Researchers now say that feeding your baby only breast milk for the first six months could lead to iron deficiency and allergies!
The World Health Organization says that you should exclusively feed your baby breast milk for the first six months of life, but now a new study by researchers at University College London says doing so might actually be BAD for your baby! So what does that mean for all the new moms, like Maggie Gyllenhaal and Kourtney Kardashian, who thought they were doing the very best thing for their babies by breastfeeding? Wow, the La Leche Nazis are going to go CRAZY over this!
According to the new report, if your child is predisposed to allergies (like they run in your family) then waiting for six months to give your baby solid foods could INCREASE their risk to develop a food allergy. The other problem, states the report, is that a lot of breast milk is lacking in iron, which means you’ll be passing an iron-deficient diet along to your baby. “Iron is a big concern because it affects brain development,” says Dr. David Greene, Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, in an interview about the new study with Shine.
This topic is SO controversial already and with so many people weighing in with such strong opinions (Gwen Stefani once said that nursing “gives you superhuman powers!”) the result is that many women are just plain confused by all this conflicting information. So do YOU believe that breastfeeding might be bad for your baby?