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October 10, 2012 5:55 PM
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My 4 year old tried some and he really likes it. Now he's asking for it instead of the whole milk I keep in the house for him. Is it bad for him not to drink the whole milk? I wouldn't think so, but every time I go to the peditrition they always ask if hes been getting enough milk.


your doctor is concerned about the protein in milk because for a growing 4 year old they need the protein and milk is pretty much their main source its like natures protein shake... almond milk is low in protein and fats so not as good for someone growing but has its benefits... why not give him both?


There are plenty of other great sources of protein. I mean, think about it... we're the only animals that drink another animal's milk... and we're the only animals that drink milk past childhood. Nature's intentions? I'm not so sure!
  21936871
October 10, 2012 5:57 PM
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My 4 year old tried some and he really likes it. Now he's asking for it instead of the whole milk I keep in the house for him. Is it bad for him not to drink the whole milk? I wouldn't think so, but every time I go to the peditrition they always ask if hes been getting enough milk.


your doctor is concerned about the protein in milk because for a growing 4 year old they need the protein and milk is pretty much their main source its like natures protein shake... almond milk is low in protein and fats so not as good for someone growing but has its benefits... why not give him both?


There are plenty of other great sources of protein. I mean, think about it... we're the only animals that drink another animal's milk... and we're the only animals that drink milk past childhood. Nature's intentions? I'm not so sure!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/dog-nurses-kittens_n_1818215.html
October 10, 2012 5:59 PM
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I always heard that whole milk for was for babies/toddlers and as soon as a child gets to be like, 2 years old, to use lower fat milk, that the amount of fat in whole milk wasn't really good for them.


This. ^^^
  29972982
October 10, 2012 6:00 PM
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My 4 year old tried some and he really likes it. Now he's asking for it instead of the whole milk I keep in the house for him. Is it bad for him not to drink the whole milk? I wouldn't think so, but every time I go to the peditrition they always ask if hes been getting enough milk.


your doctor is concerned about the protein in milk because for a growing 4 year old they need the protein and milk is pretty much their main source its like natures protein shake... almond milk is low in protein and fats so not as good for someone growing but has its benefits... why not give him both?


There are plenty of other great sources of protein. I mean, think about it... we're the only animals that drink another animal's milk... and we're the only animals that drink milk past childhood. Nature's intentions? I'm not so sure!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/dog-nurses-kittens_n_1818215.html


You're absolutely right, I should have added with few exceptions. However, the purpose of a mother's milk is to make a baby fat in the first few months or so of life...
  21936871
October 10, 2012 6:02 PM
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Calcium is a concern as well. Make sure he's getting enough.

Definitely as your pediatrician.


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October 10, 2012 6:03 PM
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My 4 year old tried some and he really likes it. Now he's asking for it instead of the whole milk I keep in the house for him. Is it bad for him not to drink the whole milk? I wouldn't think so, but every time I go to the peditrition they always ask if hes been getting enough milk.


your doctor is concerned about the protein in milk because for a growing 4 year old they need the protein and milk is pretty much their main source its like natures protein shake... almond milk is low in protein and fats so not as good for someone growing but has its benefits... why not give him both?


There are plenty of other great sources of protein. I mean, think about it... we're the only animals that drink another animal's milk... and we're the only animals that drink milk past childhood. Nature's intentions? I'm not so sure!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/dog-nurses-kittens_n_1818215.html


You're absolutely right, I should have added with few exceptions. However, the purpose of a mother's milk is to make a baby fat in the first few months or so of life...


