by Lindsey Galvez
I remember, as a young Mom, always reading about the “No Milk under 1″ rule. I always assumed it applied to all dairy – wrong! So many parents make the same assumption, but yogurt and a few other dairy products are completely safe for your baby that hasn’t reached a year old yet!
There are 2 main reasons that milk is not suggested before the age of 1:
Medical professionals have concern that cow’s milk may be given to children before 1, as a replacement for breast milk or formula. Children, under 1, need the vitamins and minerals in breast milk and/or formula and cow’s milk simply doesn’t have them.
Milk contains higher levels of lactose, which could have an effect on a younger baby’s stomach and gastrointestinal issues.
Luckily, yogurt poses little to no threat for both of these issues! Consuming yogurt would not replace breast milk or formula in a young baby’s diet. Yogurt also contains lower levels of lactose, which makes it easier for babies to digest.
At what age should you introduce yogurt?
Now that you know you don’t have to wait until your baby is 1, you may be wondering when a good time to introduce yogurt would be. It’s always best to consult your child’s pediatrician first, but a good rule of thumb is by about 6 months of age, babies can start consuming yogurt.
What yogurt should you choose?
We all want the best for our babies, which is why I always choose organic yogurt that has been specially developed specifically with babies in mind – with added Vitamin D, made with organic whole milk, live active cultures, and never any toxic pesticides or GMOs.
Lindsey is the author behind the So Easy Being Green blog. SEBG is a resource for parents who want to make small changes that will make a big impact on their path to a green-er life.