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Offline HollyG

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Is paleo for baby healthy?
« on: January 18, 2014, 07:07:12 PM »
My husband and I recently started our paleo lifestyle (love it) and we were wondering if thats' something that's healthy for our 9 month old?  We had some concerns about whether he'll have and developmental issues without the recommended grains and wheat?  Also wondering about when its time to switch him to cow's milk at 12 months?  Sorry if its a stupid question, we're just paleo newbies and we want whats best for our little guy.  Thanks!

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Is paleo for baby healthy?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 01:40:05 PM »
I strongly recommend against introducing cereals, now or ever.

When our daughter reached 6 months, we were relatively new to paleo, and were not confident enough to follow paleo for her.  Therefore, we introduced cereals.  The result was that she is still, at 5.6 years old, highly addicted to baked goods; we have not been able to convert her to paleo.  And, ever since she started preschool - including now in kindergarten - she gets a new cold every week or so for nine months of the year, which seems to be pretty much par for the course for nonpaleo families.  She's currently on antibiotics for strep throat, the second or third time that has happened.

By the time our son came along, we were more confident, and we never introduced cereals - his first "solids" were fruit purees, along with pork spare ribs.  At 3.9 years old, he's been in preschool for a while now, and he hardly ever gets a cold.  He has never needed antibiotics.  He does eat small amounts of rice because he sees his sister having it, but it's limited to a couple spoonfuls a week, which doesn't seem to have hurt him yet.

I don't know if you are currently breast feeding your 9 month old, but if you are, I recommend continuing to do that, rather than switching to cow's milk.  If you are not, you might do a search and see if you can find the posts from the person who used a raw milk mixture for his child.


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Re: Is paleo for baby healthy?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 03:50:01 PM »
Here's the discussion on the raw milk formula developed by the Weston A. Price Foundation. We had great success with this formula when my twins were babies.

http://cavemanforum.com/parenting/weaning-twins/

Offline HollyG

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Re: Is paleo for baby healthy?
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014, 07:18:52 AM »
Thank you for your replies!  Long story short, during my pregnancy I had pre eclampsia symptoms, ended up having an early c-section, and due to him having extremely low blood sugar right after birth we were forced to offer formula.  After breastfeeding classes and consultants nothing worked, he wouldn't latch.  I pumped for about 3 months until my breast milk supply ran out.  Unfortunately, he's been strictly formula fed for the last 6 months. ANYWAY, we've been anxiously waiting for the day to get rid of the formula.

As far as the cereals go, he has been introduced to it but for the most part his diet is fruits and veggies, and considering he's 9 months old I don't think he'd miss it.  As long as he's not missing anything that's crucial to his development, I wanted to take it away. Is organic grass fed whole milk something that would be ok in anyone's opinion?

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: Is paleo for baby healthy?
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 09:49:47 AM »
If you don't have access to raw milk, you could make something from whole milk and cream.  I wouldn't recommend whole milk by itself because it has too much protein and not enough fat - humans have less muscle and more brain than cows, so our babies need less protein and more fat.

If I recall correctly, for our daughter we ended up using a mixture that was equal parts milk and half and half, plus some lactose and some powdered DHA/ARA supplement, which was the best we could do for her since she had been weaned at 1 year.
« Last Edit: March 12, 2014, 11:49:29 AM by Warren Dew »


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Re: Is paleo for baby healthy?
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2014, 12:40:08 AM »
Thank you for bringing this up.. I have two kids who I am planning to shift to paleo but I really am having a difficult time doing it because the won't give up the carbs ( rice) that they have gotten used. Hubby and I just switched to paleo last year, but I am trying to make it a family lifestyle. Thanks for the tips, maybe we can do what you suggest should we plan to have a third child. :-)

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Re: Is paleo for baby healthy?
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2014, 11:51:47 AM »
Fortunately rice is one of the less harmful grains.  Still, shifting them to fruit would probably be the best thing.  We are currently having some success shifting our daughter from rice to apples and bananas, and she's off the bread entirely.