We had shots the other day and the dr was talking about introducing solids and I was very surprised how the 'guidelines' and 'recommendations' have dramatically changed since DD1 (who is 5) was a baby. I know these recommendations are not the Be All End All for eating, but they made me very uneasy. Formally, babies never 'needed' anything besides breast milk (or formula) before a year, new recommendation is that after 6 months, breast milk isn't adequate on its own, there is not enough Iron so introducing iron rich foods is deemed vital for proper growth/development. There recommendation is meat as a first food, and NOT pureed foods, diced very fine (so basically, skip the spoon feeding if you can) encourage finger feeding right away. Also, eggs (yolks and whites) are recommended after 6 months..egg whites used to be huge no no due to allergies. Also, oranges and other citrus foods deemed okay after 6 months? thats new.
I'm worried about choking and constipation, and when I told them that, they already had a pamphlet about reducing constipation.. and they said starting 6 months, babies 'should' eat 2-3 times a day! normally, I would give one food once and wait until its been though the digestive process, which takes days in our case... I am just curious what others are doing? What are you starting with? how much and what was the outcome if you have already started recently. Is anybody starting with MEAT? (health canada's recommendation)