Did you know that a baby’ first foods should be egg yolk and not a cereal?
I don’t know how or why this information slipped through the cracks, and why on God’s green earth that pediatricians and a whole host of other “professionals” recommend you should give your baby rice cereal or oatmeal as their first foods.
Rice cereal or oatmeal is about the worst possible thing you could give your baby. It’s way up there with putting grape soda in a baby bottle, or letting them crunch on cheetos. Now, if you gave your baby rice cereal, don’t freak out. Don’t spiral into a depression either from the guilt. How were you supposed to know that babies don’t have the enzymes to digest grains?!
It was only by chance that I got this information before Penelope was eating solids. I could have very easily given her grains as her first foods. When I was a nanny, I was mixing up oatmeal cereal for my babies, just like everyone else. But I thank God that her digestion was spared, especially knowing what I know now (after reading this book) about the poor digestion she inherited from me (which I inherited from my mother and grandmother) and her increased probability of having autism, ADHD, bi-polar and a host of other digestion-based disorders (that run in my mother’s side of the family).
If your child has inherited a good digestion, then you could introduce grains at about age 2, or when their second-year molars come in. That’s the biological sign that their bodies are now able to produce amylase, the digestive enzyme needed to digest grains and carbs. Up until that point, they don’t have it in their system, and grains will sit in their digestive tract and rot or leach into their blood stream, causing all kinds of auto-immune inflammatory reactions like eczema.
If your kid is like Penelope and got the short end of the stick digestion wise, you will need to be really careful about diet and limit grains completely or as much as possible. And definitely be 100% gluten free.
So what should a baby eat when it’s time to introduce solids?
It’s really simple – egg yolks.
First you get some really good eggs. By that, I mean eggs that are pasture-raised and from a local farm. If you don’t think there are pastured, farm-fresh eggs in your area, ask around, you will be surprised at how many people are keeping chickens these days and have some eggs to spare.