How much milk...

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
How much milk...
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 12:04pm

... does your child drink each day?

MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking two cups of milk a day gives toddlers 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?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 01-09-2013 - 3:08pm
None, unless they have it at school, which I know our 3 year old gets it with lunch unless I instruct water when she has any congestion. They do eat a decent amount of cheese and yogurt, but overall, we don't subscribe to the milk theory. They get some vitamin D also from fortified OJ and we make sure to spend lots of time in the sun for their bodies to make it naturally like its supposed to.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 01-15-2013 - 2:27pm
Sounds like they are getting what they need! Landon drinks a lot of milk. Not because I push it, but because he LOVES it! I have to push more water with him instead of milk because that's about all he'd drink if I let him.