April 11, 2008,
J.D. asks from Mission Viejo, CA on April 10, 2008
Whole Vs. Skim Milk for 18 Month Old
I give my almost 18 month old son whole milk. I feel that children need the extra fat it provides while they are still growing. For the last 3 months my sister in law keeps asking me if I have switched over to skim. She has 3 children, and usually has good advise. Am I missing something here? Should he be on skim milk? Any advise would be helpful.
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Thank you everyone for so much great information!! I am so glad that my instincts were correct. My husband let my sister in law know why were are sticking with whole for now, and there has been no more talk about it.
S.G. answers from Las Vegas on April 11, 2008
I think you should wait until at least age 2 for so many reasons!!!
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S.R. answers from Los Angeles on April 10, 2008
I have to tell you this, because I recently changed my daughter to skim. My daughter's doctor said whole, she needs the fat and the vitamins that only whole milk provides. BUT, my daughter is in the 95th percintile range for her weight (75th for her height, so not too big a difference) and I worry for the added fat that she does not need. There is alot of organic skim milk ( 2%) that has added more vitimins, so when you do switch over, they can still get those nutrients. I think this should be your decision (not your sister in laws), unless your son's peditrician gives a better reason not to switch over.
Since I have told my daughter's dr of the change, all she has done was prescribe a vitamin suplament which she takes once a day.
N.J. answers from Los Angeles on April 10, 2008
Its interesting that I actually read something about this in my May issue of Parenting magazine, which I got today.
The question: My baby just turned 1, so should she be switched to: a)whole milk b)2% milk c)skim milk d)any of the above
The recommendation is that children need full-fat dairy until age 2 because fat is important for a young child's brain development; afterward, you can switch to 2% or skim milk. But this recommendation might be changing. Because of the high rate of childhood obesity, there's been a lot of talk in medical circles about switching to lower-fat milk sooner-and recent studies suggest it may be the way to go. "more and more people are realizing it's safe-and often healthier to do-especially if your child's weight is a concern," says Dr. Krebs. Just make sure to consult your pediatrician and watch that your child's growth stays on track. May 2008 Issue of Parenting Magazine, page 92
S.H. answers from Honolulu on April 10, 2008
Okay, I feel very strongly on this. After 1 year old, a baby needs WHOLE milk.. they need the "fat" content in it for proper growth AND brain development. This "fat" content in whole milk is an intrinsic component they need in their diet. My Pediatrician emphasizes this as well. Besides, a baby should not be "dieting" at this age. They need the caloric content and fat content from whole milk for development, not to mention the nutrients.
If anything, just check with your Pediatrician. Do what is best for YOUR child, per your doctor, per your own child's health history and needs.
Just my opinion. Other's may differ, but whole milk is needed for children under 2 years old. Or even older. Do a Google search as well, or check with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Good luck and you are wise to ask this question.
J.R. answers from San Diego on April 10, 2008
Whole milk for your baby. I had read somewhere that babies' systems can't handle digesting low-fat or non-fat milk, because the protein to fat ratio is too high.
C.C. answers from San Diego on April 10, 2008
The watered down taste might be a problem?
J.R. answers from Los Angeles on April 10, 2008
Whole Milk, they need the fat to help their brains grow and develop, I know that it states till 2 but I've heard up to 4 as well.
L.W. answers from Las Vegas on April 10, 2008
I have been told by our pediatrician the same thing as the previous answer. They need whole milk until they turn 2. You can switch to whatever you want after that. They need the extra fat for brain development. If you have a concern please call your pediatrician. Tell your sister in law to mind her own business lol. I know it's hard to do, but I with I could do the same sometimes with my family. Good luck!