Babies Should Eat Meat and Tofu As First Solids

It is now recommended that babies should be fed meat, fish, poultry and meat alternatives such as legumes and tofu beginning at 6 months of age.

Commonly babies have been fed infant cereals, vegetables and fruit as their first introduction to solid food, but now Health Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society, Dieticians of Canada and the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada have officially recommended that infants should be offered iron containing foods two or more times each day beginning at 6 months of age.  With data suggesting that 30 percent of Canadian children show problems with low iron in their early years, these new recommendations will help address iron deficiency, which can lead to fatigue and effect brain development.

These groups, along with the World Health Organization, continue to stress the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, after which these iron rich foods should be introduced along with pureed vegetables and fruits.

Source: CBC News, Sept. 25, 2012

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