Dairy?? Please don't listen to all the propaganda from all the dairy farmers (that own the media/government/nutritional guidelines for the FDA.....it goes on and on). WE DO NOT NEED TO DRINK OR EAT MILK FROM AN ANIMAL THAT IS NOT ONE OF US!!! Do cows drink breast milk? Do puppies drink pig milk? What is it with all of us that think it is necessary to do as the 'milk propaganda' people say??????? Type 1 Diabetes is caused by milk. The NUMBER ONE ingredient in milk is CASEIN (a protein). It is the reason why Elmer's Glue uses it to make their GLUE. Casein is sticky and creates the stickiness in the white glue. Gross isn't it?! Read the China Study by T. Colin Campbell. He is a brilliant man. Whole-food plant-based diet. PERIOD. THERE IS MORE CALICIUM IN BROCCOLI THAN IN COW'S MILK!!! Just think, all the green and colourful vegetables and fruits we could potentially live off (like the monkeys and apes in wild) and NEVER be deficient inany nutrients, I promise, with some nuts and seeds occasionally.
We do not need to fall into the lies and deceit that the dairy, meat, soy, corn farmers give us.
My daughter was raised on almond milk (from soaked almonds) and she is 5'9" tall, 120 pounds and beautiful. No milk, no cheese, no problems. Be well, Kelly
My 18th month old dd is allergic to dairy so obviously milk is not an option for her. She does still nurse, but we've introduced So Delicious Coconut milk and she loves it. There really is no need for milk, according to her doc you just need to be sure they are getting enough healthy fats and calories. She is unable to drink other milks (rice, soy, hemp) due to her corn allergy but if that wasn't an issue for us, I would probably use some hemp milk as well. It's really healthy and tasty! But technically, you don't need any type of milk substitute if your child is eating a well balanced healthy diet!!
There are some good suggestions here. We definitely don't need cows milk from birth. I actually just had my friend over last night and we cooked dinner together. She's Chinese and grew up in Shang Hai, and when I told her I don't eat dairy anymore so I won't be cooking with that, she was like, "Dairy? Cheese? I never really ate that stuff anyway." I asked her what she ate growing up and she says she ate tons of tofu in all forms, lots of rice, mixed vegetables, some meat, but never cows milk or cheese. She said she first had that stuff when she came to America! People can grow up without dairy and be super healthy!
Feed them what you eat. If they are too young to chew it up, then stick it in a food processor. Just like the stuff that Gerber sells but without the rotten, decomposing animals that won't sell in the market. Water is always good. You may want to consider a good filter to get rid of the chlorine and flouride. Coconut milk is great, but I don't think I would feed it as an all day in the bottle supplement. My granddaughter drank a lot of water when she was still on a bottle. Just make sure that the nipple hole is small enough that she won't choke on a gush of water.
What about goat's milk? I have a son who just turned one and I am considering all the options. While I drink soy milk exclusively myself, he is a bit of a picky eater and I work full-time so it is hard to ensure he will truly get all the nutrients without having milk. Every pediatrician says to give whole milk from 12 months on, so it's not like all the posters here made this up.
I have been thinking perhaps goat's milk was an ok alternative for my son as it lacks the hormones and hopefully inhumane practices that are generally contained in cow's milk.
Soy milk from birth concerns me because of the estrogen as well as the brands with GMO beans. You wouldn't necessarily know for many years, if not decades, if this has affected your child. It could be as simple (but not subtle) as an earlier onset of puberty/period in girls or something more serious later on.
All toddlers drink water. Water is not a substitute for milk - milk is the easiest delivery for essential nutrients, which is why pediatricians recommend it.
Would love to hear any thoughts you all have on goat's milk for a toddler (not for yourself).
My son was recently diagnosed with a dairy, tree nut and peanut allergy. Now we are in transition to replace these food.
He is now on soy milk. I have read that you have to consume a huge amount of soy to even get the effects of estrogen. As for coconut milk, this is a no-no because it is now considered to be a tree nut. Goats milk is also not an option. The protein in goats milk is to similar to that of a cow.
So with all that said, I thought about rice milk as an option. But when reading the box it has a warning about not using for children under 5. Does anyone no why that is on there?
Also, some other info I have read says that we should limit the top allergenic foods until after the age of 3. Dairy, Soy, Corn, Wheat, Eggs and Nuts.
Plant estrogen is about a thousand times weaker than human estrogen, and actually acts as a moderator when consumed so our bodies do not overproduce, of course the meat/dairy interests don't mention that when their spokespeople/lobbyist groups are out there with their agenda of trying to scare everyone away from soybean foods. Our 21 month old son has been enjoying Baby's Only Organic Soy formula since he was 4 months, and is doing excellent. Of course now that he is old enough to consume other foods we definitely try to give him a very wide variety of all various plant milks & foods, almond/oat/rice/hemp milks mixed in with the formula, as well as as many varieties of fruits/veggies/beans/grains/and their various products that he will eat. He's one strong little guy :-) My mother and her brothers were raised on soy formula back in the 1950's, after the dairy caused them much distress and discomfort, and they've all turned out fine. On the other hand, my great grandmother grew up and lived on a farm where they raised many different animals ("organically and free range" of course back then), and consumed all their various meats and raw milks. She died of colon cancer by the age of 50.
Hi, the warning on Rice milk is there because it is not very high in protein, it is rich in carbs. I have found (in Australia) a Rice milk which is fortified with chic peas for protein, which I now give to my children. They also drink a little bit of soy and I make my own almond milk, so I think that between all these they would have to be getting all the nutrients they need.