full fat dairy

(16 Posts)
howiloveanicecupoftea Sun 10-Apr-16 16:24:24

At what age are you supposed to stop giving full fat dairy products to your child?

WhiskyTangoFoxtrot Sun 10-Apr-16 16:38:06

I don't think there's an age when you are supposed to switch.

You should not give semi-skimmed under age 2ish, or skimmed under 5ish. But no reason to stop using whole milk, unless your DC have weight issues or it's just convenient for you to buy only one type of milk.

TheCokeMachine Sun 10-Apr-16 16:39:42

Until 2 it's full fat milk, then you can go to semi skimmed. Under fives shouldn't be given skimmed milk at all as it's not got enough vitamin A. I'd say the same for very low fat cheese, yoghurt etc, etc.

I'm just keeping mine on full fat at home until they start school, but their nursery moves them to semi skimmed milk and lower fat yoghurt when they go into the toddler room at two years old.

ObiWanCannoli Sun 10-Apr-16 16:46:49

We use full fat everything and I buy French set yoghurts as I think they're full fat. I am one of the people who believe full fat is better for you. No weight issues in our family and we all enjoy butter on toast and full fat milk and chesse. No need to switch to half fat.

drspouse Sun 10-Apr-16 16:50:30

Our DS was a low centile for height and high for weight at 2 so we switched to semi. I think DC2 is about right on both but it will be nice to have just one kind of milk in the fridge so I think we'll switch and give her full fat yoghurt etc.

MadamDeathstare Sun 10-Apr-16 18:43:10

I think I switched when they were about 5. We get plenty of fat in our diet from other sources though. A few years ago there was a report that some children weren't getting enough calories per day as their parents were eating too healthily with hardly any fat or sugars in their diet - and of course the children were eating that same diet. Children need fat to make hormones and to grow.

dementedpixie Sun 10-Apr-16 18:47:23

We went to semi skimmed milk at 2 but you don't have to. Still have full fat yoghurts and cheese.

Bambooshoots14 Sun 10-Apr-16 18:48:10

I hadn't considered this. Ds is 2.2 and has been full fat until now, I do have to watch his weight a bit so might switch to semi skimmed. Does it have less vitamins in?

KP86 Sun 10-Apr-16 18:50:23

Unless your DC is drinking litres of milk a day I don't think it makes that much of a difference in their overall calorie intake.

I personally stick with full fat dairy because I believe the fat helps fill you up/keep you feeling fuller and so you have less overall.

Full fat milk is also sweeter than low/non fat and so means you can have coffee/tea without added sugar.

howiloveanicecupoftea Sun 10-Apr-16 20:21:54

DS has got quite a big tummy on him, though slim just to look at hi generally of that makes sense. So wondering if the switch to regular dairy will help reduce his fat tummy?!

RNBrie Sun 10-Apr-16 20:29:04

Lower fat products do not make you thinner! It's a big myth. Sugar makes you fat, not fat. And using low fat products disrupts the bodies natural ability to regulate what intake it needs.

The process of removing fat from milk also destroys some of the vitamins and calcium.

This article is pretty indepth but worth a read before embarking on low fat anything.... the sugar conspiracy

KP86 Sun 10-Apr-16 20:40:55

How old is he? It's normal for kids to have a tummy until they are 3 or so. As long as the rest of him is slim I wouldn't be worried at all.

AveEldon Sun 10-Apr-16 20:44:03

Mine still have full fat - eldest is 11
I have semi skimmed as I prefer the taste

fredfredgeorgejnrsnr Sun 10-Apr-16 21:03:56

a tummy with the rest of him slim is much more likely to be poor muscles than any sort of overweightness.

janethegirl2 Sun 10-Apr-16 21:06:22

Full fat all the way unless you have a child which is overweight and likes milk.

I only drink milk in her drinks and a litre of milk will last a week do I'm not too bothered about the calorie content

janethegirl2 Sun 10-Apr-16 21:06:38

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