Maybe it needs spelled out…
Posted by Sandra on June 11, 2008
For those who must be thick-headed, I will try to make it clear:
(from the AAP): Although solid foods should not be introduced before 4 to 6 months of age, there is no current convincing evidence that delaying their introduction beyond this period has a significant protective effect on the development of atopic disease regardless of whether infants are fed cow milk protein formula or human milk. This includes delaying the introduction of foods that are considered to be highly allergic, such as fish, eggs, and foods containing peanut protein.
Is that easier to understand? You see, you want to keep believing and quoting something that has been revoked/reversed/erased/changed/doesn’t exist anymore/is WRONG. About a decade ago the AAP, who most people think is the be-all-end-all of infant and child raising, said it may be a good idea to not feed a six month old (and older) infant peanut products, shellfish, strawberries, and other “Big 8” allergens.
But you see, T H A T C H A N G E D . FORGET what you learned. It’s different. Studies prove if your family has no history of food allergies, more power to you. Enjoy. It’s normal. Seafood is healthy. Peanut products are full of protein. Strawberries are a healthy fruit. It’s wonderful that my babies can eat so healthy so early.
YAY. Stanford University published a study in 2005, but the AAP confirmed it in 2008. Your doc should be up on the latest study. Make sure he gets a copy of the AAP one – it’s the “biggie”. Talk to him about your family history.
And you know what? If you don’t want to feed them healthy foods like crab or strawberries, more power to you. But do not attack me for doing it my way, the right way, for us.
I hope I spelled it out well enough for you. I typed slow so you could keep up.
For those who are interested, here are my favorite feeding links:
That’s right, rice cereal may not be the best first food. Peanut butter doesn’t have to wait until after the first birthday. Offering fruits before vegetables won’t breed a sweet tooth. And strong spices? Bring ’em on.
The long and short of the report: Avoiding certain food allergens from the get-go has been proven to help only those babies with a high risk of food allergies (that is, those with a parent or sibling with allergies). But for everyone else, avoiding known allergens — during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and when introducing foods in the infant and toddler years — hasn’t been shown to have much effect on preventing allergies.
…babies who are allowed to feed themselves by being offered a selection of nutritious finger foods can easily join in with family meals from the start, and are less likely to refuse foods or become fussy eaters as they grow older. She considers that many childhood feeding problems stem from a child’s unwillingness or inability to accept foods which require chewing, and that these problems become apparent when babies move from purées to “second-stage” foods which contain lumps. She also suggests that the baby food industry puts unnecessary pressure on parents to introduce puréed foods into their babies’ diets at an early age.
Feeding babies on pureed food is unnatural and unnecessary, according to one of Unicef’s leading child care experts, who says they should be fed exclusively with breast milk and formula milk for the first six months, then weaned immediately on to solids.
Gill Rapley, deputy director of Unicef’s Baby Friendly Initiative and a health visitor for 25 years, said spoon-feeding pureed food to children can cause health problems later in life
She blames the multimillion-pound baby food industry for persuading parents that they need to give their babies pureed food. ‘Sound scientific research and government advice now agree there is no longer any window of a baby’s development in which they need something more than milk and less than solids,’ Rapley said.
Ah, America. The land of the free. You do it your way, I do it mine. But never tell me my way is WRONG. Cuz it sure isn’t- by any definition.