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Weaning and calcium
« on: August 02, 2010, 14:44:28 pm »
MPI - I have started to wean Olly and am concerned about his calcium requirements. He is 6.5 months now - when should I start to really think about how much calcium he is getting? I breastfeed and he is still only on 1 or 2 meals a day or fruit/veg purees.

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Re: Weaning and calcium
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2010, 01:56:19 am »
Hi!  I don't think that you have to worry at this point, especially if he's breastfeeding regularly (4+ times per day) that will be meeting all of his nutritional requirements.  Before age 1 milk is their main source of *everything*, and solids are really for fun and learning about new tastes and textures.

Around age 1 you want to make sure that he's getting a balanced diet that meets all of his nutritional needs.  My ds has a milk allergy and he drinks calcium fortified soy milk - there's also soy cheese, yogourt, etc.  If soy is a problem, there is oat milk, rice milk, etc. that could all help to meet his calcium needs.  Plenty of non dairy foods have calcium in them too, here's a link with a good list:  http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/nutrition/calcium_non_dairy.html

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Re: Weaning and calcium
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2010, 09:54:10 am »
Excellent - Thanks.

Is it OK to introduce a soy/oat/rice milk now for cooking etc?? It is quite limiting not having cow's milk!!

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Re: Weaning and calcium
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2010, 12:42:42 pm »
Absolutely you can use it for cooking!  It does seem very limiting at first, as a lot of prepared food have milk ingredients. There's lots of support and recipe ideas here though :)
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Re: Weaning and calcium
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2010, 14:14:55 pm »
 ;D Great, I have found some decent dairy free marg so at least now I can make white sauce to bind other things, even if he can't have a cheesey sauce!  :(

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Re: Weaning and calcium
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2010, 00:16:50 am »
i LOVE so delicious coconut creamer and milk it tastes nothing like coconut and is way better than rice milk also has added calcium. i also take calcium supplements
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