Reading the nutrition facts on the backside of your baby formula can create questions... Carbohydrates 58 g .. from Sugars 58 g ... from Lactose 58 g
Some of you might think .. Really? That much lactose in my organic formula? Is that bad or what is it good for?
In this article, we are going to explain you shortly what lactose concretely is and why your baby needs it for a good and healthy development.
Lactose is a substance in milk and milk products. It is one of the most important carbohydrate sources in breast milk and baby formula. It is a kind of natural sugar (a so-called disaccharide) that our babies transform into energy. Why is lactose important for babies? Lactose has a lot of natural benefits. And here are the most important ones for your baby:
We all have a certain amount of friendly bacterias in our digestive system that
supports its healthy balance. Lactose has a healthy impact on the digestive system, cause it stimulates the immune system in boosting the growth of friendly bacterias.
Lactose has a healthy impact on the brain. Lactose consists out of two molecules: Galactose and glucose. The sugar molecule galactose is one of the easiest energy source available for babies that is needed for a proper development of their brains and nerves.
Not exclusively, but especially during the growth the body needs two minerals that strengthen the bones in their development and formation: calcium and phosphorus. Lactose helps our babies organism to absorb those two minerals in order to get sturdy bones.
In conclusion, is lactose bad for my baby? No, unless your baby is not showing significant signs of a lactose intolerance, it is not bad. It provides your baby with energy. From the nutritive point of view lactose is important for the health and development of our babies. In order to provide your baby with the best lactose and other essential nutrients make sure to feed your baby a pure organic baby formula.
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At what age do babies stop drinking formula? Well, they don't have to stop at 12 months old, especially if they are a fussy eater and they’re not getting enough iron and nutrients from their diet.