Exclusively Breastfeeding for 6 months Causes Food Allergies?

Kimberly - posted on 01/14/2011 ( 201 moms have responded )

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ARTICLE TAKEN FROM BBC.COM AND THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-1218005...

Weaning before six months 'may help breastfed babies'

Relying purely on breastfeeding for the first six months might not be best for babies, experts in the UK have warned.

In the British Medical Journal, the team said breastfed babies may benefit from being given solid food earlier.

Current advice suggests weaning should occur at six months, but the UCL team say it could happen as early as four.

They suggest later weaning may increase food allergies and iron deficiency levels, but other experts backed the existing guidance.

Ten years ago, the World Health Organization published global advice advocating babies be exclusively breastfed for six months.

The research team, led by Dr Mary Fewtrell a paediatrician from the University of London Institute of Child Health, said it supported the recommendation for developing countries, where access to clean water and safe weaning foods is limited, and there is a high risk of infant death and illness.

But they added: "Many western countries, including 65% of European member states and the US, elected not to follow this recommendation fully, if at all.

But in 2003, a health minister said the UK would comply.

Parents 'cannot win'
The WHO recommendation "rested largely" on a review of 16 studies, including seven from developing countries.

It concluded that babies just given breast milk for six months had fewer infections and experienced no growth problems.

But another review of 33 studies found "no compelling evidence" not to introduce solids at four to six months, the experts said.

Some research has also shown that six months of breastfeeding does not give babies all the nutrition they need.

A US 2007 study found there was an increased risk of anaemia compared with those introduced to solids at four to six months.

Swedish research also found that the incidence of early onset coeliac disease increased after a recommendation to delay introduction of gluten until age six months, but fell back after the recommendation reverted to four months.

Dr Alan Lucas, director of the Institute of Health, said: "The WHO recommendation is very sensible for developing countries.

"But in the UK, it's important we take a balanced look at the evidence."

Dr Fewtrell added: "When you look at the figures, there are a lot of babies being weaned before six months anyway - and that's probably the most important thing in terms of hard evidence."

'Inappropriate feeding'
But the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the National Childbirth Trust defended current advice.

And Janet Fyle, professional policy adviser at the Royal College of Midwives, said: "I really must challenge the suggestion that the UK should reconsider its current advice on exclusive breastfeeding for six months.

"I believe that this is a retrograde step and plays into the hands of the baby-food industry which has failed to support the six-month exclusive breastfeeding policy in the UK.

"There is evidence that some babies do die in developed countries from inappropriate young child feeding, such as the introduction of solid foods earlier before their swallowing mechanism is mature enough or they have fully developed the capability to cope with solid foods."

And a Department of Health spokeswoman said: "Breast milk provides all the nutrients a baby needs up to six months of age and we recommend exclusive breastfeeding for this time.

"Mothers who wish to introduce solids before six months should always talk to health professionals first."

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition is to review infant feeding and is due to report later this year.

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Kate CP - posted on 01/14/2011

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How about people just wait until their baby shows signs they're ready to start solids? Every baby is different. I hate these recommendations that keep changing. I think more parents should follow their baby's lead.

Minnie - posted on 01/14/2011

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UNICEF's response:



http://www.babyfriendly.org.uk/pdfs/unic...



Like Kate said, just pay attention to signs of readiness- ability to sit unsupported, ability to pick up food, get it to the mouth, chew it and then swallow it.



Note: staring at people eating, mouthing objects and wanting to nurse more are NOT signs of readiness for solids.

Callie - posted on 01/14/2011

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Other mom's can feed their babies how they want, that's their business. But I stand by my opinion. Baby food companies are all about making $$ not about whats best for your baby. That's whats happening in this article. Baby food industry is giving money to some doctors who then all of a sudden decided babies should start eating solids earlier.

Callie - posted on 01/14/2011

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They are recommendations for a reason, every child is different so they give basic guidelines. You should definitely listen to your child. But I can't believe the claims in an article when the writers/researcher admit their link to an industry that will benefit from the article. If they doctors are on the baby food industry payroll why would you believe them when they tell you that you need to start babyfood earlier. Its all about the $$$. Not that I buy the junk in a jar. Whats sad is that many mothers look to gerber to inform them how to feed their baby. I even had a doctor tell us to "just follow the gerber steps" when we asked about food. We switched doctors.

