We were told to not exceed 500ml of whole milk. To break the monotony she could have 50 grams of cheese, or a small pot of yoghurt with 15 grams of cheese, and our Pediatrician told us that these amounts were the suitable intake dairy requirement for toddlers till 24 months.
Additional note : We were told that too much milk could then result in iron deficiency. This info correlated with the info I was given and is a nice breakdown of information.
Taken from Better Health Channel
The nutritionist I saw when my daughter was 17 months old recommended 2 servings of dairy a day for toddlers. (A serving is a cup of milk, 1.5 ounces of hard cheese, 2 ounces of processed cheese, or a small single serving tub of yogurt.)
answered 15 Mar '10, 04:30
According to the New Zealand Ministry of Health 0-2 food and nutrition guidelines (pg47) link here a Toddler(1-2yr old) should consume up to 500mls of milk but not exceed 500ml. Their suggested meal plan (table 4 pg 136) has the toddler drink between 1 and 1 1/2 cups of milk. (250ml-375ml)
It is my understanding that the reason not exceeding 500ml is that some kids fill up on milk and not eat other food. Milk doesn't provide all the nutrition needs for a toddler.
This rather long document has some really helpful information on the nutrition needs of infants and toddlers.
answered 15 Mar '10, 06:56