More so to pass on some natural immunity and to make up for the fact that babies can't chew. Its also recommended that you breastfeed until the child naturally weens their self but no one follows this. If the only goal was to make them fat it would be easy to do this with many other foods.
October 10, 2012 6:04 PM
Whole milk a.k.a. Vitamin D milk is loaded with the good healthy fats and vitamins needed for brain development in a young child. It is important to give them this kind unless they have an allergy. You can still give them almond milk but don't completely substitute it :) My son is 19 months old and he gets 1.5 8oz cups of milk throughout the day and I will give him the Pure Almond Dark Chocolate milk for special times maybe once a day every other day or so.
October 10, 2012 6:09 PM
Children can be picky eaters...so my doctor believes that a childs overall nutrient consumption is far more important then individual components. If your son is getting enough calcium, protein and other things from what he eats then almond milk isnt a problem. Besides as a parent i've learned that offering a wide variety of food options usually means your children will eat better as teens and adults.
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October 10, 2012 6:12 PM
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My 4 year old tried some and he really likes it. Now he's asking for it instead of the whole milk I keep in the house for him. Is it bad for him not to drink the whole milk? I wouldn't think so, but every time I go to the peditrition they always ask if hes been getting enough milk.


your doctor is concerned about the protein in milk because for a growing 4 year old they need the protein and milk is pretty much their main source its like natures protein shake... almond milk is low in protein and fats so not as good for someone growing but has its benefits... why not give him both?


There are plenty of other great sources of protein. I mean, think about it... we're the only animals that drink another animal's milk... and we're the only animals that drink milk past childhood. Nature's intentions? I'm not so sure!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/dog-nurses-kittens_n_1818215.html


You're absolutely right, I should have added with few exceptions. However, the purpose of a mother's milk is to make a baby fat in the first few months or so of life...


More so to pass on some natural immunity and to make up for the fact that babies can't chew. Its also recommended that you breastfeed until the child naturally weens their self but no one follows this. If the only goal was to make them fat it would be easy to do this with many other foods.


I did smile ... And it is to pass on immunities and nutrients, but it is also to support the rapid growth in the first year. A cow's milk is to support the massive growth in a baby calf- not the second year of life for a human baby. I'm not really trying to argue, I just think almond milk is perfectly fine and cow's milk isn't necessary for a toddler... all of the nutrients can be found elsewhere.
  21936871
October 10, 2012 6:12 PM
It's probably just the calcium and fat from the whole milk that the doctors are wondering if they're getting. As long as they're not lacking in that I doubt it's a problem.
  11570105
October 10, 2012 6:14 PM
honestly, if newborns who are lactose intolerant can drink soy milk...an alternative for milk or breast milk...I am almost positive that a Four year old should be getting adequate nutrition from almond milk milk alternative.
  24472433
October 10, 2012 6:16 PM
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My 4 year old tried some and he really likes it. Now he's asking for it instead of the whole milk I keep in the house for him. Is it bad for him not to drink the whole milk? I wouldn't think so, but every time I go to the peditrition they always ask if hes been getting enough milk.


your doctor is concerned about the protein in milk because for a growing 4 year old they need the protein and milk is pretty much their main source its like natures protein shake... almond milk is low in protein and fats so not as good for someone growing but has its benefits... why not give him both?


There are plenty of other great sources of protein. I mean, think about it... we're the only animals that drink another animal's milk... and we're the only animals that drink milk past childhood. Nature's intentions? I'm not so sure!


well kid is in childhood, therfore drinks milk...

i personally dont drink much milk at all, but that is because i can eat 40oz of animal flesh a day.
  18466206
October 10, 2012 6:17 PM
my 4 yr old drinks almond milk and it incredibly healthy.

**there is protein in veggies too. I am so sick of everybody thinking that protein and calcium only come from animal products. We are omnivores. That means we do not have to eat meat and dairy. We can live off of veggies too. If you are that worried, supplement with vitamins.

My 4 yr old eats mostly vegetarian. I will not force him to eat meat or any animal products. If he wants to eat/drink nuts and veggies, I will never stand in the way.
Edited by karenwill2 On October 10, 2012 6:20 PM
  5092031
October 10, 2012 6:17 PM
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honestly, if newborns who are lactose intolerant can drink soy milk...an alternative for milk or breast milk...I am almost positive that a Four year old should be getting adequate nutrition from almond milk milk alternative.


