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Written by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD   
Monday, 31 December 2001 20:49

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Any effort to ensure optimal nutrition of your baby must begin long before he or she is conceived. The wisdom of primitive peoples is vastly superior to our own in this regard, in that a common practice among isolated groups is the feeding of special foods to both men and women for a period of time before conception occurs. Dr. Weston Price's studies revealed that these foods—including organ meats, fish heads, fish eggs, shell fish, insects and animal fats—were rich in fat-soluble vitamins A and D as well as macro and trace minerals. Couples planning to have children should eat liberally of organic liver and other organ meats, fish eggs and other seafood, eggs and the best quality butter, cream and fermented milk products they can obtain for at least six months before conception. A daily cod liver oil supplement is also advised. (See note on cod liver oil, page 616.) Organic meats, vegetables, grains and legumes should round out the diet, with a special emphasis on the leafy green vegetables rich in folic acid, which is necessary for the prevention of birth defects like spinal bifida.

A good rule for pregnant women is liver once a week, at least two eggs per day and 1 teaspoon cod liver oil daily. A daily ration of superfoods, such as evening primrose oil, bee pollen, mineral powder, wheat germ oil and acerola, will provide optimal amounts of nutrients for your unborn child. Beet kvass (page 608) and kombucha (page 596), with their liver cleansing properties, are useful in preventing future morning sickness—as are foods rich in vitamin B6, such as raw fish and raw meat (pages 231-242).

A cleansing fast, undertaken six months or more before conception, is a good idea; but during the six months before conception and nine months of pregnancy it is vital to consume nutrient-dense foods. Every attempt should be made to enhance the digestibility of the diet through meat broths and the inclusion of lacto-fermented grains, beverages and condiments. All empty calories and harmful substances should be eliminated—sugar, white flour, hydrogenated and rancid vegetable oils, excess of polyunsaturated oils, tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. Oral contraceptives should be avoided during this preparatory period as these deplete many nutrients, particularly zinc, the "intelligence mineral."

The importance of breast-feeding your baby, especially during his first few months, cannot be overemphasized. Breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby's physical and mental development. Breast-fed babies tend to be more robust, more intelligent and freer from allergies and other complaints, especially intestinal difficulties, than those on formula. In addition, colostrum produced by the mammary glands during the first few days of a baby's life helps guard him against colds, flu, polio, staph infections and viruses.

It must be emphasized, however, that the quality of mother's milk depends greatly on her diet. Sufficient animal products will ensure proper amounts of vitamin B12, A and D as well as all-important minerals like zinc in her milk. Lactating women should continue with a diet that emphasizes liver, eggs and cod liver oil. Whole milk products and stock made from bones will ensure that her baby receives adequate calcium.

Pesticides and other toxins will be present in mother's milk if they are present in the diet, so all care should be taken to consume organic foods of both plant and animal origin during pregnancy and lactation. Organic foods also provide more omega-3 fatty acids needed for baby's optimal development. Hydrogenated fats should be strictly avoided as these result in reduced fat content in mother's milk. Trans fats accumulate in mother's milk and can lead to decreased visual acuity and learning difficulties in the infant.

Breast-feeding should ideally be continued for six months to a year. If mother's milk is not adequate or of good quality, or if the mother is unable to breast feed for whatever reason, a homemade baby formula, rather than a commercial formula, can be used. Commercial infant formulas are highly fabricated concoctions composed of milk or soy powders produced by high-temperature processes that overdenature proteins and add many carcinogens. Milk-based formulas often cause allergies while soy-based formulas contain mineral-blocking phytic acid, growth inhibitors and plant forms of estrogen compounds that can have adverse effects on the hormonal development in the infant. Soy-based formulas are also devoid of cholesterol, needed for the development of the brain and nervous system.

Fortunately, it is possible to compose a formula that closely resembles mother's milk. Whenever possible this formula should be based on raw organic milk, from cows certified free of tuberculosis and brucellosis. The milk should come from cows that eat food appropriate to cows, which is green grass in the warm months and hay and root vegetables in the winter, not soy or cottonseed meal. Ideally, the milk should come from Jersey or Guernsey cows, rather than Holsteins, so that it has a high butterfat content. This may be purchased at the farm in some states. Of course, such milk should be produced under the cleanest possible conditions and stored in sterilized containers. But the milk should be unheated. Properly produced raw milk does not pose a danger to your baby, in spite of what numerous public health propagandists may assert. Raw milk contains enzymes and antibodies that make it less susceptible to bacterial contamination than pasteurized milk, while many toxins that cause diarrhea and other ailments survive the pasteurization process. Your nose will tell you if raw milk is contaminated or spoiled—but pasteurized milk may be seriously contaminated with no telltale warning odor. Raw milk is easier for your baby to digest than pasteurized and less likely to cause cramps, constipation and allergies. If it is not possible for you to obtain certified raw milk, begin with the best quality pasteurized whole milk you can find, milk that is not homogenized, and culture it for 12 hours with piima culture or kefir grains to restore enzymes lost through pasteurization (pages 83 and 88). Or, you may prepare a milk-free formula made from organic liver. Organic liver should also be added to formula made from goat milk, as goat milk is deficient in iron, folic acid and vitamin B12.

Both our milk-based and meat-based formulas have been designed to provide maximum possible correspondence with the various components of human milk. Our milk-based formula takes account of the fact that human milk is richer in whey, lactose, vitamin C, niacin, manganese and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids compared to cows milk but leaner in casein (milk protein). The addition of gelatin to cow's milk formula will make it more digestible for the infant. The liver-based formula also mimics the nutrient profile of mother's milk. Use only truly expeller-expressed oils (see Sources) in the formula recipes, otherwise they may lack vitamin E.

