Best first foods for baby

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Best first foods for baby

Currently the World Health Organizations suggest that we start our babies on the green and yellow and orange vegetables as their first food. Historically, we've been told to start our babies on rice cereal, usually sweetened with a fruit. This dates back to the loss of breastfeeding during the fifties when the children really became in a crisis in America with iron deficiency and anemia, so the way to get the iron through them was the iron fortified rice cereal paradigm which has since stuck. What our present research shows is that breast milk contains the highest absorbeble iron in the food chain, and our new infant formulas are also iron fortified. So this does open the door to offering green and yellow vegetables as the first food to your child. The other problem with using rice cereal sweetened with a fruit is that brain studies indicate that this lays down a future presence for sweets, and it does correlate to our childhood and adult obesity in this country.

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Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC

Infant Feeding Specialist

Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC holds a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in home and internet consults for new mother/infant couples from birth through two years of age. She covers early breastfeeding questions such as learning to trust the breast, establishing a good milk supply, sore nipples, colic and reflux; as well as “back to work” protocols for the working mother and “transitioning to solids” at six months per the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization guidelines, plus food wars and gentle weaning guidelines for the older infant. In addition, she has written for LA Family Magazine and Mothering Magazine, and leads infant feeding workshops throughout the community. With the wisdom of motherhood still largely negated or ignored, she specializes in combining ancient matriarchal traditions with modern science to help the new mother transition into the time-honored role of nurturing her baby with body and breast. She continues to pursue the goal of redefining the human infant feeding norm as breastfeeding or breastmilk for all children.

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