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Ask the Pediatrician

Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

When can I begin to switch my child from breast milk to whole milk?

Answer

Once your baby is past one year old, you may give him whole cow’s milk, provided he has a balanced diet of solid foods (cereals, vegetables, fruits, and meats). At this age, children still need a higher fat content, which is why whole vitamin D milk is recommended for most infants after one year of age.

Do not give your baby 1% (low-fat) or nonfat (skimmed) milk before his second birthday. After two years of age, you should discuss your child’s nutritional needs, including choice of low-fat or nonfat milk products, with your pediatrician.