A wise supplement for all babies—whether breast fed or bottle fed—is an egg yolk per day, beginning at four months. Egg yolk supplies cholesterol needed for mental development as well as important sulphur-containing amino acids. Egg yolks from pasture-fed hens or hens raised on flax meal, fish meal or insects are also rich in the omega-3 long-chain fatty acids found in mother's milk but which may be lacking in cow's milk. These fatty acids are essential for the development of the brain. Parents who institute the practice of feeding egg yolk to baby will be rewarded with children who speak and take directions at an early age. The white, which contains difficult-to-digest proteins, should not be given before the age of one year. Small amounts of grated, raw organic liver may be added occasionally to the egg yolk after six months. This imitates the practice of African mothers who chew liver before giving it to their infants as their first food. Liver is rich in iron, the one mineral that tends to be low in mother's milk possibly because iron competes with zinc for absorption.

An unfortunate practice in industrial societies is the feeding of cereal grains to infants. Babies produce only small amounts of amylase, needed for the digestion of grains, and are not fully equipped to handle cereals, especially wheat, before the age of one year. (Some experts prohibit all grains before the age of two.) Baby's small intestine mostly produces one enzyme for carbohydrates—lactase, for the digestion of lactose. (Raw milk also contains lactase.) Many doctors have warned that feeding cereal grains too early can lead to grain allergies later on. Baby's earliest solid foods should be animal foods as his digestive system, although immature, is better equipped to supply enzymes for digestion of fats and proteins rather than carbohydrates.

Carbohydrate in the form of fresh, mashed banana can be added after the age of six months as bananas are rich in amylase enzymes and, thus, are easily digested by most infants. Some preindustrial societies give a gruel of cereal grains, soaked 24 hours, to babies one year or older. Soaking in an acidic medium neutralizes phytates and begins the breakdown of carbohydrates, thus allowing children to obtain optimum nourishment from grains. It also provides lactic acid to the intestinal tract to facilitate mineral uptake.

At the age of about ten months, meats, fruits and vegetables may be introduced, one at a time so that any adverse reactions may be observed. Carbohydrate foods, such as potatoes, carrots, turnips, etc., should be mashed with butter. (Don't overdo on the orange vegetables as baby's immature liver may have difficulty converting carotenoids to vitamin A. If your baby's skin develops a yellowish color, a sign that he is not making the conversion, discontinue orange vegetables for a time.) Lacto-fermented taro or other roots (page 102) make an excellent carbohydrate food for babies. It is wise to feed babies a little buttermilk or yoghurt from time to time to familiarize them with the sour taste. Above all, do not deprive your baby of animal fats—he needs them for optimum physical growth and mental development. Mother's milk contains over 50% of its calories as fat, much of it saturated fat, and children need these kinds of fats throughout their growing years.

It is unwise to give baby fruit juices, especially apple juice, which provide only simple carbohydrates and will often spoil an infant's appetite for more nutritious foods. Sorbitol, a sugar-alcohol in apple juice, is difficult to digest. Studies have linked failure to thrive in children with diets high in apple juice. High -fructose foods are especially dangerous for growing children.

Remember that babies should be chubby and children should be sturdy and strong, not slim. Babies need body fat to achieve optimum growth. The fat around their ankles, knees, elbows and wrists is growth fat that ensures adequate nourishment to the growth plates at the ends of the bones. Fat babies grow up into sturdy, well-formed adults, neither too tall nor too short and either slender or stocky depending on genetic heritage.

Keep your baby away from processed junk foods as long as possible—but do not think that you can do this indefinitely. Unless you lock your child in a closet—or live in a closed community of like-minded parents—he will come in contact with junk foods sooner or later. His best protection is the optimal diet that you have given him during his infancy and your loving example and training in later years.

Copyright: From: Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enid, PhD. © 1999. All Rights Reserved. To order contact www.newtrendspublishing.com.

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Caution on the egg yoke
written by Marguerite, Feb 24 2014
Tried this with two of our kiddos - a son and later daughter (both at 7 months). Son was fine, daughter had the vomiting after a few tries as so many have described and still has an egg allergy at 4 1/2 years of age. It may have nothing to do with the introduction at 7 months, which is certainly later than 4.5, but who knows? The allergy is not systemic (we have had it tested) -- it's completely in her stomach. Interestingly, son had to have a bit of formula early on due to latching issues (but was 100% breastfed after that), daughter was never given any formula. She also has a latex protein allergy, also non-systemic. (Latex-related proteins are found in bananas, avocado, kiwi, chestnuts, etc.)
Egg vomiting and vaccinations?
written by J, Feb 07 2014
I'm surprised to see so many comments about egg vomiting.
I started feeding my son egg yolk at 4.5 months and he loved it. He ate it and loved it for about a month. When he had the next round of vaccinations he had really bad diarrhea for 10 days so during this time we stopped feeding him solids until we could work out what was wrong with him. When he got better we started feeding him egg again and then the vomiting came.. exactly as described in so many previous posts. We tried again a few days later.. same.. vomiting. Then we waited for 3 months and tried just a mouthful of egg yolk.. same again.. vomiting.
We took him to a kinesiologist and she said that it had something to do with his hep B and some other vaccine that he'd had at the same time.
Any experts out there reading this in this field that might be able to shine some light on this? Wondering how I might be able to overcome his allergy too.
Thanks for your help.
Oh and one more question for Sally.. I have been making him the NT baby formula and he's nearly a year old now.. how long do I keep making him the formula?
Egg yolk and open gut
written by Bonnie, Jan 21 2014
My son also did well the first two times he had yolk at 4 months, then vomited heavily the third time. (Yes, the yolks were from pastured, organic chickens and cooked according to WAPF directions.) I waited six weeks before trying again, but with the same result. I have since found information that infants have an "open gut" until 6-8 months of age. The gut lining allows proteins to pass directly into the bloodstream, which is great for taking in Mama's antibodies, but not so good when other proteins enter the bloodstream and sensitize the baby, leading to reactions on the second or third exposure. I do not think adding liver, cod liver oil, or other supplements will counteract the effects of this phenomenon, since the egg protein will still be present and could potentially cause a reaction.

