My Toddler is a Milkoholic

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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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. November 28, 2014 / 6:38 am

    It’s such a good thing really because once they are older it can be really hard to give them milk – I battle with all 3 of mine! My middle will not touch milk, yoghurt so it’s a worry for me!

  2. November 28, 2014 / 11:22 am

    My boy is not into yogurt nor cheese(except Brie), so milk is the only dairy product he has regularly. Food habits of kids are tricky! Hope you find the right solution for him!

  3. November 28, 2014 / 3:18 pm

    My 2 and a half year old has 160ml morning and night in a sippy cup plus he has one to two tubs of yogurt a day. I would prefer him to have milk then juice or something. Maybe just reduce the milk, don’t cut it out. That’s hard core! Unless you want to. I just slowly decreased the amount he was having in each cup until I got down to the amount I wanted.
    Ari is an extreme fussy eater too and yes for sure he would sometimes rely on a late yogurt so I got a bit tougher on that front but he will always have his 160ml of milk before bed.

  4. Sheridan Anne
    November 28, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    I don’t like the taste of milk because I stopped having it altogether when I was younger.
    There are definitely worse things. Work out whatever is best for you guys and do that! 🙂

  5. Lara at This Charming Mum
    November 28, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    We managed to successfully get ours onto sippy cups after awhile, but it did take a lot of wasted sippy cups. It had to be just the right design to be effective – and that design was different for each child! We started by adding a handle gadget onto the bottles and worked from there. But having said that, I must milkaholism isn’t really damaging. Their eating always seems to balance out somewhere down the track!

  6. December 6, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    My two year old, Little E, is exactly the same. He won’t go to sleep without his milk in a bottle; that’s afternoon nap and bedtime. You think you’re a bad parent? I’m still giving him formula, because he loves it more than real milk. And then he has real milk on top of that when he cries out for another bottle!
    We’ll wean him off soon, but I figure that he’s healthy, happy and not over weight. (He also sleeps with his dummy…)