Bonnie - posted on 01/14/2011

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I agree with Kate. Since it is the baby that will be eating solids for the first time, it is the baby that should show the signs and guide the parents. Often doctors recommendations are all over the place anyways. Some are saying start solids slowly at 3 months and some are saying wait til at least 6 months.

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Netania - posted on 01/21/2011

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I've long learned not to trust everything you hear based on "research" or the WHO says that etc. Do a bit of your own research and let your child guide you - "experts" usually won't advise you either that you should introduce a baby to vegetables rather than gluten etc.

Stefka - posted on 01/21/2011

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How helpful you wrote,Donna Kavanagh,
I never thouth of a connection between blood and food.
I didn't eat quite many thing when I started brestfeeding my son, and he was doing great, but I had never heard of anything like this.

Carrie - posted on 01/21/2011

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I have breast five kids exclusively for a year (except they ate real food at bout 6 months) and one best I could for 6 months. I only had one that had a temporary allergy to shrimp. How can people get away w saying things like this?

Marie - posted on 01/21/2011

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For God's sake, do what Mother Nature intended. When your baby starts reaching for food on your plate they are ready for solids. M 4 children are both bottle and breastfed and the four of them grew up into healthy adults. They are all no win their 30s and have NO health problems. Think about native women an dhow they fed their babies in th epast an dyou will be on the right track.

Donna - posted on 01/21/2011

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My first son had breastmilk for 2 months then formula from there on. He started solids at 4 months & 2 weeks old. He has no food allergies and is now 3yrs old.

My 2nd son was 5 weeks premature, had a mix of breastmilk and formula for the first 2 months until I could get him to breastfeed and bring my milk in properly. He started solids at 4months 1 week old. He was definitely ready and had no problems swallowing.

The question I have is... What about focusing on eating for your baby's blood type when breastfeeding? My 2nd son has quite a lot of ecezma and suffers silent reflux. I went to a Naturopath and she suggested that I eat according to what his blood type should eat and with-in 6 days of my new diet his ecezma had completely cleared up and reflux has settled down. He is blood type B, and they are not allergic to gluten but should avoid 'wheat, buckwheat, rye, sweetcorn, sesame seeds, most nuts among some of the foods'...

Food for thought...

Keep up the good work mummies, you are doing a great job!

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THIS IS TOTAL BS I have know many moms that have breastfeed exclusively for longer than 6 months that are perfectly fine!!!!!!

Stefka - posted on 01/20/2011

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To Susan Becker

That is a very good possitiot.

Well you wont be able to see the medical history of the cows that gave the milk the formula is made from, but it is the parents who take this decision.

Stefka - posted on 01/20/2011

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Hello,
My son (14 months) is still having brest milk in the evening. It was his only food until 6 months and he didn’t have water either, he didn’t need it. He doesn’t have anemia, he is healthy, doesn’t have constipation оr colitis, or any allergy.
Actually, the reason babies have allergy ro constipation, оr colitis is that they don’t get food that they are naturally supposed to have. Formula is prepared from cow milk and is always one and the same, and mother’s milk is changing every hour to be best for the baby’s needs.
As I have already experienced how my body changed when I was pregnant and after I gave birth, I can trust it!

Relying purely on breastfeeding for the first six months is the best for my baby.
I know nature has given me better way to feed my child than chemists.

Cecilia - posted on 01/20/2011

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In many foreign third world countries and presumably throughout time, a baby is introduced to solids through the mother masticating the food she was eating and giving it to the baby. baby led is a nice idea, but not realistic.

Heather - posted on 01/20/2011

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If we are talking about "weaning" as in tapering off of breast milk working toward the goal of no breast milk, This is the most ABSURD thing I have ever heard!! I also think it is important to note that 3 of the 4 researchers who performed this study WORK FOR FORMULA COMPANIES! The same formula companies who try to push formula in non developed countries that don't even have clean drinking water - causing numerous sicknesses & deaths in infants that could have been prevented simply by having human milk available. Formula companies are out to make a profit just like any other corporation, and I am sure that this article will help them do that. It is a mothers right to choose how she wants to feed her baby, human milk or formula. But lets not be so ignorant to think that nature would have made such a big mistake! America has some of the lowest rates of BF'ing & is among the lowest in length of BF'ing & we have some of the highest rates of allergies in the world. Other cultures typically provide human milk for anywhere from 2-7years of life & they do not have epedimics of food allergies as we do.
As far as introducing solids go, every baby is different. When they start showing signs of interest (more info avail from UNICEF & the American Academy of Pediatrics) it is usually ok to start introducing solids, no matter if your baby is 6mos of age or not....that should be a no brainer!