I have also noticed that giving him very small amounts of cod liver oil and avocado also causes gas; some investigation turned up research that shows that even small amounts of anything other than breast milk drastically alters the gut flora. I am going to return to exclusive breastfeeding for another month or so to allow any inflammation to heal, return the gut flora to normal, and prevent this problem with other foods.

For those babies who do well with the yolk, I am very happy for you. Apparently my little guy just needs his milk for now smilies/smiley.gif
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written by Pei, Nov 14 2013
I started giving my daughter egg yolk when she was 3.5 months old. My milk supply was low at that time. I started with a small amount (2.5ml), gradually increased to half a yolk and then the whole yolk daily. She is 5.5 months old now and seems to tolerate with that well.
I have been mixing egg yolk with fermented cod liver oil since about a month ago. The oil mixes better with milk in this way. I have no problem feeding her fclo hence.
overcoming egg yolk and vomitting
written by Zae, Nov 04 2013
Hi I was reading some of your concerns about egg yolks and vomitting. Speaking only as a parent who is following this I can only share my experience. I started feeding my daughter at 8 months with egg yolk and for the first couple days she tolerated it well, but after that she threw up. I changed eggs thinking maybe because their was soy in the feed but it didnt seem to help, then I mixed it with a bit of liver as suggested and it didnt help so I decided to try again later. At around 10 or 11 months I retried but this time all I did was dip a spoon in the egg yolk and re introduce, then the next day a bit more and a bit more after that, until she tolerated it. Now my daughter is 16 months old and she has no issues with the egg yolk or whites. Hope that helps!
Babies first food
written by Carl S (Redondo Beach), Oct 18 2013
I have twin 6 m/o girls that we've been feeding egg yolks to for the past 6 weeks. They're now finishing the yolk in its entirety, so my question is, is one egg a day the maximum? I just purchased organic chicken livers, which I'm in the process of freezing for 14 days. I'm considering starting bananas but I'm wondering if I could introduce avocado as a third option. They're mostly breast fed babies , about 90/10. My wife is not producing enough for both of our LO's so were looking to get that extra nourishment through food.
Is it possible (at 6 m/o) to have an egg yolk with chicken liver, some mashed bananas and mashed avocado split up throughout the day? Lastly, what is the importance of introducing sour taste to babies? I have not been able to find raw buttermilk, but could I substitute with Raw Cream I use in their formula. Thanks everyone for their help. It's great to see a respectable community sharing their opinions whether you agree with this method or not. If you'd like to respond directly to me, my email address is: Carl_Henry1@yahoo.com
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written by Kara, Sep 11 2013
My 6-month old showed interest in food and eagerly fed himself egg yolk with a spoon, then vomited later that night, but we weren't sure it was related (he tested negative for egg allergy in a skin test). We tried a bunch of other foods, but he was not interested, closing his mouth and crying. After lots of work and stress and crying we got him eating a little sweet potato, but then I added a little egg yolk to that and he vomited for an hour. Now he's nearing 9 months old and still refuses almost everything he's offered, including anything in a bottle. He sometimes accepts an ounce of something for a couple of days from a syringe, but then refuses that too. He nurses me out from mid-day on and I have a cranky, hungry baby every evening, who is not growing as fast as he should. Weston A Price has been excellent for my husband and I, but for my son I really wish I had waited on the egg yolk until the more standard recommendations.
Anaphylactic reaction to egg yolk
written by Concerned Mom, Sep 05 2013
I'm hurt that this is still given as advice without any warning to those who may not be familiar with real allergic reactions. My fourth child I decided to feed the egg yolk exactly as described here at 4.5 months and the first time, the baby cried and spat it out (vomiting a little bit). The second time which was a week later, my son went into full anaphylactic shock (including hives, swelling/closing of the throat and airway, dropping of bp, and eventually swelling of the lining of his brain. Needless to say, I almost lost him had I not gotten him medical attention in time. I was very ignorant of allergic reactions at the time. I was one of those moms that thought people overreacted with allergies. Now I feel their pain. So fellow commenters, please don't say to us moms that are having issues with the egg yolk "oh...it's no big deal." There needs to be an allergy warning with this advice especially since egg is one of the top 8 allergens in the world. I'm sorry, a living child who hasn't had egg yolk at 1 year old is in better shape than a dead one that tried it at 4 months!
Hours of vomiting with egg
written by Jesse, Aug 24 2013
I hadn't seen this article but gave our 7 month old a bit of egg yolk based on the advice of Chris Kresser's site. It would have been helpful to know that this was not an uncommon reaction. Our son had hours of miserable vomiting of thick mucus. He has been sick very rarely but developed croup for several days shortly after, I suspect because he may have gotten some of the thick mucus into his lungs. The eggs were produced at a local farm. Maybe this advice needs to be revisited, or clarified in some way.
Egg yolk - tentative FPIES diagnosis
written by Erika, Aug 16 2013
UPDATE to my previous post: Tentative diagnosis of FPIES (Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome) by an allergist.
It is not technically an allergy; it won't show up on an allergy test. But it is serious.
Definitely no more egg until a challenge at 3 years old. (Even 2 is too young to try again, allergist says.)
It can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. Reading the internet shows IV is sometimes needed.
Allergist wants an epi-pen ready, too.
Hope this helps someone.
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written by Ellen_777, Aug 13 2013
First rule : NO FOODS BEFORE 6 MONTH. Your baby's stomach is not ready. In some cases, if you see that baby still hungry after feeding or very interested in the food on your plate, then probably you can give a little taste at 5 month but not earlier! Before 1 food is just for fun. All minerals/vitamins baby is getting from breastmilk(best!!) or formula.
As for egg yolk - some babies develop allergy to proteins in egg yolk. If your baby vomit after egg yolk, keep it away for couple of month and then try again. Majority babies loose these reactions after 1 year.
There are good websites available on what to feed your baby, please browse internet and find best diet for your baby.
I suggest (all mashed): banana, sweet potatoes, sweet pee, yogurts YoBaby (few spoons only at time), avocado, soft steamed carrots, squash. Or simply check your grocery store for Organic Baby foods (and later you may try to replicate recipe at home). Organic baby foods available online at many stores. Choose with less sugar possible. Some babies won't eat peas or other "not tasty" veggies, you may add little apple or pear puree.
Do not force baby to eat the food! Babies before 1 rely on breastmilk (or formula), it is not necessary for them to eat solids. If baby ate one spoon only - that's fine, do not force to eat more. By forcing to do something you are getting opposite effect. Let them drop food, put their finger in it - it is all learning stage, you still will have time to teach him how to behave, don't be in a rush!
NO JUNK FOODS AT ALL! No syrups, no juices.
Sorry for mistakes, English is my third language.
vomiting egg yolk
written by Katie Santos, Jul 31 2013
I too have had the vomiting egg yolk problem with my 6 month old, exactly as other parentes have described. Could any of you update us if you've overcome the problem and how long it took? I don't know how long to wait before trying again and what I can give her in the meantime. Since the egg yolk she seems to have become sensitive to other fats too. Does the liver and sea salt combination really help? Any idea why? I thought I hadn't to give her any salt. Also someone said the whole egg mixed together was fine despite intolerance of the yolk on its own. Can anyone else confirm this?
Egg yolk problem here, too
written by Erika, Jun 18 2013
Wow, surprised to see so many with the same egg yolk problem.
I did use pastured eggs (not just cage free), though the pasture is apparently supplemented with grains. Hard boiled to be safe.
The first few times were fine. But then the horrific heaving projectile vomiting began, with much less than a full yolk. Vomiting starts 2-3 hours after the yolk, and lasts an hour or so. It's truly scary vomiting; absolutely everything comes up and nothing stays down until the episode is over. I don't dare try the recommendations below of adding liver or adding egg white. It is really that bad.
Meats seem to be better tolerated, but finally tried some chicken liver and there was a lot of vomiting (NOT the same horrific heaving projectile vomiting of the egg yolk). By the way, it's been really hard to find out how much chicken liver is safe in terms of preformed vitamin A. It's hard to find consistent numbers online, and from what info I cobbled together, it seems the daily tolerable upper limit is very easily exceeded, even with chicken instead of beef. Not sure what to do.
Raw egg yolk???
written by elisa, Jun 03 2013
Hi,,

