Is infants pasturized whole milk be mixed with small amount of sugar?
Sarah - posted on 05/07/2012
Milk is already a sugar, you don't need to add any sugar to it. In fact young babies should be extremely limited on what access to refined sugar they have in their diet at all. Give them healthy sugars such as milk, fruit, dairy, etc. At 1 years of age, it's okay to switch to whole milk from formula, but don't add anything else to it. Also you want to limit their milk intake at that age anyways to only about 500-750mls/day (2 -3 bottles) because if they have more they tend to not eat their foods and can develop iron-deficient anemia. Babies with this condition are often referred to as "Milk-babies" because it's so common and extremely well-known in health care.
Liz - posted on 05/07/2012
I'm assuming that your baby is old enough to transition from formula to whole milk, but why would you add sugar to anything that your baby drinks, especially milk? You'll encourage a 'sweet tooth', contribute to tooth decay and also set up trouble for yourself in future when you want your child to eat/drink savory or non-sweet foods and beverages.
Kids will discover sweet foods and beverages at school without any help from their parents and these are largely non-nutritional and actually detrimental products that our kids don't _need_ at all. I won't be the kind of mummy who says that my daughter cannot have candy when she's a little bit older, but I also don't need to be the one that introduces it into her life. She eats (and loves) her vegetables and fruits as well as meat and whole grains. She enjoys yogurt and milk in proportion. She doesn't miss what she's never had, but if I'd have put sugar in all her drinks, I'd have no end of trouble!
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