Child Hates Milk

If your toddler doesn’t care for milk, try not to worry about it. In much of the world, milk is not the staple of children’s diets that it is in North America.

The primary nutrients in cow’s milk—calcium, vitamins D and B12, and protein—can all be supplied by a well-balanced diet that does not include milk. Milk is a convenient package of several key nutrients, but not an essential one.

Just don’t replace milk as your child’s beverage of choice with sugary juice or sodas. Clean, cold water is a better alternative, and the more you serve it, the more likely it is that your child will ask for it when thirsty.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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