How our parent's fed us

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How our parent's fed us
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Mon, 11-10-2003 - 8:22am
I've been wondering if anyone else from my generation (30 somethings or older) was fed "unconventionally" as an infant.

You guys are not going to believe this but I swear to God above it's true. My oldest sister was born in 1962. BF'ing was 'passe' at the time (almost everyone ff). Well her peditrician at the time had a very strange belief system. He believed in feeding baby solids from birth! The formula at the time was I believe something homemade with condesnsed milk (but I"m not positive about that). But my mother came home from the hospital with a 4 day old baby and her first meal was something like beef and peas. I kid you not. She said her MIL gasped when she saw what she was doing but she was going by what her Ped. said.

Anyway, it worked out so well that my mother did this with all 5 of her children, including myself! Even though she eventually changed peds and the new peds told her not to do this, she did it anyway and just didn't mention it to the peds.

In spite of this, every single one of us grew up healthy as humanely possible. My brother had perfect attendance for 3 years in a row in grade school. The rest of us only got sick once or twice a year with common ailments. I'm the only one that ever had an ear infection and that was all of ONE TIME. None of us even got the chicken pox as kids. (My brother got it in his late 20's and I got it when I was 24, though both of us had a very mild case and were better in 2 days.) Not one of us has ever had allergies, asthma, hypertension,diabetes, etc. Not trying to brag just pointing out that we were all extremely healthy.) Every single one of us had struggled with our weight but that I'm sure is because of poor eating habits later in life. A lot of has to do with our genes. There is longevity on my dad's side (my grandmother just turned 90 and he has aunts that lived well into their 90's.

NOw I have to say I would never feed a newborn solids! The thought freaks me out. I can't even imagine how she got us to open our mouths and take the spoon??? My babies did nothing but suck in the begining.

Anyway now that I"ve rambled on, just wondering if anyone else was fed like this in the day.

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Mon, 11-10-2003 - 8:46am
My mother bf'd me for 6 weeks then put me on Similac for 6 months.

~christine~

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Mon, 11-10-2003 - 9:55am
I was fed my first meal of green peas at 6 weeks- it was 1971....
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 11-10-2003 - 10:44am
i'll have to check with my mother, but i believe i was eating lamb (which i would NEVER eat in MILLION years now) at 3 mos. i went to cow's milk at 6 mos. i also think i ate cereal at 6 weeks.

my oldest brother was fed homemade formula in 1960, and i think he got solids even earlier than me. i can't even imagine - my 8 mos old BARELY eats anything - a little bit of cereal, sweet potatoes, peaches and carrots. she's completely uninterested. makes my mother crazy.

anyway, my brother is PLAGUED with allergies and i'm plagued with ear infections -- at least one a year still as an adult.

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Registered: 10-07-2003
Mon, 11-10-2003 - 12:33pm
I was bf for 6mnths then put straight on whole cows milk. I was introduced to solids at 3mnths. This was in the 70's!

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Mon, 11-10-2003 - 12:36pm
My mom told me that her ped told her that when a baby reaches a month old to introduce solids!Then the veggies and fruit. I couldn't believe it. This was about 36 years ago.

My mom kept questioning why my ped said to wait on solids until 4-6 months. I just kept telling her that a baby's digestive system isn't ready sooner than that.

By the way, I just started my almost 5 month old dd on cereal and she is definitely ready-she grabbed that spoon and shoved it in her mouth to eat, lol!

Jeanie

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Mon, 11-10-2003 - 12:58pm
My mom formula fed my brother and I from birth..switched to whole milk at 8 mo. We got pablum from 4 wks on...table food at 4 mo. I was also plagued with ear infections..I also had the whooping cough..croup(had to be hospitalized in an oxygen tent for this one), numerous respiratory infections..was once hospitalized for severe dehydration from diarhea...and had my tonsils removed at age 2. My brothers infant health record is similar. I still have weak kidneys to this day as a result. I was born in 1970.
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Mon, 11-10-2003 - 1:30pm

I know I was FF, but beyond that, I have no idea about starting solids, etc. I do know that my DH was FF, and was getting rice cereal his first week home! MIL says this was at her ped's advice, as DH was finishing 8 oz. bottles every 2 hours and was still hungry. DH did turn out to be off-the-charts large as an infant/toddler/child, and now as an adult (he's always been lean, so it wasn't a weight issue;

~Kim

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Mon, 11-10-2003 - 1:41pm
I was born in '75 and I had rice cereal at around six weeks, fruit at 3.5 months. Of course, my ped also told my mom to rub Jack Daniels on my gums when I was teething. And I turned out just fine. Although I'm not a big fan of Jack...

;) Christi

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Mon, 11-10-2003 - 1:43pm
My mom put us on 2% at six months! I'm like, "uhhhhh--he needs the fat in whole milk until age 2." YIKES! But hey--we all survived, didn't we?

C

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Mon, 11-10-2003 - 1:47pm
I need to add though--while my sister has asthma and allergies (we have a VERY strong genetic history of that on our birth mom's side), I've got pretty good health. I've always been thin (despite living on candy and diet soda as a teen) and healthy (other than my PPD). No food allergies or really any allergies besides cats (I'm a dog person anyway) and seasonal (and around here, everyone over the age of 25 has seasonal allergies anyway)--I've never once had an ear infection, and neither has DS.

Never underestimate the gene pool...

Christi

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