Dairy Products for my Baby: What Should I Do?

As mothers, we care about supplying our babies with all their needs of vitamins, including calcium from dairy products, but how healthy is that?

Mothers often wonder whether it’s safe to give their babies dairy products in their first year, and express several queries and concerns.

Therefore, today I will give you all your needed answers, and provide tips on giving dairy milk to your baby.

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Mirna Elsabbagh, Adult & Child Nutritionist - Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition

Tip #1

Do not give your baby fresh dairy products under the age of 1 year, since it’s heavy to their digestive system, extremely high in proteins, and can’t substitute neither their mom’s milk nor the formula. Also, high calcium levels can affect iron absorption for your baby, which a vital vitamin for babies aged 6-12 months.

Tips #2

According to the American Academy of Pediatricians, you can give babies yogurt and cheese at the age of 6 months but it’s not necessary and can be substituted with the mother’s milk, formula and an adequate healthy food intake.

In case you choose to give your baby yogurt at age of 6 months, make sure it’s in small amounts- quarter to half a cup (4 to 6 spoons), and only 2-3 times a week.

Also, don’t forget to monitor your baby’s digestive system and immunity reaction to dairy products

Tip #3

After the age of 1 year, your baby’s need for calcium increases and hence they can start intaking dairy products. Therefore, you can give your baby fresh dairy products, as long as it’s pasteurized and boiled enough to kill the bacteria within. 

Tip #4

Make sure to keep milk in the fridge no longer than 3-4 days (even if it’s long term milk).

Tip #5

While choosing cheese make sure it’s free of artificial flavors and preservatives, has low levels of salt, and is pasteurized. I recommend staying away from ripened cheese, and going for mozzarella, ricotta, and Swiss cheese.

Tip #6

Make sure to read ingredients, and that your daily products are organic are of healthy constituents. For example, most cheese in stores are high in mineral salts and additives, which could harm your baby’s sensitive health

 

Eventually, your baby’s health is their lifetime foundation; make sure it’s well-preserved!

 

To watch my full video, click on this Link.

 

Mirna Elsabbagh, Adult & Child Nutritionist - Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition

 

I hope this was helpful!

Mirna Sabbagh, an adult and child dietitian, nutritionist, and lactation consultant sees patients physically in Dubai, and also does online consultations for weight loss for adults and children, pick eating and  other services. In addition, she also has several digital courses: breastfeeding course,  starting solids 6-12 months course, child nutrition for all children including picky eaters, and also a weight loss course for adults that you can sign up for from the comfort of your home. You can also e-mail Mirna for questions on info@mirnaelsabbagh.com