Smiling baby sitting in a highchair eating an avocado
    September 24, 2014
    Starting Solids Without White Rice Cereal?

    [caption id="attachment_49072" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo by Mark Evans[/caption]   I’m sure most of you are familiar with Dr. Greene’s White Out Campaign.  Rice cereal is commonly…

    Starting Solids: An Exciting Reason to Be Thankful
    November 21, 2011
    Starting Solids: An Exciting Reason to Be Thankful

    Last Thanksgiving I announced a bold campaign, spearheaded by an amazing band of volunteers, to upgrade babies’ first foods to real foods – and babies’ first grains to whole grains – and to do…

    Breast Milk’s Subtle Flavor Magic
    August 7, 2011
    Breast Milk’s Subtle Flavor Magic

    Interestingly, babies tend to suck more vigorously when a new flavor is introduced into their mothers’ diet (even if the mothers don’t notice the change in nursing, researchers can measure it). Th…

    Brown vs. White Rice: A Fork in the Road
    June 15, 2010
    Brown vs. White Rice: A Fork in the Road

    It’s time to change America’s first food. What if white rice helped trigger diabetes and brown rice helped to prevent it, regardless of lifestyle? That's just what a 2010 Harvard study suggests. B…

    There is No Such Thing as Free Infant Formula
    April 29, 2010
    There is No Such Thing as Free Infant Formula

    Most new mothers are inundated with formula samples and coupons everywhere they turn.  Signing up for those free baby magazines can automatically place your name on a mailing list that formula compan…

    Crying baby in a stripped onesie
    August 21, 2009
    Colic Improved by Probiotics?

    The long crying spasms of colic can be exhausting for parents and babies alike. Because babies with colic have been shown in some studies to have fewer species of beneficial bacteria in their intestin…

    Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?
    September 1, 2008
    Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?

    How quickly does being overweight affect health? Overweight babies and toddlers under age 2 already show signs of health problems according to a study in the August 2008, Pediatrics. Those over the 95…

    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema
    May 26, 2008
    DHA and Allergies, Asthma, or Eczema

    Getting plenty of DHA, one of the important omega-3 fats found in breast milk, could help to prevent allergies, asthma, and eczema in young children. Dr. Eileen Birch, who has previously studied links…

    DHA and Diarrhea
    April 8, 2008
    DHA and Diarrhea

    I received a letter expressing concern that some babies do not tolerate formula with added DHA/ARA and that parents are not aware of this possibility. DHA and ARA are important fatty acids, present na…

    Eggs, Fish, Milk, Nuts, and Peanuts for Babies?!
    January 8, 2008
    Eggs, Fish, Milk, Nuts, and Peanuts for Babies?!

    Get ready for some surprising recommendations. Eczema, asthma, and food allergies are all on the rise in children, each having more than doubled in the last several decades. This rapid increase has le…

    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia
    April 25, 2007
    Breastfeeding, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia

    In the modern United Kingdom, about 12 percent of all normal, healthy, full-term babies are hospitalized at least once in their first 8 months of life. Many of these hospitalizations are for pneumonia…

    Brain Building
    January 29, 2007
    Brain Building

    Today in the United States, 1 in 6 children suffers from  a disability that affects their behavior, memory, or ability to learn. More than  $80 billion dollars are spent each year in the U.S. to tre…

    Changing Colic Culture
    January 11, 2007
    Changing Colic Culture

    How about a fresh approach? What if simply giving probiotics to babies would dramatically reduce the vexing symptoms of colic? What if the crying and distress of colic were related to the mix of bacte…

    Breastfeeding and Kids’ Cancer Risk
    November 16, 2004
    Breastfeeding and Kids’ Cancer Risk

    The various studies looking at the effects of breastfeeding on childhood leukemia have had inconclusive and inconsistent results. Experts, led by Marilyn Kwan at the School of Public Health, Universit…

    Breastfeeding and Asthma
    September 21, 2004
    Breastfeeding and Asthma

    Asthma in children is increasing around the globe. It's not unusual for it to be a country's number one reason for a child to be hospitalized. Researchers from Australia (a continent where asthmais th…

    Breastfeeding and Saving Lives
    May 3, 2004
    Breastfeeding and Saving Lives

    Many studies have demonstrated a variety of benefits from breastfeeding, including lowering the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The first study linking breastfeeding with overall lower in…

    Chubby Babies
    June 11, 2003
    Chubby Babies

    Almost every day I hear from parents or grandparents who are concerned because they feel that the babies they love just aren’t getting enough to eat. They try to coax them to take just a few more ou…

    Aversion to Solids
    January 19, 2003
    Aversion to Solids

    Dr. Greene's Answer: First, let me congratulate you and your daughter for nursing for a year! This is a wonderful gift to both of you. Second, when I hear about a child who refuses to eat solids  at …

    Baby taking milk from a bottle. Formula and Constipation
    January 17, 2003
    Formula and Constipation

    Dr. Greene's Answer: First, let's address the iron in formula and constipation question. Some people will (or have) told you that the iron is the problem and that switching to a low-iron formula will…

    Switching From Formula to Milk
    January 17, 2003
    Switching from Formula to Milk

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The age that regular milk has been recommended for babies has changed over recent decades. Not long ago, 9 months or even 6 months was considered great and many babies who had mil…