Buckwheat is often found in noodle form, but it can also be eaten in other forms depending on the recipe. If you’re considering giving it to your baby it’s good to learn just how the body processes it.
Buckwheat is often used by those on a gluten-free diet as a way to get noodles without getting the wheat that noodles are usually made from. Soba is also a popular dish in Japan and is made with buckwheat noodles.
World’s Healthiest Foods lists several benefits to eating buckwheat, including cardiovascular benefits and better blood sugar regulation. You should be keeping your baby’s blood glucose levels in mind during these formative years, so it’s good to include foods that help with those, and while it may seem kind of early to consider their cardiovascular system it’s good to be on the safe side and give them a healthy start in life.
Can I Give My Baby Buckwheat? Answer: From 6 Months
Many babies are ready for foods like buckwheat from the 6 month mark and beyond, although some babies develop a bit earlier than others. When your baby is starting to eat more solid foods, buckwheat noodles are a good option because of their soft texture and since they’re easy to chew up when properly cooked.
No Wheat Involved
Even though it’s called buckwheat it actually doesn’t include wheat, and is suitable for babies that have shown a gluten sensitivity or intolerance to wheat. In fact, it’s not related to wheat at all and is not even part of the grass family. Here’s a great article from CeliAct on whether wheat is gluten free, and whether it’s OK for those with Celiac disease to have it.
Plenty of Recipes
There are plenty of recipes available that include buckwheat as the main ingredient. This gives you plenty of ways to prepare it for your baby once they’re ready for it. If you’ve never cooked with buckwheat before it might be a little daunting at first to learn how to cook a new food. But you shouldn’t worry too much because it is very forgiving, and if you make a mistake it still comes out tasting pretty good and definitely edible.
Continue to Breastfeed
It’s important to remember that even when your baby starts eating more solid foods, you should still supplement their diet by breastfeeding. As long as you’re still producing and they’re able to breastfeed, you should continue on. This will make sure that they’re getting all of the nutrients and vitamins they need in addition to the solid foods they’re eating. Since their digestive system is still developing they might not be breaking down the foods perfectly and getting all of the nutrients from them, so this is a way to make sure they’re properly nourished.
Testing for Gluten Sensitivity in Babies
You may be able to link instances of excessive gas and bloating to the consumption of what based items. If you yourself have a wheat allergy, or a gluten sensitivities, have Celiac disease or are simply intolerant to gluten, there is a stronger chance that your baby might also be. They may not exhibit signs from an early age, so you’ll want to keep it in mind as their body develops and see which foods they respond best to.
Keeping a food journal is essential so that you can make better links to the symptoms they show and the foods they’ve been given. Relying on memory often leads to a foggy area and you’ll want to have more precise records available. If you do end up introducing buckwheat to your baby, make sure you do it by itself and away from any other new foods. That way you can get a good idea of whether or not it’s being digested well on their end.
Over time you’ll develop a list of foods that your baby enjoys, as well as a list that should probably be avoided, or perhaps attempted again further down the road. Once you have a good list of pre-approved foods for your baby you can begin to combine them when they’re ready for more complicated foods, and you’ll be sure that they won’t have a problem with them.