ok when to start rice cereal??

Melissa - posted on 11/29/2011 ( 174 moms have responded )

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My son is 2 1/2 months.. he is growing like he should and eating about 3.4 oz during the day every two hrs.. he is formula feed only.. i do give him a bottle and he sleeps from about 830pm till about 7am.. sometimes he wakes up to eat or just wants me to hold him.. wondering if he is ready for rice cereal at night with formula or during the day from a bowl?? how can i tell he is ready for this??

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Never?

There really isn't any good it will do for him.

Six months about for solids- and move on to something that actually poses some nutritional value.

Rice cereal is highly processed, will simply succeed in causing blood sugar spikes, can cause constipation and due to the high added iron content can result in bacterial infections and even, surprisingly enough, iron-deficiency anemia.

Just skip it.

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A baby is not ready for rice cereal (or ANYthing other than breastmilk or formula) at 2 1/2 months. In fact, the reason the WHO recommendation is for 6 months is that a baby's digestive system is not ready for it, as it cannot produce the enzymes to digest solids, as their pancreas is underdeveloped. In addition, your baby's kidneys are not yet sufficiently developed until around 6 months of age, and because it is still in such an immature state, feeding solids can easily cause dehydration, and various nutritional imbalances. And then there is the "open gut" that babies are born with.



It's a biological fact.



I know, you will say "but my mum fed me rice cereal when I was 2 weeks old, and I'm ok". Great, that's anecdotal. It isn't a biological fact. It's right up there with me telling you that my mum took me home from the hospital in her lap in the car with no seat belt. We know better now.



So while your baby may appear to be interested in solids, your baby may not yet be ready (and at 2 1/2 months definitely is NOT ready).



Have a read of the following article, and it explains the maturation of the digestive system in an infant. You may change your mind.



http://www.livestrong.com/article/252816...



Personally, I CAN understand people starting their babies on solids a month or so either side of the 6 months, because every baby is different and will be biologically ready at a different time. BUT the 6 months is a recommendation because that is when MOST babies display their readiness.

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New(ish) research most pediatricians aren't aware of: the average age of having the right enzymes to properly digest grains isn't until 18-24 months! This is one possible reason behind the explosion of things like gluten allergies, Celiac/Sprue disease, and other allergies. Babies DO have the right enzymes at the start to digest meat, so the new recommendation is to start them on unseasoned, well-blended meats first, and then progress through dark green vegetables to brighter vegetables to fruit to dairy, one new thing at a time, and not introducing grains until at least 18 months. This also helps get iron into babies. Breastfed babies are born with a store of iron that is generally depleted at 6 months, so starting them on meat at 6 months makes perfect sense. I did this with all three of mine and it worked well. Helped them to not have a sweet tooth, and helped them to expect flavor in their food!

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Those of you new to the thread who aren't reading all of the responses, please note that science for 10 years now has known that babies don't have the enzymes to digest grains until they are between 1 and 2 years old. Scientists suspect that giving babies grains as young as most do may behind the explosion of allergies and other gut-related illnesses, as putting something that can't be digested into a developing system can cause physical damage. It's not usually the kind of damage you can see right away, but even months or years later before the results are seen. Recommending rice cereal is advice that is outdated by decades, and I'd suspect that any doctor who would recommend it is not keeping up with his field.

Meat is the best first solid. It's just as bland as cereal if you don't spice it in any way. Liver in fact is best, especially if you're feeding your baby the normal way. Breastmilk doesn't have much iron, so your baby will need her iron stores replenished. Another good first food is egg *yolk* (it's the whites that can be the problem and shouldn't be given until after the baby is a year old, like honey and berries and nuts).

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Well, where the meat came from makes a huge difference. Grass-feed/free range is incredibly healthy. That stuff from the grocery store...not so much.

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And all the evidence that MEAT is not that great for us I guess is bullshit?? LOL Oh OK then! I will feed mine more fish and veggies, you go right ahead and eat shit and give your kid lots and lots of meat OK!! I degress...This is stupid!!

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Well the way it was posted she was throwing a peice of meat at her kid! Didn't sound right and isn't! The Cows are not in the same field as our veggies and grains so if you want to eat a bowl of shit like what you are putting in others heads go right ahead!

