Can I Give My Baby Chocolate Milk?

Can I give my baby chocolate milk?Chocolate milk is a staple in many homes across the country, but this doesn’t necessarily make it something the whole family can have. When you’re baby is ready to start drinking milk, are they also ready to start having chocolate milk?

There are a few concerns here that you must keep in mind when making your decision. Is your baby ready for cow’s milk. There is a big difference between breast milk and cow’s milk, so you don’t want to assume that you can give them a little chocolate milk in between nursing sessions. You

The other concern is the chocolate in the chocolate milk. Chocolate contains caffeine, and caffeine is really something you shouldn’t give your baby. If you’re using Hershey’s chocolate syrup or NesQuik to make the chocolate milk, there are added concerns with the sugar that is used in these products. Your baby does not need any extra sugar, and you could be setting them up for improper eating habits later in life.

Can I Give My Baby Chocolate Milk? Answer: Not Recommended

There is a saying that you shouldn’t drink your calories, and we tend to agree with it. The best thing for your baby after they’re done breastfeeding is water. this will ensure that their teeth don’t rot, and that they don’t bug you for sweet things when they hit the terrible twos and beyond. Basically, chocolate milk is not something you should give your baby, and really it should be avoided in most instances.

When it comes to beverages, you don’t have to go out of your way to give them something new every time they’re thirsty. In fact, you’re setting yourself up for a problem later because they will be so accustomed to drinking other drinks that they won’t be happy with a bottle of water. And to be sure, only water will keep your baby truly hydrated. Any other drink only works at making them more dehydrated, thanks to the added sugar and salt.

Debate Over Milk
There is a strong debate between doctors, mothers, and the World Health Organization as to when it’s OK to give your baby regular milk, how long you should breast feed, and whether or not you should ever give your baby another species’ milk. Humans are the only animal on the planet that drinks another species’ milk, so some people think it’s a peculiar practice. Drinking milk has been an acceptable practice for so long that it’s just something we take for granted most of the time. But a strong case can be made that it doesn’t really do anything for the body, and therefore should be avoided.

Lactose Tolerance Issues
Some babies become lactose intolerant, or are born with a natural intolerance to milk. They will be able to handle breast milk just fine, but making the switch to ordinary milk will cause things like vomiting, upset stomach, constipation, and diarrhea. This is proof enough that cow’s milk just isn’t natural, and is not something that you’re ever required to start giving your baby because you’re supposed to. There is not requirement for switching from natural breast milk to unnatural cow’s milk.

Hershey’s and the Nestle Quik Bunny
While it might be fun for us adults and grown kids to drink chocolate milk made from a bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, or a bin of the NesQuik powder, it’s really not something your baby should join in on. It’s fun to take a glass of whiter than white milk and add a heaping spoonful or two of brown powder and stir it up, watching it magically change. And it’s also fun to squeeze a good dollop of chocolate syrup into the glass and stir it until it’s well mixed. But save this for when you’re baby is old enough to appreciate it, and you’ll be doing them a favor.

If ever in doubt, give your doctor a quick call. They will be able to give you the right answer based on the entire medical history of your child, and the latest developments in the medical community on what to give your baby and what to hold back on.

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Terry Bruski June 9, 2014 at 5:34 pm

My daughter has been giving my grandson around 6 bottles of chocolate milk a day. He is almost 3 and a half years old. He won’t give up the bottle and will only occasionally eat properly. I said at least stop the chocolate. She will not. Excuse? “because I don’t like white milk”. Let me add she doesn’t eat all that much and after dinner she eats one or two dishes of ice cream loaded with Herseys syrup (which she uses in her son’s milk).

She won’t listen to me when I tell her it’s bad for his health including his teeth. He also goes to sleep with a bottle of chocolate milk


canigivemybaby June 24, 2014 at 1:11 am

Hi Terry,
That must be so hard for you, and I am not sure what to suggest. Is there some literature that you could pass on to her from the doctor or a nutritionist? It’s a very difficult situation you are in when you are only trying to help. I hope that it all works out for your family, kind regards, Amber


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