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Old 06-16-2008, 01:29 AM   #11
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my dd is 4 1/2 and she still drinks homo.


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Old 06-16-2008, 02:40 AM   #12
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In the UK, they recommend whole milk until the age of 5. Here in the US, the AAP recommend you switch them at the age of 2 because it is healthier in the long run, and if you wait too much longer they may get accustomed to the taste, and not want to switch.

So basically, it is your call! If you feel like he needs those extra fats then keep him on, but if you think he will do fine, take him off.

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We all drink whole milk. I have really understood why someone wouldn't. All the reports I've read seem to me to basically be saying that since our society is fat we need to not drink whole milk because it's more fat. I just don't understand how the fat that is sooooo good for a baby/toddler is soooooo terrible for everyone over the age of 2. And yes, I realize there are some exceptions, but it just seems to me that it is another case of blaming something that isn't really the problem.
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I think the little guys are supposed to have whole milk because their brain is rapidly growing and it needs that extra fat to grow properly.. someone correct me if I'm wrong though.. I just couldn't remember the age of when they didn't need the extra fat any longer...
You're absolutely right! Up until the age of 2 they need the fat for brain development. According to the link below, 60% of the brain and the sheaths surrounding the nerves are actually composed of fat.

Tallanvor, the nutrition that babies and toddlers need is much different than what adults need! Here is a link that may help you understand a little better: http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipe...-for-baby.html

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Old 06-16-2008, 02:51 AM   #13
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my dd is 3 and she is still drinking whole milk.She is also low on the weight percentile so I never considered giving her anything else because it helps her put on some calories.
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Both of my boys drink whole milk. They do need the fats a proteins for brain development, that's why it's recommended until age 2. My oldest is VERY small for a 32 month old (barely 23lbs soaking wet) so he still drinks whole for extra fat. They drink a lot of milk with their meals so I don't plan on switching any time soon. I'm sure I'll keep my youngest on whole after he turns 2, too. He's also on the smaller side and it won't hurt them any to have whole milk after 2.
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DS drank whole milk until 2, then 2 % until 30 months & then we went skim. He eats a ton of food and drinks a lot of milk, so we decided to do skim. He is now 3 1/2.
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On the topic of milk...does anyone's LO's go through phases where they will drink lots of milk then hardly any? My son when through a phase a couple of months ago that he may drink 8 oz in a day. Then it went back to like 5 glasses a day. Now were back down to about 8-10 oz a day if I'm lucky.

I mean I'm not too concerned as he gets the nutrition elsewhere as well. [Yogurt, veggies, ect]...But was just curious.
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Re: Whole milk until what age?

My LO's both drink whole milk. They're both very active, and burn LOTS of cals, and they're both small on the charts, and LOVE milk. I am sure they'll be on it till age 5 or so.

I buy skim for my DH and me since we don't need ANY extra fat
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:30 AM   #18
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I am a huge milk baby myself! This is why I buy nonfat for myself otherwise I'd be over 200 lbs! I could easily drink 1/2 gal a day! That said my teens could easily drink a whole gallon of 2% each day! We go through A LOT of milk in this house! I think I will start buying him a half gallon of whole each week and if he runs out let him drink the 2% until I go back to the store.. I usually get 8 gallons to last the week (1 whole, five 2%, two nonfat)
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The ped told us to switch to 2% @ 2yo.
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