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The best drinks for children are water and milk.

Plain tap water is best to quench thirst.

Milk is an excellent source of calcium and other important nutrients. Calcium is important for children to grow strong bones and teeth. Reduced fat milk is the best choice for children over two years of age. It has less saturated fat and energy (kilojoules) than full fat varieties, but still has important nutrients such as calcium.

  1-8 Years   9-13 Years  
  Best drinks 1 to 8 years   Best drinks 9 to 13 years  

(0-12 months)

(1-5 years)

School children
(5-12 years)

Breastfeeding is the healthiest start for infants.
  • It is recommended infants be exclusively breastfed until 6 months of age when solids are introduced, and until 12 months of age and beyond.
  • If an infant is not breastfed, commercial infant formulas should be used.
  • Breast milk or infant formula should be the main drink in the first 12 months.
  • Exclusively breast fed infants do not require additional fluids up to 6 months of age.
  • For formula fed infants, cooled boiled tap water may be used if additional fluids are needed from birth.
  • From around 6 months small amounts of cooled boiled water can supplement breast milk.
  • Do not offer juices and sugar sweetened drinks. Fruit juice does not provide and nutritional benefits to infants under 12 months of age.

At 12 months of age:

  • Pasteurised full cream milk may be introduced.
  • Low fat and reduced fat milks (skim milk and milk with 2 to 2.5% fat) are not recommended in the first 2 years of life).
  • Plain tap water is preferred to quench thirst.

From 2 years of age:

  • Reduced fat milks (with 2 - 2.5% fat) are recommended.
  • Plain tap water is preferred to quench thirst.
  • Plain tap water is best to quench thirst
  • Reduced fat milks (with 2 - 2.5% fat) are recommended.
  • Soft drinks, energy drinks, flavoured mineral waters and sport drinks are banned for sale from school canteens in NSW.

milk and water glasses

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Sugar sweetened drinks








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