Perhaps one of the greatest offenses created by the people in charge of telling you what’s good and bad for your baby is suggesting that you should start off solid feeding with RICE CEREAL (aka bland, nutritionally bankrupt, crap).
Over here in America, land of the “feed your kids McDonalds and soda”, we just gobble up large food corporation propaganda. If you didn’t know this already, the food industry owns almost everything. When you go into a grocery store and see all these different brands of a certain type of product, it makes you feel like you have a say so, like you’re making a choice. WRONG! There are only 4 main owners of ALL food brands you’ll see in your general supermarket. They cleverly package different items with different “brand names” that truly all come from the SAME factory and have the SAME ingredients. Sneaky, huh?
Back to rice: the fact of the matter is, babies should not have rice until after their first year….and if you really wanna go for it, wait 2 years. Humans don’t start making the enzyme called AMYLASE till after they are one year old (up to 2 years). Amylase is responsible for splitting grains. So, lets do some math here: pump baby’s tummy full of rice/oatmeal + no grain splitting enzymes present in belly= SWOLLEN BELLY AND GAS.
Why do pediatricians and other sources recommend starting out with rice cereal? “Supposedly” it’s low on the chart of possible allergens. WRONG again. LOTS of people are allergic to grains. It’s something that started a while back, now it’s stuck, and most people just take it for fact. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say, “Give em’ some rice cereal, it’ll keep em’ full longer.” UMMMM yeah, because we all know giving our child food makes them sleep through the night! HA! If it were that simple, somebody would have won the nobel prize for the concept already.
Enfamil makes a horrible formula called Enfamil AR (AR stands for added rice). Stay away from this stuff! Also, never, ever, put oatmeal in a baby’s bottle. There is no quicker way to put your child on a lifelong path to unhealthy eating and tummy issues.
Harsh, but always true,