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 kids reach their first birthday.
Babies and toddlers need fat in their diets for a variety of reasons, including neurological development. So it's usually recommended that kids 1 to 2 years old drink whole milk (although the American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP] says that kids at risk of becoming overweight can be switched to lower-fat milk before turning 2). 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.
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: March 2010
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