Milk products can play an important role in a healthy diet every day and at every stage of life, from infancy to adulthood. When it comes to milk, calcium is only the beginning. Milk is also a great source of protein and provides other essential nutrients such as vitamin D and potassium.
If you're concerned that your kids aren't getting enough calcium or vitamin D, especially if they are lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy, discuss supplements with your pediatrician.
Remember, children learn by example. The very best way to get your kids to drink milk is to be a good role model and drink yours too!
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org