Q&A: Warm or Cold Milk?by Christine Wood, MD
Q. I have a question about my 1 year old son. His mom gives him cold milk from the time he wakes up to the time he goes back to sleep. Is it healthy to give him cold substance all day? Shouldn't he have something warm in the morning? Also will too much whole milk mess up his digestive system? Can you give me some ideas of what to feed him for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
A.I would not be concerned about the fact that is cold, but too much milk can suppress the appetite for other foods and excess milk can induce iron deficiency because of lack of other foods. For a one year old, recommendations are for about 16-24 ounces of dairy (includes all forms of dairy) a day to meet their calcium requirements. For meals, he should be getting a variety of fresh foods: fruits, vegetables, grains. He can take eggs, tofu or soft meats for protein sources. His meals should generally be following the Food Guide Pyramid, although 1 year olds can be picky and their appetite can fluctuate, so be patient.Dr. Christine Wood is a practicing pediatrician in Southern California. She is the author of "How to Get Kids to Eat Great and Love It," a book that addresses the issues of why and how to feed kids healthy. http://www.callyourped.com
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