Hey mama! Hubby and I raise bees and we've done some reading and found out that PASTEURIZED honey can
have botulism (same as canned/pasteurized food). But straight pure raw honey is anti-bacterial. Sooo, Pure, unadulterated honey shouldn't be able to harbor deadly bacteria, period. (though anything IS possible
) But when we pasteurize foods, we kill all of the good bacteria, and enzymes that break down/fight bad, unhealthy bacteria. I know of lots of people who give unpasteurized honey to their babies from birth (honey water ect) with no problems.
In my personal opinion, it's just like all of the other ridiculous western notions. Like pregnant woman shouldn't have raw milk (which is the exact same deal as with the honey, raw equals a balance of bacteria). I've heard that since I'm pregnant I shouldn't DARE have spicy food because it will burn the baby (these are seemingly credible pregnancy books/sites). My midwife said "ok, what about all the little Indian and Mexican babies??". (and she recommends raw milk products, preferably fermented.. but either way) There is alot of stuff that is very far fetched. Go with your gut. Also, think of it this way, there is a RISE in allergy problems (or so I saw on a Dr program) with children. And I have to wonder why that is. The only thing I can think of is that we are being brain washed that they MUST have a specialized prepared diet, and can't eat what the rest of the family eats, and the only way to get people to believe that is to say "You're baby will be allergic to it if you feed it to them, it will kill them!". Making them dependent on 'dead', altered foods and unable to digest whole foods or making them unable to cope with certain foods all together (as in, when you are vaccinated in some cases you can never contract the illness because your body is immune. Same with foods *I've read*, you can never build a tolerance if you never or rarely have something) . While there are legit allergies, that can't be prevented, and of course scares of botulism in some foods it seems like alot of it is just scare tactics to monopolize our spending choices and lifestyles.
I'd suggest looking into the Nourishing Traditions book. There seem to be all sorts of things in there about baby diet that is time tested and will probably put your mind at ease (I haven't read all of it, just bits here and there).
Anyway, off of my soap box now
Thanks for listening LOL