Milk powder provides essential nutrients that boost a child’s physical and mental development. We list its benefits.
Milk is the first source of nutrition that your child ever received after they were born. The mother’s milk suffices for the baby’s first six months of life. Thereafter, your child is switched to formula and some fruit juice. When they start developing teeth, they can be started on semi-solid food.
But even as your child grows and starts consuming solid food, regular consumption of milk is essential to ensure proper development. You can use milk powder instead of regular packaged milk, if your child does not prefer the taste of the latter. In fact, milk powder has many benefits for your child. We list 3 of them below:
#1. To aid brain development.
Your child’s brain development hits peak levels during the ages of 2 to 6 years. At age 7, it is said that the child’s brain weight is roughly 95% that of an adult. During the brain development stage, your child needs food that offers them all the nutrients needed for proper brain growth. The most important nutrient at this stage is DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) which is an Omega 3 fatty acid which helps in the development of the cerebral cortex. You can give your child milk powder fortified with DHA – regular consumption has been linked with better reasoning, increased analytical and problem-solving abilities, higher IQ and even better eyesight, heart health and reduced health issues in the future.
#2. To provide high levels of calcium.
Milk powder is made by drying out the fluid portion of milk. Thus, it can be added to water and had as a glass of milk. But by virtue of being ‘dried’, it contains the purest forms of nutrients like calcium, proteins, amino acids, carbohydrates and vitamins. Calcium, especially, is an important nutrient that is prevalently present in milk and milk products more than other food sources. Calcium is essential for the development of strong teeth, bones and hair. Meanwhile, milk powder provides a host of vitamins (A, D, E and K), carbohydrates (in the form of lactose), zinc, iron, folate, and amino acids like isoleucine and methionine, among others.
#3. To provide quick nutrition even on the go.
The biggest benefit of giving milk powder to your child, is that it is the quickest source of nutrition when your child needs it. Milk powder is portable and you can mix it in water quickly when your child needs a glass to cut their appetite, or when they are tired. It is a milk solid, hence there is no need to add milk when preparing it. It is preferable to carry it when you are travelling with your child, instead of liquid milk which you must boil before it can be consumed.