I know that at some point kids should drink nonfat milk as part of a low-fat
diet. But what's the right age to switch kids from whole milk to nonfat milk? – Sheila
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
healthy brain development. So it's usually recommended that kids 1 to 2 years old
drink whole milk. Then, if their
growth is steady, it's safe to switch to low-fat or nonfat (skim) milk.
Note: Kids at risk of becoming overweight
can be switched to lower-fat milk before turning 2.
Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about your child's growth or nutritional