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How much milk does your toddler need?

Posted by Karen Faulkner on
How much milk does your toddler need?
Today's blog follows on nicely from yesterday's one on how much milk does your 6-12 month old baby need?

Milk needs for your toddler is something I get asked about all the time. So it's only natural that a blog is born!

The new Australian dietary guidelines have reduced the servings of dairy to 2 servings a day. A serving is 200mls of full cream cows milk or a breast feed.

OR

its a matchbox size 40g piece of hard cheese like cheddar for example

OR

it's a small tub of full fat yoghurt

toddler milk

Here's a flexible day plan for a 12 month plus toddler

6 am – wake, change nappy and milk feed

7am – breakfast

Followed by playtime and morning walk

12 midday – lunch, main and dessert

followed by short playtime

1 - 3 pm – afternoon sleep

5pm – evening meal, main and dessert

Bedtime routine and wind down – bath, story time and milk feed

7pm – bedtime and sleep till 6 am.

There should be No Night Feeds, this is really important. Water can be offered to help provide you, the parent with an alternative.

As I mentioned on the previous blog if your toddler is having too much milk or dairy they're not going to take the lovely nutritious foods that form a balanced diet and so the toddler is labelled 'fussy'.

Iron deficiency is a problem that can occur from drinking too much milk. See my previous blog, link below on iron deficiency.

https://www.nurtureparenting.com.au/?s=iron+deficiency

So I hope I've helped make that a bit clearer for all you parents out there.

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au

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