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Infants and the paleo diet

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Created October 28, 2011 at 2:30 PM

What do people who follow the paleo diet recommend when it comes time to feed your baby rice cereal. As alot of us know in the American culture this is our babies first meal. Help!!?

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on March 15, 2012
at 05:01 PM

I would suggest that you consider sweet potatoes, avocados, and pureed meats like lamb, veal, and even poultry. Most babies don't like the pasty texture of pureed meats, but I found that mine didn't have a problem with it if I mixed it with sweet potato, squash, or pumpkin. Also, egg yolks and not fat-restricting the diet, and, if you're going to do milk alternatives, things like goat yogurt will help restore the gut and help the baby to grow healthy.

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at 04:58 PM

... that the stomach and intestines have a hard time processing, with difficult to digest starches, and large-molecule proteins. Though it may be hard at first, the best thing you can do for your baby is to restore her to a more natural diet, and allow her digestive system to heal, and then process naturally, even if it does mean that she has night-time wakings.

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JQ. The problem is that babies don't sleep through the night for a reason. Their immature digestive systems, when they work properly, process food in short increments -- so with an efficiently operating, and very small, digestive system, they'll wake every 3-4 hours to have something to eat... and that may continue for some children (with healthy digestive systems) through their 2nd year, when the size of their stomach enables them to take in enough food at a time to go for longer stretches. Grains soy and dairy artificially lengthen that digestive period by creating a bolus of food (next)

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on December 01, 2011
at 11:54 PM

I gave my son a little sweet potato at around 10 months with copious amounts of pasture butter or coconut oil. I wouldn't call it ideal but he seemed to handle it just fine.

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at 11:53 PM

This is exactly what we did too.

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how about yams/sweet potatoes? our 9 month old seems to enjoy those but are they harder on her digestive system than we think?

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He just turned 2, and is doing great!

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on October 28, 2011
at 02:43 PM

My baby's first food was bananas, then avocado and sweet potatoes. There's no need to feed a baby rice cereal; it's just sort of the status quo, like jarred baby food, which is completely unnecessary. My baby never had any jarred baby food -- I just mashed up real food.

You might want to look into baby-led weaning (http://www.babyledweaning.com/) - some people don't even feed their babies mushed-up food at all.

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on October 28, 2011
at 03:59 PM

I started my son on egg yolks when he got his first teeth and seemed very interested in food. Here is an article by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig on feeding babies. http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/feeding-babies

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on October 28, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I never fed any of my kids rice cereal or any other kind of packaged baby food either. They all went straight to table food while continuing to breastfeed. I wasn't paleo at the time, just cheap. It made no sense to me to pay all that money for little jars of pureed nastiness when we had plenty of delicious healthy food on our table already.

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Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on October 28, 2011
at 02:45 PM

I never fed mine cereals.They started out with breast milk, and when they were ready for solid foods, they got purees of things like winter squash, mashed egg yolks, sweet potatoes, or whatever we were having for dinner, run through a mini grinder. Mine started eating food late, though -- none of them started solid foods till after 6 months, and my daughter didn't want to start eating solid food till closer to 9 months. Most of my colleages when I was a midwife taught that you'd know when a baby was ready for solid foods.. 'cause they'd snatch it off your plate and eat it before you could stop 'em. chuckles That's how it went with mine... they grabbed stuff off my plate, and that's what we ground up or mashed up for them to eat. Even after they started solid food, there were a lot of days that all they wanted was the breast, and we were good with that. They've all grown up strong, and are healthier than most of their peers, so I don't think missing rice cereal hurt them any.

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on October 28, 2011
at 03:13 PM

My little guy hated the rice cereal - so that was easy. He LOVED yams, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, avocado, turnips etc. With all I steamed them and then mashed them up with butter. And then after a couple of months when he seemed like he wanted to feed himself I would steam broccoli or make sweet potato 'fries' and let him try to eat them.

Don't listen to conventional wisdom - you'r doc may try to force that stuff down your throat, but if you repeatedly bring in a healthy baby he or she will change their tune!

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on October 28, 2011
at 02:42 PM

How about puree from vegetables? I'm not an expert but thats what we feed our baby's here (Holland).

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on October 28, 2011
at 05:56 PM

Babies don't create the enzyme amylase, which breaks down starch till they're over a year old. Bananas contain that enzyme so they are an acceptable first starch for the under 1 set. Rice is totally inappropriate for infants. IMHO fruit and veggies are much better sources of carbs for little ones... And obviously breast milk.

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on October 28, 2011
at 09:46 PM

how about yams/sweet potatoes? our 9 month old seems to enjoy those but are they harder on her digestive system than we think?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on December 01, 2011
at 11:54 PM

I gave my son a little sweet potato at around 10 months with copious amounts of pasture butter or coconut oil. I wouldn't call it ideal but he seemed to handle it just fine.

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on October 28, 2011
at 03:18 PM

We went from breast feed to whole foods. There are lots of books on feeding whole foods to babies...

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on October 28, 2011
at 09:56 PM

I wonder if the main reason rice cereal is recommended is just because its a milder version of the junk older kids and adults will most likely eat, so why not get them used to it. Other than that, I don't see a reason for rice cereal.

for our 9 month old the mainstays have been pastured egg yolks (this was the first solid food basically), beef liver, avocado, broccoli and other veggies, tubers, ghee, coconut milk kefir, coconut oil, cod liver oil, chicken breast, sardines (starting around 8 months), bone broth, papaya, banana (nanners!), and little tastes of whatever meats we might be eating. she enjoys most all of what we offer, or if not its just getting the right mix mashed.

it's pretty cheap and easy to mash up real nutrient dense foods from your own food supply, and especially mobile if you get these:

Fresh N Freeze 2 oz. Baby Food Containers

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on March 01, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Hey Guys, I was hoping someone can assist me.

