Just started my 12 month on milk. Over the weekend he had 2% and loved it (we were traveling)...when we returned home he was give Vitamin D milk. He kept pushing the sippy cup away and yesterday started throwing up.

Today I put him back on 2% and he has not gotten sick. My question is: Since Vitamin D milk doesn't agree with my son's digestive system, but 2% does, is it ok to keep on 2%?

asked 29 Oct '09, 16:26

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I see no reason to force him to drink whole milk if it's causing him to vomit. 2% is still good milk.

(30 Oct '09, 13:57) Artemis

Actually, I believe whole milk (3.25%) is recommended for children from 12 to 24 months. See dave0's answer for more information.


answered 29 Oct '09, 16:37

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I gave my Girls 2% because their stomach did not agree with the whole milk. Yes it is recommended to give them the whole milk but it does not hurt them to give them the 2%.


answered 30 Oct '09, 00:39

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You are not the first parent I have heard to say this but I'm curious, do you have any evidence (e.g. articles you have read?, advice from medical professionals) to back up that "it does not hurt to give them 2%".

(31 Oct '09, 00:22) Tammy ♦♦

http://pediatrics.about.com/od/milk/i/05_milk_2.htm http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/nutrition/whole_milk_vs_lowfat.html They say that whole milk is better for picky eaters who need more fat in their diets. Thank you for asking me to prove it

(31 Oct '09, 02:49) Mary

I also put my daughter on 2% (as recommended by my doctor)shortly after noticing that whole milk caused her to be constipated.

(01 Nov '09, 21:25) Sabrina

Have you tried mixing the whole milk with some 2%? Maybe you could start with 6 oz 2 % and 2 oz whole for a few days, then 4 oz of each, etc until he's back to whole milk.


answered 30 Oct '09, 19:28

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The reason they want you to give toddlers homo milk (3.25%) is that is has more calories and fats which they need to grow properly. They need these fats for organ development - especially the brain.

You can actually give them 2% but its not as good for them - means less calories and fewer essential fats for growth.

If going with the 2% then you may need to suppliment their diets with more calories and fats to ensure they are getting enough to meet their energy requirements.

My daughter drinks 2% but thats only because that is the highest percentage that lactose free milk comes in - I just make sure to boost her calories and fats elsewhere in her diet.

Here is a website that tells you what they need: http://www.toronto.ca/health/nutrition_matters/pdf/feeding_toddler.pdf


answered 31 Oct '09, 00:59

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edited 31 Oct '09, 01:39

Dreamerisme thanks for the good information. Although I don't disagree could you please provide a reference to back up the information in the first paragraph.

(31 Oct '09, 01:06) Tammy ♦♦

This information was given to me first hand by the clinical dieticians at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. My daughter has feeding/growth issues and I have worked with them for almost a year.

(31 Oct '09, 01:30) dreamerisme

Thank you dreamerisme. It is appropriate to include that type of information (i.e. the dieticians at the Hospital for Sick Children told me... ) in your answer as well.

(31 Oct '09, 02:57) Tammy ♦♦
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