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.
Posts tagged ‘Nutrition’
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).
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.
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.)