When can babies have
coconut milk?

 

While coconut milk can be a terrific ingredient for cooking food for babies as young as 6 months of age, wait until after your baby’s first birthday to serve it on its own as a drink so it doesn’t displace valuable nutrition from breast milk or formula. 

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Food Type: Fruit

Age Suggestion: 6 months +

Nutrition Rating: 

Common Allergen: No

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Is coconut milk healthyfor babies?

Coconut is a fruit that grows abundantly on palms in tropical climates. Within the hard shell are two nutritious staple foods for cultures around the world: the refreshing water and the creamy white meat. While coconut water is best reserved for toddlers 12 months and up, the meat can be eaten fresh or processed to make coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut yogurt, and more. 

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Yes, if used as an ingredient in solid food. Never serve coconut milk in replace of breastmilk or formula to a baby younger than 12 months of age as it can displace critical nutrition from breast milk or formula. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that babies should drink only breast milk or formula until the first birthday (and optionally, small amounts of water after six months of age)

Coconut milk does get some credit for its high content of lauric acid, a fatty acid also found in breast milk (though in completely different proportions). Lauric acid helps protect against infections and bacteria. Nutritionally coconut milk boasts a good amount of healthy fats—some of which are easier to digest and absorb than fats from animal products.