Wendy - posted on 01/20/2011

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I have three children, with a fourth on the way, and I have always breastfeed my babies. I have never given them formula, always breast milk. I have found in all of my children that during the time I am breastfeeding them, they never get a cold, fever, or anything serious at all, even if the rest of the family (including myself) is sick with a cold. The baby I am feeding remains free from getting sick. So to me breastfeeding is extremely important, and has proven the benefits to me just by this alone.

I also did not introduce solids to my children until they were six months of age. I believe that their digestion system has not fully developed, along with their sold swallowing motion. This I found the first time I introduce solids to them - they all make a funny face, and are trying to work out how they are suppose to swallow what has just been put in their mouth. I always slowly introduce foods to them, allowing them to get use to the bland food I have given them, before moving on to a new taste. This is essential as you have no idea if the child has any allergies to that particular food, so introducing foods slowing, one at a time will help to confirm and know about any allergies if they appear in the baby.

Sometimes I think that baby food manufactures are just trying to push extra products onto first time mums, and it really isn't in the best interest of the baby.

If a mother is eating well, not over indulging in alcohol (preferrably none) and taking a good breastfeeding multi-vitamin, then the baby should be getting everything he/she needs to maintain optimum health. Never under estimate the magic of mother's milk!

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Question to Marla,
Did u just breastfeed for 15 months? Or is that how long u breastfed in total. If u only breastfed for 15 months without solid foods that isn't enough but I am assuming u mean in total

Susan - posted on 01/20/2011

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I would like to see a study that takes into account the medical history of the parents. Whether or not it's possible, I don't know. I just think it's more about the parents' medical history than whether or not they're breast fed or formula fed. Parents need to decide based on what they feel is best for them and their baby, without being made to feel guilty or ridiculed for their decisions.

Marla - posted on 01/20/2011

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Baloney!! I have 3 kids all of which I breastfed for 15 months. Not one of them has any food allergies. One of them developed asthma, but not until she was 9 years old! Breastfeeding is the best thing for our kids. I would want to see exactly how that study was done before I gave it credence. The benefits far outweigh this one small study!!!!

Allison - posted on 01/20/2011

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Common sense should prevail. Over the past 100 years, food allergies have increased, breastfeeding rates have decreased. Over the past hundred years food allergies have increased, the age until which babies are exclusively breastfed has decreased. Food allergies are reduced by exclusive breastfeeding, not the other way around. And it doesn't take an expert to figure that one out.

Susan - posted on 01/20/2011

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My daughter was a formula baby, not breastfed. Per the dr, I started adding cereal to her formula at 4 months. She started on baby food at about 5 months I think. She's 9 now and has no allergies that we're aware of, is an extremely healthy eater, and loves a wide range of foods. But her dad and I have no food allergies, which I think plays a big part.

Samantha - posted on 01/20/2011

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Total bogus!!! I breast feed 3 babies. My 1st was breast feed only for 9 months and finally weaned at 3 1/2. My other 2 babies I breast feed only for much shorter. My oldest is the healthest of them all. Rarely gets ill, I can conunt on one hand how many times he has has stomach virus and has NO food allegies. My other 2 are sick every winter and go to the dr 3 ties as much as my oldest. This really needs to look into to much much more. If you want more acurate information concerning breasfeeding contact your local La leche league. You can google that + your state or area. Wonderful knowledgeable and supporting group of mother and experts on the subject. I think this is grossly misguided!!!
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Constance - posted on 01/20/2011

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I am a 52 year old mother of four breast fed children and have invested five years of my life into breast feeding. I did not introduce solids until six months and NONE of my children have any food allergies. They range in age from 25 to 33 years.

Sherri - posted on 01/20/2011

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I never bf oldest, bf second till 3 1/2 mo's and only bf third for 4wks and none of mine have any food allergies either.

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Both of my girls BF their babies (total of 6) until they were 12 months or older. NONE of them have allergies.

Angi - posted on 01/20/2011

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I guess I can see how some of this info can be true, but there are many other unknown reasons for food allergies in babies. I breast fed my now 9 month old until she was 6 months. I started rice cereal at 3 months and veggies around 4 1/2 months. My daughter is allergic to wheat, oats, barley, and egg whites.
I breast fed my now 3 year old son until he was 4 months old. I introduced solids in pretty much the same way when he was a baby except I did give him formula from time to time. He had a lot of food sensitivities but no allergies. He is not allergic or sensitive to anything now.
I am not sure if adding formula to my son's diet early on made him likely to be allergic to food, but I do know that adding food to my daughter's diet before 6 months did not stop her from being allergic to food.
I think there is a lot more research that needs to be done in this area before making such a wide conclusion.

