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GERD: Does Starting Solids Early Help Babies with GERD? with Peter Lu, MD

  • Why parents of babies with GERD or reflux symptoms are told to start solid foods early and why we need to reframe the timeline for introduction for babies with reflux symptoms
  • What reflux is, why the worst is probably behind you by the time your baby is ready to start solid foods, and what if any modifications we should make for BLW in GERD babies
  • Dr. Lu's own baby-led weaning journey with his first baby Emma and his thoughts about dad guilt when it comes to offering her new foods as a working parent
Katie Ferraro

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 What do babies with reflux or GERD need to do differently when it comes to starting solid foods? In this episode pediatric gastroenterologist Peter Lu, MD is joining me to run through how having GERD affects baby’s ability to do baby-led weaning. Dr. Lu specializes in motility disorders and is a real life first time dad of baby Emma. They’re doing baby-led weaning with her, so he knows exactly what you’re going through too!

If you’ve ever been told that starting solid foods early will help manage baby’s GERD, Dr. Lu has some new and exciting research and findings that will reframe how you think about timing your GERD baby’s intro to solid foods.

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Dr. Lu specializes in motility disorders and is a real life first time dad of baby Emma. They’re doing baby-led weaning with her, so he knows exactly what you’re going through too!

If you’ve ever been told that starting solid foods early will help manage baby’s GERD, Dr. Lu has some new and exciting research and findings that will reframe how you think about timing your GERD baby’s intro to solid foods.

In this episode pediatric gastroenterologist Peter Lu, MD is joining me to run through how having GERD affects baby’s ability to do baby-led weaning. In this episode we talk about:

  • Why parents of babies with GERD or reflux symptoms are told to start solid foods early and why we need to reframe the timeline for introduction for babies with reflux symptoms

  • What reflux is, why the worst is probably behind you by the time your baby is ready to start solid foods, and what if any modifications we should make for BLW in GERD babies

  • Dr. Lu’s own baby-led weaning journey with his first baby Emma and his thoughts about dad guilt when it comes to offering her new foods as a working parent

ABOUT the guest

Dr. Lus is a pediatric gastroenterologist who specializes in motility disorders. He works at Nationwide Children’s hospital where he sees patients and works in research.

Dr. Lu is the co-host of a Pediatric GI podcast that he produces on behalf of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the name of his podcast is BOWEL SOUNDS. 

In this episode Dr Lu is talking about GERD in babies and what foods GERD babies should or should not eat and why. We’re covering whether thickening formula or breastmilk helps “keep foods down” and why the majority of baby GERD resolves by the time baby turns 1.

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