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I did go back and re-read:

"Just eat meat? Ok - well have fun giving "just meat" to your toothless 6 month old....sorry but I don't see it or think it is wise!

So now I'm confused.

You're saying that you gave your son meat at 6 months, but that they don't make meat baby food for babies that young, and that it's not wise to give meat to a toothless 6 month old, and you're arguing against the IWK's own stance on meat as a first food.

Do you even know what you're arguing about anymore?

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Hold on a sec here Kate - I never said I was against giving your 6 month old meat...Go back and re-read! the question was in regards to a 2.5 month old and Theresa said not to give cereal because it is BAD but to give MEAT as a babies first food! maybe that is the issue here...no one is actually reading from the beginning???? I gave my son meat at 6 months....but he started on CEREAL...this is what this was about...

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OMG - you guys are NOT reading your baby jars very well! there is NO extra sugars in the stuff I buy. but do you forget about all the pesticides on Fruits and veggies?? How far are you willing to go?? My goodness, maybe if you stay home all day you would have enough time but I work for a living!!

I don't think that jarred baby food is bad. But you were using what is available in jars, as some sort of litmus test for what is age-appropriate. Avocado was brought up as an example. It's a lovely food for babies, but is just not available in jars. So if we were to use baby-food manufacturers as the gurus on what our kids should eat, my kid wouldn't have had avocado until he was a toddler.

And I don't know why you're hyperventilating about the idea of making your own food. I went back to work when my kid was 8 months old, and am stuck in my car commuting for 1.5 hours a day. And I made my kid's food. I don't think jars are bad, but I just felt better making his food. So it's not as extreme and out-there as you seem to be saying.

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No, people can eat meat. It's a vital part of a diet. Some people CHOOSE not to eat meat, and that's fine, but there is no "meat allergy".

And yes, I buy locally raised organic crops. They are pesticide free.

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LOL - you don't buy with pesticides?? Then you must not eat! Even organic has pesticides, unless they are growing them in another world! Crops are right beside them that do use pesticides... And yes I do not have the time to sit there and make a bunch of different baby foods, I also have a 13 year old, a dog , a husband and a 40 hour week job...that's why there is baby food!!!

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We don't make baby food here. We just give baby what we are eating. Easy peasy. And my husband that works is the one that tends to our garden where we get our produce. I'm too busy chasing kids to worry with that. ;)

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Like I said earlier, SOME PEOPLE have serious issues with grains and can't eat them. So you saying that they're good for everyone is as false of a statement as one of us saying they're bad for everyone. No one has said that grains are bad for EVERYONE. We have said that some people cannot handle grains.

And eating a piece of chicken than at one point was fed grains is NOTHING like eating a slice of bread. I don't even know how you came to THAT conclusion but it makes no sense.

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I am not on here to make friends - I think that needs to be understood first off!

Then you're doing quite beautifully, I must say.

How old is the literature Krista? Have you talked to your pediatrician? Or just reading things?? And is that what you gave your baby for his/hers first food??

The literature is current. I just checked the IWK website, and on the NS public health website. And prior to starting my son on solids, I spoke with his ped and with the health nurse. I started my son on rice cereal, just to attest his readiness for solids, and went to turkey only 2 weeks later. He was 6 months old. And he had absolutely no digestive issues from it. I am not against grains in the least. I am simply responding to the fact that you were so aghast at the idea of feeding a 6 month old meat, and that SURELY we were wrong to do so, and that you were using the IWK as an authority, when I know perfectly well that the IWK actually recommends meat. In other words, you got caught out in being misinformed, and rather than being gracious about it, you are throwing a tantrum.

I will also thank you to not dictate to me how I answer a question during a discussion. You are not the OP, nor are you a Moderator. Hence, you have absolutely no standing upon which to insist that people respond a certain way to the OP's post.

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Well, the fruits and veggies they use in the jarred baby food has pesticides on it, too. And I don't buy foods using pesticides. They're bad for you.

And now you're turning this into a "I'm a working mom so I don't have time for this" thing? Really? The only reason why I'm not currently working (I'm a SAHM with a baking business) is because I'm sick. I'm still able to make baby food.

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13 year old here and STILL eats tons of cereal, no digestive issues! Proof may be in your pudding but it isn't in MINE!

