Interpretive Summaries, November 2020 Journal of Dairy Science - dim, 01/11/2020 - 00:00 MILK Symposium review: The importance of milk and dairy foods in the diets of infants, adolescents, pregnant women, adults, and the elderly. By Givens, page 9681. There is now increasing evidence that diets in early life can influence health throughout later life. Milk and dairy foods are important sources of certain nutrients and have functional effects that are particularly important at certain life stages. This paper examines some of the key nutrition issues during childhood, adolescence, pregnancy, and middle and older age and discusses where dairy foods can be helpful.