Whole Milk vs. Skim: What Does a Toddler Good?


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When my son turned 2, his pediatrician told me to switch him from whole milk to 2 percent. She said he doesn't need "all that fat." Well, doc, my son is tall and lean -- in the 75th percentile for height and a hair under the 50th percentile for weight. He's approaching 3 and still drinking whole milk.

According to Swedish research, it's a good thing, too. So, MOO-over 2 percent.

With childhood obesity on the rise, parents and school administration might think serving skim or low-fat milk to children is appropriate, but according to research, children who drink full-fat milk every day have a lower BMI than children who often throw back low-fat milk.

The scientists also discovered a difference between overweight children who drink full-fat milk every day and those who do not. Children who often drink milk with a fat content of 3 percent are less overweight. The thesis shows also that the children eat more saturated fat than recommended, but those children who have a high intake of fat have a lower BMI than the children with a lower intake of fat.

What kind of milk do your kiddos drink?

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Cafe... Cafe Suzanne

My family drinks whole milk.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

me and my husband drink 2% but when our son turn one we gave him whole milk and we gave that to him for a week before switching him to 2% and since then he has been drinking 2%.

Cafe... Cafe Jenn

We drink 1% or 2% whichever I happen to grab, but my kids are also 4 and 6. They did drink whole until they were 3, I think.

ajtherad ajtherad

My Son just turned 3 on Monday, and He still drinks whole milk.

Lovep... Loveplusmama

My son went straight to 2% when he turned 1 and to skim when he turned 2. Milk is not his only source of fats, so I am comfortable with this.

sodapple sodapple

we drink 1% but my daugther went through a milk strike for a little bit. i threw her sippy cup and bought a new one and she just wouldn't drink unitl 3 days ago that she ask for milk again lol.

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

We always buy whole milk, but Maddox (my 2 and a half year old) doesn't really like milk.  He'll eat some milk in cereal and in the things that I cook, but that's about it.  He's still nursing, eats lots of cheese and yogurt (made with whole milk), so I'm not too worried about calcium intake.  I've always read that young children need that fat for their brains which are growing very quickly.

jeann... jeannesager

She drank whole milk until she was 2, then we switched to 1 percent for the whole family's sake.

But it wasn't just the fat content -- my pediatrician told us the lower the fat content in the milk, the better the calcium is actually absorbed by the body. That part I found fascinating not just for her but for me as a woman who needs the calcium for my bones!

ethan... ethans_momma06

We drink milk, whatever is cheapest. I am pretty darn sure that keeping an active lifestyle, and cutting out sweets does a lot more for childhood obesity then measuring the fat content in milk.

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