Yes, you can add butter to your baby’s diet after they are 6 months old. Butter should be part of your baby’s balanced diet. It is important to serve it to your baby in moderation.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing babies to solid food which is food other than breast milk or formula at 6 months old. This solid food provides an additional source of nutrition and energy for your growing baby at a time when a liquid diet wouldn’t be enough.
Solid food becomes a secondary source of nutrition to provide energy for your baby once they start crawling and moving independently. At this time your baby needs more energy than a milk diet can provide, so the addition of a secondary food source is very important. Their milk should still be a primary source of nutrition for your baby.
Butter is a popular condiment that makes food taste a lot better. It is versatile and can be added to almost everything. It is also easier for your baby to diet because it contains less protein than whole cow’s milk which they can only start drinking after 12 months old. The most popular butter is made from cow’s milk, but there are sheep, goats or buffalo butter available.
Butter is a dairy food that comes from the milk of cows in most cases. It is very popular all over the world and is used in baking, sauces, frying, and as a spread on bread or baked goods. Butter is solid at room temperature and can either be refrigerated or left on the counter in a cool environment.
Butter comes in different varieties. There is sweet cream butter which is made from cream and is pasteurized killing any bacteria that ferments natural sugars in the cream. It is light with a fresh flavor and is the most commercially sold butter in the United States.
Cultured Butter is the second most common butter. It is common in Europe and often styled as European style butter in the United States. It is made when bacteria are allowed to ferment the sugars in the cream and then churned to butter. This butter is usually tart with a complex flavor.
Other butter are raw cream butter which has a very short shelf life because it has not been pasteurized nor has it been allowed to ferment. Ghee is common in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. It is clarified butter. Spreadable butter is made by combining butter with oils and then whipped to make it soft and spreadable.
Nutrition in butter
Research is finding that fat is actually beneficial for the body. It helps the body heal and maintains its processes.
Butter is high in calories and fat. These are important for your growing baby when served in moderation. Calories offer your baby energy for their body, especially now that they are becoming mobile and exploring the world around them. Butter also provides a source of fat for your baby which is important in proper growth and brain development.
In addition, butter is a great source of vitamin A. This vitamin is important for your baby because it promotes healthy eyesight, the proper function of their immune system, and supports your baby’s bone health.
Butter contains vitamin E which is essential in protecting the cells against free radicals. Vitamin K is important for proper blood clotting. It is needed by your baby’s body to form prothrombin, a protein that helps your baby’s body clot blood well and avoid loss of blood which is dangerous.
It also adds vitamin B12 to your baby’s diet. Also known as cobalamin. It is an essential vitamin that the body can not make and needs to be taken in from an external source. It is important in the formation of red blood cells, DNA synthesis, and promotes proper nerve cell function.
Other benefits of butter
It is important to include butter as part of a balanced diet. A balanced diet means covering all the food groups for that day’s meals so that your baby can meet their daily requirements.
Butter is a great source of conjugated linoleic acid(CLA) which is fat that reduces cancers. It also decreased body fat preventing obesity. It is also used to enhance the immune system promoting better health.
Butter also contains butyrate which is a short-chain fatty acid that promotes digestive health and reduces intestinal inflammation. It has been known to aid in the treatment of the IBS and could be beneficial in treating Crohn’s disease.
Adding butter to your baby’s meals
Butter adds flavor to your baby’s meals. You can use it to add flavor to their oatmeal, porridge. It is especially tasty with porridge and their milk.
Once your baby is 8 months and able to chew you can give them a piece of bread with butter. The bread can be whole grain, zucchini, oatmeal, buttermilk, or potato bread.
You can also lightly steam or sautee your baby’s vegetables in butter and add some seasonings to make for a great meal.
There is now non-dairy butter available which is plant-based. These can also make a great addition to your baby’s diet.
Moderation is key
Your baby will probably enjoy the taste of butter and if they are a picky eater, it will seem like the best solution to get them to eat well.
It is important to remember to keep butter a part of your baby’s balanced diet. Too much fat or leaning on one food can cause problems and even lead to malnutrition because all other nutrients are being ignored.
Serve your baby butter, but do so in moderation as part of a healthy balanced diet.
It is always very important to check with your Doctor about adding food to your baby’s diet. Follow the 4-day rule when you introduce a new food to your baby’s diet. This means that you wait 4 days after feeding your baby new food to observe any allergic reactions. This helps you easily pinpoint the food they reacted to in the case of a reaction.
Remember to balance your baby’s diet. Make food from all food groups available to them without treating one food as more special than the others. This will help your baby develop better-eating habits and a balanced approach to food that will serve them well their whole life.