Non-Dairy Milks and Child’s Development


New Guidelines: AVOID Plant Milks & Several Cups of Dairy for Kids

Video taken from the channel: Mic the Vegan


Soy, Almond or Coconut: Which Non-Dairy Milk Is Best?

Video taken from the channel: Seeker


10 Homemade Nut & Non-Dairy Milks, Vegan Recipes + FREE EBOOK!

Video taken from the channel: Mind Over Munch


Non Dairy Milks For Infants & Children | Myth Busting

Video taken from the channel: Nishti’s Choice


Yes, most plant milks are bad for kids (thoughts on that “non-dairy milks make kids shorter” study)

Video taken from the channel: Unnatural Vegan


Q and A: Doesn’t my child NEED cow’s milk?

Video taken from the channel: Veggie Doctor TV


Should I Give My Child Cow’s Milk?

Video taken from the channel: Joyous Health

Non-Dairy Milk and Child Development. A 2017 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that lower heights were observed in children who did not drink traditional cow’s milk. 1. The researchers examined 5,034 healthy children in Canada between the ages of 24 and 72 months. When they compared children who regularly drank cow’s milk with those who did not, the.

non dairy milk’s impact on child’s development Milk is considered to be one of the staple foods among kids’ diets. As soon as the child is born, he is fed breast milk, and as he grows, doctors and older experienced people recommend parents to feed milk to their child after every meal. Non-dairy milks, such as soy, coconut and almond milks, seem to be non-dairy trendsetters, but are they right for your children?

Allergies or dietary choices, such as paleo or veganism, may lead a family to choose a dairy-free alternative. NON DAIRY. Example: All kids 5 and under should avoid drinking flavored milks, toddler formulas, plant-based/non-dairy milks, caffeinated beverages and sugarand low-calorie sweetened beverages. Parents offering non-fortified goat’s milk should consult with their child’s doctor or Registered Dietitian to see if additional vitamin D supplementation is required.

The nutrient content for both milks are otherwise similar; see Table 1 below. Nutrition Guideline Healthy Infants and Young Children. A panel including the American Academy of Pediatrics released recommendations stating that children under the age 5 should avoid plant-based milks. Unless a child has dietary restrictions, cow’s milk is recommended for children ages 12 months and older to help supply protein, calcium, vitamin D. Milk can play an important role in a child’s nutrition, from an infant drinking breastmilk to a toddler eating cereal with milk to a teenager putting milk into a smoothie.

Cow’s milk, specifically, provides a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that kids need to support growth and development. It’s best just to have your child start life without dairy products. Cow’s milk that is not organic contains growth hormones to increase milk production.

These additional growth hormones are also a very bad idea for human beings, especially very young human beings whose immune systems can be especially fragile. Milk allergy: 2–3% of kids under the age of three are allergic to cow’s milk. This can cause a range of symptoms, including rashes, vomiting, diarrhea and severe anaphylaxis.

List of related literature:

It has been investigated by including cow’s milk, breast feeding, wheat gluten, vitamin D, and E.18 Early, introduction of cow’s milk in infants contributing to the development of childhood T1DM is equivocal27-30 and may also depend on genetic susceptibility.

“Sadikot's International Textbook of Diabetes” by Kamlakar Tripathi, Banshi Saboo
from Sadikot’s International Textbook of Diabetes
by Kamlakar Tripathi, Banshi Saboo
Jaypee Brothers,Medical Publishers Pvt. Limited, 2019

milk, mature milk, and milk produced after 12 months of lactation; (2) influence of fatty acids in human milk in relation to brain development; and (3) effect of maternal diet on the fat, protein, carbohydrates, minerals, fat-soluble, and water-soluble vitamins in her milk.

“Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review” by Smith
from Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review
by Smith
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

To this I answered that children are not capable of normal development if they do not have natural whole milk.

“Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Womens Diaries Memoirs and Documentary Prose” by Cynthia Simmons, Nina Perlina
from Writing the Siege of Leningrad: Womens Diaries Memoirs and Documentary Prose
by Cynthia Simmons, Nina Perlina
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003

It has been proposed that genetically susceptible children who have been exposed to cow’s milk at age 3-12 months (prior to gut closure) may develop antibodies to ABBOS.

“Diabetes in America” by National Diabetes Data Group (U.S.), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (U.S.), National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
from Diabetes in America
by National Diabetes Data Group (U.S.), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (U.S.), National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 1995

Lactose intolerance can be a congenital or secondary condition but in the majority of occasions is developmental, that is, genetically programmed to develop after about 2 years.

“Handbook of Food Products Manufacturing, 2 Volume Set” by Y. H. Hui, Ramesh C. Chandan, Stephanie Clark, Nanna A. Cross, Joannie C. Dobbs, W. Jeffrey Hurst, Leo M. L. Nollet, Eyal Shimoni, Nirmal Sinha, Erika B. Smith, Somjit Surapat, Fidel Toldrá, Alan Titchenal
from Handbook of Food Products Manufacturing, 2 Volume Set
by Y. H. Hui, Ramesh C. Chandan, et. al.
Wiley, 2007

Early work with premature infants suggested a benefit of human milk as compared to term formula on intelligence at age 8 years, but these results are difficult to extrapolate to the present because both formula and breast milk are now fortified (Lucas et al, 1992).

