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What kind of cow's milk is best for my child: whole milk, low-fat, or skimmed?

Milk is an important source of calcium, as well as many other nutrients. However, choosing the right milk and dairy products ensures that your child gets all the health benefits, and none of the problems.

Children under 12 months should not be getting cows milk at all – instead, stick to breast milk, or a formula suitable for your child’s age.

Between 12 and 24 months old, your child should be getting full fat milk, as the fat content is important to growth and brain development.

After 24 months, your child should switch to low fat or reduced fat milk. It still provides the necessary nutrients, but it contains less fat than full fat milk.

According to experts, children should not be given fat free milk, unless they are overweight or have another specific health problem. Even then, you should not do this unless you are advised to by your doctor.

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