sorry if this is mentioned somewhere already ad I just missed it. I'm assuming the egg yolk should be cooked correct? How should we cook it?
Porridge for Chinese Baby
written by Alice, Jan 03 2013
Rice porridge is the staple food that MOST if not ALL chinese babies are being fed with. Vegetables and fish and meat are usually added to the rice porridge. It's really difficult not to consume rice in an asian culture. Please advise.
Feeding babies info..
written by Kaz Chapman, Dec 03 2012
Hi Sally,
We read/follow your nourishing traditions book like a bible.. we have a 3 month old baby girl who on New Years Eve gets her first Egg yolk!! Exciting times... other than the nourishing traditions info re feeding babies, do you have any other books that suggest what to feed and when when starting solids etc.. if you dont have a book yourself.. could you recommend one?
Any info would be much appreciated!
Cheers
Kaz
Reply to Sarah
written by tjboyd, Oct 02 2012
Yes, beef liver is good.
Liver - What kind
written by Sara Gordon, Oct 02 2012
What type of liver is suggested? Beef?
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written by Chris Thompson, Aug 05 2012
Hi Sally and Mary,

I loved this article. I'm not sure why a few people are getting all bent out of shape at the suggestion of supplementing with egg yolk. As long as the eggs are of good quality (not factory farmed), I think the yolk provides incredible nutrition. I also strongly agree with your comments about grains. The american diet, overall, is FAR too high in grains and we are told to feed our infants grains too early. Better off to make your own baby food ...

