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Is it ok to give my baby juice?
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5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Juice is the useless part of fruit.
If it's homemade juice, you'd be better off dumping the juice and giving the baby pulp, that's where all the good stuff is.

In brief: No
Juice is the useless part of fruit.
If it's homemade juice, you'd be better off dumping the juice and giving the baby pulp, that's where all the good stuff is.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Most healthy babies do not need juice.
Occasionally pediatricians utilize juice as a laxative for babies with constipation. Most babies only need breast milk (ideally) or formula.

In brief: No
Most healthy babies do not need juice.
Occasionally pediatricians utilize juice as a laxative for babies with constipation. Most babies only need breast milk (ideally) or formula.
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Normal healthy babies do not need fruit juice nor vegetable juice.
They drink breastmilk or formula; plus some solid foods after age 6 months. Fruits that are not sour can be mashed up or pureed and given. Vegetables can be cooked first and then mashed up or pureed. However, juice is sometimes given to treat constipation (such as 4 ounces of apple or prune juice each day for a few days).

In brief: No
Normal healthy babies do not need fruit juice nor vegetable juice.
They drink breastmilk or formula; plus some solid foods after age 6 months. Fruits that are not sour can be mashed up or pureed and given. Vegetables can be cooked first and then mashed up or pureed. However, juice is sometimes given to treat constipation (such as 4 ounces of apple or prune juice each day for a few days).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Yes, it's ok-- but it's not necessary, and it's really not a good idea.
They get used to "the sweet stuff." water and formula (or milk when older) is all babies need to drink.

In brief: Yes
Yes, it's ok-- but it's not necessary, and it's really not a good idea.
They get used to "the sweet stuff." water and formula (or milk when older) is all babies need to drink.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
In brief: No
Juice is garbage.
It's the fruit with most of the fiber and vitamins removed and the sugar left behind. Juice makes kids fat, creates a habit of always looking for something sweet when hungry or thirsty, and is a great way to establish a lousy diet at a young age. The people who believe juice is good nutrition are usually people trying to sell you juice.

In brief: No
Juice is garbage.
It's the fruit with most of the fiber and vitamins removed and the sugar left behind. Juice makes kids fat, creates a habit of always looking for something sweet when hungry or thirsty, and is a great way to establish a lousy diet at a young age. The people who believe juice is good nutrition are usually people trying to sell you juice.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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