As I had mentioned here , I exclusively breastfed my baby until she was six months old. I started with liquids,purées, mashed foods; progressed to semi solids and now at her 11 months , she has solid foods like small pieces of chappati,eggs etc.
Though I resumed my job when she was 3 and a half months old, I was determined to give her breast milk only ! NO Other milk, not even in porridges or purees . When she reached the second week of eleventh month, I decided to start weaning as she kept waking up for frequent night feeds and sleeplessness started affecting my health.
I went to her paediatrician , and sought his help. He asked me to start weaning for the daytime first, and then night.
As per him, buffalo milk diluted with cooled boiled water in the ration of 1:4 could be given to her instead of BM. Babies need whole fat milk , not toned / lower fat varieties as they require higher calories and fat for the initial years of their growth and development .
Buffalo milk is rich in Vitamin A, has higher protein efficiency and more iron, calcium and phosphorous. Buffalo milk should be fresh and possibly bought from tabela (dairy farm). I started getting fresh milk in the morning from a near by tabela where the buffaloes are mainly grass-fed. Now I use buffalo milk in her milk shakes, porridges and even /as her main drink.
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Cow’s milk should not be introduced as baby’s main drink until one year as it could trigger allergy in babies. If your baby is colic , better to avoid using cow’s milk in baby foods too until he/she is 1 year old.
While travelling with baby , you can make use of the tetra pack cow’s milk / buffalo milk as its safe, handy and could be used w/o boiling.
How about the milk for your baby? Do share with us.
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