Your child 1-3 years

Milk growth: useful for health?

Milk growth: useful for health?

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As your child gets older, his or her diet becomes more diverse. He starts eating "like a big one", so why not give him a traditional cow's milk, like the whole family rather than growth milk? To prefer milk for growth to cow's milk is based on well-founded arguments, as Patrick Tounian explains.

  • For up to 1 year, it is essential to continue the consumption of infant milk with a follow-up or second-age milk. It is designed to meet the new needs of its growing body, avoiding any food shortage ...
  • If you choose the time of dietary diversification to wean your baby, you may have some difficulty getting him to accept the bottle. Your baby needs a little time to adjust, that's normal. However, it is true that some babies, weaned around 5 to 6 months, prefer to go directly to the spoon and the kettledrum.

A good balance of calcium and protein

  • Calcium is essential for mineralization of the bones, proteins for the growth of the tissues ... However, the diversification can decrease the contributions at the moment when your baby needs it the most. The milk of continuation is thus still enriched compared to the milk 1st age.

A source of linoleic acid

  • Highly digestible, because its composition favors vegetable fats, the follow-up milk contains five times more linoleic acid - essential for cerebral maturation - than cow's milk.

An iron mine

  • Your baby does not eat a lot of meat, it is between 6 and 12 months that he is at risk of iron deficiency (before 6 months, he benefits from reserves acquired during pregnancy, unless he is born premature). Milk in a row is twenty times richer in iron than cow's milk, and its iron ten to fifteen times better absorbable by the organism of your little one. 500 ml of milk a day cover 70% of its needs, the rest being provided by diversification.
  • When a child lacks iron, he eats less, he is tired and more prone to infections.
  • One study * found that 59% of 1-3-year-olds fed on conventional cow's milk did not have sufficient iron intake.

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