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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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7. The white stuff

Follow-on formula, cows’ milk, semi-skimmed or full fat? How much milk and how often? You’ll find the answers here.

Milk should remain an important part of your child’s diet, even after he starts on solids.

The Department of Health recommends breast milk or infant formula for babies up to the age of twelve months. After that time, full fat cows’ milk may be given instead.

Cows’ milk is not suitable for babies under six months old, because their immature digestive systems are unable to process the protein and salt that it contains. Cows’ milk is not currently recommended for babies under the age of one year either, as it is low in iron and vitamin C – two nutrients essential to growing babies.

From twelve months onwards, however, ...

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