• Wed, Nov 21 2012

New Study Says Not To Feed Your Baby Doritos And Mountain Dew

All of you Honey Boo Boo mamas out there who were planning on giving your six-month-old a bag of Cheetos and some beef jerky for breakfast may want to rethink your menu. Because garbage food is not good for babies. Babies don’t have teeth or debit cards or access to cars that they can drive tp the party mart, which is the main reason why babies don’t usually eat Doritos washed down with Red Bull, but also because it isn’t very healthy.  According to the Herlad.IE:

BABIES as young as six months are being fed crisps, fizzy drinks and chocolate pudding — leading to a spiral of obesity as they grow older.

Dr Flynn highlighted the fact that illness like heart disease, diabetes and obesity may be partly caused by the “inadequacy of the mother’s diet during pregnancy and how they were fed as babies”.

She stressed the importance of breastfeeding and diet in the first year of life.

“How well humans grow and develop during this time can have far-reaching effects on health in childhood and throughout adult life,” she added.

Dr Ita Saul, chair of the FSAI expert group which produced the new recommendations, said it was “not automatic” that parents would naturally know what foods provide the best nutrition for babies.

“We sometimes think that mothers instinctively know what to give their babies but they don’t.

“So it is important that the information is there.”

So this is a thing? How did I miss out on this? I breastfed all my babies because I was so awesome lazy and I didn’t feel like mixing up bottles of formula or sterilizing nipples or getting out of bed in the middle of the night. And when my babies were ready to start solid food I was so paranoid about giving them rice infant cereal that I waited until they were older than my pediatrician said I could to start feeding them people food. But all these other moms were just handing their babies a box of Twinkies and letting them have at it!

I really don’t believe the majority of moms do stuff like this. I think most moms are reading and re-reading baby books and calling their doctor many times before they even dare to mash up a banana. I am sure that most moms are guilty of letting their kid have an extra cookie or some garbage food on occasion, but when the kid is much older, not before they are crawling. Or maybe I am wrong! Are their moms out there giving their six-month-olds candy bars and Diet Cokes ? I can remember the first time I ever gave my son a french fry when he was almost two and it was like he turned into some crazy baby and lost his mind over being able to eat something so trashy and delicious.

But I never gave my babies junk food when they were little. I kept things like that in a very safe child-proofed storage facility. Called my mouth.

(photo: kuppa /shutterstock)

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  • TheLily

    That last line made me laugh so hard I choked on my cold medicine. It hurts, but I can’t stop laughing and I’m not sure if it was that funny. Thank you for the great start to my day.

    • Julie

      I almost woke up my napping infant I was laughing so hard !!

  • Daisy

    I will admit to giving my kids french fries before their first birthday. Soda? Chips? Beef Jerky? No. Never.

    My son will insist he drinks soda, but he doesn’t. Same kid will also tell you that he drinks coffee and eats brains. So, he can’t be trusted.

    • Julie

      I let my 8 month old suck on a french fry once just to see what she would do with it. She gnawed on it for a bit and then puked everywhere. sooo we won’t be doing that again for a while :) And your son sounds awesome.

    • Emily

      Wonder if there is an allergy – my best friend is allergic to potatoes.

  • Crankyashley

    I remember my mom giving my sister a slim Jim once. She was teething. She couldn’t break the skin so she sucked on it until it was white. It was tasty and soothed her gums. How’s a 6 month, or younger, supposed to even eat beef jerky. I can barely eat it!

  • LadyClodia

    My son’s former pediatrician also used to work at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in the express care/emergency room, and she said it was crazy what people would give their babies. She said that once she had a 4 month old in who was having an allergic reaction, and it turned out that the parents had thought that a hot fudge sundae from McDonald’s would be a good first food. She also said that on more than one occasion she had seen babies whose parents had put Coke in their bottles/sippy cups. So yeah, apparently this is really a thing. :(

  • Teri

    Ugh ugh ugh. Yet another study that is probably more about socioeconomic status than anything else has to jump to the conclusion that if you don’t breastfeed your kid, s/he will become an obese wreck. News flash: if you’re poor, you’re more likely to have unhealthy eating habits. DUH. I’m sorry, but you could breastfeed a kid till she’s 21 years old and she’s going to still end up obese if all she’s eating is Twinkies…scratch that. Hot fudge sundaes. If you never touch a green vegetable in your life, you’re going to end up fat, I don’t care whether your mom’s milk was LITERALLY liquid gold. Breastfeeding really doesn’t have much to do with this other than it’s really hard for low-income people who may be working umpteen jobs just to keep food on the table to keep breastfeeding. And no, some folks who are in lower socioeconomic strata may not know what to feed their kids. Food deserts certainly don’t help. Maybe instead of publishing crap “research” like this we ought to spend some money, oh I don’t know, teaching people quick and easy ways to cook healthy even when they’ve got literally an hour to spend with their kids before they’re off to job #2.

