Milk Does Not Do A Body Good?

February 2, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under my family

Well, I guess when you’re drinking 8+ glasses a day, it doesn’t.

According to our pediatrician, Baby Bug is drinking too much milk which is causing her to be chubby. Chubby! That’s the exact word she used to describe my little girl! However, I guess that’s pretty mild considering at Baby Bug’s 1st year check-up she was called “short, fat, with a big head”. I’m not kidding!

Anyway, apparently children who drink too much milk run the risk of being overweight, constipated, and may become iron deficient. I thought we were doing okay since we only give her skim milk but our doctor recommends that we cut back to only 3 cups a day.

It’s only been a couple of days so far and I can tell this is not going to be an easy transition. Milk is the only thing she wants to drink.

It’s going to be a long road ahead of us!

Comment Spotlight by Autumn @ My MoonBean

Have you considered watering the milk down? I know that seems strange, but I have a friend who has the same problem with her little girl, and they do about 2 parts water and 1 part milk and it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. That way she still gets to drink milk, and doesn’t have to drink anything else, but you are spreading those 3 cups out to 9 each day.

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44 Responses to “Milk Does Not Do A Body Good?”
  1. Grace @ Sandier Pastures says:

    Pristine is the exact opposite. She almost do not drink milk! It’s very hard to let her. She was allergic to milk and milk products until she was three so I guess she still has the milk phobia.

    Anyway, no milk for her maybe that’s why she’s slim? :-)

  2. Amanda says:

    Wow, I never would have guessed skim milk would be an issue. Especially since they tell adults to consume low fat dairy products to lose weight.

  3. Amy @ Coffee with the Mrs. says:

    Aw, poor baby bug.
    Transitions like that are always difficult on little ones. I’m sure she’ll get through it just fine.

    Now, about that pediatrician of yours…

  4. Cathi says:

    Did the same Ped say both things?
    I’ve never heard those things before, especially with skim milk.

  5. Just Mom says:


    My kid only wants water — no juice, no milk. I actually have to make him drink at least two cups of milk a day.

    I hope your little one adjusts to the new restrictions soon.

  6. Kristi says:

    We’re big milk drinkers in our house too. I try to limit it to a glass in the morning with breakfast and a glass with dinner. they get juice at lunch, and then I TRY to stick with water during snack times.

  7. Cat @ 3 Kids and Us says:

    Well that’s a new one. Our pediatrician made us switch from 2% to whole milk. She did comment that our daughter drinks a bit too much throughout the day, but sorry, I’m not going to refuse her a drink, especially when it’s not something bad like juice or soda. Toddlers grow out of the baby fat. My son was beyond chubby until he was 5 and got a lot more active.

  8. TheAngelForever says:

    My oldest son (5) will drink a cup or two of milk a day if we remember it since he loves water. My little guy (20 months) has not had cows milk yet. I knew that too much whole milk was a concern, but not skim milk.

  9. Desert Songbird says:

    Yikes. My kids are much older than yours, and they drink lots of milk, too. Of course, they’ve only ever had skim milk (at least, at home), but I didn’t think that was an issue. My pediatrician has never told me that the kids were fat, cubby, or the like.


  10. Ginny says:

    I know when my youngest was little, she stopped drinking milk when we got her off the bottle. It was later, after 2 I believe & she started dropping weight right away.

    I know doctors are always hung up on what the kids drink, it either to much milk, to much juice, etc etc.

    I know myself drinking too much water, makes me sick, so what can you do?

  11. Lissete says:

    My girls are still big milk drinkers and never had a problem. Plus they drink 2%.

    Since she’s linited to 3 cups a day, maybe spread it out throughout the day like she normally drinks just a smaller portions. Maybe 2oz 6x a day may help her adjust to the change better. Actually, 1/2 a cup might annoy her more ;)

  12. Autumn @ My MoonBean says:

    Have you considered watering the milk down? I know that seems strange, but I have a friend who has the same problem with her little girl, and the do about 2 parts water and 1 part milk and it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. That way she still gets to drink milk, and doesn’t have to drink anything else, but you are spreading those 3 cups out to 9 each day.

  13. AmyG says:

    Wow, “short, fat, with a big head”??? I would’ve punched someone, lol.

    I hope she can adjust. It sucks that she has to give up something likes. :(

  14. Sues2u2 says:

    I can’t believe that a pediatrician or even someone in that kind of office would say something like that to or about a child! That is just plain ugly on their part.

    I am so amazed. My oldest actually wouldn’t even drink cow’s milk until he was 5 & a neighbor told him to. Now he’s almost 12 & wants it all of the time! Guess we’ll be cutting back a little here too.