Sincerely,
Chris Thompson
Author of "Talking to Toddlers: Dealing with the Terrible Twos and Beyond"
http://TalkingToToddlers.com
another vomiting story
written by Dena , Jun 04 2012
I tried the egg yolk when my baby was 4.5 months old, she did fine for the first couple of days but when I increased the amount a tad she had the same vomiting problem others have talked about. 3 hours after eating it she started vomiting and it lasted a couple of hours - scary!! She's six months old now and we are trying to decide if we want to try again. If we do I'll be sure to add some real salt/ breast milk and take it very slowly!
another vomit story as well.
written by Liebe, Mar 21 2012
I, too, fed my 5 month old an egg yolk, at least twice, and she vomited both times. The last time it was so bad she dry heaved on and off for 3 hours after she vomited what was there. We were so concerned we took her to an urgent care center. I would never recommend egg yolk to babies under 1 year old!
another vomit story
written by amy, Mar 10 2012
We gave our daughter egg yolk at 6 months. We were doing a rotation diet, giving the same food for four days to check for allergies. On day three she vomited a lot, about three hours after eating the cooked yolk. So we stopped and tried again at seven months. At the seven month feeding we gave her just a little bit (less than 1/4 of the yolk) and the same thing happened. smilies/sad.gif Will now wait for a year believing that her digestive system is too immature for it. I hope we have not caused an allergy!!!
We eat eggs
written by Natasha, Jan 12 2012
My big healthy 9 month old has been eating egg yolks since 4 months. He also eats meats, yogurt, avocado, banana, cooked veggies & fermented carrots, sauerkraut and pickles. He does great. He loves herbs, sea salt & We still breastfeed, every hour and a half to two hours. I think he eats more in a sitting than our ten year old! The only time I had a problem was when I made the mistake of giving him a bit of rice pasta. Instant rash. Is is important to feed pastured eggs. Organic eggs can still be soy fed which is a big allergen. Chickens should be eating bugs & worms from a pasture where they can roam.
Question about Liver
written by Stephanie, Dec 11 2011
Wondering about liver? I know it would be a great source of iron, but what about the use of your liver. Doesn't the liver absorb toxins? Would it be dangerous to eat something raw that absorbs toxins?

Reply to Sylvia from Sally
written by tjboyd, Oct 24 2011
There are recipes on our website and in Nourishing Traditions. But to make a liver puree for baby, just sautee chicken livers (preferably pasture raised) in butter. Then blend in a food processor with some more butter and salt to taste. You can thin with a little water or stock to get the right consistency.
Reply to Jennifer from Sally
written by tjboyd, Oct 24 2011
I think one year old is too young for these foods. Wait until baby has all his or her baby teeth, then feed properly prepared crispy nuts. Seeds may be even more problematic.
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What would Sally say about nuts/seeds for 1 year old?
written by Jennifer, Jun 13 2011
Would love to know about what Sally Fallon would think about soaked/dried nuts and seeds for 1 year olds?
Breastfeeding is ideal
written by Clinton Wasylishen, Apr 26 2011
I read this originally in Nourishing Traditions, and I have to say that some folks seem a bit misled. Sally's suggestion is basically to PRIMARILY breastfeed up to a year. Nowhere does she say to stop at twelve months... at least not my two reads of it.

The egg yolk is suggested as a supplement from four months on.

If you read her book (and even the above) she doesn't really recommend much "solid food" in the first year... other than an egg yolk, if you consider that solid food, daily from four months.

We've tried our son on yolks and have experienced the vomiting twice. He's at six months now, and big and hungry. We will be waiting to try again on that one.

Thanks Sally!
Mature 5 month old
written by Saultite, Mar 30 2011
I started feeding my baby egg yolk at 4 months, as he was born late, very big (10 lbs 6 oz) and was hungry. I found that he had an adverse reaction, although it's probably due to the fact that I don't have access to pastured chicken eggs in winter. The best I could do is free run (which doesn't mean pastured)and after I discovered the reaction, I discontinued the yolk for 3 weeks. He didn't seem to like it when I reintroduced it, so I stopped offering it again for a month. In the meantime, I decided to start him on meat purees, (at 5 1/2 months), and I just tried the egg yolk again and he really likes it. In fact, he is eating 3 small meals a day, and still breastfeeding steadily! Must be a growth spurt! Anyhow, all my family is amazed at his fast growth and development, as I have been eating a WAP style diet for about 2 years now, and about a year before becoming pregnant. The looks of surprise are great when they see what he eats, and I have been sending my sister in law lots of feeding info for her 9 week old baby so that she is prepared to feed her right. Thanks to WAP for the awesome info!smilies/grin.gif
breastfeeding 6 months to a year
written by Jessica, Feb 18 2011
Hello People she isn't saying breastfeed 6 months to a year only, she's saying at least 6 months to a year. Longer is good!!
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written by Jessica, Jan 27 2011
My 2nd & 3rd children did fine on the egg diet. My 4th had the vomiting issue discussed already. I did some research and believe that an allergic reaction is really a reaction to a nutritional deficiency. (There is loads of info on-line, do a search.) I breastfeed so I can pass the needed supplements on to my son. We will try the eggs again after 31 days and see if it helps.
Cooking liver for babies
written by Silvia, Dec 24 2010
I want to start feeding my son liver but I am unaware on how should I cook it, should I fry or boil? Please let me know what's the best ! Thanks
The words used were Ideally 6-12 months to breastfeed NOT "Do Not feed after 12 months". I've most women stop breast feeding after 3months!
written by Jeannie, Dec 19 2010
Reading the article it tells me that it is IDEALLY recommended breastfeeding baby 6-12 months. She is implying if your not capable, Do not want or the baby is not satisfied with the quality of milk then to move on to the next stage and formulas/solids. It's also reassuring for most of the women that you are capable of doing nothing but breastfeeding until the first six months but my two daughters were born above average size and gained weight rapidly and grew very unsatisfied by 4-5 months with only breast milk. Rather than having them cry and go hungry I opted to feed them the solids(egg yolks, plain yogurt and vegetables/fruit) from the wise traditions feeding guide. Doctors say not to feed babies till 6 months due to digestive problems but the way people eat today i wouldn't say it was the wise traditions diet and pre6 month feeding causing all the issues. I'd say it was the crap non organic, gmo ridden, over processed stuff that poses as food that cause all the problems especially since it seems to be all that kids get these days that harms them later in life. My second daughter is completely on the wise traditions diet and she is perfectly happy, rarely cries, is plump, robust and never has problems with digestion or gas. smilies/smiley.gif
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written by April Brown, Nov 16 2010
Both of my girls have done great with soft boiled egg yolks. I began eating slightly better right before we conceived our first. She needed solids a month or so before my second has. I did give egg yolk to my first occasionally during her fourth and fifth months but mainly started at 6 months. I gave my second a little food at six months but didn't start feeding her a lot until her seventh month. She handles egg yolks wonderfully and they both have fantastic appetites. I breastfed my first until a few months before my second was born, until she was about one and a half. I only stock unrefined sea salt so that is what I use on them.

