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If you're worried that your toddler isn't getting the right nutrition, don't even think about feeding him a liquid breakfast drink. They're made for adults and your toddler's digestive system won't be able to handle it. For one thing, baby formulas are designed to meet all of the nutrient needs of your baby. If you've just begun to add solid foods to the diet, but you're still feeding the baby formula, you shouldn't worry about whether he or she is getting enough vitamins.
Think about it like this, when's the last time your neighbor complained that his infant had rickets? If your baby is sick a lot, doesn't seem to eat much, or appears to be losing weight, see your doctor right away. Otherwise, don't worry. Puree fruits and vegetables for your baby, and continue to supplement with a baby formula. After the baby has his first birthday, you can gradually introduce milk into the diet. Watch out though! If the baby can't tolerate it yet, you're going to know right away and it isn't going to be pretty.
The key is to give small amounts of new food until you're sure he or she can handle it.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|