Mothers must decide what they will feed their children after 12 months, because their digestive systems become developed enough to process lactose (Binns et al. 2007). This change can influence the future health and development of a child. In a study by Ghisolfi et al. adequate substitutes 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’s milk and “growing-up milk,” a term the used to describe fortified supplements that mimic 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 (Ghisolfi et al. 2013) . Families that participated in the random sample were given either fortified “growi...
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...ns show the inaccurate value of milk — if it is more of a luxury than a biological need, then it cannot be feasible to continue its production in a world where climate change is detrimental to the sustainability of current life.
It is necessary to incorporate different factors of health and environmental sustainability when deciding the optimal choice to feed young children. In terms of milk children create a more impactful demand for milk in comparison to other age groups. Although mothers choose to feed their children cow’s milk, nutritional and environmental evidence shows that this is not the best choice. The environmental implications of producing dairy and the actual lack of health benefits to milk are prominent reasons why consumers should change their children’s consumption to fortified milk substitutes that do not have the detrimental consequences of milk.
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