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It is recommended that children up to age 8 get 800 mg of calcium per day. It is actually more important to look at how much dairy your child has versus how much actual milk they drink per day. One cup of milk, which is 8 oz, has about 300 mg of calcium. A serving of yogurt has about 300 mg of calcium. So if most children eat a couple of servings of cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, then they only need a couple of cups of milk a day.