Erica - posted on 01/20/2011

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Any mother who is given holistic support and wisdom throughout her pregnancy, birth and early years of Motherhood will hopefully be adequately in tune with her own child to make the 'weaning' call herself. My sons cut their first tooth at 7 months and 11 months respectively and had very little interest in food other than breast milk before then. I continued to breast feed both on-demand until 20 months. Neither has any food allergies, however I consistently allowed them to taste wholesome foods from 4 months old and encouraged them from 6 months. There is a difference between an exploratory taste and a meal.

Katie - posted on 01/20/2011

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Oh ugh. My son is so highly soy intolerant he vomits until he nearly goes into shock if exposed (he has FPIES to soy and possibly dairy). If I had not breastfed him, 1) I would not have known about the soy intolerance (he reacted through breastmilk and I had to stop eating soy), 2) his condition could have worsened with early exposure to other foods. I need to read more about why this recommendation has come about, but I can tell you from our experience, less than 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding would have been extremely detrimental to his health.

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This article makes you wonder. I breast fed both of my boys and introduced solids around 4-5 months. Neither has food allergies. I was always told to wait as long as possible to introduce solids so the baby wouldn't develop food allergies. On the other hand, if they are getting breast milk they are introduced to food from the get go. I'm a little pissed with these doctors - first they say one thing and then the complete opposite. It's like relying on the weather people - you just can't. Use your best judgement Moms.

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I gave all my 4 babies cereal at 6 weeks in the evening just as my doctor suggested...my oldest is 41 now and they all grew fat and sassy...my youngest daughter breastfed exclusively (with a few bites from the table now and then)...her 4 babies grew up fat and sassy...methinks it doesn't really matter...the kids will tell you if they are unhappy and my how they will tell you!!!

Marianne - posted on 01/20/2011

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Breastfeeding was created to work! Baby food came along much later. Why mess with what isn't broken, unless there are ulterior motives!

Di - posted on 01/20/2011

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I'm admitting to having not read everyone's responces (yet) but PLEASE read http://info.babymilkaction.org/node/321. It seems Most of the authours of the report causing so much anxiety have recieved funding from N*&%le (I'm assuming I cant put the real company name) - a baby food and formula company. There might be vested intrests here, so don't make any hasty decisions. Do what is right for you, your body, your baby and your situation, and if you have concerns about iron or the other issues mentioned, talk to your GP. These studies are always genealised so can't take into consideration individual needs / situations / diets etc. Other studies seem to suggest the opposite in regards to food allergies so making decisions on second hand summeries of one report may not be the best thing for you or your baby.
We are all trying to do the best for our kids, no matter what parenting paths we take. It just annoys me that the funding etc is made easy to discover. It makes sence that baby food / artifcial baby milk formula companies would choose the buck over the breast, but without the ability to check into these studies, a lot of people can fall for this scare tactic.

Yvonne - posted on 01/20/2011

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it's all about the immune system; if it is strong you will have no allergies. A baby that young would not have a strong immune yet. I suggest reading about the immune system and allergies.

Heather - posted on 01/20/2011

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I have 8 children all of whom nursed for at least a year. My oldest did not have any solid food of any kind till she was 8 months old, She has no food allergies and is now 17 and 5'9". My second daughter I tried giving cereal to at the suggestion of the doc at 2 months, she was so constipated she could not even push it out. After that experience, I listened to my 'gut' instinct and took cues from my babies of when to start food. To all the women out there wondering if the "experts" are right or not, I would say Trust your maternal instincts, they have never let me down.

Trish - posted on 01/20/2011

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This article has since been discredited.The people who conducted this reseach work for a formula company

Janessa - posted on 01/20/2011

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I do not believe the UK findings at all. My 2 boys didn't even want anything to do with solids until after 6 months, and they are just fine. My little girl I started just under 6 months. I'm glad to see not everyone supports this theory. But really I just go with my instincts, and that has worked. You can find evidence out there to support anything you want to believe really, so I do what I feel is best for my children, and for them solids as not been a big priority. For the record that was when they got sick the least, if at all.

