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A common concern with the pre-toddler age group is the child’s milk intake, especially if mom has previously been breastfeeding and unused to knowing the exact number of ounces going into baby.Milk Intake
The exact number of ounces a pre-toddler should get per day varies from pediatrician to pediatrician. Some suggest as few as 16 ounces and some are closer to 30. Mine said 24, so that is what I shot for. That is also the recommended number in On Becoming Pre-Toddlerwise (see page 45).
Brayden was perfection at meeting that each day. We gave him 6 ounces, four times a day.
Kaitlyn sometimes drank more–I had no problem with that. But typically, she was right at 24 ounces. She had 8 ounces three times a day.
McKenna drank maybe 8 ounces a day. Yes, a day. Let me say that had she been my oldest, I would have spent much time stressing about that. Very much. It still worried me some, but I had told enough of you to not worry about it that I was able to get that in my head for the most part.
I put some effort into looking into dairy substitutes, and do have a post on that: Adding Milk/Dairy to the Diet.
So, with the pre-toddler, you are wanting to get about 24 ounce of milk in per day. But remember back that nutrition is about averages. Some might want 30 ounces one day and 18 the next. No problem. And if you get one like McKenna, I assure you that you can have a normal, healthy child and that you can get the necessary dairy into the diet quite easily. No need to stress 🙂
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