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New Research on Gluten Introduction to Infants and Risk of Celiac Disease

Two new studies indicate that timing of introduction of gluten and breastfeeding have little impact on the development of celiac disease in high-risk babies.

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What’s Your Feeding Style? (Fearless Feeding Review and Giveaway)

Do you have a feeding philosophy? What’s your feeding style?

These are not the most common topics in parenting discussions. We’re often too busy talking breast and bottle, baby led weaning or purees, organic or conventional, and how to get our kids to eat more vegetables. But the question of feeding style, I believe, matters more to children than any of these oft-discussed topics.

I am really pleased to have a new book on my shelf that covers the HOW and WHY of feeding children just as well as it covers WHAT to feed: Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School, by Jill Castle and Maryann Jacobsen. Both authors are registered dieticians, mothers, and bloggers. They take a long-term view on feeding – that we shouldn’t just be concerned with what our kids are eating today, but also about teaching kids to eat well for a lifetime.

9781118308592_Castle.inddFeeding style is one of the first topics in Fearless Feeding, so if you’re not sure how to describe your own feeding style, here’s your chance to give it some thought. Castle and Jacobsen discuss 4 feeding styles, analogous to parenting styles that may be familiar to you: Read more

New Study: Exclusive Breastfeeding Can Support Infant Growth to 6 Months of Age

A new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics found that exclusive breastfeeding up to six months provides enough calories for infants.

Quick and Dirty Summary:

This study addressed two common concerns about breastfeeding:  1) Many moms simply can’t produce enough milk for their babies; and 2) Exclusive breastfeeding, while adequate in younger infants, may not provide enough calories for babies up to 6 months of age.  The data from this study indicate that when moms are given breastfeeding support, milk production is not a limiting factor and provides enough calories for normal growth, even in 6-month-old infants.  However, this study was small and had several limitations (which I will discuss).

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5 Practical Ways to Increase Iron in Your Baby’s Diet

I mentioned in my last post (Does My Baby Get Enough Iron?) that I have been worrying about my 9-month-old’s iron nutrition.  Iron deficiency can cause lasting delays and deficits in cognitive and behavioral development, and I don’t want to go there.

First, let’s consider if your baby is actually at risk for iron deficiency, because why fret about something that isn’t a problem?  You have enough to worry about.

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Does My Baby Get Enough Iron?

I have been lucky enough to have a great experience with breastfeeding my baby.  As someone with a nutrition background, this has been a relief and a comfort to me.  For the first few months of her life, I didn’t have to worry about what or how much to feed my baby.  I didn’t have to fret about nutrition labels and ingredient lists on formula packages.  I just nursed my child until she pushed away from the breast to tell me she was done.  If she needed more, I produced more.  It was as beautiful and magical as it sounds, and it was the perfect food for my baby – something science, our pediatrician, and all the hyper-mamas in town could agree on.  (I write this with a hint of sarcasm, because as wonderful as breastfeeding is, I think formula is probably just fine, too.)

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