Was there a time before hot milk with honey and vanilla pudding with strawberries? My belly says no, but my mind knows better. Whether ice cream, tiramisu, cheese macaroni or tacos - dairy products make almost every food brighter and they accompany us almost our whole life. Well, almost all of our lives.
In this article we want to share with you when it is safe to start adding dairy products to a baby’s diet.
If your baby is under 12 months old, breast milk or infant formula such as Lebenswert should be its main source of food. Whole milk as breast milk replacement harms babies’ health and development. There are 3 reasons for that:
Step by step, after one year, the digestive system of your baby is developing and can handle more complex food. Here is a summary of what you can feed your baby slowly in little quantities and when.
Yogurt is easier to digest than plain whole cow milk, as the milk proteins are removed or limited. The fatty acids, calcium, and other nutrients in yogurt are actually good for your baby. Yogurt contains live bacteria which help the digestive system and the immune system to work properly.
Don't limit your creativity. Yogurt tastes delicious with almost all kind of fruits, although for us, yogurt with banana is always a winner.
You can introduce yogurt earliest at 6 months, for some babies even with 8 months, depending on their propensity to allergies. Ask your pediatrician to be sure.
Baking or cooking milk breaks the proteins down, which is important. If you use milk in something you bake or cook, wait until your baby is 7 or 8 months, before you feed it to him. Bake your baby's first muffins with berries or almonds to create unforgettable childhood memories!
Cheese is super calcium source and has many healthy nutrients such as vitamin D. But some cheeses are heavier to digest than others. Cheese that has not been pasteurized can even contain the dangerous listeria bacteria. To stay on the safe side, definitely avoid Brie, Feta, Camembert, Roquefort, Blue Cheese. Choose a lighter version to start introducing your baby to cheese, such as Cheddar, Ricotta or Colby. And remember: don't introduce cheese to your baby before it is 8 months.
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