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ADVICE
We began this Advice section as a means of assisting our visitors in answering many of their health and diet questions, and in encouraging them to take a pro-active part in their own health.  We believe that the information contained herein is true, but are not presenting it as the only solution to a problem.  We, personally, have found that a vegan diet has helped our own health, and simply wish to share with others the things we have found.   Each of us must make our own decisions, for it's our own body.  If you have a health problem, see your own physician.

More Requests for Information re: babies and Almond Milk

Dear Gerry:

Please respond to my question about giving almond milk to infants. I need to know, yes or No

N.L.


Reply From Gerry

Dear N.L.
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You asked for a response about almond milk from a medical standpoint so I submitted your question to one of my physician advisors as I am a Health Educator in Nutrition and Fitness but not a medical doctor.

Another trusted authority said the following:

"Infants need mothers milk. Anything else is a compromise. Almond milk is not a substitute for mothers milk. If mothers milk is not available, a formula would be needed. There is much debate about which type of formula is the best choice."

And yet another trusted authority says this:

"...breast feeding is the method God designed for the baby's complete nourishment and meets all of their nutritional needs for the first 18-24 months of life. Many parents incorrectly think that starting an infant on solid foods earlier than recommended will make their child healthier and stronger. This is a false assumption that will have the opposite effect because breast-feeding provides a natural immunity to many diseases and provides nurturing that cannot be obtained elsewhere.

"I a mother is eating a proper diet, breast milk contains 2000 percent of the nutrients needed for proper growth of the infant...Baby cereals were never meant to be a source of nourishment for infants and can produce many problems with the child's body.

"...If breast feeding is not an option, the next best thing is expressed mother's milk which as been stored in the refrigerator. If expressed human breast milk is not available. then try to find a source for raw, un-pasteurized goat's milk. Goat's milk is similar to human milk in composition and many children have been successfully raised on it. Goat's milk will keep approximately four days in the refrigerator. Formulas that contain rice or soy products are not recommended as they can produce allergies and are difficult for the child to digest. Goat's milk is a little richer than human milk and should be diluted 50-50 with distilled water. Another recommend mixture is one-third goat's milk, one-third freshly extracted carrot juice and one-third distilled water.

"IF nursing is not an option and goat's milk is not available, raw almond milk combined with a green drink (raw, freshly-juiced vegetable greens or BarleyMax and/or diluted carrot juice might be used. Be sure these are well-strained.

"Commercially-available infant formulas are NEVER recommended@ These formulas cause mucous membrane problems such as chronic colds, ear infections, bronchitis and allergies.
" If colic is a problem (which should not occur if mother is eating properly) diluted, freshly-extracted carrot/apple juice can be given as early as three weeks of age. Start with one ounce carrot/apple juice in three ounces of distilled water in a four-ounce glass bottle. (Never use plastic bottle or nipples containing nitrates.) At four months, this mix can be strengthened to 50 percent carrot/apple and 50 percent distilled water and after eight months the pure juice can be given. Always strain juice through a very fine strainer. Organic produce is always preferred."

--Rhonda Malkmus, author "Recipes for Life...from God's Garden

I hope the above will provide the information you need.

Gerry

Gerry Coffey, Health Educator/Councilor/Global Public Relations Officer
The VEGETARIAN UNION OF NORTH AMERICA
vuna@ivu.org and
The Vegetarian Union of North America: www.ivu.org/vuna
Coffey Break, Healthy Alternatives for Disease-Free-Living: www.all-creatures.org/cb/

Recipient: 2006 International Vegetarian-of-the-Year-Award, Bangkok, Thailand

“If I don’t take care of my body and my planet, where am I going to live.” --gc
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