M.C. asks from Holmen, WI on January 19, 2009
J.W. answers from Chicago on January 20, 2009
Whole fat yogurt is best, if you do give cheese, make sure it is organic or free from hormones, mild and white (typically use dyes for "yellow" cheese). Do hold off on cottage cheese and whole milk until he is 12m old, they do not build their digestive enzymes to digest the milk molecules until 11m and 3wks (so there is a reason!!)
J. W. MPH
Wellness Educator/Lifestyle and Wellness Coach
T.P. answers from Chicago on January 19, 2009
With my doctor's blessing, we began giving my son yogurt, string cheese and some "cheese toast" when he was around 9 months old. Just be careful - too many dairy products can cause constipation, so make sure he's not eating too much of one thing. At that age, it can be hard to get a good amount of fiber into him to balance things out. It seems like all kids love cheese! It can also be a little salty so offer him some water during meals, too. Good luck!
S.E. answers from Chicago on January 25, 2009
A.T. answers from Springfield on January 19, 2009
The typical "starter" dairy product for most kids is yogurt, as the cultures improve digestibility. If you have a history of food allergies in your family, it may be best to hold off until at least 12m old.
A great resource on feeding guidelines is Dr Sears "The Baby Book". And of course, your ped can answer questions, too.
J.B. answers from Chicago on January 24, 2009
Hi M.,my twins just turned 10 months today and ive heard that yo-baby yogurt is very good and organic. Cant wait to have thm try it.