ummm… that was my cite actually (not that I’m getting territorial or anything…)
Speaking as a parent of a one year old baby, you are extremely careful of what goes in their mouths. There are literally hundreds of guides out there to what babies should be fed and it is a very easy matter to check out whether or not you should feed your baby a particular product. I had a quick look in some of our guides last night and very quickly found warnings that babies should not be fed rice milk.
Even if you hadn’t read the warnings, all you have to do is read the side of the container and see that rice milk contains virtually no calcium, protein, fats, vitamins or minerals - the basic things that a 5 month old baby needs. Rice milk really only contains carbohydrates (sugars) and very little else. They might as well have been feeding the child sugared water.
Here’s a comparison of real milk to rice milk:
…Cow Milk…Rice Dream
carbohydrate g… …11…30
calcium mg. …291…20
Rice dream is a commercially available rice milk which has actually been enriched to some extent. NB: this is a comparison against cow’s milk - baby formula and breast milk would both perform even better against rice milk in such a comparison.
Nobody but a complete moron would neglect to consult a doctor or pedeatrician when moving a baby off breast milk and onto anything other than baby formula. Even when we moved our baby to baby formula we discussed it with the maternal health nurse.
Whether or not there’s a baby formula based on rice milk I don’t know - I’ve bought a lot of baby formula over the last year and I’ve never seen anything like that for sale. There are certainly formulas that are based on soy milk but again they all carry warnings that you should consult a doctor before using.
What I think of parents who would do something so criminally negligent is a matter for another forum.