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Home FEEDING First Food Non Dairy Milk For Toddlers & Preschoolers

People tends to raise their eye-brow when I told them that Austin doesn't really take cow's milk! At barely 3 years old without cow's milk, then what do you feed him. This must the question that jump out in their mind though some are polite enough not to utter and insist for an answer.

Well, Austin is not completely a vegan. Neither he is a valid lactose intolerance child. However, we are not keen to pursue the common interest of cow's milk promoters, giving him the enriched or fortified cow's milk powder. After weaning on breast milk at the age of 2 yo, Austin depends mainly on soy milk, oat milk or multi-grains beverages aside from plenty of plain water and porridge or soup as the source of his fluid intake. Juices are not his choice, neither we give him this option considering the addiction and expediting tooth decay.

Traditionally, people tends to believe children must grow up with cow's milk. True enough since it is one of the good sources for calcium at the same time, cholesterol and saturated fat. Nevertheless, it is not the only option though it is the most convenient one. Or perhaps parents are blinded to ignore the dairy free milk alternatives. Calcium may come handy as long as we include foodstuff such as anchovies, cheese, yogurt, tofu, lentil/beans and even spinach (that not many people know!) in the children's diet.

Before formula milks came into picture, I believe many generations before our grandparents grew pretty healthy and lived through their 80s or even 90s without depending on formula milk. Not that I am against formula milk, just a little surprise when we found out that most pre-schoolers' parents insist for only formula milk while we're struggling to give Austin a 'real' breakfast to kick start the day.

The benefits of non dairy milk substitutes for young children:

    * Oat milk for instance promotes bowel movements. So far, we have never had the 'constipated' Austin :)
    * Less risk to obesity compares to cow's milk.
    * Less risk to heart disease particularly those with family history.
    * Less risk on tooth decay if you opt for non-sugar beverages.
    * Less risk to allergy of cow's milk.
    * Less risk of anemia. Research found that cow's milk may cause intestinal bleeding during infancy thus causing iron deficiency.


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