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Should I be switching dc to semi skimmed milk?

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totaleclipse Fri 31-Aug-07 08:15:49

DS (6.6) and DTs (3.8) all drink at least 1.5 pints of full fat milk per day, is this ok or should I be switching to semi skimmed milk? Its not the fat content I am worried about but is there any other reason I should change?

Furball Fri 31-Aug-07 08:19:11

they can drink either after the age of 2.

Katymac Fri 31-Aug-07 08:19:59

As far as I know under 5's should be on Full Fat

You can change to S/S after 2 if you want

But I'd wait until the little one is older and swop them both at the same time

Fullfat is even OK for adults - unless they have a cholesterol problem (afaik)

DD would be on FF apart from the fact that she has asthma & the fat makes her chest worse

Biglips Fri 31-Aug-07 08:20:49

oh i thought they need full fat milk till they are alot older than 2 for their growing bones.

BecauseImWorthIt Fri 31-Aug-07 08:20:54

No - they need the fat to grow and develop

totaleclipse Fri 31-Aug-07 08:22:41

dts would be easy to swap as I often add water to thier milk if I am running low, but ds knows If I have only added a tiny anount of water, and blows a tantrum.

3sEnough Fri 31-Aug-07 08:23:05

There is more calcium, pint for pint as you reduce the fat - skimmed has more than semi, which has more than full fat. The kids need the fatty acids though but I think you can swap at 2 also (if needed)

totaleclipse Fri 31-Aug-07 08:25:15

I am happy to keep them on full fat, was just a bit concerned at the amount they drink, often its over 2 pints a day each.

3sEnough Sat 01-Sep-07 20:14:53

It's quite alot, but as long as they're eating healthily and not gaining too much weight (from the sheer calorie levels from 2 pints of full fat) I wou;dn't worry. I seem to remember that I drank about that much milk until I was well into my teens (I was a complete stick though!)

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