Not All Milk Types Are the Same

Do you often get overwhelmed by the different types of milk displayed in the supermarket shelves when you do your grocery shopping? I don’t blame you if you do because there’s a lot to choose from, from cow’s milk to goat’s milk, full cream milk to skimmed milk, liquid or powdered milk. But do our choices matter? The answer to that question, my dear readers, is an astounding YES.

As the mom of an active and energetic 9-year-old boy, I always make it a point to check the kind and amount of nutrients my child gets from the milk I buy for him. That’s because not all milk types are the same in terms of nutritional value. While all kinds of milk are rich in macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and protein) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), not all contain those that answer the needs of children at specific ages.

Do you notice that kids get sick during their early childhood years? Well, that’s because they have little exposure to diseases and therefore have not yet developed the immunologic defenses needed to keep them at bay. To address this problem, moms should give their kids highly nutritious foods, along with an age-specific milk that contains both probiotics and prebiotics.

So what are probiotics and prebiotics? Probiotics are live good bacteria that promote stomach balance and help strengthen the immune system, while prebiotics are natural, non-digestible food ingredients that promote the growth of good bacteria in the tummy.

From 0 to 5 years old, children learn and absorb new knowledge like a sponge. That’s because the human brain grows about 3.5 times in mass during this period. During this time, moms can give their children age-specific milk with high levels of DHA, ALA and LA; these are fatty acids that work together to promote proper brain structure development and normal cognitive functions.

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All these (probiotics, prebiotics and fatty acids) and more can be found in NIDO® 3+ and NIDO® 5+. From the best of Nestlé Research™: NIDO® 3+ and NIDO® 5+ are the only age-specific milk brands with Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, millions of live good bacteria that help build your child’s bodily defenses.

NIDO® 3+ also contains a unique blend of natural fibers and nutrients called Prebio® 3, while NIDO® 5+ is enriched with CALCI-N® to help build healthy bones by providing better calcium absorption.

Milk plays a significant role in the overall growth and development of our children, and as their moms, we need to make a wise decision. If we know what our children need at different ages and stages of their growth, then we can make the right milk choice for them. For more information, visit

*** NIDO® 3+ and NIDO® 5+ are not suitable for infant feeding and are not breast milk substitutes.

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