Feeding baby protein

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Feeding baby protein

Babies can take proteins by 8 months of age. This depends upon the family model. The most common proteins might be your animal proteins, which are chicken and turkey. This can be steamed, roasted, sautéed – however you wish to cook it – gently. And then it can be either pureed or you can offer your child from 8 to 9 months on soft, little pieces of the meats with their meal. Other proteins include beans, which can come in at 8 months, and soy, which is a bean, which is presented as tofu. Other proteins that can be offered are beans and tofu and egg yolk. Egg yolk is appropriate at 8 months – you want to separate the egg and the white. The white is still too strong of a protein for the baby until they’re over 1 year of age. At that time, you can make little omelets. Before then, if you do want to make an egg yolk omelet, it’s very easy – you just simply separate the egg and the yolk, add a little water, stir it up and cook it with a little olive oil. And this is a perfect early feeding food for the baby that’s eager to self-feed around 8.5, 9 or 10 months of age.

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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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