Friday, May 11, 2012

Yogurt! My daughter's No. 1 snack!


Just as my 19 months old daughter start's her day, she'll immediately ask me to open the refrigerator for a pack of yogurt drink.  So I make it sure that we always have a stock of either Alaska Yoghurt Drink or Dutch Mill.  In their absence, I always result to Yakult as a replacement.  Great thing she never refuses it as well.


Meanwhile, to fill her up during snack time, mostly I give her a small cup of yogurt.  What's nice about yogurt, she never ever lost her appetite on meal time.  I even found it better than any kind of biscuit & bread.  She's happy that it's truly delicious & I am over joyed that it is greatly healthy & beneficial for my baby.

Nestle fruit selection yogurt -  Melon Flavor is perfect for her pallet.  It's so tropical & flavorful.  It's Nata de Coco bits adds up the fun in eating it for it's crunch that even I just can't resist to munch on.

Yogurt is a great source of protein! Because of it's culturing process, the protein is easily digested!

Important questions & answers:

1.  When Can My Baby Start to Eat Yogurt?

Most pediatricians recommend starting your infant on Yogurt around 7-8 months of age. Some pediatricians also recommend yogurt as a great first food (from 6 months+).  Selecting a Whole Milk Yogurt is the most beneficial to your infant as babies need fats in their diets for proper growth.

2.  So why do doctors say "No Dairy Until After 1 Year" if Yogurt and Cheese are Ok?

The medical community fears that parents may stop formula/breastfeeding and start their kids on whole cow milk earlier than 1 year old - unless they were told not to. Many pediatricians do not explain that yogurt and cheese are ok for your baby from 8 months old and on.

3.  Why is it ok to give my baby Yogurt (and Cheese) before she is 1 year old? Is there something special about the dairy aspect of yogurt and cheese?

Yogurt and cheese are a bit special when it comes to introducing these 2 foods considering that they are dairy products.
While there is no great magical mystery in Yogurt or Cheese, the most common reasons for yogurt and cheese being fine to introduce to a baby prior to the age of 1 year old are:

- Unlike Whole Cow Milk beverage, your baby is not at risk of formula/breast milk being replaced by Yogurt or Cheese.

- The medical community worries that if Whole Cow milk is introduced to an infant prior to 1 year old, that parents would stop formula and/or breastfeeding and use Milk as the replacement. This would possibly be dangerous to your baby's health! They, however, neglect to specify the difference between baby drinking milk and eating yogurt and/or cheese.

- Lactose is broken down with the culturing of the yogurt or cheese and milk proteins are either semi-removed or limited. The culturing makes yogurt and cheese easier to digest. Many people with lactose intolerance often are be able to eat cheese and/or yogurt without trouble. The same is often true for some people with a milk protein (either to the casein or the whey) allergy.


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