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Love & Guts

Jan 25, 2021

#190 In this episode we extinguish the confusion on when to begin introducing solid food to your baby. I had to get Dawn Whitten back on the cast. If you have yet to listen to my first conversation with Dawn please do. Back in episode 64 I Dawn and I delve into the world of breast milk and the breast milk microbiome. It’s a goodie and one that I’ve listened to a few times already. Judging by the downloads, you guys found this one valuable too. 

Let me refresh your memory on who Dawn is; Dawn Whitten is a Naturopath, Western Herbalist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Researcher and Educator. Passionate about protecting and nurturing the microbiome of the next generation, Dawn has a broad base of clinical experience with a focus on women’s health through pregnancy and beyond, as well as infant and toddler health. She has been in clinical practice for 16+ years.

Dawn has been published in the peer-reviewed literature and has contributed to clinical textbooks (Including the Breastfeeding chapter in the soon to be published Advanced Clinical Naturopathic Medicine, Elsevier). Dawn co-coordinates two units within the Evidence-based Complementary Medicine Program in the College of Health & Medicine at the University of Tasmania. She is part of the research team at and a clinical director at Goulds Natural Medicine in Hobart.

In this episode

  • Dawn shares a little about herself - what gets her up in the morning
  • When to begin introducing solid food to our babies
  • What signs to look out for that show baby is ready for solids
  • Why it's wise to continue breastfeeding once solid food commences
  • Why many babies get constipated when they start solids
  • How parents can prevent constipation in their babies
  • Why we might want to avoid whole cow’s milk in first 12 months
  • The risks of consuming solid foods too early
  • The best way to introduce potential food allergens to baby
  • Baby food labelling
  • And on and on we go

It's a great conversation as it always is with Dawn.