Milk for kids: what parents need to know
Young children need large amounts of nutrients as they grow. Where does milk fit into this, and how much should they drink? Nutritionist Kerry Torrens explains.
How much milk should a young child/toddler drink?
- Four servings of starchy carbs like potatoes, pasta, bread or rice a day
- Four servings of fruit and vegetables a day
- One serving of animal protein such as meat, fish and eggs or two of plant-based proteins such as beans and lentils a day
- 350ml of whole milk or two portions of dairy foods such as cheese, yogurt or fromage frais a day
Why is milk a nutritious choice & what type of milk is best?
What do I do if my child doesn’t like milk?
What if my child is vegan or lactose/dairy intolerant?
Can you drink too much milk?
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This article was published on 27th August 2020.
Kerry Torrens BSc. (Hons) PgCert MBANT is a registered nutritionist with a post graduate diploma in personalised nutrition & nutritional therapy. She is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and a member of the Guild of Food Writers. Over the last 15 years she has been a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food.
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