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What milk after milk do we have?

What milk after milk do we have?

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Young mothers decide to feed for several weeks, several months or several years. Sometimes it is not them but the child who decides when to wean a child. Sometimes fate decides (for example, a disease that precludes further breast feeding). In every situation comes to make a decision: what next?

Modified milk - or cow's milk?

According to most pediatricians, after weaning, the young mother should choose formula milk and give it to her baby up to the age of three. These are the official indications. Practice shows, however, that it often looks different.

For example, there are children who have weaned they no longer drink milk or receive it in a different form. Often, when a toddler reaches the end of the year, many have milk instead of modified milk. Another border, from kwhich is thought to be able to try to give more cow's milk is the second year of life. Some parents who are afraid of allergies are waiting for their milk to be given until they are three years old. At the other extreme, there are also those who, after weaning, still give the baby milk from the cow and praise this solution.

What do the so-called authorities say?
According to the position of the Committee on Nutrition at the European Society of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Child Nutrition cow's milk in small quantities can be given to children in the second half of life (!). However, attention cannot be the dominant meal: for babies, first of all, mother's milk is best, followed by modified milk. children without food allergy symptoms a slightly larger amount of cow's milk can be offered after the year is over

Cow's milk - risk and possibilities

Parents with access to good cow's milk often argue that they can be given to babies in the second half of their lives. They believe that modified milk based on cow's milk is completely unnecessary. Unfortunately, many studies contradict this.
First of all, attention is drawn to the growing demand for iron, which should first be supplied with diet, and secondly through modified milk. Other studies report that a child who is introduced into cow's milk diet before 9 months may have a problem with intestinal bleeding. Other risks of early administration of cow's milk are: an increased risk of hypertension and obesity. Despite this, many parents give cow milk to their children and are happy.

Soy milk

Serving soy milk is currently very fashionable, although at the same time it seems to have as many supporters as opponents. This drink is considered the most popular alternative to cow's milk.

Soy milk is especially recommended:

  • for vegans
  • for people with lactose intolerance,
  • for people with protein flaws.

Unfortunately soy milk is not well known. There are opinions that:

  • made from unfermented soy is toxic to humans,
  • has an adverse effect on the endocrine system,
  • soy contains trypsin inhibitors that slow down the absorption of proteins and affect the functioning of the pancreas (pancreatic disorders have been shown in animal tests)
  • is a strong allergen,
  • Many children with cow's milk allergy are also soy allergic.
  • soybean preparations increase the demand for vitamin D, reduce the absorption of iron and zinc.

Soy milk can be given to a child over 1 year old.

Almond milk

Proponents of almond milk emphasize that this drink is much tastier than cow's milk. It has many advantages:

  • can be consumed by persons from lactose intolerance,
  • for people with soy allergy
  • for people struggling with excess weight (almond milk has fewer calories than cow's milk and other substitutes).
  • ideal in a gluten-free diet, in a non-dairy diet and for vegans,
  • Almond milk does not contain casein, a protein that is hard to digest and is responsible according to many experts for the occurrence of heart disease, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, etc.
  • Almond milk is a valuable source Vitamin E, which protects cells against damage and against the effects of free radicals, is also a valuable source of manganese, zinc, selenium, potassium, iron and calcium, omega-3 acids.