I recently started Paleo and have a 10 month year old son. Unfortunately, my son is on formula because my wife was diagnosed with Cancer when he was delivered, so she was not able to breast feed. Over the course of his little adventure of life, I have heavy given him fruits, veggies, formula, and my rice/grain cereal. Since I do not have the option of breast milk, aka mother natures perfect food, can anyone shed some tips on how I can feed my baby better while holding his hunger down. My feel bad that I had to feed him grains for the first 10 months because I didn't know any better, but circumstances and lack of knowledge prevented me from doing so.

My concern is giving him something that is going to hold him over night. I have started mashing regular foods. I have noticed some foods he doesn't digest well but that's because he hasn't developed enzymes to certain foods yet, aka, winter squash (orange poop) lol. Again, just looking for tips or suggestions. This is my first child and just trying to do better by him.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on March 15, 2012
at 04:56 PM

JQ. The problem is that babies don't sleep through the night for a reason. Their immature digestive systems, when they work properly, process food in short increments -- so with an efficiently operating, and very small, digestive system, they'll wake every 3-4 hours to have something to eat... and that may continue for some children (with healthy digestive systems) through their 2nd year, when the size of their stomach enables them to take in enough food at a time to go for longer stretches. Grains soy and dairy artificially lengthen that digestive period by creating a bolus of food (next)

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on March 15, 2012
at 04:58 PM

... that the stomach and intestines have a hard time processing, with difficult to digest starches, and large-molecule proteins. Though it may be hard at first, the best thing you can do for your baby is to restore her to a more natural diet, and allow her digestive system to heal, and then process naturally, even if it does mean that she has night-time wakings.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

(12540)

on March 15, 2012
at 05:01 PM

I would suggest that you consider sweet potatoes, avocados, and pureed meats like lamb, veal, and even poultry. Most babies don't like the pasty texture of pureed meats, but I found that mine didn't have a problem with it if I mixed it with sweet potato, squash, or pumpkin. Also, egg yolks and not fat-restricting the diet, and, if you're going to do milk alternatives, things like goat yogurt will help restore the gut and help the baby to grow healthy.

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on October 28, 2011
at 09:05 PM

It wasn't really the plan, but I was too tired to make separate meals for our baby when he started on solids, so I just let him gnaw on (mushed it up with a fork or pre-chewed if needed) whatever we were having. It was a hoot watching him gum chicken bones with a little cartilage and meat left on them (make sure to remove the "pin bone").

I didn't bother making any sort of exceptions for spicing or worry about introducing individual foods either, and we now have a 2-year-old who asks for hot sauce and wasabi. I think most parents are good enough detectives to figure what might be an irritant in their child's diet without having to add one food at a time.

We bought the box of rice cereal, but didn't prepare more than a few servings out of it. I say save your money, and just help your kid eat whatever they grab off of your plate.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on December 01, 2011
at 11:53 PM

This is exactly what we did too.

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on October 28, 2011
at 08:45 PM

Here's what I did with my last baby.

Not speaking for paleo in general, but with my latest child, now 17 months, I started sharing broth with him, or juices from my meat, when he started asking for it (about 4 months old iirc). Over a couple of months this morphed to sharing my meat with him by chewing for him, or mincing finely, then added yogurt and eggs, and gave him jerky to chew. He now eats mostly meat, with occasional vegetables or fruit.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

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on October 28, 2011
at 08:46 PM

He just turned 2, and is doing great!

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I feed my daughter (9.5months) a lot of sweet potatoes. I also buy frozen mixed veggies, but when you puree the veggies they are liquid so I mash avocado into them. I recently started the paleo diet so I stopped feeding my daughter oats and rice treats. Since you do not have a breast milk try mixing in a little formula with the baby food as well. You could also buy ground turkey and after you cook it; stick in a blender to puree and mix any good veggies with it. I find the turkey and sweet potatoes to be very filling. I stay away from high acid fruits and juice. To make things easy, i prepare a bunch of food and stick them in ice cube trays and freeze them, then heat them up when i need them. Its a lot of work, but my daughter gets healthy food and is satisfied at every meal; not mention she sleeps 12 hours straight through the night. I also keep her active outside with me while i do yard work or take her on runs, hikes ect.. Good luck!

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on December 01, 2011
at 11:20 PM

Thank you so much for this information, my husband and I are discussing having children, and I wad really looking for an alternative to the rice cereal route to comply with our lives. My logic was that if we were going to raise a kid without grains, I did not want to get him or her addicted to them so young then attempt to remove it from the diet later. Thanks again

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on October 29, 2011
at 06:11 PM

We weren't paleo when the little one was truly little, but in "attachment parenting"/"crunchy-granola moms" circles, it is not uncommon to skip rice cereal. She had nothing but breast milk until around 4 months when she started to be veeeerrrryyyy interested in the solid foods we were eating. The first solid she ever ate was squished-up banana, followed by squished-up avocado, and later squished-up sweet potatoes. Until she was 1 1/2 or so, most of her calories came from breast milk, though -- and she breastfed daily until she was nearly 4. When she was a toddler and her serum iron level was low, we did try rice cereal ('cause it's loaded with added iron), but it was not much of a success.

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on October 28, 2011
at 05:42 PM

I don't have children but my kids would be raised on blood type O diet which is paleo. Pureed sweet potatoes would likely be the first food.

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