6 Reasons Why Your Child Should be Dairy Free

Hey Mama, I know you want to give your kids what's best best for them.

If you still do dairy in your home,  I'd like to give you some food for thought.

I gave my kids dairy for years. But if I knew then what I know now, my kids would have been dairy free from birth.

One of my daughters had severe constipation after weaning from breast to cow's milk.  My pediatrician never mention that dairy could be the culprit!It turns out my daughter kind of hated milk anyway, and when she stopped drinking milk, the constipation disappeared.

There now exists many studies showing cow’s milk causes constipation and anal fissures in many babies, toddlers and young children.

Below are 6 reasons why your child should be dairy free.

But first, it's important to know that when we talk about diets that improve or harm your child's health, we are talking about your child's entire lifespan, not just childhood.

Often, harmful effects of a poor diet are invisible...until they aren't. Which may be a few months, years or even decades later.

By then, it's too late and damage has been done. Habits have been formed.

So think lifespan when you think about your little-one's health.

Although he won't be little forever,  the effects of his diet today, will persist into his adulthood tomorrow.

6 Reasons Why your child should be dairy-free today:

1.  Dairy causes constipation

Constipation in children is nearly an epidemic in the U.S.  I'm a pediatric nurse, and in the clinic we take calls about constipation every day. It's actually one of the top ten calls we get.   

Constipation can cause serious problems for children including pain, rectal bleeding, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, severe abdominal pain and anxiety related to potty training, and even potty training regression . Yikes!

Cheese consumption is at an all time high —we’ve tripled how much chees we eat in the last 30 years.  It’s no wonder everyone is constipated.

Studies show, in most children suffering from chronic constipation, removing all sources of dairy  improves and often resolves constipation and all its complications. 

2.  Lactose Intolerance

Up to 75% of people are lactose intolerant. This number is especially high in people of color. 

Look how many people are lactose intolerant.

70 percent of African Americans

90 percent of Asian Americans

53 percent of Hispanic Americans

74 percent of Native Americans

35 percent of Caucasian Americans

 Lactose intolerance causes bloating, gas, pain, diarrhea and other symptoms. Why would anyone recommend cow's milk to our children...ever??  

3.  Dairy is the number one cause of heart disease

Just say NO to cheese.

Nowadays people devour 3 times as much cheese as they did 30 years ago. 

It seems like nearly every mom has cheese sticks in her purse for a quick snack for the little one. 

Cheese has more saturated fat than any other food. Saturated fat is the leading cause of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. 

The food your child gets used to eating in his first 10 years, will be the foods he prefers for life.  Don't get him hooked on cheese. It's addicting.  Read The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neil Barnard. 

4.  Bad for bone health

 Contrary to what the dairy industry loves to tell us, dairy does not promote bone health.Not only has dairy been proven to not improve bone health--there is evidence dairy is actually harmful to bone health.

Populations with the highest dairy consumption also have much higher hip fracture rates than countries that eat the least amount of dairy.

Again, this matters because the eating habits and taste preferences your child forms in early childhood have a lifelong effect on her health.

Childhood diets create adult diseases.

5.  Acne

Milk protein, fat, lactose, and naturally occurring hormones in dairy contribute to teen and adult acne.  Dairy protein increases inflammation in the body which can manifest in the skin as acne.  Take all the dairy out of your teen's life for a month and see what happens!

6.  Early puberty

 Kids are starting puberty younger than ever before. Being an "early bloomer" can make your preteen feel very self-conscious. And it's not good for long-term health either. 

Naturally occurring hormones in milk from lactating cows are associated with an earlier puberty in the humans who drink the milk. These kids are at increased risk for breast and prostate cancer.

Conclusion

There is no reason human children should be eating and drinking baby food for cows.

In fact, once babies are weaned from their mother’s milk, there’s no need for milk of any kind in the diet. Especially milk designed for a different species.

If you think your child needs milk from cows for calcium, protein and vitamin D, the dairy industry has done its job well. Your little one can get those nutrients with a plant-based, vegan diet.

I urge you not to contribute to cheese/dairy addiction in your little one.

Smiles,

Heidi

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