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Doctor insights on: Milk Or Food Is Best Before Bed

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is it advisable to drink milk before bed (night) ?

Is it advisable to drink milk before bed (night) ?

Not necessarily: I am not aware of any scientific reasons behind drinking milk before going to bed. In general drinking any liquids before going to bed may make you have to get up in the middle of the night to urinate which would disrupt your sleep. So i usually don't recommend drinking any liquids up to two hours before going to bed so you get enough sleep and don't have any disruption. ...Read more

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Why do I want a large glass of milk before bed all the time?

Why do I want a large glass of milk before bed all the time?

Comfort food?: There are chemicals in your brain which respond to food, smell, habit and touch. Rituals can calm you and prepare you for sleep. Milk enhances sleep through the tryptophan pathways, and can be helpful for many people. If you take your Ibuprofen at night, milk is helpful to protect your stomach from irritation. Best wishes for good sleep. ...Read more

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My 2yr old still has a bottle of milk to comfort her before bed. Shes tried to go without but it makes bedtime very difficult. Is 2 too old for bottle?

My 2yr old still has a bottle of milk to comfort her before bed. Shes tried to go without but it makes bedtime very difficult. Is 2 too old for bottle?

Yes,if sugar in it: The bottle itself is not as bad as what you put in it.Bottling leaves the feed in front of the mouth covering the teeth where the bacteria form an acid as they digest the sugar in the feed. This erodes the enamel and will destroy the teeth. If you put water in the bottle, the kid can have her comfort device without the decay. Over time she will toss it as boring.Offering a teddy bear might help. ...Read more

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I am anemic can I have a glass of milk before bed?

I am anemic can I have a glass of milk before bed?

Yes: No relationship between having milk and your blood count is likely. ...Read more

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Can drinking milk right before bed make you fatter?

Milk before bed: Eating or drinking before bed, whether it is milk or some other food/drink that has calories is more likely to cause weight gain than taking in at an earlier time of the day. ...Read more

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1yr old has thrown up 1 time before bed for past 2 nights.I do put her down w/ a bottle and she has started milk &stage 3 formula. Too full? Or sick?

1yr old has thrown up 1 time before bed for past 2 nights.I do put her down w/ a bottle and she has started milk &stage 3 formula. Too full? Or sick?

Vomiting: I am unsure of the cause of the vomiting but babies should not be put to bed with a bottle. This often leads to bottle caries which causes bad decay to her teeth. She may have gastroesophagel reflux which may be worse when lying down. Give the bottle before bed and clean off her teeth. Follow up with her doctor. All the best. Look at healthykids.org. ...Read more