Similar to this question about 12 month olds, how much whole milk should an 18 month old be drinking? I realize it will vary from child to child, but what are the guidelines?

asked 15 Mar '10, 02:16

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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.

Children aged one to five years – breast milk contains iron but prolonged breastfeeding can lead to iron deficiency if breast milk replaces solid foods in the diet. Low iron milks such as cows milk, goats milk and soymilk should not be given until 12 months of age. Children who drink milk in preference to eating solid foods are in danger of iron deficiency.

Taken from Better Health Channel


answered 15 Mar '10, 06:38

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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

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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.


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