Is low-fat milk suitable for my 12 month old?

Is low-fat milk suitable for my 12 month old?
Q. Is low-fat milk suitable for my 12 month old? I’m concerned about childhood obesity.

A. No. Babies and toddlers need a lot of energy (calories) to keep up their rapid growth. Because they have small stomachs and cannot eat large quantities of feed, they need nutrient-dense food.
Low fat milk has virtually no fat and is unsuitable for a 12 month old child. From 12 months, either continue to breast feed, or use Toddler milk or ordinary milk (3-4% fat).
A little fat is vitally important for good health, it supplies essential fatty acids and acts as a carrier for fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
By the third year growth slows down considerably so energy needs are not as great. However, for children under 5 years old, fat should not be significantly reduced due to possible effects on growth. Nutritious foods like milk and cheese should not be restricted. From 5 years of age you can start introducing some lower fat dairy foods.
If a child is gaining excessive weight it is more important to avoid or restrict other high fat foods such as pastries, pies, fried chips, high fat cookies as well as sugary drinks and sweet foods.


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