Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MOC the Pablum for the masses of the ABMS

MOC is all just Pablum for the masses and there is no better analogy: see: 
ANother invention that SEEMED a good idea which is NOT!

Is Pablum Necessary? New recommendations on what baby's first foods should be (hint: it doesn't include infant cereal) 
by Teresa Pitman 
In the 1920s, many babies were being fed with homemade formulas that consisted primarily of sweetened cow’s milk and water. Doctors at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children wanted to find a baby food that could supplement this formula, as many babies of the time showed signs of vitamin deficiencies and malnourishment. 
In 1931, they invented Pablum, a powder that could be mixed with water or milk and spoon-fed to even quite young babies. The original ingredients included: ground wheat, oatmeal, cornmeal, wheat germ, bone meal, brewer’s yeast and alfalfa plus added vitamins and minerals. It was the first infant cereal, and it quickly became the standard first food for babies. 
Over time, many companies began producing their own variations. Because of concerns about allergic reactions, most now use just a single grain (such as oats or rice). 
But times have changed. As more babies are once again being breastfed, and the quality of formulas available to parents has improved, recommendations about adding complementary foods have also changed. The Canadian Pediatric Society and the World Health Organization now both recommend that babies be exclusively breastfed for six months, and then continue breastfeeding with added solid foods for two years and beyond. 
When a baby starts on solid foods at six months or later, there’s no need for a highly processed, semi-liquid food like Pablum or another infant cereal. These babies are ready for REAL food! In fact, the World Health Organization recommends that babies be offered the foods that are part of the family’s usual healthy diet. 
- See more at: http://www.babypost.com/babies/infant-developme...

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