Reprinted from Nature's Field
First of all, we need to know that baby's digestive system is not ready to
handle the heavier foods tolerated by older children. That means "heavy"
foods like meat. Breast milk doesn't get over two and a half percent total
protein during the baby's fastest growth period, doubling his size in the first
3 months! By comparison, wheat can be over 14% protein. So let's stay
with the easily digested foods, and use moderation with grains, etc.
Since breast milk contains over 200 nutritional compounds, to rely on
commercial preparations has not turned out to be ideal for the baby's health.
One of the major reasons is simply because scientists have been slow to
become aware of the importance of subtle micro-nutrients in breast milk.
After all, milk is very similar to the mother's blood and offers many
advantages to the baby unmatched by any other formulation.
Commercial baby foods have not fared unscathed in the past. Sufficient evidence lead leaching from canned products, incomplete protein (the amino acid taurine was one, which could lead to blindness), not enough vitamin E to balance protein content, oils not compatible with the baby's digestive development all of this caused a great uproar in the '70s and early '80s. Before the problems were corrected, they were costing lives. Can we depend on commercial preparations today? We hope you will make your own as much as possible. Following are some rather quick and simple suggestions about how to do this:
Cow's milk has many times more growth hormone than mother's milk.
It has also been implicated in causing food allergies (even asthma) in
children, and excessive growth rates. This will not be true of all children,
Remember that broccoli, oranges, cottage cheese, collards, green beans, bone meal and spinach also carry plenty of calcium, too. Since we are looking for a balanced vitamin/mineral diet, you can always add dabs of other things like kelp, brewer's yeast (but just a little please), lecithin and various other supplements. The idea is to use your blender to puree fresh, frozen (not canned) foods that are easily digested and nutritious. But remember that baby does not need the strong salty or sweet tastes enjoyed by adults. Something quite bland can be satisfying and enjoyable.
TV Dinner for Baby
For a busy mother, home-made frozen dinners can be made. Make up
several meals at once when you discover what the baby likes-peas,
potatoes, carrots, or even barley soup. Pour various entrees into popsicle
trays for freezing.
After they are thoroughly frozen, pop them out of the plastic trays into
food bags, tie, and return to the freezer. Add other "popsicles" to the bag
and remember the colors of each when you get them out to make a meal.
There are several hand-operated food grinders available for quick food preparation, too. But in an emergency, mothers in Third World countries have been known to chew up the food themselves before feeding it directly to their babies! If you're in good health, why not? You saliva is loaded with digestive enzymes that are not yet well-developed in your baby's mouth.
Sprouts for Young Sprouts
When a child gets a few teeth, you don't need to blend sprouts, but let him enjoy mung beans. For seeds that leave a hard husk after sprouting, you may wish to wash them off (as for alfalfa sprouts) because of a small chance that they could lodge in the folds of the digestive tract and irritate the system. (Unchewed lettuce has also been known to cause discomfort.) If there is a question, blend all edible portions.
Whole wheat and other grains are excellent, but only after a baby is older
than 10 months. Before this time, the child may not have enough ptyalin
enzyme in his saliva to begin starch digestion. This can result in colic and
constipation. Be careful about mixing fruit with cereals (or other protein
foods) so that the sugars of the fruit do not ferment while the grains are being
digested. Adding just a little fruit should be fine.
Kelp will help balance trace mineral needs and even a little lecithin at times can be blended into the food along with unhydrogenated vegetable oils. Vitamin C powder (or crush a tablet under a tea cup), liquid vitamins/minerals, chlorophyll (which resembles human hemoglobin), etc., are vital. Don't forget magnesium and zinc.
Tips for Toddlers
It's best to introduce one new food at a time and see how the baby reacts
to it. Watch for irritability, colic, or hyperactivity as signs of an allergic
reaction. Make sure bananas and other fruits are well-ripened to prevent
indigestion. Any canned food is not recommended.
2 C. whole wheat flour
Fruit juice might seem healthy for your baby. In fact, it can cause many problems, from tummy aches to tooth decay. If babies drink a lot of juice, they might lose interest in the breastmilk or formula that is their crucial source of nutrients (including protein).
If you do want to give your baby some juice (say, after 12 months), dilute the juice half-and-half with water. Also really limit the amount you give. Look for pasteurised juice to avoid infections (it will be written on the label), and 100% juice. Avoid fruit-juice drinks, which could be loaded with sugar.
Soft drinks are full of sugar and contain virtually no nutrients. They are unsuitable for babies and children.
Mineral waters are high in certain minerals that can stress your baby's kidneys.
Herbal teas are not good for your baby.
Soy milk even with added calcium doesn't have the nutrients your baby needs. It is not recommended as a replacement for breastmilk or formula.
Commercial (non certified organic) cow's milk, rice milk or oat milk are not to be given to babies.
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