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Something important for parents to know about: Milks marketed to parents as "toddler milks" are unnecessary, are unregulated, don't offer any benefits over regular milk, and are nutritionally lacking . This statement is from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report, which was issued Oct. 20, 2023.

The "toddler milks" are found everywhere, frequently next to infant formulas on grocery shelves. They generally come in powdered form and are marketed as being for toddlers and children up to the age of 3. They are nutritionally incomplete and also contain too much salt and sugar.

The AAP says that children 1 years and older should be given a balanced diet of solid foods, breast milk (optional), and  pasteurized cow's milk. That's it. No need for so-called toddler milks.

By the way, infant formulas have to meet federal guidelines, but NOT these so-called "toddler milks". One researcher pointed out that they are just "gateway sugary drinks", and nutritionally inferior to ordinary milk and a balanced diet.

Bottom line: The manufacturers make unproven claims that are not true. They just want your money. $$$ Ignore them!

From Medical Xpress: So-called toddler milks are unregulated and unnecessary, a major pediatrician group says

Powdered drink mixes that are widely promoted as "toddler milks" for older babies and children up to age 3 are unregulated, unnecessary and "nutritionally incomplete," the American Academy of Pediatrics warned Friday. ...continue reading "Pediatricians Say to Avoid Giving Toddler Milks to Young Children"