The Dietitians Association of Australia has identified the key health issues in the controversial book by the My Kitchen Rules judge, which advocates feeding infants a homemade broth instead of breast milk or formula.

Pete Evan’s new cookbook, Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way For New Mums, Babies and Toddlers has really caused a stir, with the release date held back while health officials investigated the safety of the recommendations. The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) have released their findings with some shocking results.

The book recommends ingredients that are not recommended for infants under 12 months including eggs (salmonella risk), and honey (botulism risk).

There are also a lack of instructions for parents as to the amount of formula an infant should be given on a daily basis.

The main area for contention is the breast milk replacement the book recommends, which is a broth based on liver, cod liver oil and bone broth. The DAA analysed this formula and found the nutrient levels to be significantly higher than breast milk with vitamin B12 2326% higher than the recommended intake, as well as iron (1067% higher), sodium (879% higher), protein (220% higher) and vitamin A (749% higher).

The DAA notes that “It is international consensus that the only suitable replacement for breastfeeding if required is a commercially available infant formula which is based on significant clinical research and is deemed the only safe alternative when prepared according to product instructions.”

The Australian Government’s Infant Feeding Guidelines recommend breastfeeding as the healthiest option for infants, and recommends breast milk exclusively until approximately six months when solid foods can be introduced.

The DAA has called on the publishing house Pan Macmillan to “make their best decision based on what is the best interest of Australian infants and their families”.

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