Question about Toddler formula/cows milk

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Registered: 11-16-2008
Question about Toddler formula/cows milk
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 9:36am

I haven't been here much lately :) I wanted to pop in and ask a few questions about some information (misinformation?) from my daughter's doctor. She's always been at the very bottom of the weight spectrum and dropped to 15% for weight at this last visit (only from 20 percentile, she's always been tiny). She just had a growth spurt and IS gaining weight, so I wasn't worried about it. My doctor recommended pedisure, toddler formula, or increasing her cows milk. I told him she doesn't drink cows milk. My doctor pretty much went off on me and told me I needed to be giving her milk at the very least, but he preferred a toddler formula because of her weight. I told him absolutely not, that she eats an INCREDIBLY varied diet for a two year old including: fruits, veggies (and leafy green veggies), fish, beans, tofu, soy products, cheese, yogurt, and cottage cheese. I told him I felt with a varied diet supplementing vitamins wasn't necessary, and that she has never been a milk drinker and I won't force her to drink something. He sent me home with all of these dietary guidelines that state (without sources of course) that toddlers need whole milk and the toddler formulas were another healthy alternative for children that won't drink milk. And get this, he felt she would drink it because it came in chocolate flavor! Ugh!


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Registered: 06-17-2007
Tue, 12-06-2011 - 2:10pm

Was that a typo? 15th percentile isn't at the very bottom of the weight spectrum. For purposes of comparison, at two months my son was at 0.53%. That's at the bottom. Dropping to 15th from 20th is FINE. They probably wouldn't say anything at all if she dropped from 55th to 50th. If she eats a varied diet and isn't showing other signs that she's not getting enough to eat, I wouldn't worry about it at all. In order for there to be a curve, some kids have to weigh more than average and some have to weigh less.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 11:56pm

Some healthy fats are needed in everyone's diet, especially in a young child. You could do things like add a little olive oil to meals with vegies and beans. Also use full fat yoghurts and cheese rather than no fat dairy. But other than this, I would not be changing a child who obviously enjoys eating a wide variety of healthy foods, and making them replace it with a processed drink. Because it is likely it would replac e the healthy foods your child is eating, rather than increase it. And then you would not have increased the calorie intake or weight gain anyway. It does not sound like she is a picky eater as some toddlers can be.

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 7:20pm

Good to see you here again! From my perspective, she is doing wonderfully! My son tended to hover on the chart at 3% and then he dropped off it. The doctor tried to force me to wean to force my son to eat more. The nutritionist said I should feed my son more butter and sugar to help him gain weight.

Like you I fed my son a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, a small amount of grains and meat - mostly organic. He had no dairy products due to a strong dairy allergy.

I chose to ignore them - knowing that my son was gaining, meeting his developmental steps and seemed healthy and happy. He was almost never sick - even when everyone else was.

Only you can decide whats best for your little one.