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Wednesday, October 8th 2008, 4:44pm

semi skimmed milk

Am thinking of moving DD onto semi skimmed milk as she drinks quite a lot and isn't a great eater, in the hope that it wont fill her up as much.
Am I right in thinking that is fine from age 2?
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Wednesday, October 8th 2008, 7:47pm

I would check with HV my understanding is from two years old, you can start giving your toddler semi-skimmed milk. Fully skimmed milk isn't suitable as a main drink until they're five years old, because it doesn't contain enough calories for a growing child.
If weight is an issue and your HV agrees then maybe switching milk would be a simple solution, If weight isn't an issue I would stick with Full Fat Milk :D :D
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Friday, October 10th 2008, 8:53pm

I've just been having a quick google! Seems a few mixed opinions!

Semi skimmed can be given from 2 years, but some say carry on with full fat milk, until 5 years, unless, as 1x says, there are issues with weight.

It did also say, that if a child has a smaller intake of food, it's a good idea to stick with full fat milk, I imagine, due to the higher fat/calorie content.

Personally, I would stick to the full fat milk. (Sorry, I know that doesn't help much with your question re DD's food intake!)



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Friday, October 10th 2008, 11:12pm

I swapped to Semi-skimmed when mine where about two. They eat a great varied diet and as milk is there favourite drink i don't have to worry about how much they are having! They eat cheese, yoghurts etc so i know they have all the calcium they need!! xx
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Saturday, October 11th 2008, 7:55am

I thought the guidelines were full-fat to 5 years, semi-skim thereafter and skimmed milk only later in life (teens to 20s)
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Saturday, October 11th 2008, 8:45am

I think its only changed recntly Rene, in light of the huge numbers of obese kids we have in the uk.