Essay On Cow Milk

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In the first months of an infants life nutrition is essential for cognitive and physical development. These nutritional needs are most often met with breastmilk, a naturally engineered substance that meets babies biological requirements, but this source of nutrition is not always available as there are various factors that could prevent a woman from producing breastmilk. In these cases where a mother cannot breast-feed, and there is no available wet nurse, women turn toward fortified nutritional enhancers, and once a child can physically digest dairy mothers begin to feed their children cow’s milk. Consumers, specifically mothers, should question their decision to give their children cow’s milk, instead if fortified milk substitutes, based …show more content…
2007). This in turn leaves mothers with the decision to either continue to feed their children fortified substitutions of milk or begin feeding their child cow’s milk. This change could influence the future health and development of a child. In a study by Ghisolfi et al. adequate substitutions for breast-milk are examined — they assert that most mothers stop breastfeeding after a year, and that this calls for a substitution that can maintain the health of children in the following years. This study looks at cow milk, and “growing-up milk,” a term the used to describe fortified supplements that mimics and enhance the effects of milk, but the main focus of the study was to determine whether cow’s milk met all the nutritional needs of an infant. Families that participated in the random sample were given either fortified “growing-up milk” or cow milk while the baby’s health and conditions was constantly monitored. The study found that feeding children cow’s milk increased their protein levels, but does not meet other nutritional needs such as Vitamin D, Vitamin C and iron. According to the study, these levels were best met by using this “growing-up milk,” and they concluded that using “growing-up milk” is the best option for children after the breastfeeding age (Ghisolfi et al. 2013). This study further emphasizes the need …show more content…
In these were children are at rick of malnourishment and anemia we can prove that milk is not a better contender to meet the needs of children. In a conclusive study to prove that cow’s milk is inherently inferior to fortified milk substitutions and enforce the notion that there are detrimental health effects to cow’s milk a study, “Comparative analysis of serum iron, serum ferritin and red cell folate levels among breast fed, fortified milk and cow 's milk fed infants” by Fatima et al. directly analyses infants from 9 to 16 months old and their tendency to be anemic, having iron deficiency, from the consumption of breast milk, fortified formula, and cow’s milk. The study uses a lens of deficiency in micronutrients to see which control group would be more likely to develop anemia and which would meet adequate iron levels. Their conclusion found that the dairy milk fed group showed the most danger to developing anemia and it was the least beneficial health choice. The conclusion of this study needs to be taken into account when consumers decide whether they will begin giving their child cow’s milk because there is evidence that this choice is not superior to fortified substitutions of

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