Not all milk are created equal. Nothing beats breast milk as the best food for babies.
Breast milk from baby’s mom is the best choice of nutrition for infant up to 12 months of age. Some parents choose to continue offering breast milk past 1 year old, which is perfectly fine, especially if your child is growing well on the WHO growth chart.
Full fat cow’s milk (3.25% fat) is the appropriate choice after 1 year of age. Depending on your child’s growing needs, your pediatrician may recommend that you switch to a lower fat version of cow’s milk after age 2.
Plant-based milk, such as almond, coconut, rice and soy milk, are gaining popularity as alternatives to someone who may not tolerate cow’s milk or someone choosing a healthier lifestyle. However, parents of young children need to realize that many of these milk alternatives do not compare equally with cow’s milk. Therefore, replacing cow’s milk with one of these non-cow’s-milk beverages may not provide adequate calories and protein to meet your child’s growing needs.
However, these non-cow’s milk beverages may still fit in as part of a healthy diet given that your child is eating a well-balanced diet that is meeting his/her calories and protein from other sources.