WebMD Health News is reporting on a major change in baby nutrition advice that’s gone nearly unnoticed. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its recommendation that weaned babies be fed whole milk until they’re 2 years old. Instead, after weaning, kids at risk of being overweight — or whose families have a history of obesity, heart disease, or high cholesterol — should get reduced-fat 2% milk between 12 months and 2 years of age.
This is a big change. Because dietary fats are important for early brain development, whole milk was considered essential for weaned babies up to age 2 years. But recent studies have found that kids given reduced-fat milk developed normally.
Then, after their second birthday, all kids should be switched to low-fat 1% milk says the AAP.