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How much milk should my toddler be drinking each day?

Hi everyone,

I have a 2-year-old child who loves to drink milk. I usually give her milk with her meals and she also drinks some milk in between meals. However, I am not sure how much milk is appropriate for her age. I want to make sure that she is getting the right amount of nutrients without overdoing it on the milk. Can anyone advise on how much milk a toddler should be drinking each day?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Hi there! Based on my experience, my pediatrician recommended that my toddler drinks around 16-24 ounces of milk per day. This includes milk given with meals and as a snack. However, every child is different so it's best to consult with your own pediatrician to determine the appropriate amount for your child. It's also important to note that milk should not be the only source of nutrients in a toddler's diet. They should be getting a variety of foods from each food group to ensure they are getting all the necessary nutrients for their growing bodies.


Hi there, as a father of a 2-year-old who has been drinking milk with every meal since she stopped breastfeeding, my pediatrician advised that we should be giving her around 16 to 24 ounces of milk a day. However, like some of the other parents here, our daughter is also an extremely picky eater, and sometimes, doesn't want to drink milk. So, we try to mix it up a bit by giving her smoothies or fortified yogurt to make sure that she's still getting the necessary vitamins that milk provides. I think it's important to remember that every child is different, and as long as you speak to your pediatrician and offer a variety of nutritious food, you can be confident that your child is getting what they need to grow into a happy and healthy kid.


Hello everyone,

I am a mother of a 2-year-old daughter who is lactose intolerant. As a result, we do not give her regular cow's milk. Instead, we give her almond milk which is a great alternative to get the necessary vitamins and minerals milk provides. She drinks around 2 cups or 16 ounces of almond milk every day. However, I would recommend that you consult with your pediatrician before giving your child almond milk or other plant-based milk alternatives since it may not have the same nutritional content as regular milk. In addition, it is also crucial to supplement their diet with fortified foods that contain calcium and vitamin D to aid their growth and development.

Hope this helps!


Hello, as a mother of a 2-year old picky eater, I was concerned about my son's milk intake as he doesn't like to drink it as much. I had a conversation with my pediatrician and was told that a child between 1 to 3 years should have at least 2 cups (16 ounces) of full cream milk a day as it is a rich source of calcium and vitamin D, nutrients that promote strong bones. Since my son didn't like to drink milk that much, I tried incorporating yogurt, cheese, and calcium-fortified food for snacks and meals to ensure he is getting enough nutrients to support his growth.


Greetings, my toddler just turned 4 years old and has been drinking milk every day since she was a baby. For the last few years, she's been drinking around 2 cups or 16 ounces of milk every day, which seemed to be working fine. However, lately, I noticed that she's been complaining about an upset stomach and feeling bloated. After discussing the issue with our pediatrician, I was advised to cut back on her milk intake to 1 cup or 8 ounces per day since too much of it may be causing her digestive issues. This way, I can trickle in more food options rich in nutrients instead of relying too heavily on milk. Nonetheless, it's best to visit your pediatrician to discuss this and any other health concerns you may have.


Hello, I am a first-time mom with a one-year-old daughter. During her first year, she was primarily only given breastmilk, but now that she is older, I was unsure about how much cow's milk she should be drinking. After speaking to my pediatrician, I discovered that my daughter should be drinking around 2-3 cups of milk per day, or around 16-24 ounces. However, it's important to note that every child is different, so it's always best to have a conversation with your pediatrician to determine what works best for your child's nutritional needs. Also, keep in mind that while cow's milk is important for children, it's still recommended to introduce a variety of foods to ensure your child is receiving all the nutrients they need to develop correctly.


Hi there,

I have a 3-year-old daughter who does not like to drink milk, so we had to look for alternative sources of calcium and vitamin D to ensure that she was getting these nutrients. We started giving her calcium-fortified orange juice, cheesy omelets, and spinach to supplement her diet. In general, she drinks around half of an 8-ounce glass of milk a day, and that amount seems to work well for her. But I understand that every child is different and may require different amounts of milk, so it's always best to consult with your pediatrician regarding the recommended amount of milk for your child's growth and development.

Hope this helps!


I have a 3-year-old who absolutely loves drinking milk. After consulting with my pediatrician, I head that toddlers between 1 to 3 years old should drink around 12 to 16 ounces of milk per day. But since my daughter loves drinking milk, we usually go up to 20 ounces a day. It is also important to balance the milk intake of your toddler with additional sources of protein, iron, and nutrients, which you can find in food like cheese, meat, and vegetables. As for my daughter, drinking milk and eating a variety of foods beneficial to her health has helped her grow tall and strong.

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