What type of milk should I give my children?
You will be getting much advice on what type of milk to give to your child. A fuss is being made over giving whole milk to your child until he or she is over two years old before introducing low fat milk. The truth of the matter is that 2% milk containing adequate fat for optimal brain growth and is the preferred type of milk for children between one and two. When children eat whole grains, vegetables and meat too, they get a more than sufficient amount of fat for optimal growth and nutrition. One percent low fat milk is probably also fine for most children as well, but I usually reserve this for children approaching two. The transition to non-fat milk is gradually made after two years of age.
I’m not aware of a single case of nutritional problems due to quote “too little fat” in children over a year old that followed this advice. If you have a child who is exceptionally thin, it is important that you consult your pediatrician or healthcare provider to reevaluate your child’s diet and health. A complete history and physical examination is needed. Don’t attempt to “fatten the child up” with high saturated fat foods.