A.W. asks from Painesville, OH on July 04, 2007
I have heard that babies (12 mos) should drink whole milk but is 2% okay?
K.M. answers from Columbus on July 05, 2007
Whole milk should be given until at least 2 years old. After that, it's pretty much a personal choice. Whole milk provides the extra sugars/fat that are needed.
E.A. answers from Toledo on July 06, 2007
until they're two, they are supposed to have whole milk - has good omega-3 fats like fish, and vitamins A and D. the latest research says that after age 2, because of the childhood obesity rates going up so dramatically these days, it is recommended to switch from whole milk straight to skim, b/c kids after age 2 don't need that much extra fat and it is thought to be part of why they're gaining too much weight. ask your pediatrician to be sure. good luck!
H.S. answers from Cleveland on July 05, 2007
I have given my son 2%, but the whole milk is because they need the fat and iron that is in it. My niece however, hated whole milk, so they gave her 2% with iron drops in it, and she's developing fine. Hope this helps
N.D. answers from Cincinnati on July 05, 2007
my doctor advised whole milk till they were 2 years old. we switched our daughter to 2% right before she was 2.
L.M. answers from Dayton on July 04, 2007
i agree with the other moms. the fat and sugars in whole milk are important to their development right now.
B.R. answers from Columbus on July 04, 2007
Whole milk! Babies must have the fat for proper development of the mylin sheath in cells. After two, it's okay to start 2%.
D.V. answers from Cincinnati on July 10, 2007
I agree with alot of what the other moms are saying. I give my daughter whole milk because she is very small. Only 18 pdas and 14.5 months old. She loves it. The added D3 is also good for them, and my doctor recomends that all kids be on whole milk. If you are concerned about the calories, than you can try adding water to it, but the whole milk has the added vitamins. :)
S.P. answers from Cleveland on July 05, 2007
Well, they do say whole milk, I believe it's for the fat content in it. My sister didn't listen and started her daughter out on 2% at 12 months. Her daughter is just fine. I went w/the whole milk till 15 months, then went down to 2%. At 18 mos. I'll go down to 1% and then by the time she's 2 I'll have her on skim. That's just the way I've decided to do it.
M.S. answers from Columbus on July 04, 2007
No, babies need the added vitamins and fat in whole milk. They should be on vitamin D until they are around 2, then you can switch to 2%.