Older kids don't need growing-up milk

It usually has a high sugar content and sweet flavourings, which are unnecessary for their diets, say experts

Milk formula for older children is unnecessary and may even cause more harm than good.
Milk formula for older children is unnecessary and may even cause more harm than good.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Infant milk formula, as its name implies, is meant for newborns - specifically those below one year of age and who are not fed breast milk.

It cannot imitate breast milk, which has the perfect nutritional balance in terms of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, but is developed to be as close as possible to it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Older kids don't need growing-up milk'. Subscribe