I'm finally back today after 10 blog-less days (I've been busy working on a magazine article), and I have lots to catch up on! First order of business, though, is to answer another question from a reader. Chris left this question on The Paleo Baby's Facebook page:
I'm looking for some advice on a diet for my young daughter. Currently she is breastfed and gets some normal food. We are thinking of stopping the breastfeeding, but what to give instead? What about her calcium? Will she receive enough from meat and vegetables?
Personally, I am of the opinion that whole fat dairy is fine for young children who are not lactose or casein intolerant, as well as those who don't exhibit some other type of of dairy allergy/intolerance. I'll probably give our daughter some dairy (cream and Greek yogurt, for example -- no low-fat cheese sticks or frozen yogurt novelties). However, I'm also pretty convinced that dairy is not the only way (or even the best way) to get calcium into the diet. Like I told Chris, though, I'm not really qualified to answer this question -- this is just my opinion and I am at least a year away from making this decision myself. So, I would love to hear from other paleo parents! What should Chris feed her baby, and how does she make sure she gets enough calcium? Thanks!