“Avery's Diseases of the Newborn E-Book” by Christine A. Gleason, Sherin Devaskar
from Avery’s Diseases of the Newborn E-Book
by Christine A. Gleason, Sherin Devaskar
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Infants may react to cow’s milk and soy, but most of them outgrow this sensitivity by age 4 years.

“Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications E-Book: A Nursing Approach” by Michele Grodner, Sylvia Escott-Stump, Suzanne Dorner
from Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications E-Book: A Nursing Approach
by Michele Grodner, Sylvia Escott-Stump, Suzanne Dorner
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Milk volume is not affected by the mother’s diet; rather, the infant’s regular sucking triggers the hormones prolactin (for milk production) and oxytocin (for milk ejection and let-down).

“Women's Health Care in Advanced Practice Nursing” by Catherine Ingram Fogel, PhD, RNC, FAAN, Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
from Women’s Health Care in Advanced Practice Nursing
by Catherine Ingram Fogel, PhD, RNC, FAAN, Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN
Springer Publishing Company, 2008

Casein hydrolysate formulas, for example, have a strong taste and smell and may be unacceptable to a young child drinking from an open feeding cup, particularly if the milk intolerance develops after the child has become accustomed to the taste of cow’s milk, but are usually well accepted by infants under 6 months.

“Manual of Dietetic Practice” by Briony Thomas, Jacki Bishop
from Manual of Dietetic Practice
by Briony Thomas, Jacki Bishop
Wiley, 2013

Limiting milk intake makes the child hungrier for other ironrich foods and prevents gastrointestinal blood loss in children whose anemia is aggravated or caused by inflammatory reactions to proteins in cow’s milk.

“Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children” by Kathryn L. McCance, RN, PhD, Sue E. Huether, RN, PhD
from Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children
by Kathryn L. McCance, RN, PhD, Sue E. Huether, RN, PhD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

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  • I have no experience with other non dairy milks. But I do know oat milk. In the ebook it says to blend for 12 minutes. But that is a huge no, at least in my experience. Since you will end up with a very slimey milk, and no one wants that. 30 seconds is enough, and soaking just leads to a more slimey milk. And adding few cashews to the oat will yield a much richer milk.
    And even if you aren’t vegan or lactose intolerant I suggest switching to home made non dairy milk, it’s much more healthier, better for your skin, it can be packed with so much protein and fiber and some of these milks are very cost-effective to make, not to mention none to minimal waste

  • Yes, the dairy industry agenda, but let’s take dietary advice from a guy on YouTube with an eating disorder that looks like he suffers from jaundice ��

  • Maybe any milk beyond two years of age is not necessary and we have become accustomed to to assuming that it is…so move beyond that thinking and provide children with other sources of protein and fat-that aren’t laden with antibiotics, growth hormones, pus, etc…

  • Hi, is it ok if I go dairy free (No cows milk and other milk products) for my 1 year 8 month old daughter. She is breastfeeding right now. But what after she is weaned is my concern….

  • Great video! Directly to the point and easy to understand! I’ ve been researching food and nutritions for over 20 years now and I am so happy that you help spread the word that food is medicine. How do you react if your girl is invited to a birthday party where they serve cows milk yoghurt or ice cream? I don’t wanna exclude and restrict my child but on the other hand there are of course certain beliefs (no cows milk) that I want to live by (… if you know what I mean) Keep up the amazing work!! Love your channel & will definitely try some of your recipes!

  • Thanks for this video Joy! What type of cows cheese do you recommend? My daughter isn’t a big fan of goat or sheep cheese. She loves drinking sheep milk though.

  • Cashews are never truly raw. Right off the tree, cashews cause severe burns and rashes like poison ivy because they’re in the poison ivy family. They must be steamed or boiled to remove the toxic oil so consumers can buy them

  • New moma here and my baby is only 6 months. Lately, ive been producing less milk. After watching this, I wonder what kind of milk to give my son. We live in the Philippines so sheep’s and goat’s milk aren’t that common (and popular). Is oat milk or almond milk ok for my baby? Hoping to hear from you soon. Thanks.

  • Hi anthropologist here!
    I agree with you about cows milk not being necessary. However, it WAS a part of our evolution depending on your ancestry. If your ancestors were herding cows you have evolved to be able to digest cows milk and use it for nutrition. If your ancestors did not, you won’t be able to.

  • Yes, brainwashed people will use this recommendations as an argument against plant based diet. So what? Let the natural selection take care of them and their infertile children.

