Q: Thank you Dr Ketch for the wellness information you share. It’s really helpful. Please what’s the right portion of milk to take per day?
A: Thanks for writing in. Milk is full of protein, calcium and other nutrients needed for proper development. It’s needed, not just by our children as a lot of people tend to think, but also by adults who need to build up a good stock of calcium to ensure they don’t end up with brittle bones (osteoporosis).
Here’s how much milk everyone needs from birth till old age:
Breast milk is the best milk and should be the only food for your baby until he is 6 months old, given at 2-3 hours’ interval.
From 6 months to 1 year, continue breastfeeding and then add other meals like cereals etc.
Continue breast milk till 2 years. However, if this is not feasible, cow milk can only be introduced from the age of 1 year…not a moment earlier.
From 1 year to 2 years, the child should get at least 2 cups of full cream milk. The fat is particularly important to ensure proper brain development
From 2 years to 8 years, your child should get at least 2 1/2 – 3 cups of milk or other dairy products daily
From 9 years till adulthood, you should get at least 3 – 4 cups of milk or dairy daily.
Adults who don’t take this much milk should ensure they get supplements. Speak to your doctor for this.
Have a great night, y’all 🙂