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Today, milk is facing fierce competition from other beverages. Increased consumption of flavoured beverages and soft drinks among children has led to a decrease in overall milk intake. Drinking less milk can have both short and long term effects on the health of the child, e.g. developing osteoporosis later in life.
Milk contains a blend of nutrients that build strong bones and teeth
Nutrients involved in bone growth
From birth until the age of 20, our bones are in a phase of active growth, characterized by an increase in bone length and width. This is the time when milk is most required, to strengthen bones that are growing fast. Some of the nutrients that are involved in this process are highlighted in the table below.
• Enhances calcium absorption and consequently increase bone mass
• Protein together with calcium results in good bone health
• Essential Fatty Acids (Linoleic & Alpha-Linolenic Acid)
- Enhance calcium absorptioin
- Increase calcium deposits in the bone
- Improve bone strength and growth
• Contributes energy in the body
• Enhances the absorption of calcium
Vitamin D• Increases absorption of calcium
• Needed for the synthesis of the bone-strengthening protein-collagen
• Essential for the activation of osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is a protein found in bone which attracts calcium
• Primary mineral in bones
• Important for building and maintaining bone mass
• Prevents loss of calcium through excretion
• Involved in the bone building processPhosphorus
• Important component of bone minerals
• Required for the hardening of the bones
• Important for the growth hormoneCopper
• A co-factor for enzymes involved in bone formation
Calcium is one of the most important nutrients required for bone growth. Without enough calcium, bones can become fragile and break easily.
Calcium For Your Child
Drinking milk which is a high source of calcium during childhood can help build the child’s “bone bank” to store calcium for later in life. As adults this stored calcium can help keep bones strong. Calcium also keeps teeth and gums healthy. It helps baby teeth and adult teeth to develop properly and to remain strong.
How much calcium should your child consume?
The US Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for Calcium for children
Age of Child - Calcium mg / day
Birth to 6 months - 210
6 months to 1 year - 270
1 to 3 years - 500
4 to 8 years - 800
Food sources of calcium
Food Item - Serving size - Calcium (mg)
Milk - 1 cup - 300
Yoghurt - 1 tub(200 gm) - 300
Cheese, Cheddar - 1 slice - 200
Bean curd - 1 medium (100 gm) - 150
Broccoli - ½ cup - 75
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Thanks for the informative info. your son looks really cute in the picture
Breast Milk matters even more! Hope I can feed my baby with Mama's milk till he's 2.
And also, all mummies, please note - we all need calcium to keep bones strong too!
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Hi, my paediatrician told me that the higher that the DHA found in the milk, the better it is for IQ & immunity for the baby based on studies done. But of course he told me that I must nurture my baby for a lifetime not only in education but also the right behaviours..
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There is controversy over whether Cow's milk helps to reduce osteoporosis or actually CAUSES it. Read here: Osteoporosis Natural Treatments - Truth About Osteoporosis Drugs - Osteoporosis Diet - Osteoporosis Treatment Information
Humans drink human milk, calves drink cow's milk... Humans are just not made to drink cow's milk. That is why infant forumla are not full cow's milk but the fats which cannot be digested by babies are removed and animal fats are added.
The only milk that matters here is 'Human breast milk', not to confuse it with animal milk.
When weaned off mummy's breast by 1 or 2 years old, babies do not need animal milk substitute. Infact, humans do not need milk when they are after 1 year old and eating healthy and balanced diet of solid food. Calves never need milk supplement once they wean off cows' milk, the same goes to all other mammals, so why should humans not be the same? What we hear are milk myths talked into our heads by marketing, advertising, and diary industries.
Calcium can be derived from green leafy vegetables, broccoli, soya milk, and many cow's milk alternatives like oats milk, soya milk, rice milk etc.
Theoretically it is correct to say babies above 1 year old do not need milk if they are eating a balanced diet. But in real life, many mummies are dealing with fussy/picky eaters. We are even grateful when our little ones only take spoonfuls or nibbles of food on some bad days. Sigh. So milk (breast milk, fresh milk or formula... any milk) still does play an important part here cos nutrition is very impt for a child's first 3 yrs.
Last edited by marshmallows; 07-03-2012 at 01:59 PM.
Breast feeding is very important for all new born babies.breast feeding is easily digestive and contains lots of nutrition,vitamins,calcium etc which are helpful to your baby for growing.you need not to feed any solid food to your baby till 1 year.breast milk is only best for baby.and most important advice for all mothers of new born baby is that you also take care of your health in form of food,diseases .because if you are healthy then your baby will be healthy.
Milk is definitely the most basic and the most important diet of an infant. Milk is very beneficial, as it is rich of calcium and calcium keeps bones strong, healthy and in place.
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