  • If you find a good pediatrician, they will tell you all this. When our oldest was born, my ped was pretty emphatic that soy milk is the only appropriate alternate due to its fat and protein content. We’re her only vegan patients and she’s gone above and beyond to research nutrition and give us the best advice. Also, my kids are all in the 99th percentile for height and my third baby was born at 10lbs 1oz! I’ve read recently that isolated soy protein and pea proteins found in mock meat like gardein increase IGF-1 similar to meat (which my family does consume a lot of)… so I imagine that might contribute to their height? That and my husband and I are fairly tall.

  • Hi Joy, my baby is 14 months and I still breastfeed her but like you, my milk supply has decreased substantially! I have a mom friend who donates me some of her breast milk but my question is until when do I have to give her milk (breast/formula/goat). When is it that she won’t necessarily need the milk intake anymore? For some reason I feel like I can never get a clear answer on this.
    Thank you so much for the video and please please post more about baby/ toddler food. Us moms need so bad to learn and share more on this subject.

  • Is it best to avoid the “block cheeses” sold at the grocery store (such as orange cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, etc.) and stick to artisan-type cheeses? Is there anything specific to look out for when it comes to goat’s milk cheese that may make it more processed? Thanks!

  • Your videos are very informative even though I’m not vegan I used
    To drink a gallon of milk everyday and since I quit it improved my health to a higher degree

  • I don’t connect milk with strong bones any longer. But I see it as a very good source of fat-soluble vitamins. Raw milk is excellent! Although not everyone is good with dairy, as some have developed intolerance to it. The only reason why milk has become harder to digest is because they have become pasteurized and is now lacking the enzymes for our bodies to digest it properly. Although some may tolerate Goat’s milk better than cow’s! I personally do better with Carabao’s milk than Cow’s. But I can definitely see the difference when I drink raw milk and UHT milk, the latter giving me painful bloating, gas and surely a pimple the next day!

    We were once against dairy, but after years of research and experience, dairy has become a better source of vitamins than any plant milk that is full of anti-nutrients and phytic acid (unless you get the sprouted nut milks). In the end, it really does depend on your body as some can tolerate milk and some can’t. Our bodies are all different and there is no one right answer for everyone.

    You guys should look up DAPHNE RELOADED on Youtube! She drops some surprising truth bombs.

  • Breastmilk is causing cancer, bc cholesterol and saturated animal fats. Drink rice milk. You are not a baby human, bro.

    Vegans dont have to sell you anything… yet EVERY SINGLE VEGAN VIDEO is sponsored.

  • Thanks for the above Joy, appreciate it!
    Could I swap cow’s milk for Almond milk instead? I usually let my son who is 3 drink a glass of milk if he did not have a really full dinner.
    With our first I was unable to breastfeed since birth, we are currently expecting our second child and was wondering what I should look out for when looking for a milk powder for our baby when she comes along.
    Thanks heaps!!

  • People always forget to mention that cows milk contains actual mammalian estrogen, and has been clinically proven to raise estrone levels in both sexes and reduce testosterone in men

  • Mic, cherry-picking studies to prove your point does not constitute sound scientific evidence, as anyone can do this to prove almost any point if they try hard enough. You need multiple studies that show concordant results in order to prove your point.

  • Mic, someone asked me how to go vegan today! I explained the basics and told them to just watch your videos and Forks Over Knives. Keep up the good work!

  • For the countless numbers of infants n childre whose moms can’t or won’t breastfeed them, animal milks are the next best thing therefore no need for all the vegan food obsessed babble therfore myob n stfu

  • Do you have a video covering foods you prepare for babies and toddlers? I need quick and healthy ideas for my one year old who will only eat beans, tortillas, and my smoothies.

  • All I know is the western diet is killing us with diseases…. and over medications…. and by the way you are such a good mom!!!!!

  • Great advice. I gave up cow’s milk a couple of years ago and switched to soya which I really love the taste of. I’ve heard mixed reports though about how good soya actually is for women. Some advise it’s brilliant, others say the complete opposite. So much contradictory info out there. Anyway, great content as always. ��

  • Hi Joy. This topic is timely. I’m in the middle of reading your book Joyous Health. One of the suggestions I’m trying to implement is to wean myself off of milk. So far, I’m failing. I really enjoy milk with my coffee. I’ve tried almond milk, but the texture and aftertaste…yuck! Can you recommend a good brand of Almond milk that doesn’t taste like $h!t? Thanks! Love your channel.

  • This is a great topic to discuss. The evidence is clear, however, many countries (like mine) still have this food group in their health recommendations, so it’s very confusing for everyone, specially when the pediatrician is the one insisting on give them cow’s milk. You mention the effect on teenagers with acne, but also people with asthma can also find many benefits skipping this milk because of mucus production.
    So i think the most important thing to do here if anyone are still undecided to take the next step is to make your own investigation about it. You can find research all over the internet. That way everyone will have solid argument when people ask for more reasons why they are making this decision.

  • Bravo! Great presentation!! The milk “debate” has been an issue for a long time with me because I never was truly given sufficient info to come to a have started me down that road and I know there is more to be found. Please don’t apologize for taking the time necessary to give understanding of the matter. That’s why I watched your video! I subscribed and rang the bell looking forward to more info on various nutritional subjects from a competent source.