I loved this book so much I read through the entire thing in a day. We had already decided to do BLW before we bought this book, so we required very l...moreI loved this book so much I read through the entire thing in a day. We had already decided to do BLW before we bought this book, so we required very little convincing. Still, this book presented some of the research done on BLW and contained TONS of personal anecdotes by BLW parents, all of which really solidified our resolve to take this approach with our son. I really enjoyed the relaxed approach to solids advocated by this book.
The only reason I gave it 3 stars was because the dietary information was a little off. They advocate using the USDA Food Pyramid as a guide, but research is showing that such a diet not only does NOT prevent heart disease and obesity, but can actually contribute to it (http://www.sciencenews.org/view/gener...). Furthermore, the authors claim that babies need saturated fats and cholesterol more than adults and that they can contribute to heart disease later in life. Does anyone buy the logic of this statement? Why would something considered to be good, nay essential, for a baby's health and development suddenly become unhealthy? We become accustomed to these foods only to be told we can't eat them anymore? And when do these foods magically go from healthy to unhealthy? Does it happen gradually or at a certain age? ("Sorry, Timmy. You're 7 years old now...no more butter.") Even as the so-called lipid hypothesis of heart disease is being disproven (http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com...) people are still clinging to the idea that saturated animal fats (which humans have been consuming for thousands of years) will kill us.
If you want to prevent obesity and heart disease in your kids, feed them full-fat dairy, butter, eggs, and fatty meat and limit their consumption of sugars, including grains and starches. (less)