I really appreciate WAPF, Sally and all of those who have so improved our health and conception. And from reading many articles... and Nourishing Traditions... I have never gotten the overall impression that babies should ONLY be breastfed 6 months to a year. In a culture where many of those who do breastfeed only do for several months, I think it is fair to encourage people to breastfeed for at least 6 months to 1 year. People that breastfeed for that length of time may find it natural to continue.

I would also like to say that the WAPF diet really has been an answer to prayer for us. We were introduced to the foundation after having had only one miscarriage in two years of marriage. (And we had been drinking soy milk and eating soy, though I never liked tofu.) After much prayer and many tears a friend introduced us to many of the things in this article. We threw out Crisco, never bought soy again and started eating a lot of butter and cod liver oil. In one month we were pregnant. So thanks for your work and keep it up!
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written by lindsey wilson, Oct 20 2010
i have given my almost 6 month old son an egg yoke a day since he was a little over 4 months at first he made the funniest face and spit it out but i kept trying and he really likes it now. he has only had breast milk and to help with the shock of the nasty egg taste i smushed it through a hand baby food grinder added, a tiny bit of breast milk, and added a little stevia (a all natural sweet root powder).
To correctly cook the egg yoke add eggs to pan of water that barely covers the eggs, bring to boil and let boil for 4 minutes, then take off heat cover for 4 minutes, uncover rinse with cold water and let cool. if you cook any longer then this you have cooked to long and then the egg enzyme is no longer in tack, you want the enzyme in tack to aid in digestion and keep most if the nutrients. You do not want hard boiled egg it should be a dark orange yellowish color not the chalky yellow.
good luck
EGGS and ALLERGIES
written by Jennifer Remington, Oct 18 2010
Our family also had trouble feeding our babies eggs. I started them out @ 6months with the yolks, and yes they would throw them up, and they would also break out. My children also have problems with raw milk as well. They would break out it little red bumps and patches. Sometimes around mouth, the inside part of the elbow, and just behind the knees. They would also get a crusting behind the ear. I didn't know at the time, that it was the eggs and the milk, but my suggestion is if they show any signs of reactions at all, WAIT. Take it totally out of the diet, and then Introduce very SLOWLY. Introduce one thing at a time.
Relief about egg yolks
written by Emily, Oct 09 2010
We tried to follow the Sally Fallon diet for our daughter as well. I started feeding her egg yolks around 4 1/2 months and she was fine for about a week. Then all of a sudden she started throwing up after eating them. I stopped the egg yolks and then tried again at 5 months. The vomiting was worse that time. I tried one more time at 6 months and the same thing happened. We decided that we wouldn't try them again until after a year, but after reading how some of your children adjusted better at 9 months maybe we'll try a little sooner. That's her age now. We eat a LOT of eggs in our house and it would make meal times difficult if she couldn't enjoy them with us!
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written by HeatherB, Oct 08 2010
The breastfeeding information in this article is misleading. Most traditional peoples breastfed MUCH longer than 6-12 months! Granted, if your baby is on formula you can start solids around 6 months, but saying 6-12 months for breastfeeding is not only incorrect, it just doesn't make sense. Did traditional babies want to stop nursing then? No, they need to stay close by mom and would keep nursing much past 12 months. Please update your information about breastfeeding!
Vomiting Went Away
written by Celeste, Sep 20 2010
I have 9 month old boy-girl twins, who are on the WAPF raw milk formula and are thriving. At 4 months, I gave them egg yolks and my daughter vomited each time I tried. I only tried 3 times. I tried again at 5 months, 6 months, and still vomiting. I waited until 9 months, tried again, and hooray (!) she kept them down and has been keeping them down every day. She also doesn't have any other reactions. I think her system just needed to mature a little more. It's distressing to have your baby vomit all over the place. You feel helpless and so bad for your little one. But, it does happen, and feeding babies can be hit or miss, at times. Have faith, and try again in a few months. Baby will still be healthy and strong if fed liver, butter with veggies, and cod liver oil.
Lost Article
written by Emily, Sep 18 2010
Here is the correct link to the article some of the commentors are looking for. http://www.westonaprice.org/ch...h/317.html
It has specific instructions on how to cook the egg yolk, as well as ideas of what to feed at different baby age groups. There are several recipes for making your own baby food purees too. smilies/smiley.gif
egg yolk and vomiting
written by rebeccah, Sep 15 2010
