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Does Toddler Milk Have Nutritional Benefits?

CNN Health

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found no nutritional benefits to “formulas” targeted toward toddlers between 6 months and 36 months of age. “The words toddler formula is misleading,” said Jenelle Ferry, M.D., a neonatologist and director of feeding, nutrition and infant development at Pediatrix® Neonatology of Florida. Toddler milk is not the same as infant milk, Ferry said, nor is it necessary for this age group. When in doubt, Ferry encouraged parents to talk to their pediatrician for guidance. “Parents are trying to do the best for their kids, and there’s a lot of marketing that can be misleading,” she said. “A conversation with your pediatrician can help make sense of the confusion with product labeling and tailor nutrition to what’s right for your child.”


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