I grew up drinking a glass of milk before bedtime. It’s also the practice my boys have adapted. Thanks to my eager mom who would always reemphasize the importance of milk to one’s growth and development.
Not all milk products, though, are equal.
After giving birth four months ago, I visited my OB Gynecologist. It was more of a request from my doctor to make sure that my C-section is healing properly. Aside from checking my physical recovery from the pregnancy and delivery, she perhaps would want to check how I am doing emotionally and address my needs going forward.
One of the things she mentioned me to do is drink my milk. And her explanation encompasses everything. Milk does well on the body. For one, milk is a great source of calcium which is needed to keep the bones strong, reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone loss which often happens in middle and old age. This is because women and the elderly are more prone to critical bone degradation.
Our little man is now 1 year and 1 month old. More than his momi’s milk, he enjoys soft adult food. And this momi would love to share some baby nutritional facts to her fellow moms.
It is indeed worthwhile for any mother to witness how quickly her precious newborn grows up and advances into a content, giggling baby. Superior nutrition is essentially important for the baby to be always in the pink of health.
Pediatricians often orient first-time mothers that on average, infants gain about one kg/mo. for the first three months. For three to six months of age, they gain about ½ kg/mo. Beyond this stage, a combination of milk and solid food is vital to support growth.
How would a hesitant mother then recognize the need for her little darling to include solid food from his regular milk diet?