Does Drinking Milk Make You Taller?


In this post, I will answer this simple question: Does drinking milk make you taller? But first, let’s clarify what type of milk is referred to and the components of this particular milk. Am I referring to breast milk, or commercially prepared milk? I will have to discuss both as most babies are fed the latter.

What are The Components of Breast Milk?

It’s common knowledge that breast milk is still the best food for babies; and it’s superior and strongly recommended more than commercially prepared milk. However, some mothers are discouraged to go with breast milk because of varied reasons. One is that they cannot feed their babies in public because some people find it disgusting to see them doing so.

The irony is that these same people don’t find anything wrong with women displaying their breasts for no reason at all, except to pose nude. Nonetheless, I’m not here to discuss morality or ethical values. Now, let’s get back to the true topic.

  • Vitamins (A, C, D)
  • Minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphate, sodium, iron)
  • Proteins (amino acids, nucleotides)
  • Fats (fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids)
  • Colostrum (during the first feedings; 1 to 7 days)
  • Carbohydrate (lactose)
  • Others (cytokines, secretory IgA, leukocytes, interferon, lipase, and more essential nutrients)

What are The Components of Milk Formulas?

Commercially prepared milk can differ in their components. But no matter what type of milk it is, breast milk is recommended. There are components of breast milk that are not found in the commercial type, such as lipase and colostrum, which is crucial to the development of antibodies against diseases.

  • Minerals (similar to that of breast milk but not natural, so less in quality)
  • Vitamins (A, C, D)
  • Carbohydrate (lactose)
  • Fats
  • Proteins
  • Cholesterol

Advantages of Breastfed Infants over Formula-Fed Infants

  • Reduced risk of obesity later on in life
  • Greater growth rate
  • Better absorption of fat because of presence of lipases
  • Less risk of gastro-esophageal reflux
  • Lower incidence of infectious diseases
  • Better immune system

Evidently, breastfed babies are healthier than formula-fed babies. Obviously, there are essential components present in breast milk that are not found in milk formulas.

Does Drinking Milk Make You Taller?

The answer is “yes”, but only up to a certain age and bone phase. A person’s bone growth is controlled by calcium and phosphorus. And these are present in milk. Since milk formulas - whether commercially prepared or not - contain calcium and phosphorus, which help in allowing a person to grow taller through bone growth and development.

There’s a big “if” though; if the bone epiphysis of the person hasn’t joined yet. This happens generally up to age 18 to 21. The epiphyses are the bones of the legs. They grow in length as the person grows taller, and they continue to grow until the bone of the upper legs connects to the bone of the lower leg, and has reached its maximum length. This typically happens during the teenage years.

When the person has reached 21, the bones are already fully developed; thus, what happens next is not an increase in height, but strengthening of the bones. If the teen sleeps sufficiently, his growth would even be quicker. Since the growth hormone is released 2 hours after sleeping. This hormone is responsible for the growth and development of your body cells and bones.

Hence, if you’re 21 and above, the answer is “no”; drinking milk won’t make you taller, but it can help strengthen your bone. In cases of milk formulas with high fat content, you can grow sideways and become overweight instead. Therefore, choose your milk formula judiciously.

In this context, it’s imperative that people below 21 must drink milk regularly. Infants should be breastfed, if possible, until 6 months. After 6 months, solid foods can be added to his meals.

Watch these videos to learn more about breast milk and milk formulas.


You have learned the answer to the question: Does drinking milk make you taller? And the answer depends on your age and phase of bone development. But no matter what age you are, you need milk for good health. For the adults and the elderly, non-fat milk is recommended because fat can cause obesity and increase the risk of cardiac ailments. Be sure to read the labels before purchasing your milk.


Hello everyone! I’m glad to have you here. I’m a medical technologist by profession. My second love is writing. So, I’m focusing on providing content to help other people with their health problems. I hope I can be of help to you.

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