when we started my first dd on solids around 10 months, I tried the egg yolk from fresh, free range chicken eggs from a local farm. for the first week, I thought she did ok, although I think she did break out some on her face (it was her first food, and my first child, so I had no idea!). Then, she had egg yolk, was fine for 3 hours, and then vomited for three hours. I waited another 2 months or so, gave her another one, and same thing. So she hasn't had eggs in over a year. We just started the GAPS diet, and I tried egg yolk again yesterday. Within three minutes she became itchy and broke out all over her neck and chest. I was so discouraged. Today, however, I gave her a small taste of my scrambled egg...no reaction whatsoever. No break out, no itchiness, no tummy upset, nothing that I can see at all (and her reactions are ALWAYS immediate - we have lots of food issues). I wouldn't have given her whole egg a year ago, but I just am wondering now if some bodies maybe can't tolerate the yolk by itself, but the egg as a complete unit works better...
Great Results!
written by Cait Platz, Sep 06 2010
We prepared our first egg yolk for our now almost six year old when she was just three months. I boiled an organic egg for 10 minutes then I extracted the yolk and mixed a little breast milk together until it was a creamy consistency. I remember what led us to try this at such a young age because we now have another daughter who will be 3 months in about a week. We had tried rice cereal with our first daughter initially when she appeared to become more fussy than usual before and after a feeding. She had gone from exhibiting signs of satiation after a feeding to general restlessness. This happened right around 3 months and my mother had told me to try a small amount of cereal on the tip of a spoon. Well, this did not work one bit and even had made things worse since afterward she was incredibly gaseous and consequently in distress. We had read about feeding an egg yolk or at least a couple of bites at 4 months and decided to give it a try. She seemed to really enjoy it and was content again after having a couple of licks. Tonight we prepared the egg similarly for our 3 month old and she seemed to enjoy licking it too and was very happy and content afterward. We'll offer another one again at dinner time tomorrow.
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written by oaklee, Jul 28 2010
what else to feed baby b/t 6 and 10 months besides egg yolks?
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written by Dina, Jul 27 2010
I started my daughter on eggs yolks at about 4 months. The first couple times she was fine and then one day she started vomiting after eating egg yolks. I tried again and again the vomiting. Not until she was 9 mths was I able to give her the yolks again without a reaction. She is 10 mths now and loves eggs yolks. I fry them in (raw) butter and she eats them like cookies.
Baby Formula
written by Ginger, Jun 28 2010
Do you know the best website to make baby formula from raw cows milk?
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written by Michelle, Jun 28 2010
My daughter has been eating 3-4 egg yolks daily since she was 4 months old without any problems. I cooked them with butter in a saucepan over low heat until they thickened up a bit. Meat was introduced at 6 months without any problems, but I started fruits and vegetables at 7 months and those were passed completely undigested. She is almost 11 months now and still does not digest them.
Eggyolk = vomiting for my daughter too
written by Nicky, Jun 24 2010
I gave my daughter some egg yolk (from organic free range omega 3 eggs) when she was 6 months old as one of her first solid foods.. The first time seemed ok. The second time she vomited violently for hours. Very scary! I of course thought she the only one to experience this.
I tried egg yolk again two months later when she was 8 months old (this time from pasture raised hens) only to have to comfort a vomiting baby again. It was even worse that last time. I had to call our pediatrician who told me to wait 1/2 hour after the vomiting stopped before nursing and then to only nurse for 1 minute. Wait 15 minutes then nurse again for only one minute. I did this for over an hour and she was better.
My daughter is now 15 months old and I am not giving her eggs again for a while. I'd love to know that someone has been able to give their babies egg yolks after a few months after the vomiting episode. I hope that I haven't given my daughter an egg allergy. I love eggs. I mean I could eat them all day. For every meal. I would be heartbroken if my daughter can't enjoy this wonderful whole food.
vomiting
written by Brian, May 29 2010
My son vomites about two hours after eating egg yolk. The first few times (when he was about 5 months old) went smoothly, but he has vomited every time since. We'll try the suggestion of adding liver and salt, but aren't overly confident. There are plenty of comments online regarding this problem. I just wish there was a solid, evidence based explanation for the vomiting, and for why it didn't happen the first few times. Is this not the pattern that is seen with food allergies?
Questions about babies :)
written by Sara , May 11 2010
When and how do you start weaning babies fully off milk? Our girl is 1 year and drinking the raw goat milk formula along with eating solids.

