"She is still on formula at this point. She loves yogurt and does ok with veggies, her weight is good. My question is how important is it that toddlers/children drink milk?"
Very nice to hear from you and an important question you ask.
And the simple answer is cow’s milk is very important for an infant who has reached 12 months of age and no longer breastfeeding. Let me explain to you why.
Firstly, with more and more research highlighting the benefits of Vitamin D (e.g. bone development, immune system, cancer prevention, and so on), cow’s milk is a great source of this so very important vitamin. Furthermore, regular whole fat cow’s milk also has a high fat and caloric content important for the neurological development (including a child’s vision) of a child, particularly from age 1-2 years.
Now the problem of not wanting to transition from formula (or breast milk) to regular cow’s milk is more common than one might think. Some things worth trying are to give just a small amount each day and gradually increase over a period of time or to mix some regular milk with the formula (or breast milk) and each day gradually increasing the amount of regular milk in the mixture. And if both of these measures fail, then I will try “doctoring” it up where a parent can mix a tiny bit of some artificial flavoring (e.g. strawberry or chocolate) to get the child to drink the regular milk. If this method works, then gradually wean out the “flavoring” over time.
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