posted on Mar, 25 2013 @ 07:52 PM
This story was all over the news this morning:
Too-early solid food could lead to problems for
I am a mother and a grandmother, and I feel I've done a pretty good job when it comes to raising healthy kids. When my kids were babies they were
alert, active and happy- and yes, I gave them baby cereal and some baby food before they were 4-6 months old. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics
and the CDC are saying that if you don't give your babies only breast milk for the first 6 months of their lives you are putting their health at
Giving your baby solid food too soon has been linked to a higher risk of obesity and diabetes, according to the study. Also, "starting infants on
solids before 4 months can lead to allergies and eczema," says Dr. Jennifer Shu, an Atlanta pediatrician and AAP spokeswoman who was not involved in
According to the latest AAP recommendations, moms are supposed to exclusively breast-feed their babies until they are about 6 months old if
possible, so babies can reap all the benefits of mother's milk including extra immune protection and possible protection for future chronic illnesses
like obesity and type II diabetes.
Now I will say that neither of my children are obese, have diabetes, eczema or allergies- and neither does anyone else in my family and we were all
raised being fed baby cereal, baby food and yes even some table food before the age of 4-6 months. And most of us were not breast fed either- although
that is due to milk production problems and not lack of trying.
Here is a story about a lady I grew up with who had her first child within a few weeks of when I had my first child:
This lady followed her pediatricians instructions and gave her baby girl nothing but breast milk for the first 6 months of life. By age 1 my daughter
was walking, talking and playing with other kids while Angie's daughter, also age 1, was just starting to sit up on her own and just attempting to
crawl (for you parents out there she was at the "rocking" stage). My daughter was healthy as a horse while her daughter was weak and sickly with many
allergies (and even now, as a grown woman in her mid 20s she is still sickly and allergic to everything you can imagine- as well as obese).
Why do I tell this story? Well, Angie is not the only woman I know who followed the pediatricians advice and her daughter is not the only child who
grew up to be weak, sickly and obese because of it. What I would like to know is there parents here who followed the rule of nothing but breast milk
or formula for the first 6 months who had a different experience? I would sincerely like to know and appreciate your input!
edit on 25-3-2013 by littled16 because: (no reason given)