Also, what other foods will increase her iron intake beside liver? A homeopathic friend advised us to stay away from meats as long as possible with babies??

Also, I think she may just be getting more teeth in but she has a lot of congestion and either is cold or has a slight fever--i think this is how her body responded to her other new teeth...can we do anything to ease her congestion?

THANK YOU for a response--my mom didn't teach me anything about children except that she didn't like them very much--so I have lots of questions!!
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written by Kristin, Apr 30 2010
I am pretty surprised by this whole conversation. Most moms seem to be saying egg doesn't work as a first food. It seems strange too that Sally is suggesting introducing solids at 4 months and weaning by 1 year or much earlier. This does not correspond with any known healthy traditional society's way of feeding babies, where weaning would likely occur between age 2 and 7 and babies are exclusively breastfeed until 1 year or more. Moms please do your own research about the benefits of extended breastfeeding and waiting to introduce solid foods. There is plenty of information out there. I love "nourishing traditions" for my own diet as a breastfeeding mother, but I deeply question this advice being offered for how to feed babies.
Iron
written by Jennifer, Apr 24 2010
Does anyone know of another sources of iron you can give a baby other than liver. We don't eat liver because it isn't kosher.
bad reaction to egg yolk
written by meghan, Apr 24 2010
I gave my 7 month old organic (from our local CSA) egg yolk cooked for about 5 min. She had taken egg yolk before with no reaction. Yesterday she vomited several times over the course of an hour. I did not feed her the entire yolk though she did eat a good amount (with sea salt).
Other sources recommend waiting until 9 months before introducing egg yolk, and suggest hard not soft boiled egg.
I wonder if the soft boiled egg could be the culprit. Also the description in NT is confusing (cooked 3.5 min should be warm, soft not runny). My 5 min yolk was runny when you take a fork to it. a 3.5 min yolk would certainly be runny. I'm curious if there's a risk of some egg white getting mixed with soft boiled yolk.
Based on my experience (and what I've read on this thread and a similar one on mothering.com), I am wary of the advice here to introduce this food at 4 months.
7.5 month old bad reaction to egg yolk
written by meghan, Apr 24 2010
I gave my 7.5 month old daughter soft cooked egg yolk for the 4th or 5th time yesterday and within about 2 or 3 hours she was throwing up.
I'm concerned she may now have an allergy (perhaps because I introduced this food to early?) Since reading further many other sources recommend not introducing egg yolk until 8 or 9 months. Also I'm finding mixed advice on preparing the yolk. Many more recommend hard-boiled rather than the soft cooked egg, boiled 3.5 minutes, as NT recommends. I also find the description of an egg boiled at 3.5 minutes confusing ("the yolk should be soft and warm, not runny"). My yolk cooked at around 5 min was runny once you took a fork to it. Does soft boiling create the potential for some egg white to mix with yolk, when separating? I wonder if that's why my baby reacted so vioently.
I am wary of the advice to introduce this food as early as 4 months.
Egg yolks
written by Sally Fallon Morell, Apr 17 2010
We are distressed to learn about babies throwing up egg yolks. The vast majority do fine on egg yolks, but if your baby is having trouble, obviously you should stop. Wait a few weeks until baby is more mature and try again. Some mothers have reported that adding liver to the egg yolks solves the problem; and don't forget the salt. If this still doesn't work, don't despair. Baby can still get choline from other animal foods, especially liver. As baby become more mature, you can start adding small amounts of egg yolks to other pureed foods.
The Healthy Home Economist
written by Sarah, WAPF Tampa/St. Pete Chapter Leader, Apr 16 2010
I have found over the years that folks having problems with their babies throwing up egg yolks tend to give the baby most or all of the egg yolk at one sitting. When the baby is only given a taste or two at first and then gradually the amount is increased, greater success is reported. Egg yolks are tremendously rich and the baby needs to adjust gradually to the richness of such a nutrient dense food. Also, adding a bit of raw liver to the egg yolk seems to really help.
Weaning from breastmilk
written by Laurie, Mar 22 2010
I am wondering if there might be informaton about weaning from breastmilk. My son is nearing one and I'm going back to work. We live in an area where I'm unable to purchase raw milk products. Any suggestions on what to move onto? Is it necessary to even wean to a "milk" product?
egg allergy
written by Shawnelle , Mar 19 2010
I started my son on egg yolks, soft cooked at 7 months of age (store bought eggs) and he now has a egg allergy it seems. He was about 2 before I figured out it seemed to be eggs that was causing his eczema on his legs to flare up. Just wondered if anyone else has has such reactions. Would cod liver oil be a safer thing to give infants rather than egg and get similar results???
Egg yolk
written by Lbug, Feb 15 2010
The best quality of eggs are from home raised hens. Because we live in the city, we purchased only few hens. I have been feeding my daughter, now 2 years old an egg every day since she was 5 months and I have never had any problems. There is no comparison to the quality of eggs you get when having your own. The egg yolk has a TOTALLY different color. We added flaxseeds to their diet and let them free range in our small patio.
egg yolk
written by Denise, Feb 10 2010
I fed my 8 month-old daughter organic hard boiled egg yolk twice and both times she threw up violently for about an hour straight, she was pale, limp and not very responsive so I had to rush her into the doctors office... no mo eggs for us for a WHILE
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written by Lina, Jan 28 2010
Dominique,

That happened to me too. I gave her a yolk when her 5 mo "birthday" as her very first solid food and she developed stomach aches and diarrhea. To make things worse, it was only 4 days after she had her Rotavirus vaccine which had reacted to a little. I did not know that I had to wait at least a week.
I waited 2 months before giving it to her again and she had no problems. How long did you wait before trying again? I have read that it is better to wait at least 2 months before trying a "problem" food again.

Egg Yolk
written by Dominique , Jan 07 2010
I have tried giving my baby boy egg yolk several times since he was 4 months (very high quality organic eggs boiled for 4 minutes with sea salt.) He is now 7 months and still doesn't seem to be tolerating it very well - every time I tried he has a vomiting episode. Has this happened to anyone else?
This may be the other article
written by HB, Jan 03 2009
I had an article bookmarked too and found it gone when the website got changed. I then found it here: http://www.westonaprice.org/No...-Baby.html . Not sure if this is the article you guys are looking for. I have a 6 month old and just started her on solids. I hope this helps you guys.
old article
written by shmike, Dec 30 2009
Brittany....do you have a copy of that old article. I had bookmarked the site only to find it gone...and it had so much useful info.
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written by Brittany, Dec 22 2009
My son is 5 months and I've been giving him yolk for the last week or so. He loves it. This article was on here before, but had much more information...they removed it when they changed the site. It said to soft boil the egg (about 5-6 mins) until the yolk was just "jelled"...not totally cooked like hard boiled, but not runny. Also, they say to mix in a tiny pinch of CELTIC SEA salt (not regular table salt) for the minerals. I also hand-express about a tablesppon of breastmilk and mix it to make it easier for him to eat.
Feeding Egg Yolk to Infants
written by Amber , Dec 19 2009
I was wondering how people have prepared the egg yolk for an infant? My daughter is almost six months old and has only been breastfed so far. I am wanting to start the egg yolk a day but I am not sure what the best way to prepare it is...

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