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Children & Kefir

It is recommend to brew Kefir for children using the method of not shaking the Kefir during fermentation time and storing it after fermentation in the refrigerator in order to keep the alcohol content low.

Babies Benefit Before and After Birth
Especially during pregnancy, mother and baby benefit from milk products. Kefir offers in good moderation and in a superior mix all the natural fat and protein requirements for baby and mum. Milk fat and milk protein, milk calcium (and vitamin D important to calcium absorption) and phosphor are the most easily digested forms of these nutrients. They are vital to healthy growth of babies and safeguard the bones and teeth of expectant or nursing mothers. Lactic acid-fermented milk products allow mothers to pass the goodness of kefir on to the foetus.

The gastrointestinal tract of the foetus is completely sterile and free of any bacterial colonies, good or had. During birth, in its passage through the birth canal, the baby picks up bacteria that take up residence in the gastrointestinal tract. This process happens so fast that a few days after birth the intestinal tract of babies is colonised by bacteria. Most enter the system through the mouth. Interestingly, it was found that vaginal birth babies colonised quicker than babies horn by Cesarean section, confirming the importance of a normal birth procedure if possible. Breast feeding also accelerates the colonisation of friendly bacteria in the infant, such as the bifidobacteria.

TITLE: Kefir Rediscovered!, 1st Ed., April 1997
AUTHOR: Klaus Kaufmann
PUBLISHER: Alive Books, Vancouver,Canada