Posted in Child's Health, Food & Cooking, Nutrition, Toddlers

Milk, milk, milk

Hi everyone! So I’m just looking for some input from other parents on toddler milk consumption. My daughter was breastmilk and formula fed her entire first year, and everything went really well. She slowly trimmed down her breastmilk and formula consumption to around 20oz as she increased her solids intake and everything seemed fine. She’s always been in ~70th percentile for weight and 80th for height. Around 12.5 months I started to the transition to whole milk and still everything was fine. She was drinking around 15oz of milk and plenty of water at that point. Solids have never been a problem, she eats well. Then out of nowhere she slowly started to increase her milk. I talked to her pediatrician at her 15 month appointment because she was back up to drinking around 20oz. Her pediatrician wasn’t concerned. Now she’s up to around 30oz of whole milk a day!!! She also drinks water really well (around 10-16 oz of water per day). And she eats solids. She doesn’t “seem” overly big. She isn’t showing any signs of anemia (my concern there is the whole problem of calcium blocking iron absorption). I am not scheduled to bring her back in for another month for her 18 month checkup. I will call the office sometime next week but I just wanted to see if anyone else’s toddlers drink this much milk. Thank you!!

  • Anonymous
    Jan 10

    If she’s eating solids and drinking water then I wouldn’t be concerned. When we were kids between me and my sister we’d drink a gallon of milk a day 😂 maybe she’s in a growth spurt and a little extra hungry and drinking to compensate.... or maybe she just loves some stinkin milk! Don’t worry until there’s something to worry about ❤️

  • Laura
    Jan 10

    My kid never drank anything near that amount. After she was a year old she's had 12-16 ounces a day (we don't offer anything more than that)

  • Anonymous
    Jan 10

    My son only drinks at most 16 oz a day ever since we got rid of the bottle. He is a tiny guy though. We were always advised by our pediatrician not to give more than 24 oz of milk - I believe for the same concern you mentioned about calcium blocking iron absorption.

  • Emily
    Jan 10

    My daughter would drink more milk when she was about to grow a few more inches her doctor said it was normal it’d last like a week or so and go back to normal. Just Check for regular bowl movements milk can be constipating.

  • Mel
    Jan 11

    My Daughter is 16 months and the pediatrician told us she needs 3 servings of whole dairy a day, a serving of milk being 8 oz. Any cheese and or yogurt also counts towards her dairy requirement. So with that being said, we offer her milk before her nap, and before bedtime, offering a yogurt during the day as a snack. She doesn’t normally eat cheese in solids and when she does it’s such a little amount I don’t think much about it. Occasionally she won’t want a yogurt so then I may offer a third serving of milk instead. I don’t stress about it though; some days she will consume a bit more and others a bit less. The difference with the other readers is that my pediatrician said she NEEDS three servings for the fat content and brain development, and also not to go over that periodically. So maybe just shoot for 24 oz and you’ll be fine.

  • Julie
    Jan 11

    Thanks everyone. My daughter must just love her milk. I’m not really worried about it too too much because she’s overall growing well and seems happy. Emily, the possible growth spurt is a possibility...she has been growing taller lately and recently grew right through a size in about 5 weeks. So maybe that’s all it is.