What’s In Your Baby’s Food?

Sacajawea was a Shoshone Native American who lived between the years of 1788–1812. She was married at the age of 13 and became a mother at the age of 17. Less than two months after the birth of her son, she set off in 1805 to guide the Lewis and Clark expedition, trekking over 3,700 miles with her infant strapped to her back.

At the time, the diets of pregnant Shoshone women consisted of raw bone marrow, which they believed helped the baby develop healthy blood in the womb. They also ate raw brain to aid the growth and development of the baby’s brain—providing infants with high intelligence would help them survive the environment.

The Shoshone typically nursed for two years. The baby’s first solid foods consisted of raw bone marrow, followed by boiled meat—first chewed into a mush by mother, spit out, then mixed with raw bone marrow or raw brain to feed the baby.

The newborn diet of today typically consists of either breastfeeding or formula. The chart below compares the two. How do modern prenatal dietary standards compare to that of Sacajawea’s?

Formula Breastfeeding
No DHARich in brain building Omega-3 and DHA AA
Doesn’t adjust to infant’s needsAutomatically adjusts to baby’s needs
No cholesterolRich in cholesterol
Not completely absorbedNearly completely absorbed
No lipaseContains fat digesting lipase
Proteins
Hard to digest caseinEasily digestible whey
Not completely absorbedAbsorbed more completely
No lactoferrinLactoferrin for intestinal health
No lysozymeLysozyme-an antimicrobial
Low in brain building proteinsHigh in brain building proteins
Lacks-sleep inducing proteinsHigh in sleep-inducing proteins
Carbohydrates
No oligosaccharidesRich in oligosaccharides (increase GI health)
Immune Boosters
No live white blood cellsMillions of living white blood cells
Has no immune benefitRich in immunoglobulins
Infants are not allergic to human milk proteins.

The newborn diet from the past greatly varies from the newborn diet of the present, which is clearly inadequate. Standard Process whole-food supplements, made under strict holistic guidelines, can provide newborns with nutrients they may be lacking. These recommended whole-food supplements include:

Life Nourishing Triad for Mother and Baby:

Neurotrophin PMG

Contains a Protomorphogen extract that supports the growth and function of a healthy central nervous system for mother and baby. (Three per day.)

Calcifood Wafers or Calcifood Powder

Aids the formation of blood, bones, and teeth. This veal bone source of calcium, phosphorus, proteins, and enzymes supports mother and fetus, as well as a nursing infant. (Six wafers or three teaspoons per day.)

Cod Liver Oil

Supports vitamin A and D and omega-3 fatty acids. Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women is thought to be a contributing factor to autism. Vitamin D receptors increase nerve formation and growth during fetal development. (Three perles per day.)

Photo credit: http://castle.eiu.edu/~wow/saccont.htm

Dr. Michael Dority

Michael Dority, DC, has been in practice in Nebraska for 35 years. He operates a cash, waiting list practice, and his secret to success is simple—a properly functioning nervous system, whole foods, healthy emotions and patient education. He has written a number of brochures and posters that link degenerative disease to poor nutrition and function, as well as compelling patient handouts.

Related Topics

childhood nutrition | postnatal nutrition

2 thoughts on “What’s In Your Baby’s Food?

  1. Elizabeth Rhys says:

    It wouldn’t hurt to point out, in spite of your source for the picture on a Sacajawea page, that this is not Sacajawea. It should be pretty obvious considering her year of death, but common sense is dead these days.

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