount of dairy in our diets, but that's because we like it not because we think we should be eating/drinking it. How about yoghurt as an alternative?

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