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Story Updated: Dec 19, 2012

Got kids? Then you've probably "Got milk" in your refrigerator, but how much should they drink?

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics followed more than 13-hundred children between the ages of 2 and 5...tracking the amount of cow's milk they drank each day.

Researchers used blood samples to measure Vitamin D and iron levels Parents were also asked about vitamin D and iron supplementation, time spent outside, skin pigmentation, body mass index and bottle use.

The conclusion? About two cups of milk per day will maintain adequate vitamin D levels in most children, but any more than that may cause another problem. The study found while milk increases vitamin D, too much can decrease iron levels.

The research also showed children with darker skin pigmentation need up to four cups in the winter months to maintain good Vitamin D levels.

As always, speak to your family doctor if you have questions about what's right for your children.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the information you need to protect your health.

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