When can my child stop drinking whole milk?

Q: When can my child stop drinking whole milk?

A: Once your child turns 2, it's time to switch to skim or low-fat milk, because he no longer needs that extra fat for brain development. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) currently doesn't specify whether you should move right to skim, or to 2 percent or 1 percent milk first, and doctors have different ideas about what's best, so talk to your pediatrician. The most important thing is to make sure your child drinks skim milk after age 5. --Michelle Crouch

Copyright 2007. Used with permission from the October 2007 issue of Parents magazine. Updated 2009

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