  15. Ren says:

    I’ve never heard that before.
    I can’t believe the doctor actually used the word chubby…what an awful bedside manner!

  16. Qtpies7 says:

    I was going to suggest watering it down, too. Great minds…..

    I don’t think my kids drink it every day. (my little ones) The teens drink it a lot, so they don’t have any, lol. I mostly buy whole milk, and even when I was buying it straight off the farm, my kids were skinny.
    I would doubt that it is just the milk alone that would be the problem, especially since it is skim.

  17. Kim @ What's That Smell? says:

    My daughter had a milk allergy at birth that even came through breast milk so she was on a special formula. She’s now 14 months and doesn’t seem bothered by the allergy anymore although she barely drinks 2-3 bottles of milk a day, we’re lucky when she drinks more than 1. My son was and at 5 still is the the opposite, drinks milk like he is a baby cow. Luckily he’s got daddy’s skinny genes!

  18. Renee says:

    I would consider another pede! I don’t like the sound of this one. ugh! And from the pictures you’ve posted of BB she looks like a very healthy girl to me…and not at all chubby. No she’s not skinny, but my pede complained that dd was too skinny! I don’t think that they’re ever happy.

    too much juice, I can understand the concern…but not too much milk. Course I never told my pede what dd was eating. lol

  19. Queen-sized funny bone says:

    Im lactose intolerant and I am still fat. But when we were kids my mother would put extra water in the powdered milk to make it stretch. maybe you could water it down a bit so she think she is drinking more than she is.

  20. Summer says:

    My friends pediatrician told her the same thing recently.

    All Angel Girl ever wants to drink is milk. She’s addicted to it. lol!

  21. jodi @ bpr says:

    I so feel your pain – our little boy (now 2) only drinks milk & water – which for the most part is a blessing. I love that he doesn’t crave sugared drinks! However, when he’s been sick a few times (virus or fever), it’s been so tough because he constantly asks for milk, and you feel so bad not letting him have it, but also know that you can’t, bc it will make him worse…yikes! We’ll be thinking of ya’ll during the transition!

  22. Jennifer says:

    That does not sound right and I definitely would find a new pediatrician! Ugh.

    Skim milk should not be that much of an issue. I always had trouble getting mine to gain weight.

    Seriously, look for another pediatrician.

  23. Baba says:

    We try a mixture of juice and water with the babies and that seems to work. Sometimes they just want milk though.

  24. Melissa says:

    I’ve been on both sides of that coin. My oldest was “short and overweight”. My middle child didn’t gain weight for almost a year as a baby. They labeled him “failure to thrive” and the Dr. CASUALLY suggested that it could be cystic fibrosis and that she was ordering a bunch of tests to see why he was so thin. We did a sweat test (twice because he wouldn’t hold still) and then blood work. Turns out he’s just a really active, skinny kid. Go figure!
    ((Hugs)) to you… it’s never fun to hear things like that about your kids!

  25. Muthering Heights says:

    Yikes! Good luck with the transition!

    We made a rule for Bootsie Baby that she may only have milk at meal times. It has worked for us, because she doesn’t ask for it at other points in the day.

  26. Thea @ I'm a Drama Mama says:

    Maybe give her the water first and then tell her she can have milk when she finishes her water. Our dentist told us to cut back on juice so we are kind of in the same boat!

  27. Pamela says:

    I’ve never believed any of us really need milk — that’s because it always gave me a stomach ache. So — from a toddler on to now, I use it sparingly. I won’t turn down pudding, tho. snort.

    All the good things in milk can be found in other food groups.

  28. sagemom says:

    Wow, 8 glasses a day! she sure loves her milk! I didn’t think TOO much milk could be all that bad…she could be drinking worse things…

    I guess all drs are different…but I can’t believe she was called “short, fat, with a big head.”

    Before DS1 turned 1 dr. put him on 2 %, now he’s on 1%. Our dr. recommended no more than 20 oz since he turned one. He’s always been in the 50+ percentile for height and weight, and his head was always off the charts =)

    But I’ve been told as they get older and more active they’ll start getting leaner…

    Good luck with the transition to less milk =)

  29. Lori Downs says:

    hmm maybe that is why i cant lose weight/ i drink a ton of milk!

  30. Holly Schwendiman says:

    I feel for you! My little guy was much the same way but when I tried to get him to drink juice as an alternative he took that over the way he did the milk, then I had to make the milk chocolate to entice him to drink it again and then he took that over the same way….little stinker is a feast or famine monster.


