At the age of 12 months, your little baby will arrive, or will be reaching so many exciting developmental milestones. His vocabulary expands rapidly; He gets up and maybe even made a few steps, and is pretty pretty with a spoon when he eats his "big boy" food. It is also the age at which you can start introducing cow's milk into his diet – before that, small systems are not mature enough to treat cow's milk, as it is highly concentrated in protein.
For parents who are wondering how to deal with the transition from formula or breast to cow's milk, rest assured that it does not have to be difficult. Many parents prefer a gradual approach and slowly add whole milk to milk / milk formula, increasing the amount over time. According to Dr. Nina Byrnes, GP and author of your health affairs, it is not a case of having to stop one and start the other.
"You can give some cow milk and some formula, you can give mother's milk and cow's milk, they do not have to automatically switch from one to another, and often, it's not suddenly in one day of a year that suddenly they stop taking formula," she says.
Dr. Birns is a nutritional ambassador for Connacht Gold, who recently launched MüR Milk (connachtgold.ie), which is specially formulated for children aged 1-2 years, and fortified with iron, parabolic fibers, vitamins A, C, D, E and zinc.
Unlike other countries – such as the US, where flour is fortified with folic acid – Ireland has no strong tradition of food fortification, they are available, however, with the most common examples being morning cereals, cereal, milk and juice. The medical believes that fortified foods are a good idea.
"Although in the ideal world, we all get everything, get our five days and eat a wide diet, in reality, it does not always happen, especially with toddlers who can be picky eaters and harder to get all the nutrients into, I really think MUR milk is a great idea , Because it really gives it extra vitamins and minerals, "she says.
"Constipation and iron deficiencies can be common problems in young children, and the latter can have a significant impact on children's growth and may lead to behavioral problems," she said. Making sure that your small one is getting enough vitamin D can also be a concern.
"It's almost impossible to get enough vitamin D in the diet alone, and sunlight is your best source and we're too far north enough for sunlight," says Dr. Byrnes.
HSE's guidelines suggest giving your child a glass of milk in three main meals a day, starting one year at. This is about 600 ml or one liter of milk a day in total Drinking more than this can reduce the child's appetite for solids and can also stop your child from eating a variety of foods needed to provide the nutritional balance for this vital time in their development And HSE also recommends not giving low-fat milk to children under the age of two.
In recent years, the issue of food allergies has become a talking point, but protein cow milk allergy is not common.
According to the Irish Food Allergy Network (ifan.ie), its prevalence varies between 2pc-7.5pc; And between 75pc-90pc of children will grow out of it five or six years before age.
"I'm not a big fan of cutting dairy products unless there's a real reason to do that," says Dr. Byrnes. "I would often tell parents with small babies who have symptoms that suggest it [dairy allergy], Cut it for eight weeks, and they know pretty quickly that the baby is getting better or not, and if there is no change, it is not milk. It's less common than we think. "
Children aged 1 to 5, should be three servings of milk a day, as calcium is essential for bone growth. It can be provided by servings such as a carton of yogurt, the size of the size of a cheese or 200ml cup of milk. Making the transition from formula or breast milk represents a change for babies in terms of their digestive system and taste buds. Not all children necessarily like to drink milk, but there are ways around it.
"The big thing about milk is that its nutrients are not understood by cooking," says Dr. Byrne.
She advises that there are many ways to get milk into a child's diet, such as pancakes made with milk, milkshake, smoothie, macaroni or egg scrambled with milk.
"I steal things into food for the children," she says.