    • Sweetsassymolassy

      If breast milk was literally liquid gold, breastfeed kids would definitely be gaining a whole lot of weight. Gold is really heavy. (I just couldn’t resist)

    • Justme

      Thank you.

    • lea

      Firstly, this was not a “new study” as Eve Vawter has stated, rather a new set of recommendations released in Ireland recently.

      Secondly, the recommendations are based on international scientific data (from more than one study, probably 100s or more).

      Thirdly, researchers are well aware to take into account possible confounding factors such as socioeconomic status (which is well known to be a contributory factor to obesity), and thus I feel confident that in the majority of studies, the potential for bias would have acknowledged and the effect of socioeconomic status excluded.

      I’m sorry if I come across as abrupt, but as a researcher myself, I find it difficult to not take umbrage when people label research as crap and a waste of money without considering that the criticism so obvious to them was most likely thought of and accounted for by the scientists. We are, after all, trained for years to do just that.

      /rant over :)

    • lea

      (wowsers, clearly I was having a bad day, I’m not usually such a bitch… sorry… )

    • boots

      I think you sound awesome, but then I’m in the same boat (researchers unite?).

  • Nyx

    My spawnling knows she won’t be getting soda (soft drink in Australia) any time soon…Not just because its bad for her, but because Mama won’t be sharing her caffeine source (because I needs ALL of it)…As for doritos…well I don’t want to share them either…

    My girl has just start foods for the first time, and she is loving sweet potato, carrots, apples and pears way to much for me to give her any processed junk…Plus any foods she doesn’t finish my pet rats get (and they LOVES the baby food)

    A friend of mine’s Mum has a delightful habit of sharing her alcohol with her grandkids, you know a little bit of bourbon and coke in the bottle, or vodka and lemonade…Unsurprisingly we don’t let her babysit…

  • Emily

    I am a maternal health nurse, and have been for over 20 years and I have seen a lot. I’ve seen a lot of this, it happens.

    I work in a lower socio-economic area, a lot of the mothers that come in to my clinic are teenagers, and their mothers were teenagers and it is just this cycle of knowing very little, not putting the time in to research things and making mistakes. Some do take my recommendations that some mashed fruits make better first foods than smashed up McDonalds patties or ice cream, but many just argue with me, “It’s food innit?”

    As I said, some of the girls do listen, and they do want to do what is right for their kids, the knowledge just isn’t there and the support just isn’t there. And lets face it, when a 14yr old has a baby, with no family support, it is hard to expect her to just know these things, some people say it’s common sense, but if she was raised on junk food, she doesn’t know any different.

    The problem I face is the ones who come in with a chip on their shoulder. The ones who don’t want to hear that mixing chocolate syrup in with formula is not in baby’s best interests, or that slurpees from 7/11 are not suitable to share with their 8 month old and just hurl abuse at me when I try to give them information on what foods they could be introducing to their babies (quote from a few days ago, word for word, “I am not some kind of fag who buys pears”)

    So whilst it is easy to say that most mothers do what is in their baby’s best interests, it does come down to where you are in the world, and there are many, many mothers (and don’t get me wrong, these are not ALL teenagers, I get some very interesting older mothers too) who do not have the knowledge, support or willingness to be corrected and do make these mistakes.

    • jessica

      You must be an abnormally patient person. This is not sarcasm. Glad to know there are people like you in health care, especially after my last visit with my OB.

  • LAJen

    I was in line at Target about a month ago and there was a family in front of me that was sharing an orange soda. Everyone took a sip – grandma, mom, 7-year-old, and 6-month-old. I had no qualms until they gave the soda to the baby. My jaw literally dropped. At the same time, I didn’t say anything to them because it would have come across as judgmental. But it goes to show that as obvious as these study results seem, some people still need to hear them.