Introducing solid food for 6 to 24 month old babies

Parents’ query: Does my little one need formula milk after 12 months?

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Title:Parents’ query: Does my little one need formula milk after 12 months?

Narrator: After their first birthday, children can eat a more varied diet. Milk is no longer the major food source. In general, when children are eating two to three meals of thick congee or soft rice with vegetables and meat in a day, they need about 360 to 480 ml of milk each day. They can have one milk feeding of 120 ml or 4 ounces each for breakfast, morning and afternoon snacks. If they have too much milk, they won’t be interested in eating meals. This will make it hard for them to develop the habit of eating a variety of foods.

Mother: My child is now one year old. Does he still need formula milk?

Dr Luk Wai Yin, Family Health Service, Department of Health: After babies are 1 year old, formula milk is not a “must”. Normally, babies can take full-fat milk, and dairy products like cheese and yogurt. Children can continue to be breast-fed. They can also drink some full-fat milk as well.