Milk: Nutrition to Support the Health of the Little One
Oleh: Morinaga Platinum
One of the key factors in the growth and development of the Little One is nutrition. By providing nutrition in accordance to the requirements, the growth and development process will proceed optimally. Milk is a nutrition that is often consumed daily by the Little One. Certainly, this nutrition is one of the sources of support for their intelligence.
Based on the WHO recommendations, breast milk is the single best food for Little Ones aged 0-6 months old. Following that, the provision of breast milk can be continued until the age of 2 years old or more, with the addition of complementary food. What are the benefits of breast milk? The following points will explain further:
- The nutritional and bioactive contents available in breast milk are highly beneficial for bealth and the formation of immunity in the Little One.
- Breast milk contains anti-inflammatory components, nutrients for growth, and prebiotics.
- The nutritional content of breast milk is also dynamic, which means that its nutritional content is variable, depending on the nutritional requirements of the Little One as they grow.
As the Little One reaches the age of 6 months, they are advised to be given solid food to complement breast milk. Then, based on the recommendations by the Indonesian Pediatric Society or Ikatan Dokter Anak Indonesia (IDAI), the Little On can be given milk at the age of 2 years as an additional intake.
The benefits of milk as an additional intake for the Little One is that it contains plenty of proteins and calcium. In addition, milk is often fortified or added with other nutrients, such as vitamin D. Vitamin D is a substance formed by a chemical process in the skin when it is exposed to sublight. Vitamin D itself is one of the vitamins that are difficult to obtain from food.
Milk can be processed to become other types of food, such as yoghurt and cheese. Both contain plenty of vitamin B, which is needed for the production of neurotransmitters and enzymes. Neurotransmitters are substances required to convey information from one nerve to another.
Aside from that, other benefits of milk include its rich calcium content. Calcium is a mineral highly required by the body, particularly for the optimal growth of bones and teeth. However, in reality, many children do not receive adequate calcium. To fulfill their calcium requirements, an adequate nutritional intake is required.
Milk also contains high levels of protein and calories. Proteins and coleries are highly required during the growth period of the Little One. Milk helps to support and improve the nutritional status of thin children or picky eaters. When compared to other high calorie food sources, milk is one of the easiest to consume.
Maximizing nutritional support in the form of breast milk and formula milk is very important for the growth and development of the child. For this purpose, KALBE Nutritionals, together with Morinaga Research Center in Japan, has provided a range of Morinaga products that can fulfill the nutritional requirements and support the growth and development of the Little One. The range of products from Morinaga consists of:
Morinaga Chil Kid Soya (1-3 years) and Morinaga Chil School Soya (3-12 years) are nutritious milk products for growth, containing basic ingredients such as soy protein isolates without the addition of lactose, to manage the symptoms of cow’s milk allergy in the Little One who have been diagnosed with cow’s milk allergy.
Morinaga Chil Kid P-HP is a nutritious milk product for growth in children aged 1-3 years old, to reduce the risk of allergies in Little Ones who are at risk of allergies. Morinaga Chil Kid P-HP contains cow’s milk proteints that have been processed enzymatically so that it is easier to digest and reduces hypersensitivity reactions as well as risk of allergies in children who have a history of allergies.