It seems to me like a lot of people kind of did what I did which is use TF for adult use and shun the infant advice. But I want to know. Did you follow it and what has been your experience?
I always heard to wait until one year with meat or eggs and so far none of the links listed on WAPF have been of any use. There are no links to studies and the books listed as references are usually published by members of the WAPF. I am looking for studies on meat consumption, bone broth, gelatin, raw milk and any other thing WAPF recommends for infants. I really want to make sure I'm doing the best thing my these kids. Also if you have any real life experience to share. Also a bit worried about constipation and quantity. I don't know how much meat or broth is too much and don't they just need plain water or a good ratio of fruits and veggies to meat. Any input is appreciated. Thanks! Oh and PS if you followed these guidelines in whole or part and didn't look up independent studies, what convinced you to shun the "politically correct" way of feeding infants or even just a quasi politically correct diet which any so out there? It just seems like such a leap to give babies some of this stuff... How did you know for sure. Or as there a smoking gun per se?
How do you convince spouses and other relatives you are doing the right thing? What effects too and bad have you noticed?
I came to TF after my son was an infant, but one of the things that convinced me that TF was the way to go had to do with nutritional advice we received when he was young and struggling. At around 6 months, my son was falling off the charts small and losing weight. We (doc, LC/nutritionist, and parents) figured out that even though he nursed 'round the clock, he wasn't triggering a let-down, and probably hadn't been for months. So, I had next to nothing for a milk supply, and he refused a bottle. We were able to eventually retrain him to nurse properly and get my supply back, but in the immediate timeframe he needed food in his belly. Meats were the first thing he ate (ground up, and nothing remotely lean) because next to milk, it had the most complete range of dense nutrients. We then added all the things I now know are 'classic' TF. The LC we worked with is a UN advisor and has worked with mothers around the world, and it seems, has picked up sage advice globally and now shares the wisdom locally, and I am forever grateful! Our skin-and-bones infant is now an average-sized boy with dreams of being bigger than his grandfather someday (a long, long, shot, but as we continue with TF, he's got a better chance!). So while this anecdote certainly isn't peer-reviewed research, at least one LC/nutritionist at a major US children's hospital is offering the diet as the "new normal".
Thanks for the replies. Good info.
LilStar JC you were giving babyfood veggies or whole veggies when they were being undigested? I've heard that puree doesn't get digested but I'm unsure on how to tell. I can see colors in the baby poop, but it smells like poop with a hint of whatever. I'm just so confused lol
"It just seems like such a leap to give babies some of this stuff... How did you know for sure"
I just went with my instincts, as a 6 month old he would go nuts and try to wriggle out of my arms to get it if he smelled meat cooking. HOWEVER I must add that we raise our own meat. The fat is especially good for babies if it's from animals raised outdoors.
okay this brings up another question entirely? i'm assuming you're BLW? I have been wondering about this. is that necessarily a bad thing? isn't that fiber? lol. I mean its no surprise we don't digest everything. even adults have whole foods in their poop.
and as for the meat i'm not surprised because its in the stomach for 2-5 hours, as opposed to veggies for only 20-30 min
I was really hoping for some links or book recs at least. I really want to delve into this research and I just don't know where to start...