Hello, my name is Eva and I am a Mum to a Milkoholic.
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I was reading the Practical Parenting magazine on the weekend and realised (and accepted) the fact that my toddler is a milkoholic.
The article by Kate Di Prima, an accredited practicing dietitian, stated that current recommendations for dairy from The Australian Guide to Heathing eating is around one and a half serves per day for toddlers between the ages of two and four, with a serve being equivalent to 250ml of milk, 40g of cheese or 200g of yoghurt.
So if I compare that to Elliott’s intake of milk, he is WAY over the recommendations. Elliott has about 220ml milk in the morning and 250ml + at bed time. Sometimes he might even have a little more during the day before his nap. And it’s not that we force it on him, it’s because he seems comforted by it. I should also mention that he is still drinking the milk out of a bottle. I actually sometimes feel a bit embarrassed telling people this, I don’t know why but I feel as though I should have weaned him off the bottle by now. I have tried many times to introduce milk in a sippy cup like he drinks water, but it hasn’t worked. He seems to connect comfort with milk from a bottle which is understandable.
So there are two problems here. One is that he is over the recommended limit and the second is that I know for a fact that this is a factor in his fussy eating. But his milk dependence isn’t what’s making him too full to eat anything, I actually believe it’s because he would prefer milk over eating dinner and hangs out for his bottle after dinner. Funnily he is fine in the mornings, often after a whole bottle of milk, he’ll still happily polish off a couple of pieces of toast or a bowl of porridge.
So my dilemma is how to reduce his milk intake and obvious reliance on the white stuff. Kate in her article for Practical Parenting provided some useful advice but I know I’m going to have to get my tough Mummy pants on to endure the fight that will happen when I implement some of the things she suggests.
Try replacing milk at bedtime with something else like a long warm bath or cuddly toy
Well I’m not sure about the bath part because that usually comes an hour before bedtime and he already has a cuddly toy. This is going to be a tough one.
Restrict milk to one or two cups a day, after meals. Try including yoghurt and cheese for dairy intake once milk is reduce.
This is also going to be a tough one, worse than going through toilet training or removing the dummy I fear. To Elliott cheese is ‘YUCK’, he won’t touch it. Yoghurt is ok, but I have to get him drinking less milk first!
Speak to a dietician
I think I need to take this step. As much as every one says he’s fine and that milk is good for him, the fact that he’s not getting the right nutrients from dinner concerns me.
Persistence is key
You’re telling me! This whole reducing the milk intake thing has me more nervous than I was ditching the dummy or starting toilet training. I have to psych myself up, I have to be in the right frame of mind for this because it’s going to be a shit storm!
I wonder if there’s a support group for this addiction, like a ‘Mum’s of Milkoholics Support Group’? I think I’m onto something. Who wants to join?
Do you (or did you) live with a milkoholic? How do you plan to reduce their milk intake or if you’ve already reduced it, what was it that worked for you?
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