A few weeks ago, Kara took her 12-month-old baby Nelly for a check up at her local early childhood health centre.
She wasn’t worried about anything specifically, but knew it was important to consult a professional about Nelly’s development and ensure she was hitting all her milestones.
She was. According to the nurse, Nelly was a perfectly healthy one-year-old.
But it was a remark the nurse made as Kara was about to leave that stayed with her following the appointment.
“She’s 12 months now, so she can have cow’s milk…” the nurse said.
“Yep,” Kara responded, already a mum to a four-year-old boy.
“You know,” the nurse continued, “she can also have light milk, and maybe light yogurt.”
Kara laughed, imagining the woman might actually be joking, given she’d never heard skim milk be recommended for babies. Once she saw the nurses expression, she stopped.
“I thought it was understood that light milk is not good for pretty much anyone with the amount of sugar in it,” Kara said on Mamamia’s parenting podcast This Glorious Mess.
“I think that’s why I giggled at first because I knew it was such poor advice and I would never change that.”
The nurse added, before Kara left, “And when she starts walking, maybe keep her moving.”
By the time Kara had exited the centre, she was desperate to call her partner. In fact, they had a bit of a laugh about it.