I know that at some point kids should drink skim milk as part
of a low-fat diet. But what's the right age to switch kids
from whole milk to skim milk?
Breast milk is the food of choice for at least the first year or
beyond. Cow's milk should be avoided until after a child is 1
Kids younger than 2, though, shouldn't have reduced-fat
milk. Babies need fat in their diets for a variety of reasons,
including neurological development. Kids should drink whole milk
from ages 1 to 2 years; then, if their growth is steady,
it's safe to switch to low-fat or skim milk.
Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your
child's growth or nutritional needs.
For more information, check out these articles:
Calcium and Your Child
Feeding Your 1- to 2-Year-Old
Does Skim Milk Provide the Same Nutrients as Whole Milk?
Milk Allergy in Infants
Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: January 2007
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