Foods to avoid when starting solids

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Foods to avoid when starting solids

When you start your baby on solids, one of the food groups to avoid are the dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and carrots are in this category if they are home prepared because they have naturally occurring high nitrates. Nitrate poisoning in our infants is virtually non existent due to the universal protocol of diluting commerical baby foods. But if you are making your own foods, you do want to be aware that you need to puree the food and then dilute it with one or two tablespoons of fresh spring water per serving. This lowers the risk of any problem with the nitrates. Waiting until your baby is eight months of age is another option, which really virtually eliminates the problem of nitrate poisoning in the infant. By eight months of age, the liver is mature enough to be able to handle these vegetables in combination with other vegetables and proteins as part of the baby´s regular diet.

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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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