It’s tough on parents to know if your children are eating right and to instill good eating habits for their future selves. We live in an age of information, but sometimes that can lead to misconceptions that are masked as truths and we know it’s really hard to tell them apart. Should you avoid potential allergens? Can your baby by allergic to your breast milk? Read on and learn to separate the truth from hype!
MYTH: Offering my child fruits before vegetables will give my baby a permanent sweet tooth.
FACT: No, there’s is no hard evidence that would suggest that this myth is true. Some nutritionists argue that fruit might be the more logical choice, because breast milk is naturally sweet and babies have a natural preference for sweetness.
Therefore, fruit might actually be a good choice to get your baby digging into his solids. Whether you choose to start with fruits or vegetables, start out slowly and gradually to ease your little one into the process.
MYTH: You should avoid baby foods that may cause a potential food allergy.
FACT: It has been proven that children of parents with allergies are 70 percent more likely to have a food allergy. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to introduce your baby to as many types of food as possible.
Foods that cause the most allergies are milk, wheat, soy, nuts, seafood and fish. Some allergies may fade as children mature, some may persist. Pediatricians recommend introducing one new flavour each week to give your child the time to adjust and also to distinguish potential food allergies as soon as possible.
MYTH: Some babies can be allergic to their mother’s milk.
FACT: Babies cannot be allergic to their mother’s breast milk. It is the most natural and easily digestible food that the baby’s digestive track can cope with while providing him with all the nutrition, natural proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins in just the right quantities. So what may be causing symptoms of allergies in breastfeeding children?
There are a few possible explanations. All the food you eat breaks down into micronutrients and is transferred to the breastmilk through the bloodstream – so a „breast milk allergy“ can simply be an allergic reaction to foods from your diet.
Lactose intolerance can also be mistaken for breast milk allergy, babies with this condition are unable to break down lactose due to lack of the lactose-digesting enzyme. And although babies cannot be allergic to their mother’s breast milk, they can, in general, be allergic to human milk (for example from human milk banks).
MYTH: If your baby rejects a certain food, there’s no point in giving it again.
FACT: It is recommended to introduce one food per week. And you might want to brace yourself during these times, because research shows that a toddler may have to try a new food 15 times before eating more than a couple bites. It is beneficial to serve the new food as often as you can, but be willing to step back if your kid doesn’t enjoy it even after a few tries – nobody likes everything!