April 12, 2023

How To Introduce Allergens to Your Baby with Katie Ferraro

If you’ve begun or are about to begin the process of weaning your baby, food allergies might be at the top of your mind. With so many people having serious reactions to common foods such as milk, eggs, shrimp, and peanuts you might find yourself wanting to put off giving these foods to your baby. But is that a good idea? And even if you’re ready to test these foods out, you might be wondering how a choking hazard like peanut butter can safely be given to an infant.

On today’s episode of Yoga| Birth| Babies we’re going to talk about how to introduce allergenic foods to your baby through baby-led weaning. To have this conversation I invited Katie Ferraro, a registered dietician specializing in baby-led weaning and host of the podcast Baby-Led Weaning Made Easy. We’ll be talking about when one can ideally introduce allergens to a baby, the nine foods that account for ninety percent of food allergies, how to introduce these foods, and what to look for in an allergic reaction.

If you’re about to begin the journey of introducing foods to your baby, grab a pen and paper or your computer. Katie offers some wonderful tips on introducing these foods and even gives us suggestions for how to serve these foods to your baby. I think her approach is incredibly intelligent and feel that it is a calming way to deal with a phase of parenting that many are anxious about. Katie will put you at ease with her research, tips, and first hand experience as a Mom of 7!

In this episode you will learn:

  • Learn about Katie and what led her to become a registered dietitian specializing in baby led weaning.
  • What baby led weaning is.
  • The new and updated guidelines about the early introduction of allergenic food for babies.
  • Some of the most significant changes in these new allergy introduction guidelines.
  • The age range to start introducing food allergy risks.
  • How introducing foods early on helps prevent food allergies and risks down the road.
  • The 9 foods that account for 90% of food allergies and how to introduce them.
  • How someone can prepare to introduce a common allergy risk.
  • What parents and caregivers be looking for in terms of a food allergy reaction. 
  • Best advice for a parent who is very nervous about introducing a food allergy risk. 
  • One final tip/piece of advice Katie would like to offer new and expectant parents.
  • Where you can find Katie’s work.

About Katie:

Katie Ferraro, MPH, RDN, CDE is a Registered Dietitian specializing in baby-led weaning (BLW) @babyledweanteam and a mom of 7. She teaches nutrition at San Diego State University and hosts the top-rated parenting podcast BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY. Katie runs the largest digital community dedicated to BLW and she helps parents, caregivers and healthcare providers give their babies a safe start to solid foods using baby-led weaning.

Connect with Katie:

Instagram: @babyledweanteam

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