How Much Milk...

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How Much Milk...
Fri, 11-08-2013 - 8:23am

... does your child drink each day?

Drinking two cups of milk a day givestoddlers adequate amounts of vitamin D without lowering their iron levels, according to new research.

Vitamin D and iron are crucial nutrients, especially for toddlers' growing brains and bodies. In this study, researchers confirmed that there's a tradeoff between the two when consumption of cow's milk exceeds two cups a day.

"We found that ... around two cups a day is appropriate. For the average child, any more milk than that seems to reduce iron stores," explained study author Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician and scientist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.

Interesting!  Does your toddler get enough? Too much?  How many cups a day does he/she drink? Is he/she drinking formula or breast milk still or have you switched to whole milk?

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