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The Role of Milk for Toddlers

The Role of Milk for Toddlers

After the first year of your little one’s life, milk continues to play an important role in their diet.

The Benefits of Milk

  • Milk is a good source of protein
  • Milk is high in calcium, which plays an important role for growing teeth and bones
  • Full fat milk gives energy for growth
  • Milk provides vitamins such as vitamin A, and B.

How does milk fit into my toddler’s diet?

  • When giving your toddler cow’s milk, make sure you choose full cream milk, and not reduced fat milk. The fat in milk is important to help meet their needs for growth. Reduced fat varieties can be offered after the age of 2 years
  • Milk falls under the dairy food group, which also includes foods such as yoghurt and cheese. To find out more about toddler food groups click here
  • Your toddler shouldn’t consume more than 500 mL of cow’s milk per day as this can affect their intake of other foods and it also has a low iron content. For more information on iron click here
  • Full-fat, fortified soy, rice and oat milks can be included in your little one’s diet after 12 months under the supervision of your healthcare professional
  • Supplementary milk drinks are suitable to include as part of a toddler’s daily food intake as a nutritious supplement, when intakes of energy and nutrients may not be adequate.

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