by Caroline Edwards
That time when your child is between 1-2 years old is the prime time to push the whole milk. Children between 1-3 years old need 700 milligrams of calcium per day. If they get that all from whole milk, that’s 2.5 cups! Here are some of the many great benefits to whole milk for babies from 1-2 years old:
- Calcium and Vitamin D: It’s pretty common knowledge that milk contains calcium and vitamin D, but these minerals and vitamins are essential in building strong bones in your child.
- Dietary Fats: Your child needs these nutritious higher fat content foods for normal growth and brain development. Did you know that 80% of your child’s brain development happens before the age of 2?
- Protein: Protein helps build strong muscles as your child grows into an active toddler, not to mention the many other essential nutrients found in whole milk.
Choosing organic whole milk ensures your child is getting the best nutrition possible. No pesticides or added hormones means your child is getting the most consistent and healthy option for their milk intake.
It makes me feel good every time my son says ‘ka’ (our son’s reference to milk) and reaches for his milk. I know he’s getting excellent nutrition!
Caroline Edwards is a food blogger and photographer, recipe developer, a new mom, and wife. She runs chocolate & carrots where she primarily focuses on healthier baking.