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yep that's right Kate and then YOU eat it! So, you're getting grain anyway and giving it to your kids but rather than give them just a grain to start before making their little bellies process more, so this whole I HATE GRAINS is a bunch of BS...

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OMG - you guys are NOT reading your baby jars very well! there is NO extra sugars in the stuff I buy. but do you forget about all the pesticides on Fruits and veggies?? How far are you willing to go?? My goodness, maybe if you stay home all day you would have enough time but I work for a living!! Enough said! This is getting ridiculous! GRAINS are GOOD, MEAT is GOOD....You PICK what your kid will eat and leave it at that!! All i know is my kids are healthy, my 13 year old is slim and healthy! I have NOT given her BAD foods but I have given her many things YOU are saying is NOT good!! Well, there ya go....People acting as doctors again!! Have fun with that ladies but it isn't my cup of tea!!

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"...Just remember what the meat ate before you did! Just remember the Cow, Turkey, Rabbit, Chicken did NOT eat meat it ate GRAIN! Which is what you are eating to when you eat MEAT! All i was trying to get across was that Grains are healthy and are what most parents give as a first food! You want to go off on a tangent about meat go ahead, just remember where it came from will ya! "

Uh...okay. Yea, they're animals. They're supposed to eat that stuff.

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Highly processed rice cereal vs. liver from a grass-fed cow....seems like a no brainer to me. Shrug. My oldest was given tons of rice cereal as a baby. She has digestion issues now at age three. My baby hasn't had a lick of rice cereal. She was started on egg yolk from pastured chickens mixed with butter from grass-fed cows at 5 months old. Now at 9 months she eats everything...including tiny bits of meat. So far so good with her digestion. For me, the proof is in the pudding... or poop, if you will.

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Google "baby-led solids" or "baby-led weaning," Chrystal.



I offered bananas and avocados as first foods to my son after he was 6 months old and could sit up well on his own. I didn't spoon-feed him. He fed himself (though he didn't really ingest anything but a tiny amount -- he was playing and learning).



I did start offering "pre-loaded" spoons of yogurt and oatmeal later on, which he took from my hand and put into his mouth on his own.

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I am not on here to make friends - I think that needs to be understood first off! How old is the literature Krista? Have you talked to your pediatrician? Or just reading things?? And is that what you gave your baby for his/hers first food?? I am very happy with myself Krista - I could careless if you or anyone else likes to be called sweetheart! if it rubs you the wrong way then there is a much bigger issue than being called sweetheart....it wasn't an arguement until someone decided to try and force their issue! When someone does that it becomes an issue and I will call them whatever I like, sweetheart was only the nice term of choice...Anyhow, GET off the MEAT kick and stick to answers that go with the questions! By the sounds of it, you and Lisa are against grains but love meat! Just remember what the meat ate before you did! Just remember the Cow, Turkey, Rabbit, Chicken did NOT eat meat it ate GRAIN! Which is what you are eating to when you eat MEAT! All i was trying to get across was that Grains are healthy and are what most parents give as a first food! You want to go off on a tangent about meat go ahead, just remember where it came from will ya!

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And avocado isn't that pricey. I often see them at 2 for $0.99 at Sobey's.

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@Chrystal: You mash the avocado until it's smooth.

With the meat, I always poached it until it was falling apart, and then pureed it in the food processor, adding some of the cooking broth, until it was a smooth texture.

I'd do a whackload at once, and then spoon in into ice-cube trays and freeze it. I did that with all of his food. It worked out really well. Once he was eating multiple foods, I could just grab a meat cube and a veggie cube, pop them in the nuker, and off we go.

And yes, cereal is definitely easier. But you weren't asking what was easier. You were aghast at the thought of a 6-month old eating meat, and claimed that our province does not recommend it.

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Whole foods like eggs, yogurt, and veggies mimic the nutritional value of breast milk or formula more than cereal does. And the nutrients found in cereal are mechanically added because wheat doesn't naturally have calcium and iron in it. It has carbohydrates and fiber and sugar. To make baby cereal nutritionally relevant the manufacturers add vitamins and minerals to it.

