If breast milk is not "real food" compared to solid foods then what is it?

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If breast milk is not "real food" compared to solid foods then what is it?
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Mon, 05-16-2011 - 2:17pm

Why do some people insist on calling solid food "real food" when talking about introducing solid foods into a exclusively BF'd babies diet? I hear or read every so often another mother saying she is starting her baby on "real" food, having been exclusively BF'ing them until then and I wonder what that makes BM in her mind? Does she really think BM is fake or imaginary food and if so how do babies live exclusively off for the first 6 months (or more)?. Exactly what does "real" food mean to these moms? I think maybe it's possible they are using the term "real food" as a synonym for

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Interesting question! I never really thought about that ... I think I refer to "starting solids," or "table food."

But, I think when people say "real food" they don't really mean that breastmilk isn't food, it's just sort of shorthand. I wouldn't read too much into it.

 


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gespenst wrote:
But, I think when people say "real food" they don't really mean that breastmilk isn't food, it's just sort of shorthand. I wouldn't read too much into it.

Maybe they mean it as shorthand for "food that an older child or adult could eat and survive on" or something like that. But

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I agree that using the term "real food" can be construed as having negative connotations about breastmilk.

I disagree that this is the intent of the majority of people using the term, but I certainly would be interested in knowing that answer.

 


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I would contend that breast milk is real food ...for a baby I mean yeah

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Id have to see some proof and solid proof that breast ios best for adults rather than something else.

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Have you read "Grapes of Wrath"? It ends with a mother who lost her baby nursing a sick man who was starving. Pretty progressive for Steinbeck to write that in the 1930s, huh?
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goddessofpeace wrote:

Id have to see some proof and solid proof that breast ios best for adults rather than something else.

I don't think she said that breast is "best" for adults. She said they could live on it. And they probably could. Most adults could live on Ensure, which is sorta like adult formula.

I don't think breastmilk is the ideal diet for adults. A healthy, balanced diet is best.

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nisupulla wrote:

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Adults can live on just about anything that isn't really saying much.

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