Rosie - posted on 01/20/2011

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My baby is still fed exclusively breast milk. She is 4 months, and quite the chunk. She has more rolls than most babies I know, and we live in Costa Rica. I see no need to start introducing foods, as she seems very healthy.

Melanie - posted on 01/20/2011

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I'd love it if my 7 month old would eat solids and keep it down. He's got about the most sensitive gag reflex. I'm exclusively breastfeeding not by my choice, but his. The little stinker refused the bottle @ 2 months. Been trying to introduce cereal and veggies, but he barely ingests anything because he throws it up along with what I've nursed him right before or 3 hours before. Sigh...

Kaitlyn - posted on 01/20/2011

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Just "food for thought", but did you know that ANYONE can have a .com website? Meaning, ANYONE (including my 3 year-old) can write and post whatever they want on their .com site? True research and studies are not posted on .com sites. More and better research articles are posted on sites that contain .org, .edu, etc. because not just your average Joe can obtain a website with those addresses. You have to be an established and reputable school, organization, etc. in order to have a website that is NOT a .com That is not to say,however, that all research articles on non .com websites should NOT be read with a grain o salt, but chances are they are A LOT more credible than anything posted on a .com website! ALWAYS do your own research and do not just believe the first thing you read. You are your child's advocate, don't be a dummy because it is easier or more convenient. Strive to ind out as much information as possible on things and then make your own, best educated decision. Even doctors can be wrong or missed something.
Just sayin'...

Tiffany - posted on 01/20/2011

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I breastfed my daughter exclusively until after she was 6 months old. I then slowly started her on cereals, then veggies, fruits....but she wouldn't eat food on a regular basis until she was 9 months old and had to be in daycare. I continued to breastfeed her until she was 18 months old, and she was the one who decided to stop.
She has NO food allergies.

Marita - posted on 01/20/2011

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of course I agreed with you besides the expert Dr. ..........never had kids because is a man............sorry but only woman are allow to talk. Congrats I also breatfeed my son 1 year never tried formula is never visited the doctor except for vaccines, he is almost two and very healthy.

Danielle - posted on 01/20/2011

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I breast fed excuselively for one year all three of my children. None of them have food allergies and their pediatrician is amazed at how healthy all of them are. We very rarely have infections or colds maybe 1 a year and are infrequently on antibiotics. They have never had ear infections and my oldest (who has had a spleenecomy d/t spherocytosis) has never had any ifections (strep, pneumonia,ear infections) that required antibiotic use. I think that instead of worrying about what the experts think, we as Mother's need to do what we feel is best for our children.

Jo - posted on 01/20/2011

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Well, after reading the article and some of the Mommy posts, I would have to say, in my opinion as a mother of 7 children. Breast is best. I nursed my oldest child for 11.5 months, she was on iron fortified rice cereal at 6-7 months. By 6months she was also learning to eat cheerios, and by 12 months she was fully equipped to eat solids. Breast milk gives the infant brain protien that pablum and formula just don't have. Protein helps the brain grow of course, so the longer a person nurses for, the healthier the child will be. As for the baby food debate, I myself don't use baby food jars because they are a waste of money. If you have time to cook for yourself, or your spouse, or even other children, then obviously there is time to cook for an infant who requires no seasoning or special recipes. If you really do not have time to cook for yourself or anyone else, then it is time to prioritize, your baby's needs should always come before your career or whatever is taking up the vital 25 minutes it would take to mash a carrot up in chicken broth.
Now if you do not know how to make your own baby food, then that is different! Ask your doctor what they suggest, and go buy a cheap blender. It's as simple as boiling or steaming the crap out of the food, and blending it up in the blender. put the excess in ice cube trays and put them in the freezer until frozen and then throw them into freezer bags. homemade baby food can be stored for up to 6months. Go on Facebook, and search Baby Facts and Stories. You can find of useful advise and post questions.
Josie Lukovszki~Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada~

Pip - posted on 01/20/2011

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I read a criticism of this article yesterday - ..."Three scientists who controversially cast doubt on the safety of exclusively breastfeeding babies until six months old have links to infant formula and baby food companies...". Here's a link to the article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/articl...

Definitely keep breastfeeding! What your body makes specifically for your baby has to be better for your baby than processed food targetted at new mothers, made specifically for profit!