Also, just because it's on a jar of baby food or on the box doesn't mean it's the healthiest or best thing in the world for a baby. Many people believe, and I am one of them, that the less processed your food the healthier it is for you. So if you're buying jars of baby food versus just making baby food yourself it's a different world of nutrition. We're talking about taking a banana and mashing it up versus opening a jar that has added water, sugar, and preservatives in it to keep it shelf stable.

No 2.5 month old baby NEEDS solids (unless there is some serious underlying medical condition). If a baby needs to gain weight the best way to do it is to give breast milk or formula: these are higher in fat and calories and sugar than anything else available for a baby.

No, no one is saying a 2.5 month old baby needs to start solids. What people ARE saying is that when the baby is ready (at about 6 months of age) that a good first food to try would be meat or something high in protein and fats like eggs, full-fat yogurt, avocado, or bananas. These foods most closely mimic mother's milk or formula and so the baby would be better able to digest these foods rather than cereal which is nothing like mother's milk or formula. Many babies who start on cereals end up constipated: because it's hard to digest for them. It's a matter of what works and more and more people are realizing that grains and cereals are not a necessary part of a person's diet. If YOU like eating them that's great. However, many of us can't have grains and it's becoming more common that people are sensitive to wheat and other grains.

Humans HAVE NOT evolved in the last 25,000 years. Our bodies are still the same: same organs, same brain capacity, same skull shape and dentition, same nutritional needs. Our thoughts and emotions may have evolved but physically we have not changed. We still have appendixes and pinkies and wisdom teeth: all of which have been argued as evolutionarily "useless".

Oh and BTW, eggs are a meat.

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So then, Chrystal, how do you reconcile the fact that the actual LITERATURE from the IWK recommends meat as a good first food, at 6 months? And NS public health states the same.

Frankly, I'd believe their recommendations over the fact that Gerber doesn't have any meat in their "first foods" line.

I've read the labels of rice cereal. They do have Iron, Niacin, Riboflavin and Thiamine, due to them being fortified. Turkey also has those nutrients, but also is higher in protein, and contains Folate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, fatty acids, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and Selenium.

(And as an aside, when you don't know someone, and you are arguing them, calling them "sweetheart" is not taken as a term of endearment. It wasn't Lisa being touchy -- ask most anybody you know if they like being called "sweetheart" by some random person who is disagreeing with them. My guess is that you'll find that they don't like it any more than Lisa does.)

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That's because Avocado is pricey! And I don't know about it being a great 1st food but it is a great 1st "finger" food, which is typically after they have mastered being fed and not pushing their food back out...And I would like to know what you guys are mixing with this stuff...I mean, I know my baby couldn't just eat meat or an avocado as his first food, are you mixing milk - something that has grain in it??? Why not just give them cereal then? In addition, cereal is usually the 1st pick because it is easy to figure out, for those 1st time parents. Not everyone is willing to venture outside of the box with their first wee-one....

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That doesn't really prove anything. Avocado is a wonderful first food for babies, and it's not in any jarred/processed baby food either. Sometimes it's a matter of cost, preservation methods, etc.

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Oh BTW - Yes cereal is more for getting them use to solids but there IS nutrional value in it, read the box will ya! But a baby before 12 months does NOT require any additional nutrients than what is in breast milk or formula, however they recommend starting at 6 months because once they turn 1 they NEED more! So they don't need meat either but if you want to go ahead...And here in Canada meat is NOT in any baby food until 8 months! I have lived here 36 years and it is different than that in the States or anywhere else...Our restrictions are MUCH higher than other Countries.

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Oh well isn't that nifty! I had a public health nurse visit me too and she told me Iron Fortified cereal is the best 1st choice, nothing about meats....looks like the info is getting crossed...this includes my Doctor that works at the IWK...At any rate - it was liver I was opposed to and the fact that she stated that cereal is NOT the best choice...if it had been written the way you just stated it, it may have had a different outcome of replies! But, to come right out and start talking about 25 000 years ago and to start your baby on meat, that cereal is BAD, is just wrong information! And I am a sweetheart, that doesn't bother me like some touchy individuals! All I am saying and have stated it several times here...is that "most" parents start out with cereals! Thus why the question of the thread...

