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An infant over 1 year is still consuming breast milk. According to the CACFP meal pattern for children 1-12, breast milk is not an option for fluid milk. Is a doctor's statement needed for this situation that deviates from the CACFP Meal Pattern?

Answer: 

No.

There are no ramifications for an otherwise healthy child, who is over 12 months of age and is consuming breast milk rather than cow's milk, as long as the infant is also consuming solid foods. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that mothers breastfeed infants until the age of two years, as long as it is still mutually desired. USDA recognizes the many benefits of breast-feeding and promotes it by allowing reimbursement for these meals until the child reaches two years of age.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 29, 2015 at 7:57am.