Editor(s): Kay, MC, Welker EB, Jacquier EF, Story MT..
This paper describes beverage patterns for US infants and young children from the FITS 2016. Nearly all infants in the US consumed breastmilk and/or infant formula before 12 months of age, switching to whole cow’s milk at 1y of age. More than one-quarter of infants 6-11.9 months and half of toddlers 12-23.9 months consumed 100% juice. Sweetened beverages, including fruit drinks, soft drinks and sweetened teas offer little nutritive value, but were consumed by approximately 30% of 12-23.9 month olds, and by nearly half (45.5%) of 24.47.9 month olds.
Kay, MC, Welker EB, Jacquier EF, Story MT. Beverage consumption patterns among infants and young children (0–47.9 months): data from the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study, 2016. Nutrients. 2018; 10;825. doi:10.3390/nu10070825