Emma’s Transition To Hood Whole Milk

This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
 
Last month I wrote about tips for transitioning toddlers from formula to whole milk. If you are about to start this transition definitely give it a read. In that post I go over a few tips such as the best way to warm whole milk. I also go over the important nutrition facts regarding milk, and why we chose Hood Whole Milk for Emma. Although I will cover a few of these topics again I want to focus this post on Emmas transition and everything I have learned in the last two months.

Why Whole Milk?

As I mentioned in my previous post whole milk is important for toddlers. It is recommended that a child between the ages of 12-24 months drinks 16-24 ounces of milk each day. Milk provides calories, fat and cholesterol that you child needs to grow both their bodies and their brain. Milk is a great source of Vitamin D for bone growth and contains 8 grams of protein and 9 essential nutrients per serving. Honestly, I can’t stress enough how important milk is for our toddlers!
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Why Hood Whole Milk?

My family trusts Hood Milk, I know when I give Emma Hood Milk she is getting the best milk.  Hood Milk is produced without artificial growth hormones and Hood Milk is protected with its LightBlock Bottle®. Hood Milk understands that every glass and every drop is important to your family so they keep you milk safe from the farm to your fridge.
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Emma’s Transition

Emma’s transition from formula to Hood Whole Milk was a little trickier then the average transition. Half way through her first month of transitioning to Whole milk Emma was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. With diabetes Emma requires insulin with every carb she eats, milk does have carbs so every bottle of milk needs to be planned for Emma.
Even with Emma’s dietary restrictions it is also important that she gets her 16-24 ounces of milk each day. We have begun using Hood Whole milkas a tool to help us with Emma’s sugars. When Emma’s blood sugars are in target but we notice them dropping we give Emma her milk. The proteins and fats in Hood Whole Milk help her sugars stay stable and also help rise her sugar if we are able to catch her prior to a low.
To be honest milk is our favorite snack for Emma. It can easily be measures in ounces which allows us to calculate her carbs and dose her insulin accurately.
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A List of Tips We Have Learned

 * Start on sippy cups early, transition cups are designed for 6+ months
 * Transition gradually – add whole milk to your formula and add more whole milk every 2-3 days until they are fully on whole milk.
 * Give milk with meals and allow them to choose when to sip.
 * Track the ounces of whole milk given each day
 *  Don’t pressure them, allow time to adjust
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If you have any questions or need some advice I am happy to talk!
Love you all,
Michelle & Emma

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