From birth to their first birthday, milk was a constant in their diet. During the toddler years and beyond, milk continues to be an important source of nutrients like calcium for strong bones and teeth and also a good source of protein and energy.
Now that your baby is a toddler, they do not need to drink as much milk as they did in the first year of their life, as food plays a larger role.
The Department of Health and Children recommend breastfeeding up to 2 years and beyond. If you are still breastfeeding you should continue to feed on demand. Alternatively, we recommend just 300mls per day (i.e. two small beakers) as part of a balanced diet and consider switching to a Growing Up milk now that they have passed their first birthday. Drinking too much milk can suppress their appetite for other important foods, making them feel full and therefore less inclined to eat their meals. Drinking too much milk will therefore prevent your toddler from eating the right balance of the different food groups in their diet.
After their first birthday, try to encourage your toddler to drink from a beaker or cup rather than a bottle, this will help to avoid any possible related dental problems or over-consumption of milk.
Low-fat or semi-skimmed milks are not suitable under 2 years
Low-fat or semi-skimmed milks are not suitable for those under 2 years and skimmed milk is not suitable for those under 5 years. This is because toddlers still need some fat in their diet.
If you’d like any further advice on your toddler’s milk intake, contact our Careline.