When you are pregnant, your baby is getting more and more foods that are contaminated with bacteria and viruses.
That means more bacteria, and more viruses.
“It’s a really big deal,” says Dr. Deborah Pinto, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
She has been researching the effects of baby processed foods on babies for many years.
“There’s no question that babies who eat these foods will have higher rates of infant death and more severe infections,” Pinto says.
“And they are not going to have as good a life span as other children.”
Some people think babies can handle it, but not all of them.
Some say babies will just get sick and have diarrhea.
Others say the baby won’t eat much at all.
Some worry about the health effects of the bacteria in the baby food.
“We’re talking about a major concern in the world,” says Andrew Kosten, a nutritionist and founder of The Food Lab in San Francisco.
Koster says he has never seen a baby who ate a baby food that did not have serious illness.
“But, we do see that with other food, we don’t see that in baby food,” Kostesays.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends no more than two ounces of baby food per day, says babies should not eat more than a half-cup of the product per day.
And that’s just one of the problems: the amount of food is so small that it is difficult to know exactly how much bacteria are in it.
And when we find out, it is often because the food has been cooked.
“The more we know about what is in baby foods, the better we can make decisions about what we can eat,” says Kosteys mom, Lisa.
“I don’t know how much I should feed my baby.
I think I need to eat a little bit more than what I should, but I just don’t think it’s necessary.”
In the meantime, Kostena and Lisa have tried several different ways to feed their kids.
Kosta is trying to find healthier food that’s easy to prepare.
And she and her husband have been buying more whole foods.
“My husband and I have been doing a lot of cooking and grocery shopping and cooking our own meals,” Lisa says.
She says she has been able to reduce her food consumption because she doesn’t have to worry about getting sick or being sick.
“You’re just cooking it, and it’s just not going bad,” Lisa explains.
“So, I’ve just kind of tried to eat the food that I want.”
But they also have a little trick to get their babies to stop eating too much.
“He’s been taking one bite of a little piece of the food, and then he’ll go back and eat the rest of it,” Lisa adds.
“Because we have so many different foods in the house, we’ve gotten to know each other a lot better, and he really knows what we’re eating.”
When we hear of babies who have serious illnesses like ear infections, stomach ulcers or respiratory infections, we tend to focus on the children and the symptoms, but it’s not always true.
Dr. Pinto has seen babies with serious illness who are not getting enough care and not getting the best care.
“Most of the time, babies that have serious infections get better with treatment,” she says.
And the babies who are sicker tend to get better.
“They’re not going back to eating the foods that they had before,” Pintos says.
But it doesn’t always work.
“Sometimes babies will not get the nutrients they need to heal,” Pinsen says.
When babies don’t get enough nutrients, they can die.
And many of the babies in the United States that died of bacterial or viral disease were under five months old.
It is difficult for families to get help.
“When we see the children who are eating more than we do, and they’re not getting their nutrients, we just feel really helpless,” Lisa said.
“To see our little boy just get into this horrible condition, it just really makes me feel like there’s something really wrong with our baby.”
It’s not uncommon for a baby to be eating baby food for up to six months.
Lisa is hoping that she will get a doctor’s referral to see her doctor soon to see if she needs a specific diet or supplements.
“If she’s not eating enough nutrients for a long period of time, we have to be concerned,” Lisa added.
“She’s not going through the same process that we have.”
For more information about infant food safety, see the links below.