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Milk for one year olds

milk for 1 year olds

At one year of age, children should be transitioned off formula onto whole milk. One year olds need a diet that is high in fat for continued brain development. Children continue to myelinate (coat) brain and nerve cells until 2 years old.

When transitioning to cow’s milk from formula, I recommend an abrupt transition. While some people gradually mix formula and cows’ milk, I find this confuses the issue. As our children near 12 months, we offer them a sippy cup with 3-4 ounces of whole milk.

At one year, we work toward serving milk only at meals. Whole milk should not be given in bottles. Serving cows’ milk in bottles only delays a transition that needs to happen.

Importantly, cows’ milk should be only a portion of a 1 year olds diet. Cows’ milk, unlike infant formula, is not complete nutrition. Some one year old will drink milk instead of eating other foods.

Children who drink milk instead of solids eventually will can develop iron deficiency anemia. Children only need 10 to 12 ounces of whole milk a day between 12 to 24 months. A 1 year old that is eating good quantities of a variety of solid foods could tolerate more than 12 ounces daily. It is the children who drink 30 to 40 ounces of milk and refuse solids that have health issues.


Not Sleeping After Starting Whole Milk

Our younger daughter turned one on Dec. 3rd. We slowly changed her over from formula to whole milk over a couple of weeks and to sippy cups.  She was on whole milk starting just before her first (... more on Not Sleeping After Starting Whole Milk)

Almond Milk for a 1 year old

Our 14 month old still doesn't want whole milk, but seems to like Almond milk a little better.  Can we use that as an alternative or should we still continue to just offer the whole milk?  I want to wean (... more on Almond Milk for a 1 year old)

Vomiting After Starting Whole Milk

My daughter is 10-months old and I am trying to wean her from breast milk to whole milk.  I normally breast feed her four times a day.  I tried introducing a small amount of cow's milk (... more on Vomiting after starting whole milk)

Raw Milk for Children

Do you have an opinion on unpasteurized milk? My son's 1 year well-visit isn't until a month from now and we will be making the switch from Alimentum to Milk in about a week when he turns 1 (... more on Raw Milk for Children). 


Written May 2011 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician






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