Egg Yolk, The Perfect First Food for Baby

When I had my first born, like many new mothers, I was overwhelmed and though I purposefully thought twice about many things, what to feed my son as his first food was not one of them. I was duped into the train of thought that a grain cereal, like rice or oat was the way to go.

By the time my daughter was born I had done my research and when she was ready to start eating solids at nine months, we started with some homemade vegetable purees. Though not a bad first choice, I now know that there is something better, which leads me to my third child, who started on his journey with food this morning. Enter the egg yolk.

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Before getting into the whys, let me start by explaining some things. First, breast milk by far contains more nutrients and brain building substances than any solid food, so I don’t recommend starting solids until a baby is fully ready. I also believe that breast milk should be the main source of ‘food’ for a child’s first year of life and that the longer a child is nursed, the better off he or she is as far as receiving the benefits from the wonders of human milk. Second, we all do the best we can with the information that we have, so though I wish I had never given my firstborn junk in a box, rice cereal, I do not beat myself up about the choice that I made.

WHY NOT RICE CEREAL? 

Any form of grain-based infant cereal should be avoided. “When flour is refined to make cereal, the most nutritious part of the grain is removed, so the flour essentially becomes a form of sugar”(Mercola).

According to Dr. Mercola, the Weston A Price Foundation, and many leading experts in the alternative health fields, “Feeding infants cereal has been associated with an increased risk of type 1 diabetes and may prime your baby’s appetite for a lifetime of processed carbs in the form of white bread, cookies and cakes. A diet based on these types of refined carbs is responsible for many bulging stomachs and fat rolls in thighs and chins, and even worse, high insulin levels that lead to diabetes and suppress two other important hormones — glucagons and growth hormones — that are responsible for burning fat and sugar and promoting muscle development, respectively. Insulin from excess carbohydrates promotes fat, and then wards off your body’s ability to lose that fat. Excess weight and obesity not only lead to heart disease but also a wide variety of other diseases later in life”(Mercola).

In addition, a baby’s digestive system is immature and does not produce a sufficient amount of the enzyme required to break down the carbohydrates of the grains (Nourishing Traditions).

WHY EGG YOLK?

Egg yolks supply essential nutrients important for the development of the brain, as they are rich in choline, good cholesterol and iron.

“Egg yolk supplies cholesterol needed for mental development as well as important sulphur-containing amino acids. Egg yolks from pasture-fed hens or hens raised on flax meal, fish meal or insects are also rich in the omega-3 long-chain fatty acids found in mother’s milk but which may be lacking in cow’s milk. These fatty acids are essential for the development of the brain. Parents who institute the practice of feeding egg yolk to baby will be rewarded with children who speak and take directions at an early age. The white, which contains difficult-to-digest proteins, should not be given before the age of one year. Small amounts of grated, raw organic liver may be added occasionally to the egg yolk after six months. This imitates the practice of African mothers who chew liver before giving it to their infants as their first food. Liver is rich in iron, the one mineral that tends to be low in mother’s milk possibly because iron competes with zinc for absorption” (Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD).

HOW TO PREPARE THE EGG

What you need:

1 Farm fresh, free range, organic egg. It is super important to make sure that the eggs you use come from healthy chickens on a grass fed diet. See more about this here: Drugs pumped into supermarket chickens.

1 pot of boiling water

optional – 1/2 teaspoon grated, frozen liver (frozen for at least 14 days)

How to cook a soft boiled egg:

Bring the water to a boil, place the egg in the water and set a timer for 4 1/2  minutes (time will vary depending on altitude). When the 4 1/2 minutes are up, take out the egg and run it under cold water so as not to burn your hands when peeling. Peel the egg and separate the egg white from the yolk, which will still be runny. Make sure that there is no white on the yolk. Grate the liver on top if so desired (as recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation).

Feeding Baby:

The egg yolk is very rich, so do not give the whole yolk to the baby during his/her first time trying it. Start with one baby spoonful and increase by one spoonful each day until the baby works up to eating the whole yolk.

Yes, he likes it!

