Can baby drink juice? Understand this controversy once and for all!

Something that seemed so harmless and healthy has become contraindicated by many health professionals in recent years. Juices are generally well accepted by babies and still carry the reputation of being rich in vitamins, so it is common for those who do not know now whether or not to give the baby juice .

First of all, it is necessary to pay attention to the child’s age. Babies under 6 months should not drink anything but milk . Fluid intake should begin with the Food Introduction at 6 months and with all signs of readiness.

However, I sometimes get messages from mothers asking if they can already give juice to their 3, 4, 5 month old baby . But people, no! The harms are far greater than the benefits, don’t do that.

Let’s understand why?

Before 6 months, only milk!

If your baby takes formula, you need to talk to your pediatrician to find out if you need water. But if the baby is breastfed, not even water should be offered. Milk is the only food the baby needs for up to 6 months. 

We have other articles here on the blog talking about the importance of breastfeeding in the first months of life . If your baby is still in this phase, I encourage you to read more about breastfeeding before you start thinking about offering juice.

From 6 months to 1 year: no juice!

This period of the Food Introduction is very important. It is during these 6 months that the baby will discover food , will understand that food also satisfies its hunger (and not just milk), will create habits, schedules, and be exposed to foods that can lead to allergies. Therefore, consider an adjustment period and even don’t expect your child to eat a large amount of food. This phase is pure learning .

And this is one of the reasons for not offering juice before 1 year . Always prefer to offer the whole fruit or pieces for the baby to eat. In addition to knowing the real food, which is the fruit, he will extract as much nutrients as possible . By eating the fruit, fiber intake is guaranteed, which is not the case with the juice.

In addition, when the baby drinks juice, he ends up ingesting large amounts of fructose (fruit sugar), which even though it is healthier than white sugar, should not be consumed in large amounts.

after 1 year of age

After the first year, the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics recommends that juices be ingested in moderation , between 100ml and 150ml per day and without added sugar.

Sugar and sweet foods are only indicated after 2 years of age , as several studies over the years indicate that early intake of sugar increases the risk of obesity and diabetes in the future . In addition, of course, to creating bad eating habits since sweets tend to addict the child’s palate.

So, if your baby is over 1 year old and you insist on offering juices, do it in moderation . But know that offering the whole fruit will always be a healthier option even for us adults.

You may also be interested in the article: How to introduce fruit in baby’s diet?

What juices to offer?

For older babies who can already start consuming juices, it is always worth opting for the natural ones, obviously. Some canister juices are 100% fruit, others the fruit passes away and they are pure sugar, so be careful! Read the label carefully to find out if the juice is just fruit or has too many additives.

Of the natural juices, practically all are free: orange, watermelon, passion fruit, grape juice , etc. And you can also combine other foods to enrich even more, such as orange + beetroot, orange + cabbage, orange + carrot , among many others. 

But never forget to offer the whole fruit for the baby to eat and explore. This is the best way to promote healthy eating and a good relationship with food .

Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.

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