Emily - posted on 01/20/2011

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I dunno whether this makes me want to laugh or cry out with frustration! I am a huge advocate for exclusive breastfeeding for as long as possible. I exclusively breastfed all my kids, my 1st til she was 4 1/2 months, my 2nd til 5 months and my 3rd til he was 5 1/2 months. At these points I introduced solids and continued to breastfeed up until the age of one. I found that following my baby's feeding cues and their own signs of readiness. My middle kid ended up with multiple food allergies and the others are just fine!!! Explain that one!!! I do however think that it is partly the responsibility of the publishers of these articles to ensure the credibility of the studies before confusing new and seasoned mothers alike. Lets face it the human race would not have progressed this far if it were not for the valuable nutrients that breastmilk provides for our young. As for the infant food manufacturers, of course they are going to jump at the opportunity to get a few more new mothers bank notes into their account! I have in the past used the occasional organic jar of baby food (I do mean occasional though, maybe once a month, if even). For those who use the excuse of it being just as good or convenient as home cooked meals, get a grip! Even daylight can deteriorate the light soluble vitamins that may have been in the food at the time of manufacturing, never mind the god awful taste of the stuff. I takes one trip around the grocery store to purchase a selection of organic produce, one day of prep, cooking, and blending/mashing before popping them all into individual icecube tray and into the deepfreeze. That way every day you can give a different combination of foods that have cost a fraction of the price and taste unquantifiably better. And for the nay sayers who'll say they don't have time,( I don't have time either, I work full time with three kids one of whom has a disability and am expecting my fourth soon too) don't you think your kiddies are worth a teeny bit of extra effort for one day!!!!
In short, kids should be fed as nature intended, homecooked food and breastmilk until Mums and babies are ready to move on from that point. Don't get me wrong either I am not in any way condemning anyone who choses to artificially feed, just as with most womens issues I'm pro-choice, it's up to the individual to decide what they wish to do with their body! But for those who have chosen to breastfeed, follow your instincts, you baby will direct you the way to go if you can blank out the constant conflicting advice given by the media.

KIM - posted on 01/20/2011

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I breast fed all 7 of my children exclusively for 6 months . including a set of twins and not 1 has a food allergy.

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2011

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I had the same problem as Sherri. We fed our daughter Beechnut b/c it was recommended by the pediatrician and the nutritionist. Also, both I and my husband were working 60 hr weeks to make ends meet so as for "making" baby food- no.

We started mixing a little cereal in at about 3 months b/c she just wasnt getting full. I could only breastfeed for a month b/c I didnt produce enough milk. Congrats to you that can/could. Also, some ppl just arent comfortable with the whole breastfeeding thing. Yes, I would have loved to have given my dgtr all the extra immunities and whatnot, but my body just didnt cooperate. Also, the most important ones come thru within the 1st month is what I was told by both the ob/gyn and the peds. I had to mix in formula the whole time. The only allergy my dgtr has is to shrimp; an allergy I developed while pregnant.

Zoe - posted on 01/20/2011

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I think it would be nice to know more about the studies conducted and who is backing the study....if it's a maker of babyfood backing the study...well go figure. I don't trust various studies...those things are easily tainted by who is paying for it. The WHO isn't my favorite authority on health.

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I have 3 kids. They all nursed until 2-2.5 years old. All 3 were fed breast milk ONLY (no formula at all ever).

Baby #1: breast milk only until 6 months.

Baby #2: breast milk only until 5 months (he couldn't wait...it was torture for him to see us eat solid food in front of him).

Baby #3: breastmilk only until 5 months.

I made all of their 'baby' food/solids...never bought 1 jar of food...& introduced all food when each type was recommended...except peanut butter. I think that by the time our 3rd was born, some peds. were recommending to hold off on peanuts until 2-3 years old. I didn't do that. I waited until each was 1 year old. None of them have any allergies. 2 ear infections total between all 3 kids (they are ages 12, 9, & 4 now). No health problems or issues at all. Rarely get sick.

Rebecca - posted on 01/20/2011

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Solids should always be offered after breastfeeding first, so that a woman's milk supply does not diminish or disappear

Debra - posted on 01/20/2011

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We have 9 children...all breastfed exclusively for 10-13 mo. Not one with alergies of any sort. All very healthy... sniffles maybe once a year. I know it is more complicated than just the breast feeding aspect but lets get real...

Carrie - posted on 01/20/2011

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I have to say, it does sound like a lot of people are getting confused by this article. It's not saying when you should stop breastfeeding, it is saying to introduce solids before 6 months. Not that I agree or disagree.

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