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However, getting back to the OP, I would strongly recommend against starting solids this young. It sounds like your son is sleeping and eating as he should -- it is perfectly normal for a baby that age to wake up during the night once to eat. You may find in the next month or so that he doesn't seem satisfied with his meals, so you might need to increase the volume that you're feeding him (babies usually hit a growth spurt around that time). Overall, it is advised to wait until the baby is 6 months old before starting solids (some babies can start at 4 months, but it's the exception, not the rule.)

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Chrystal, simmer down. There is not a thing wrong with offering meat as a first food.

You might not be able to imagine giving meat to a 6-month old, but the medical community actually disagrees with you on this one.

You mentioned you're in NS, and brought up the IWK as an authority. Well guess what? I'm in NS as well, and am quite aware of what they recommend. The IWK, in their official literature, recommends iron-fortified cereal AND/OR pureed meat as first foods for babies.

NS Public Health says the same thing. Meat is a perfectly acceptable first food. After my son was born, and the public health nurse visited, we chatted about first foods, and she said that baby cereals are just more to get them used to solids, but that their nutritional value is negligible. And she emphasized quite strongly to then start him on meat. THEN veggies, and lastly, fruit.

Why have the baby food manufacturers not kept pace with this? That's a good question. My guess is that it's only recently that the medical community has agreed that meat is a great first food, so it's taking awhile for the baby food manufacturers to get with the program.

So why don't you dial it down a notch...sweetheart?

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All I can say is GOOD THING they don't have my children! My 13 year old STILL eats warm cereal and my 14 month old has been for 10 months EVERYDAY! Good and healthy, so STOP trying to tell people it is BAD! YOU'RE WRONG! I have been told by my doctor to slow down if not get rid of the meat in my diet because I have high cholesterol - suppose to eat fish 4 times a week! So, go ahead give your 2.5 month old MEAT, I mean this is the age the post"er asked about after all....

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It's modern because they didn't have a name for it or the technology back then to find it! just like ADD and ADHD, back in the day it was called Brain Damaged - so they obviously had a different name back then....it's like everything else, they have evolved, this includes names/titles of disease(s)...

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Nope, like I said they can do whatever they want...But forcing their opinion is a bit much! How about answer the question at hand or bypass it...I did not say they didn't do their research, just said they didn't do enough...I have heard of it too, however, I have heard of many things, doesn't mean it is correct or that it is the recommended approach...Just saying it is important to beware that some people reading thesetake them at face value and assume what they have read is true and factual..just be careful. that's all! Just because I have read about it doesn't mean I know anybody that does it....And talking about 25 000 years ago and saying our bodies have not evolved since then, well that is a HUGE understatement and extremly incorrect!!

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In addition years ago, it was not due to lack of food nor was it only due to disease, it was also due to not knowing what foods and how much, there was heart disease and much of it was from high amounts of cholesterol!

This is simply not true. Heart disease is a relatively modern disease, and it occurs more than ever now, even though people have been on low saturated fat diets for over 30-40 years.

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Chrystal many threads evolve from the initial topic to something else. This is extremely common.

You also can't say they did not do their research honestly you don't know that. This is not the first time I have heard this. I personally am not comfortable doing so but that isn't to say they are wrong either.

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You feed your kids what you want, just remember most people do not agree with you...Neither of you are Pediatricians but I will tell you this, I am going to bring this to mine and see what she has to say! And NO you have not done your research, rather you read a couple articles and choose that is correct. Rather than read multiple articles and consult doctors...And eggs are not an issue, no one said they were...if you look at baby food, you will see they consist of egg yolk! My issue is that this thread is suppose to be about when to start baby on cereal and she gets responses stating to start with MEAT! In addition years ago, it was not due to lack of food nor was it only due to disease, it was also due to not knowing what foods and how much, there was heart disease and much of it was from high amounts of cholesterol! I don't know why you think I am being rude - Lisa started with her mockery....Baby cereal is listed for 4 - 6 months, MEAT is not! And those foods are watched by the American Pediatric Society, if meat was to be the 1st then it would be 1st on our shelves....I don't have to deal with your kids digestive problems later in life, only my own and, I prefer to stick with the known or what my doctor says, rather than go back 25 000 years! So, what you are saying is the 2 of you have done your research but i or all the others haven't?? OK then - have fun with that!

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I gave my daughter and my son eggs as their first foods and they did great on it.

