How Much Milk Should Children Drink?
As kids grow up, their milk intake should increase over the years. Why? Milk helps them to build strong teeth and bones thanks to the abundant calcium, potassium, vitamins D, and protein found in the popular beverage. According to the USDA, 1 cup is equal to 1 cup of milk, yogurt, or a 1 1/2 ounce measurement of cheese.
Toddlers ages 12 to 23 months should enjoy 1 2/3 to 2 cups of milk each day. When they turn two, the amount increases to 2 to 2 1/2 cups per day. At age 4 until age 8, 2 1/2 cups per day is best. Once a child reaches age 9, they should consume 3 cups each day until they reach the age of 18.
Do Adults Need to Drink Milk?
As we get older, it's a good idea to keep milk as part of our routine meal planning. Remember that teeth and bone growth we mentioned for children? Milk can help adults maintain the integrity and strength of teeth and bones by preventing the onset of osteoporosis, a disease that leads to weakened bones.
Men and women ages 19 to 60+ years should consume 3 cups of milk each day. However, if you're pregnant, breastfeeding or have an ongoing medical condition, it's best to consult your family physician for guidance. They may recommend more or less milk for you based on your current medications, dietary needs, and health conditions.
Additional Ways to Consume Milk
If you can tolerate dairy products beyond a2 Milk®, such as yogurt, low-fat cheese, or ice cream, feel free to consume those in moderation as part of your daily milk intake. If you prefer to focus on a2 Milk® because it doesn't cause you digestive discomfort, you can always incorporate it into recipes for creamy soups and homemade desserts, like this Banana pudding with chocolate ganache and hazelnut crumble. You could also consider milk-based smoothies. We love this vibrant Carrot apple smoothie with ginger and turmeric!
When you prepare your next grocery list, remember to add a2 Milk®. We offer four tasty varieties to keep on hand: Fat Free, 2% Reduced Fat, Whole and Chocolate 2% Reduced Fat. Happy shopping...and milk drinking!