So your son/daughter just turned one year old. If you are one of the few able to take your child to a ND you probably haven’t been nagged to death by your pediatrician asking if you have started your child on cows milk yet. For most of us, you have. At every check up you hear.
“So how is your little one doing on milk?”
“Is he completely off of formula?”
“It’s very important to give your child the calcium and Vitamin D they need to grow”
Let me stop you right there… You are telling me that giving my child Ultra Pasteurized, Homogenized, CAFO, literally nutrient deficient cows milk is needed for my childs well being? Thats hard to believe. Clearly there is an ignorance of the true benefit the calcium in milk actually has. And as for Vitamin D? I live in AZ.
It has been shown that without Vit K2, which the SAD diet is severely depleted in, but paleo/primal diets can have in spades plays a large role in how calcium is utilized in the body. Without Vit. K2 calcium gets deposited into the arteries, with it, the bones. It basically acts as a guide for the calcium.
So the time came that the formula and bottle had to go. What were we to give our son in between meals? He eats very well, all sorts of foods, many times he eats what we eat. Even so, we felt it necessary to supplement some of the calories/fat in a milk/milk subsitute. I am a big proponent of Raw milk, but due to our location, (Cen. Phx) finding a local, grass fed, healthy environment, pastured cows, is near impossible. I wouldn’t be so apt to drink Raw milk living where we do, let alone give it to my child. Driving hours away is not practical, especially when reasonable replacements are available. If we lived in say Oregon, where Raw Pastured dairy is easy to come by, it would be a different story.
So we had a few options. Clearly this milk would not be the main source of nutrition for our son, but would be an added benefit. We thought about all of our options; Almond, hemp, Soy( Never was an option), coconut as well. Many in the paleo community are quick to use Almond for all dishes/purposes. Almonds and all nuts are used way too frequently and should only be taken in moderation (if that). No way I was going to pump my kid full of Almond milk, and hemp, although better was never an option. This left Coconut milk. We do know about the controversy of Carageenan and Guar Gum, and did consider it in our choices. We have found that the best Coconut milk for our purposes was the Whole Foods Organic 100% Coconut Milk. The Whole Foods brand we use is 1.99 a can and we mix that can with around a quart of spring water and it lasts usually 7-10 days. Aidan usually gets around 2 9oz bottles a day, sometimes less, sometimes more.
-These bottles are a variation of Organic Valley GrassMilk -Cream on top-, Organic Lifeway Kefir (Or Goats milk Kefir) and 100% Organic Coconut milk. We add no sweeteners or additives to any of these and he does pretty well, although if it is just coconut milk, the taste isnt necessarily his favorite.
When we were first looking into the options it was frustrating, unnerving, irritating. We feel that we have figured out what works best for our son. It may not work well for yours, but you do have option. I do not recommend giving a child Soy, Almond, or any other nut milk. We all know that nuts contain anti-nutrients and in the face of better options, why even bother? Given that, if they work for you, I nor anyone else really has a say. I only hope you do whats best for your child.
Another option for coconut milk that has many positive reviews and is available on Amazon.com is Aroy-D Coconut Milk
The paleomama was helpful in our research in finding what was best for our child. Thank you soo much!
Any questions feel free to comment below or email me. Just figuring out this blog, it will become easier to navigate and read as it goes. Thank You!