Got (Too Much) Milk?

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Got (Too Much) Milk?

Can he have too much of a good thing?

Q. My 2-year-old is a milk junkie. Can he have too much of a good thing?

A. Yes. Milk is a great source of protein and calcium, but for toddlers, 16 to 24 ounces a day — and no more — is enough, says Dennis Vickers, M.D., chairman of pediatrics at Sinai Children’s Hospital, in Chicago.

You might think a few more cups will compensate for picky eating, but drinking too much milk can displace foods rich in other nutrients, such as fruits, grains, and meats. And it may cause constipation and a loss of iron that can lead to anemia.

Try replacing one serving of milk at mealtimes with water. Or wait to hand over the milk until he’s eaten some of his meal, so he can fill up on food first.