Posted by: Lisa | January 26, 2011

You Just Can’t Win

When my generation was born our mothers were told:
1. Start solids early, which includes bottles containing rice cereal.
2. Breastfeeding is ok, but for the newly liberated, working mom, formula iseasier, more convenient, & just as good.
3. Babies should sleep on their tummies.

By the time we became moms we were taught the exact opposite, driving our own mothers batty:
1. Delay solids as long as possible to prevent allergies, which means exclusively breastfeeding for at least 6 months.
2. Breast is best.  And if you disagree or deny a breastfeeding mom support, freedom to nurse in public, & time/place to pump at work, she might sue you.
3. Babies should sleep on their backs.

Well, my kid is still years away from making me a grandma, and it looks like the rules are already beginning to change:
1. Introduce solid foods by 4 months to minimize allergies, iron deficiency, & celiac disease. (

I haven’t seen anything disputing the “Breast is Best” or “Back to Sleep” campaigns, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.  The solid food thing is insanely frustrating.  The article basically says that babies who are exclusively breastfed for 6+ months have fewer infections & growth issues but more food allergies & deficiencies.

Awesome.  Do you want your kid’s growth to be stunted or would you prefer that he has a peanut allergy?  Quick, choose what you want to carry around with you – an epi pen for the egg allergy or constant antibiotics for all the infections he’s going to have?  I mean, whatever you do, you know it’s going to be your fault.

Moral of the story?  YOU CAN’T WIN.



  1. That’s pretty interesting. I think the most interesting part is that celiac disease is genetic and the gene has to be “sparked” by something. For me it was my first pregnancy. I somehow doubt that starting solids a little early is really going to change the chances of that happening.

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