Chrystal, you don't have to be rude. Lisa knows a lot about infant nutrition because she's researched it a lot. As have I. Humans don't *need* wheat and grains to survive. They are actually irritating to the intestinal lining and can cause all sorts of problems for some people. That's not saying ALL people, but some. And professional opinions have changed on what's a good first food.

Kids didn't live long back then because of disease and lack of food, not being fed the wrong foods. The modern baby foods we enjoy today are convenience foods and started back with Europe's industrial revolution. It wasn't about evolutionary changes, it was about quick and easy "food" that people could give their kids.
http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodbaby.htm...

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BTW - this all started with Lisa' snutty remarks! As if to say - she KNOWS everything and everyone should follow in her footstep...
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BTW - Liver is very very high in cholesterol!

Oh noez! The cholesterol!!
What do you think is found in high amounts in human milk? Hint: it begins with a 'c'....

Really? Maybe she should be a doctor! Bahaha Liver has way more cholesterol than breastmilk OR cows milk - go read the package on cows milk! And like I said, as a first food years and years ago (of which we have since EVOLVED ) root veggies, then progression to meats! So, the next time someone wants to mock me, they will get an eyeful from my replying post(s)! Just how it is! Don't mock others and maybe they won't be defensive!!

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Personal attack no...but it is an issue when someone is pushing comments that are infactual...No worries...I did NOT violate anyone! I said the idea is stupid and well to feed your kid liver as their first food is uncomprehensable...talking about what they did 25 000 years ago is besides the actual point in hand! 25 000 years ago, they slaughtered their own meat and, well that has evolved to mass manufacturing of animals, which pumps them full of anitbiotics and other terrible enzymes to keep the meat fresher longer in the Grocer store...In paticular me? no worries, as long as I know how to raise my children in a healthy manner - I am fine with being locked! i just never heard such craziness and references in my 36 years of life! The poor poster asked about cereal for a 2.5 month old NOT can she give the baby meat....I would like to know how many mothers actually gave meat as their babies first food....why is Lisa still pushing the point??? Please inform me of what personal attacks I took? I feel strongly about what Lisa has written - you must remember parents actually read these threads and not all of them seek a 2nd opinion!!!!

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OK, ladies, this is bordering on violation of No THUMPS (in particular Chrystal), so please refrain from making personal attacks, or this thread will be locked and warnings will be issued.

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Those that ate liver didn't live very long either!! Go back and read the historical data there Miss Lisa! I think following the Canadian Food Guide is best! Yes, we in Canada have one and, we in Canada are not at the top of the obesity epidemic like, let's see, the STATES!! As I stated previously, my children are tall and slender, they aren't fat and they both started on cereal!!!!!

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OH, one more thing there Lisa....grains are singular protein strands, while meat has multiple! Which one do YOU think will digest easier?? Now before you type go research the answer! Also you talk about how it was 25 000 years ago, well my dear, there wasn't internet back then either and if you want to follow in their footsteps perhaps you should get rid of all your "cool" technologies they have today! I must say - we live in a city where there is an IWK childrens hospital and my pediatrician is a part of the baby doctor team there! I think she knows WAY more than some person on this site...and she recommended to start with cereals because they are EASIEST to digest!

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There, there Lisa! I think many of you are very uneducated! What do you think our animals that we eat eat??? GRAIN!! My parents OWN a beef farm and, well, the cows aren't eating Liver!! They are eating wheat, barley and grass!! Then we eat them! Get educated before you start providing inaccurate and invaluable information!! They didn't eat MEAT as their first food sweetheart!! They ate root veggies - like potatoes! Carrots! You know, stuff that grows in the ground - not on the ground! Get your facts straight before you start prancing around...besides this post was about CEREAL not giving your baby MEAT...What a STUPID idea...Your poor kids!

In addition - modern hunters and natives still eat the same foods they did 25 000 years ago, they just wear clothes and live in houses now!! BTW - we have many many native settlements surrounding our city and many are friends of mine, they don't even hunt there food anymore, they have these places called "Supermarkets" on reserves now!!!

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Well I won't even pretend to to have all the answers Lisa. Just knowing how things have changed in the last 100yrs I can only imagine how our needs have changed in the last 25,000 yrs.

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