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2 Year Old and Milk

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Created March 07, 2012 at 3:30 AM

My 2 year old loves his whole milk (organic, super pasteurized) and I have been sneaking in coconut milk but he doesn't like it. We do not have access to raw milk (on an island). Should I switch him to full fat cream? He is a pretty good eater, but LOVES milk all day long.

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on March 08, 2012
at 03:23 AM

The taste of goat milk depends a lot on the age. Fresh goat milk tastes like wonderful sweet milk (my kids say it tastes like ice cream, but they have paleo-kid tastebuds) with no goaty flavor at all. It gets goatier as it ages. Goat milk in grocery stores is generally not particularly fresh, and tends to have a more goaty smell. Having a buck nearby also supposedly can have impact on the flavor, but it doesn't seem to be an issue for us.

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on March 07, 2012
at 10:30 PM

I'd be careful about subbing coconut milk for regular milk for a 2 year old. Unless you are pressing it yourself, it almost certainly contains texturizers like guar gum, which can cause intestinal upset in little bodies (and big bodies too). The calcium need for small children is pretty high too because they are building bone like crazy, and I'm pretty sure milk calcium is more bioavailable than veggie calcium for children.

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on March 07, 2012
at 09:38 AM

We get raw goats milk at our farmers market from Montessori school farm. No goat smell!

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on March 07, 2012
at 07:20 AM

Awesome HN!!!!!

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on March 07, 2012
at 05:29 AM

I don't know anyone raising any goats, but I could look into it. I don't like the smell of goats so I would hope the milk wouldn't smell like goats.

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on March 07, 2012
at 05:28 AM

His diet is pretty regular for a kid. He is still on lots of grains - I haven't gotten my kids or husband to convert with me to the paleo lifestyle. He probably drinks about 5 - 6 8 ounce cups of milk a day.

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at 03:54 AM

Nobody raising goats?

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on March 07, 2012
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Some kids can develop anemia if they drink too much milk, so if you have concerns certainly talk with your pediatrician. If he can handle it without developing anemia, I wouldn't change anything though.

I'm still part-time nursing a near 3-year-old...the little ones do like the milk. Mama milk certainly seems to be fave still in the morning, nap time, and night, but I also give him 1-2 small cups of milk or half and half during the day, and fill espresso demitasses with heavy cream for him a few times per week.

I don't see any harm in switching to something like half and half, but I also don't really see any problem sticking to milk if he isn't having any health problems as a result.

If for some reason the milk is causing issues, having a collection of tasty broth based soups on hand for drinking could be a substitute.

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on March 07, 2012
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Awesome HN!!!!!

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on March 07, 2012
at 05:56 AM

What about making kefir out of milk? Any chance you could transition him towards that? Chock full of probiotics, and some of the lactose which can be hard to digest is broken down.

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on March 07, 2012
at 04:31 AM

Are there any issues that you are trying to fix with him? Or is he happy and thriving?

How much does he drink in a day?

EDIT - that's a lot - will he let you substitute a glass of water for a glass of milk here and there?

What does the rest of his diet look like?

EDIT - I would suggest to try to get grains and sugar out before you pull whole milk. He'll most likely be the easiest member of the family to switch to the way you're eating.

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on March 07, 2012
at 05:28 AM

His diet is pretty regular for a kid. He is still on lots of grains - I haven't gotten my kids or husband to convert with me to the paleo lifestyle. He probably drinks about 5 - 6 8 ounce cups of milk a day.

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on March 07, 2012
at 06:04 AM

If he is happy and healthy, I would not change anything. He is just 2 years old. In a hunter-gatherer society he would still be breastfed so... it could be his alternative!

I agree with options other people mentioned - kefir and goat milk.

But I would not worry that much if I were you, honestly.

One thing I would definitely do though - I would get him of gluten. Brown rice and sweet potatoes are better than gluten in wheat. Even if he is not gluten intolerant.

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on March 07, 2012
at 05:15 AM

My kids love heavy cream in their rice cereal. I haven't poured them a cup of it yet, though I myself like to drink a small cup with dark chocolate every now and then.

You could always try half & half, too.

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