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Ronnie Wilson:

Now when I was growing up as a young child I can remember, in early elementary school, my grandmother feeding me loads of homemade fudge and Swiss Cake Rolls, Little Debbie. I assumed that was acceptable and encouraged.

Dr. Luke Bonnett:

It’s funny you say that because a lot of what I find myself often times saying now, “Ya know what? My grandparents and these kids great grandparents are probably right in that we should be giving these children things early on.” Maybe not fudge, ice cream, Snickers, and things like that, but the going trend towards nutrition is when a baby can sit up, they have good head control, and they’re at least 4 months old (that is a firm principle that we don’t want to start feeding a baby solids until at least 4 months old with good head control) there’s no limitation. We still recommend no honey until 12 months old and recommend no cow milk until 12 months old, but for other dairy products, it could be yogurt, it could be even ice cream, very soft cheeses the recommendation is the minimal 4 months with those.

Ronnie Wilson:

What level of concern, if any, do you have about almond milk or alternate soy milk, any concern there?

Dr. Luke Bonnett:

So that hits very close to home for us personally, in our family. Our children have dairy allergies and so we don’t use cow milk. We use alternate milk products. We typically use almond milk, rice milk, or soy milk. Those products are full of calcium. There are nutritional benefits to cow milk, but I try to educate the parents to view that milk source as a source of calcium. I tell a parent, “Your child could never drink milk their entire lives. As long as they’re getting their calcium and have a well balanced diet, they’re fine.” There are some of those milk substitutes that have lots of sugar so typically I recommend parents look for an unsweetened version of those products, be it the almond milk or soy. Some concerns came out years ago about Phytoestrogens in soy milk and whether could it cause the estrogenization of children. You look at American culture, we take something another culture might use and we accentuate it thinking that a soy based diet is healthy and it can be to certain degree. So the overuse of those products isn’t good, just from data that’s still being looked at to see if that’s a concern but for the most part any of those are safe alternatives.

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