Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Cindy | 2011/12/07


Different kinds of milk

Since I don''t live in SA anymore, the kinds of formula that we have here is different. We do have NAN and some others though. The one that I am giving my baby (6 months old now) is made locally and provided to me free of charge by the government. I compared it to NAN and the quantities of each nutrient is almost exactly the same.
I know that milk companies like Nestle have formulas developed for babies older than 12 months. However, the milk that I am using is only until 12 months. So, once my baby turns 1 year, I would like to transition on to cow''s milk.
I understand that whole milk is best and full fat dairy products until at least 2 years.
I would like to know if there is any hard in feeding her long-life milk. I''m sure that there are additives in long-life milk that are NOT in fresh milk so I want to make sure first. The long-life milk HERE (Romania) actually tastes a lot less artificial than the ones I tasted in South Africa. BUT, it''s still shelf milk after all.
When is it OK to transition from formula to cow''s milk? Should I stick to fresh milk and avoid shelf milk? If so, when can she have shelf milk? I have also seen additives that you can mix with regular milk. It''s extra vitamins. Is it a good idea to add these vitamins when she starts drinking regular milk? If so, how long is it advisable to keep her on such vitamins for?

ONE more thing...when can she start eating yogurt? I don''t want to buy the fruit ones, I would rather give her the plain kind and mix some blended fruits in. Is that OK? They don''t have yogurt specially for babies here otherwise I would give her that.

I know...FULL of questions but the doctors here are a little bit backwards in their thinking so I like to get an opinion from somebody who is more up to date with modern pediatrics and medicine.
Thank you!

Expert's Reply



Try to buy or get a baby formula that you are familiar with and made by a reputable company.At 12 months your baby should have regular full cream cow's milk, not the long-life kind. This is very important because of the nutrients and iron in regular milk as opposed to the long life kind.
Your baby can eat yoghurt from 8 months. The plain one wth fruit you add would be best.
Good luck.

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