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What’s the recommendation on giving almond milk (obviously unsweetened, organic, non-GMO) to babies around a year old? My hesitation is 1 cup has 45% of an adult’s recommended calcium. I’ll ask my pediatrician, but also wanted to know what others have heard. Thanks!

  • Kristen
    Oct 22, 2017

    I'm just not sure it's necessary mostly. And the extra calcium could result in constipation. Are you thinking of using it instead of milk or in addition? Talk it over with your pediatrician.

  • Morgan
    Oct 23, 2017

    Is there a reason you’re using the almond milk instead of regular cow’s milk? Everything I’ve read and been told says that unless an allergy of some sort is present, it’s best practice to stick with whole cow’s milk. If you’re worried about hormones etc in it, most farmers don’t use rBST or hormones of any kind anymore and they also make some fabulous organic brands of milk if you want to be really “safe”.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 23, 2017

    The closest to human milk is goat milk. Research its benefits. I would let them decide later on if they want to go vegan, etc.

  • Andrea
    Oct 23, 2017

    I’m not using cow’s milk yet because he’s 10.5 months and the recommendation was not until a year. But want to give him something to drink as we wean off formula. He doesn’t like water yet and we’re not doing juice.

  • Kristen
    Oct 23, 2017

    Ah, okay. He'll get used to the water later. And shouldn't need more fluids than he gets from formula. They just decrease formula gradually (as in on their own) as they get better at consuming solids. Then at a year the formula is replaced with a recommended amount of cows milk, with water as supplement. Almond milk would only provide calories that would cause him to not want either as much formula or food, without the nutrients. Before one year we only sipped water as needed on a very hot day.

  • Morgan
    Oct 24, 2017

    Yeah I wouldn’t worry as much about trying to wean him off the formula yet...if there’s an adjustment period after a year old it’s not the worst thing in the world for an over one year old to have a little formula. Your pediatrician is always a great resource remember that, they’ll let you know if there’s anything to be concerned about.

  • Diana
    Oct 24, 2017

    From what I understand when you wean off formula is when you’re ready to go to cow’s milk. I wouldn’t do anything in between. But I do suggest continuing to try water. He’ll get used to it!