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Infant Nutrition In a Nutshell

Infant Nutrition

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.*

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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.
                                                                                        Please Avoid:
  • 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).

*http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/feeding-babies/

*Please note, I am not a medical doctor and do not diagnose or treat.

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