To give DD (4) soya milk...

(70 Posts)
Feminine Tue 24-Sep-13 14:44:04

at school 'milk time'?

The school is fine with it. Apparently the many of her reception class don't like the milk that is provided.

I remembered that sometimes she enjoys the Alpro strawberry carton.

So, she will be drinking one 5 times a week!

I know that the jury is out on soya... is that too much for a little girl?

Obviously I know that with a diary allergy there is little choice. My dd does not have that concern and it made me wonder?

Thanks all smile

Regards Tue 24-Sep-13 14:46:29

Why soya milk, why not ordinary flavoured milk or smoothie? There are some very nice smoothies available or you could make your own using fresh fruit liquidised up with milk.

What's wrong with soya? I've missed that one. other than that it tastes foul

I don't see the problem, I hate milk always have some it's vile and somehow deemed the be all and end all when it's meant for cows not humans smile if she likes the soya let her have the soya. smile

SoftSheen Tue 24-Sep-13 14:51:56

Or you could just give her strawberry or chocolate flavoured cow's milk?

Feminine Tue 24-Sep-13 14:57:10

The soya one is UHT also. Like the school milk cartons. I didn't want to cause a problem in the classroom.

Plus, I know she will drink it.

Our school milk might have got warm back in the 70's but at least it was fresh! grin

SuperiorCat Tue 24-Sep-13 15:04:07

What caffeine said

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 24-Sep-13 15:21:51

You can get Alpro soya milk which has calcium added, it has a giraffe on the front. If you're going to do it.

I give that to my DS recommended by our dietician as he has a milk allergy as there's some thought behind kids only on soya developing bad teeth.

Would she not just drink milkshake?

That comes in 1litre cartons and is aimed at babies and toddlers. The milkshakes still contain calcium and come in little cartons. The Koko strawberry milkshake cartons are delicious aswell smile

Feminine Tue 24-Sep-13 16:14:38

Thanks all. I will continue to let her take it. Appreciate the suggestions too!

IndridCold Tue 24-Sep-13 18:03:46

Article here about doubts over soya (apologies for DM link, but Joanna Blythman is a good writer). I don't think drinking it would do your DD any harm but personally I wouldn't want to give a young child too much after reading this.

DS didn't really like milk much and never drank anything like the amount he should have done. He did make up for it in cheese consumption though!

tywysogesgymraeg Tue 24-Sep-13 18:06:09

If you're worried about soya, there are other milks you could try: almond, hazelnut, oat, and coconut to name but 4.

Feminine Tue 24-Sep-13 19:25:27

Thanks again for the latest help.

I'm not having any luck finding any other milks, ie almond in small cartons.

I could decant, but it wouldn't be kept cold at school.

would it stay fresh?

I wouldn't worry about the soya. One carton a day is not going to harm her. It's like anything else, eat and drink too much of it and everything's a problem. Toouch cows milk isn't good either.

Honestly it's fine. smile

DiaryofaHollandParkParent Tue 24-Sep-13 19:39:00

Just a comment about soya being bad for teeth. My dd now 17 has been on soya since a few months old and has perfect teeth - no fillings.

ThisWayForCrazy Tue 24-Sep-13 19:46:43

My 3 year old has been eating/drinking soya everyday since he was 8 months. I am unaware this is an issue tbh.

PrimalLass Tue 24-Sep-13 19:49:42

I wouldn't. Soy is estrogenic.

Dd2 has been on soya milk since a yr and soya yogurts since six months and other milk subs in cooking. Drs/dietitian have never ever mentioned it either.

trilogyofjuniper Tue 24-Sep-13 19:53:07

When mine were little I gave them all sorts of milk (never cows' milk though) - soya, almond, oat - there are many on the market. We all have excellent teeth!

ThisWayForCrazy Tue 24-Sep-13 19:57:35

I believe it's only particularly beneficial for body builders or older males to reduce their estrogen intake.

SaucyJack Tue 24-Sep-13 20:00:21

It'd be fine for her, but I don't think it's fair on the other kids if she sits there with a sugary milkshake when they're supposed to be having a healthy drink.

ThisWayForCrazy Tue 24-Sep-13 20:16:05

Alpro soya contains roughly 9.1g sugars per 100ml and full fat milk contains over 12g...

cruisepool Tue 24-Sep-13 20:17:25

How about these if you would rather avoid soy?

www.realfoods.co.uk/product/25769/koko-chocolate-coconut-milk-calcium-dairy-free-250ml

I shop there and they do small cartons of almond milk too. I am sure my local sainsburys do them too in the uht milk aisle. I was surprised at the variety they had

ThisWayForCrazy Tue 24-Sep-13 20:17:38

* sorry correct info -

Soya strawberry 4.55g sugars in 100ml

Full fat milk 4.7g sugars in 100ml

Feminine Tue 24-Sep-13 20:38:51

saucy I have asked the teacher and she said its all totally fine. I told her to let me know if any children are upset. TBH, many of the class are avoiding the milk as it tastes so bad! I think some others are doing their own thing.

Its not really a milkshake, so no bold tempting packaging IYSMIM smile

I'm not actually too worried about the sugars, although grateful to see them ~ Thanks. DD is a slight build and has a healthy diet for the most part.

I'm going to check those links , thanks cruise smile

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