Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Milk Options and evaluation...once a Baby is over 12 months old.

Nutrition Facts
8 g 
15 g
9 g
11 g
13 g
11 g
8 g
17 g
10 g
Vit D
98 IU
not determined
30 IU
Vit C
0 mg
10.3 mg
3.2 mg
Vit A
249 IU
360 IU
483 IU
Vit K
0.5 mcg
not determined
0.7 mcg
Vit E
0.15 mg
not determined
0.2 mg
Vit B6
0.100 mcg
0.100 mcg
0.112 mcg
Vit B12
1.10 mcg
1.70 mcg
0.2 mcg
12 mcg
17.2 mcg
2.4 mcg
276 mg
473 mg
327 mg
9 mcg
4.2 mcg
3.4 mcg
24 mg
44.1 mg
34.2 mg

PROS – Cow milk is higher in vitamin B12 and folate.  It comes in several types - whole, 2 percent, 1 percent or skim - that nutrition is accessible no matter which option is chosen. 
CONS - Due to larger fat globules, cow’s milk is harder to digest. It takes your body about 2 hours to digest cow’s milk compared to goat’s milk 30 minutes. The 3rd most common allergy for children is cow’s milk.  Furthermore, lactose intolerance affects a substantial number of Americans, causing abdominal pain, gas, bloating or diarrhea.

Goat’s milk is closest in structure to human milk. The fat globules are smaller which aids in digestion. In a recent study of infants allergic to cow’s milk, 93% of them were able to drink goat’s milk with absolutely no allergic reaction! The ease of digestibility is due to the high amount of medium-chain fatty acids, which has 35% fatty acids compared to cow’s milk at 17%. Goat’s milk also contains less lactose (milk sugars) than cow’s milk which helps those who suffer from lactose intolerance. Goat’s milk is slightly alkaline, unlike cow’s milk which is slightly acidic.
CONS – Some people dislike the taste of goat’s milk - a combination of sweet and salty -which can be offensive.  Furthermore, goat’s milk is more expensive than cow’s milk.

PROS – While there is some debate on the actual amounts of fat soluble vitamins in sheep’s milk, they still produce the CREAMIEST milk, and are famous for the deliciously succulent cheese their milk makes. They are efficient producers, only needing 100% cheap grass (no alfalfa or grain) to produce rich milk. They, like goats, have naturally homogenized milk, which means smaller fat globules and more medium-chain fatty acids. This aids in digestion just like goat’s milk.
CONS – Sheep are instinctively natural prey, which means they have difficulty “relaxing” while being milked. Trying to milk a sheep is difficult because if you scare the sheep, even slightly, their bodies will produce adrenaline which counteracts the “letting down hormone” oxytocin and the subsequent production of milk.

With Zara we have done a combination of Goat mostly some Sheep and Almond.  We have minimized soy so that it can be consumed as a food item in the form of tofu or edamane.  She sees to tolerate this very well and very little constipation or Gas to report currently.

Friday, August 8, 2014

First Dental Appointment

The American Dental Association generally recommends that a baby get their first Check up between the time the first tooth erupts up to their 1st birthday.  When selecting your child's dentist it's best to have someone that you are comfortable with so that  you will not be nervous when you take your child.  Babies will sense that you are uncomfortable and be more nervous.  
Choosing a dentist that actually sees children can be daunting as some dentist prefer not to see pediatric patients.  Zara and my family see Dr. Karen Cun D.D.S and here is a picture of Zara at her first visit getting her teeth checked and cleaned by Dr. Cun.

Dr. Karen Cun Artisan Family Dental
6140 Camino Verde Dr.
San Jose CA 95119