Before six months, a child’s immune system hasn’t fully developed, so the risk of developing autoimmune reactions to things like foods goes way up.
Why would parents’ give their child solids too soon? Because the mother isn’t breastfeeding, and once you’ve made the transition to formula, it just takes a little jump to adding solid foods for your baby.
We live in a very strange age where breastfeeding is preferable, but officially formula is just as good. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that formula will never hold a candle to breast milk, because breast milk transfers over the mother’s immunity to the baby. As your child cycles up its own immune system, the mother’s milk acts as a buffer to allow things to come online without overreacting to something like cow’s milk insulin.
Here’s the link to the study. The study also noted that the first foods parents really shouldn’t give is fruit. Early exposure to fruit and later exposure to rice/oats also doubled the risk of diabetes.
- Breastfeeding – even past infancy! (+)(+) (cheaperthantherapy1.wordpress.com)
- Breastfeeding – even past infancy! (+)(+) (cicicater.wordpress.com)
- Thought’s on Alicia Silverstone’s Breastmilk Share Program (raddestmom.com)
- Babies fed solids too early at greater risk for developing Type 1 diabetes (examiner.com)
- Human Breastmilk Is Protective During Infections, Study (asianscientist.com)
- Got Milk (apencilskirt.wordpress.com)
- Breastmilk protects from infections (sciencealert.com.au)
- Timing of Babies First Solid Meal Tied to Type 1 Diabetes (natureworldnews.com)
- How a Bagel Led to… Protective Custody? (joshweber.org)
- stuff we like: NurturMe baby food (mothercycle.wordpress.com)