Ideally, babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life & continued to be breastfed until at least one year if possible. Solids may be introduced at 6 months if baby is ready. No judgment on my formula-feeding mommas who had no choice (work, traumatic birth, low milk supply, etc.). I love you all equally, and here are some recommendations for infant nutrition for your babies to thrive, be happy, healthy and vibrant!
*All recommendations are for organic, grass-fed & local when possible.*
Solids to Introduce at 6months (some babies do not tolerate solids well until 7-8 months. Mine included!
- Avocado: great first food. High in fiber, protein, healthy fats, omega-3 and vitamin E.
- Cooked/steamed veggies: Sweet potato, squash, parsnips, taro root, rutabagas, carrots, beets, green beans. Always mix with homemade bone broth, breast milk or a healthy fat for absorption. Healthy fats include: ghee, butter, olive oil or coconut oil. Give babies diversity so they get used to different tastes, textures and they get more nutrients.
- Meats: pureed meats (can be mixed with homemade bone broth or breast milk), liver pate: high in iron and B vitamins.
- Cooked egg yolk a day: high in choline, B vitamins, D and cholesterol for babies brain.
- Fruits are high in pectin and should be cooked- apples, peaches, nectarines, blueberries, cherries, pears, berries. 1 cup of fruit with 1/2 cup filtered water. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook about 15 minutes. Puree & strain if necessary. Bananas can be given but make sure they are very ripe (brown spots) for babies to digest.
- Homemade bone broth: nourishes the gut, immune system, blood and thyroid.
- Probiotics: esp. if born C-section or fed formula: Klaire Labs Therbiotic. Add to breast milk/formula, let baby suck off your finger or off your nipple. If baby has colic, digestive issues, eczema: use probiotics!
- Cod Liver Oil by Green Pastures if child is formula-fed: 1/4 tsp. per day. Consumed by mother if breastfed: 1 tsp. per day (unless eat 3 servings wild Alaskan Salmon or fresh-water clean fish weekly).
- Don’t mix fruits and meats. Difficult to digest and creates gas & bloating.
- Fermented foods: sauerkraut juice is great to start getting them used to the sour taste. Great for gut health and immunity.
- Processed foods, margarines and shortening.
- SOY! Phytic acid reduces calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc absorption, interferes w/ protein digestion, disrupt endocrine function, anti-thyroid agents that cause hypothyroidism & auto-immune conditions, decreased B12, increase need for vitamin D, denatured (damaged/heated) so nutrients less bioavailable, MSG formed during soy food processing, high levels of aluminum (toxic).
- Dairy (fermented and raw dairy may be introduced at a year if child is not sensitive).
- Cereals of any kind (until a year. Babies don’t have the digestive enzyme amylase to digest grains until after a year. Babies fed cereal suffer from lower concentrations of zinc & reduced calcium absorption.
- Allergenic foods: egg whites, soy, dairy, gluten, nuts, shellfish, citrus, tomatoes, honey.
- Fruit juice of any kind, ever! Sugar addiction later on. Sugar is a drug.
- Damaged fats (healthy fats are fine)
- Ideally, infant should continue to breastfeed for the first year of life (It’s great to continue nursing to 2 if a woman chooses to do so).
*Please note, I am not a medical doctor and do not diagnose or treat.