Yes, he likes it!

RECOMMENDED READING*: Nourishing Traditions and The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Childcare

Works Cited

Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD. Nourishing Traditions.     Washington D.C. New Trends Publishing. 1999.

Mercola. Get White Rice Out of Baby’s First Foods. December 2010. Web.

Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD. Feeding Babies. December 2001. Web.

*Author’s Note: I often share products that I love and use with my own family. When applicable, I link it to my affiliate status with Amazon as a way to make a few dollars to help keep this website running. Thank you for purchasing through my links!

 

About Raising Natural Kids

A mother of two looking to raise awareness about the everyday issues that parents face, focusing on raising children holistically.
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22 Responses to Egg Yolk, The Perfect First Food for Baby

  1. inniee says:

    This was very nice info! Thanks! :) My youngest is 11mo and BLW and breastfed, but the discussions about egg comes up now and again in mum groups. :) Thank you for sharing. :D

  2. Lauren B says:

    How do you cook the liver and where do you find it?

    • You need to make sure it’s grass fed and organic – whole foods sometimes has it, or local organic farms. There are also farms who ship organic meats. You have to call around and ask what’s local to you. In the raw form – the most nutrients. Has to be frozen first for at least 14 days. That will kill any bacteria.

      • AStopher says:

        Did you mean, ‘need to make sure it’s grass fed and organic’? I thought in general, it’s best to avoid grain fed animals?

      • in my comment – grass – I fixed it – was typing while nursing – not a good mix for many reasons and something I do not usually do (feeding baby while in front of a computer)!

  3. Sayu says:

    Hi, Fab info :) I started my daughter at 6 months on egg yolk she started really well and enjoyed it but has all of a sudden refused to eat it are there other options as to mixing the egg yolk with something else so she can still get all the nutrients? thanks

  4. olivia says:

    great info! can i give my 5month old baby cod liver oil? i will give her the egg yolk today and see how she takes it. i gave her cereal and it gave her bad constipation, i have stopped. she breastfeeds and refuses formula

  5. Amie Gouda says:

    I have just started my lil 20 week on egg yolk 3 days ago. How often should I feed the egg yolk daily and should I continue everyday until she can start eating other foods at 6 months?

  6. Laura says:

    how old was your 3rd when you first started giving him yolk!?

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  8. Carrie says:

    I found it very difficult to make sure no egg white was in it. I would try cooking my egg longer and then it would get too hard. I would feed as much to her as possible without getting the egg white but I feel a number of times she did get some egg white. I hope I haven’t set her up for an egg allergy. She was 6 mths when I first tried but 9 months when she started. She will not take egg now at 11 months. She broke out in hives the other day and it wasn’t a day I gave her eggs but could an allergy have a delayed reaction?

    • no, would not have been a delayed reaction – the allergy would show while eating it. Sometimes kids get tired of the same foods. I have been giving my son a scrambled whole egg for a couple of months now and he is not yet 1 year. My pediatrician says that it’s fine and he does well with it.

  9. Tamsyn says:

    I love you so much right now! I am so happy to see there is another mommy out there who knows this, than you for writing this article and doing your research! Creating awareness, especially about the pure sugar cereals is a must, we are creating future health problems. Adele Davis says in one of her books, you might as well place a bowl of sugar in front of your baby. Well done, I am officially a fan!!!

  10. Tarah says:

    Dr. Mercola recently posted an article about eggs stating that scrambling eggs is the worst way to prepare them. That was how I always made them but I tried cooking them over-easy the day I read it and my 5YO and 3YO loved them. I cook them this way for my 7MO, give him the yolk and eat the whites myself. Education truly never stops!

  11. Lindsay Muir says:

    Does it have to be prepared soft boiled? My daughter rarely eats from a spoon and is used to feeding herself avocado and banana chunks. If the egg is hard boiled enabling my daughter to pick up the yolk to feed herself, will she still receive the same nutrients?

  12. Sarah says:

    If baby does not finish the whole yolk do you discard what is remaining or is there a way to save it for the next time?

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