Soy milk — No substitute for cow’s milk in toddlers


Increasingly, parents are giving their toddlers plant-based drinks such as soy or rice milk rather than cow’s milk but this is not without risks, US experts say.

In an article in JAMA Pediatrics (1), three child health specialists cite US statistics that show in the period from 2012 to 2017 the consumption of these plant-based drinks, across all age groups increased by 61%.

But of particular concern is the increased intake among toddlers. We don’t have great data on this however there was a study in 2016 – the Feeding Infants and Toddler Study – involving over 3, 200 two to four year olds – which showed 5% were consuming plant-based beverages. This was much higher than previous studies.

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