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Baby and toddler milk abroad | Which milk is full fat

When traveling internationally with infants or toddlers, understanding the landscape of baby and toddler milk options becomes so important. This guide will help you decode the different types of milk overseas, which are likely to have different colour lids or cartons from back home.

Different countries may have varying customs, regulations, and import/export restrictions governing the transportation of liquid products such as infant formula and toddler milk so purchasing milk in the country you are traveling to may be the best solution. It’s essential to familiarize yourself with these regulations to ensure the security of the milk during transit if you can take it abroad.

While some countries may allow the import of baby milk powder or liquid formulas in bottles, others may have stricter regulations, requiring special permits or certifications. Additionally, the nutritional standards and ingredients in baby and toddler milk can differ between nations. Whether it’s navigating through airport security with liquid baby food or understanding local preferences for feeding infants, being well-prepared can make international travels with little ones a smoother experience.

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Whether you are looking for full fat or whole milk for your baby or toddler, or semi skimmed milk for your cuppa or low fat, this post will help you with international travel with your infant and feeding kids overseas.

I have inter-dispersed terms but whole milk and full fat milk are the same thing and usually about 3% fat. Semi skimmed is typically around 2%.

Although fresh milk is usually and obviously found in the chilled section in supermarket, do be aware that in some places UHT milk or long life milk can be placed in there too and also in different containers or bottles than you are used to at home.

In some countries you will find UHT milk (which has been heated for longer and can last for longer) more prevalent than fresh milk.

(For babies who are still drinking formula milk, this guide will help you discover what brands are similar to your back home. It also covers regulations and if there are any security restrictions.)


Baby and Toddler Milk Abroad | Which milk is full fat, whole, semi-skimmed?


Australia

Whole/full fat = blue

Low fat = light blue/red


Bulgaria

3% = Whole milk

2% = semi-skimmed, 1% = skimmed

Note: Do not pick up Aryan (айран) a mix of milk, yogurt and salt by mistake!


Canada

Whole/Full fat = red

Semi Skimmed = pink or blue

Low Fat/skimmed = blue or green


Croatia

Whole/Full fat = 3.2%

Semi Skimmed = 1.8/1.9%


France

Whole/Full Fat = Red

Semi Skimmed = Blue

Low fat/skimmed = Green

Notes: Lait entier (red) =full fat, Lait demi ecreme (blue)= semi, Lait ecreme (green) skimmed


Germany

Whole/Full Fat = Green/dark blue/3.5%

Low Fat/Skimmed = 1% milk 

Notes: H-Milch or Haltbare means long life. UHT is more common and Traditionelle HergestelltMilch-like the UK can be very hard to come by. Look for the % on the packaging container.


Greece

Whole/Full fat = Blue

Semi Skimmed = Green

Low Fat/skimmed = Red/pink


Italy

Whole/Full Fat = Blue

Low Fat/skimmed = pink

Notes: Latte interno on the nutrition packaging label = full fat


Morocco

Notes: Not known but full fat is available. Haleeb mean milk infant,


Netherlands

Notes: Verse melk is Dutch for fresh milk

Volle Melk = whole milk

Halfvolle melk = semi skimmed

Magere melk =skimmed


Portugal

What colour is full fat milk in Portugal?

Whole/Full Fat = Green

Semi Skimmed = Blue

Low Fat/skimmed = Pink

Notes: Full fat (leite) half-fat (meio gordo) The Vigor brand goes by these colours on their packaging.


Spain

What colour is full fat milk in Spain?

Whole/Full fat = Blue

Semi Skimmed = Green

Low Fat = Red

Notes: Look for the coloured writing on the carton. Semi skimmed is semi destinada. UHT is very common but you can buy fresh in most larger supermarkets.


Turkey

Whole/Full fat = Green

Low Fat = Blue


UAE (Dubai)

Whole/Full fat = Red

Low Fat = light blue

Notes: Haleeb means milk


UK

Whole/ Full fat = Blue

Semi Skimmed = Green

Low Fat = Red


USA

Whole/ Full fat = Red

Semi Skimmed = Blue 2%

Low Fat = Yellow or Purple


Baby and Toddler Milk Abroad Table

Baby and toddler milk abroad table
Baby and toddler milk abroad table

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