  31. Katie says:

    That is crazy! She is completely adorable!! I wouldnt think skim milk would be a problem either. I think I have the opposite problem though…I am afraid my kids dont drink enough milk. When they were younger, I would give them juice first thing in the morning, and water later, and they would never drink their water. So from that point on, I made it a “rule” that they had to have water first and drink it all before they could have any other kind of drink for the day (milk or juice)…so usually by the time they have milk they just dont drink much of it. But they do have yogurt, and cereal with milk on it, and cheese, so I guess they still get their dairy in other forms too!

  32. Katie says:

    Oh, one more thing…my little boy was a super chubby little one…it is just the way his baby body was!! He was always off the charts for height weight etc. He stayed this way up until he was about 4 and then he really leaned out. I wouldn’t worry about this too much. I think your drs are being a little too harsh!

  33. Naomi says:

    Jasper had his 18 month appointment today and we got the milk lecture. But his weight has actually gone down, he’s 22nd percentile now. They think he’s drinking too much milk and ignoring his regular food. Because they don’t see him eat, apparently!

    Oh, well.

  34. Mama Bub says:

    My toddler LOVES milk and drinks it almost exclusively. He’s a big kid and I get nervous the doctor is going to limit his milk every time we go for a check up. Fortunately he’s tall so that helps balance him out, but it would be SO hard to not give him milk when he wants it.

  35. Amy says:

    You know what? I think if she’s having bm’s on a regular basis then I wouldn’t worry about it. Like you said you give her skim milk so she’s not getting all the fst like in whole milk.

    I think because she drinks so much milk she is going to have beautiful skin and white gorgeous teeth! And healthy bones!!!

    I did NOT drink milk as a child and my skin is so so, my teeth aren’t horrible but could be brighter and the bone thing? Well, you know what happened!

    I say milk DOES a body good! And I think your next picture of her should be with a milk mustache!! ;o)

  36. Mozi Esmes Mommy says:

    Too much of a good thing? I personally think she’s adorable. And I’ve got a chubby baby who won’t touch milk…

  37. louise says:

    SHAME on your doctor. There are much better ways for her to say what she needed to say.

    My daughter is two and the same as yours. Larger than most, and she is short, milk is not our problem. We did a bone scan and found that she is just developing slower than other children.

    When she was one, our doctor never used the words fat. She said she has a large brain, and she is quite “healthy”. Calling a baby fat is just not nice.

    Both of my children are big and this is hard because that is all I hear from strangers “they never miss a meal do they?”

    I do worry about my daughter because she hasn’t lost her chub yet, but the doctor seems to be less concerned knowing her bones aren’t developed yet either.

    Good luck with the milk though.

  38. Gennaro says:

    That’s a direct pediatrician. Wow. At least he cares though. Soy milk is a tasty option if you want to limit regular milk consumption to fewer glass per day.

  39. HeatherY says:

    I think doctors are taking this whole overweight thing a little too far. Poor little Baby Bug! I’d just cut back or try sneaking in some watered down juice as an alternative and call it a treat. ;-)

  40. MommyAmy says:


    I know it won’t help much, that transition idea up at the top is an awesome suggestion.

    But maybe you could start giving her other options to drink. Like some watered down juice or something?

    My girls LOVE their water! We give them 3 servings of milk per day, at very specific times, and then they have free access to water all day long. I just leave sippy cups with water in them around the house so that they don’t even have to ask for it, it’s just there. Maybe if she has water available all the time, that she doesn’t have to ask for, she’ll just drink it because it’s there.

  41. Cat @ 3 Kids and Us says:

    It’s funny I’m back here commenting again, because our daughter just had her checkup with the ped. yesterday. Now she wants her to switch back from whole to 2% milk because she jumped from the 20th to 95th percentile on her weight. Ugh. I wish doctors would make up their minds.

  42. Melissa Markham says:

    Dang…doesn’t seem fair. And it probably helps to explain my own daughter’s weight issues. She is 8 and still drinks a lot of milk every day. I was so proud that we didn’t get into the juice and soda issues….dang it!

  43. Cathy @ Chief Family Officer says:

    I’m late to the party, so I hope things are going well now and that your daughter’s used to the 3 cups per day now. My son loves milk too, and not to freak you out or anything, but a friend of mine’s son actually developed severe anemia when he was about 2 years old. She was letting him drink a lot of milk b/c she’d just had a new baby – the baby would nurse, big brother would get a cup of milk. He ended up needing to be hospitalized, although he’s totally fine now. I limit my 4-year-old to about 18 ounces per day per the ped’s recommendation, and tell him that too much will make him sick like it did his friend. He kind of gets it and doesn’t argue with me. So I was thinking that maybe if you focus on the iron deficiency rather than calorie content, your daughter might be more receptive?


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