An Updated Primer On Milk And Milk Alternatives For Toddlers

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First, the bad news: “alterna-milks,” whether they’re from soy, nut or goat, don’t have the same nutritional composition of cow’s milk. If you’re considering any of them as a replacement, you’ll need to make sure your kid still gets the calcium, iron, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and fat that they need from somewhere else (although some alterna-milks are fortified with supplements). Now, the good news: toddlers don’t really need cow’s milk to get all that good stuff anymore – a healthy diet should contain plenty of other sources for all of it. According to Dr. Natasha Burgert, whatever kind of milk you choose should just be considered a healthy drink to accompany a healthy meal; for the rest of the day, your kid should just be drinking water. The bottom line is there are plenty of good options, so don’t have a cow about it.

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