Soy milk is not a replacement for breast milk. Soy FORMULA, which is manufactured with specific nutrients, is considered a replacement for breast milk.
  23334912
October 10, 2012 6:18 PM
Given that you can safely feed toddlers and young children a vegan diet, I don't think swapping out almond milk for cows milk would be a problem. Strictly speaking, the only time he *needed* milk was before you weaned him. If you're concerned about him consuming enough fat, I'm sure you can make up for fatty acids elsewhere in his diet.

Edited to add: I would talk to his doctor about it, but I would also ask specifically why they recommend milk.
Edited by Bentley2718 On October 10, 2012 6:19 PM
October 10, 2012 6:18 PM
Then again...to me 4 doesn't really speak toddler. I guess in my mind frame I see toddler as anything between 1-2 maybe 2.5 yrs old. But here is an interesting article I just found googling the subject :)

http://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler-nutrition/milk-for-toddlers.aspx
October 10, 2012 6:19 PM
I didn't read the comments, so maybe someone already said this. When my kids were really little my doctor wanted me to give them whole milk to drink because they needed the extra fat for all the growing they need to do (their bodies and brains), that's why they ask if they are drinking whole milk (and also the milk in general for protein, calcium and all that). But, lots of kids are lactose intolerant or have an allergy and they get protein, calcium and nutrients from other sources just fine.
  25167640
October 10, 2012 6:20 PM
Almond milk has more calcium than cow's milk and is better for you.
  9566311
October 10, 2012 6:23 PM
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my 4 yr old drinks almond milk and it incredibly healthy.

**there is protein in veggies too. I am so sick of everybody thinking that protein and calcium only come from animal products. We are omnivores. That means we do not have to eat meat and dairy. We can live off of veggies too. If you are that worried, supplement with vitamins.

My 4 yr old eats mostly vegetarian. I will not force him to eat meat or any animal products. If he wants to eat/drink nuts and veggies, I will never stand in the way.


THANK YOU! Afterall, where do we think the cows get it from?!?! drinker
  21936871
October 10, 2012 6:25 PM
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my 4 yr old drinks almond milk and it incredibly healthy.

**there is protein in veggies too. I am so sick of everybody thinking that protein and calcium only come from animal products. We are omnivores. That means we do not have to eat meat and dairy. We can live off of veggies too. If you are that worried, supplement with vitamins.

My 4 yr old eats mostly vegetarian. I will not force him to eat meat or any animal products. If he wants to eat/drink nuts and veggies, I will never stand in the way.


THANK YOU! Afterall, where do we think the cows get it from?!?! drinker


very few plant based proteins are complete proteins that contain all the essential amino acids... qinoua, soy, lentils, are like the only ones =/
  18466206
October 10, 2012 6:27 PM
The reason for whole milk is to provide fat, vitamin D, iron and calcium. Fat helps with nerve and brain development. Vitamin D and calcium promote bone health. There are other foods that can provide these nutrients. Add omega-3 fats, olive oil and nut butter, and increase daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Almond milk is an excellent choice. Human's actually have a hard time breaking down the enzymes in cows milk anyway. Regarding the omega 3's, open a capsule and place some in the toddler's apple sauce. It's so good for them.
  1140186
October 10, 2012 6:28 PM
and he loves those too.
  5092031
October 10, 2012 6:29 PM
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Then again...to me 4 doesn't really speak toddler. I guess in my mind frame I see toddler as anything between 1-2 maybe 2.5 yrs old. But here is an interesting article I just found googling the subject :)

http://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler-nutrition/milk-for-toddlers.aspx


He just turned 4 last month...He's still a toddler! I refuse to accept otherwise lol
  19648884
October 10, 2012 6:33 PM
They recommend whole milk because the dairy fat is for brain development. However my son was allergic to dairy and still to this day can only do 2% milk. We gave him goat's milk til he was about 6. Then worked him up to 2% milk. Goat's milk is sweet as well so he loved it and it is loaded with vitamins.
  26636884
October 10, 2012 6:37 PM
Are you kidding me? You're asking a forum of non-qualified people for advice on COMPLETELY REMOVING MILK FROM YOUR 4 YEAR OLDS DIET?! No.. stick with real milk - did you even read the packaging on almond milk?
And in the future ask a doctor not the uneducated public.
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