A new report, published by one of Unicef's leading child care experts, concludes that not only is pureed baby food unneccessary in the feeding of infants - but could be positively harmful.
The report concludes that there should be no time-space between milk feeding and the introduction of solids. When about 6 months old, babies should be encouraged to sit up straight, and feed themselves with their fingers - choosing what they want from pieces of food put in front of them. This is believed would alleviate constipation in many children and make them less 'picky' in later years.
In Britain alone, the baby-food-industry has grown in worth from around £190 per annum in 1990 to around £450 today, as heavy advertising and the availability of organic baby food in supermarkets has generate an enormous industry.
Furthermore, a separate report by the World Health Organisation says that children feeding babies anything other than breast or formula milk during the first six months of life dilutes the nutritional value of the milk, to the extent that it might even be harmful to the baby's health.