Living in a fat conscious society may lead concerned parents to view baby cellulite as an indicator of an unhealthy weight in their infant. However, though obesity is currently reaching national epidemic proportions, cellulite in infancy does not always correlate with obesity as an adult. If you are concerned about your baby’s weight or appearance do not hesitate to consult with your child’s pediatrician for educational support
Fats provide insulating properties for the nervous system and the brain. Myelin is a fatty substance coating certain neurons for quick neuronal messaging for increased learning and memory capacity. Infants undergo extensive brain growth in the first three years of life and fat is essential for this development.
Not all fats are created equal. Formula, saturated fats, and hydrogenated oils are not processed well by the body, creating unhealthy fatty deposits that are not as easily utilized by the body. Healthy fat sources include breast milk, avocado, nut butters, fish and vegetable oil. “The Baby Book” by Dr. William Sears and his wife Martha Sears does not encourage a low cholesterol or low fat diet for infants and toddlers; instead they advise a diet rich in healthy fats, and absent in hydrogenated fats.
Formula fed babies tend to begin solid foods sooner than breast fed babies, which can increase the likelihood of developing an unhealthy weight and chronic cellulite. Breastfeeding is the best way to reduce the chances of obesity later in childhood. Sears recommends finding numerous ways to soothe baby, other than solely relying on food for comfort, to avoid development of unhealthy eating patterns.