Maguire said that parents of children who are unable to consume cow’s milk for medical reasons, such as lactose intolerance or a milk allergy, don’t need to be overly concerned. But parents buying milk-substitutes should be careful of which plant-based milk product they buy, since not all of them have the same nutrition. What is needed, Maguire said, is “alternative milk products that are equivalent to cow’s milk.”
Maguire noted that due to the observational nature of the study, the findings were not definite. A good study, Maguire said, would have been a randomized control trial. But, he added, “That’s going to be a really tricky trial to do.”
The bottom line, all the experts agree, is that whether children drink plant-based milk or cow’s milk, it is essential for a growing child to get the correct amount of proteins and calories in order to thrive.