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Powdered milk ‘formulas’ for toddlers are lacking in nutrients, warns American Academy of Pediatrics

Powdered milk products for infants older than 6 months or toddlers 12 months and up might not live up to the claims on the packaging, a new report states.

Although these products are often lumped in with infant formula, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is warning that they do not offer the same nutritional benefits and should not be used as a replacement for human milk or cow’s milk.

“Older infant-young child formulas (OIYCFs) can safely be used as part of a varied diet for children, but do not provide a nutritional advantage in most children over a well-balanced diet that includes human milk (preferred) and/or cow milk, and these products should not be promoted as such,” the researchers wrote in the report, which was published in the online journal Pediatrics on Oct. 20. 

Babies who are not breastfed should receive “standard infant formula” along with “age-appropriate solid foods” starting at 4 to 6 months of age, per the AAP.

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Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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