Mother who feeds rare steak to her five-month-old daughter shares opinion as critics say it’s a choking hazard due to ‘dangerous’ bacteria
- Cathy Harley, 23, who lives in South Carolina, filmed her daughter eating a steak.
- A TikTok post showed a five-month-old baby enjoying medium rare meat.
- Many members found the clip entertaining, while others warned against eating.
A mother who filmed her baby eating a medium-rare steak split her mind after critics warned the five-month-old was too small.
Kathy Harley, 23, from South Carolina, who regularly shares her family life on TikTok, went viral after sharing a clip of her daughter Eliza enjoying a steak.
The little girl seems happy to eat the meat, chewing it slowly in a short clip that has nearly 200,000 views.
Critics were quick to counter that it was “dangerous” for five-month-old Eliza to eat medium-rare steak, but others defended Cathy, saying they also fed steak to their young children.
Katie Harley, 23, from South Carolina, went viral on TikTok after sharing a video of her daughter Eliza (pictured) eating a steak.
Katy responded to one commenter, explaining that she has researched whether it is safe to feed baby steak.
The mother explained that she only gave Eliza food that she was comfortable eating herself.
She uploaded a second video of her daughter eating steak with the caption, “People love giving parenting advice to people who haven’t asked.”
Eliza’s sweater and high chair gradually became covered in pink meat juices as she stuffed the steak into the clip.
Kathy responded to the criticism by explaining that she discussed feeding Eliza (pictured together) steak with her pediatrician.
Among the critics was one who wrote: “I just asked Google and it said there is no rare or medium rare meat for babies or young children.” Their stomachs can’t handle potential bacteria.”
Another said, “Too red for me, I won’t even eat it like that.” It’s so easy to choke on a steak. My grown niece recently choked, so scary.
A third added, “It’s not even cooked.”
The website for the children’s center states that children can be given meat from six months of age, and it is important to introduce other sources of iron because the stores that were built up during the mother’s pregnancy will start to deplete.
“You may want to start with a soft boiled bird like chicken. But you can also introduce red meats like pork, beef, or lamb.
“Always cook any meat thoroughly until the juices run clear and remove any bones,” the website says.
Solidstarts.com also offers advice to parents who want to give their children meat, advising that meat should be cooked according to age to minimize the risk of choking.
Babies at six months of age should be offered a large strip that they can chew, which can be cut into smaller pieces when they are one year old.
A stream of parents defending Katy claimed they also fed their kids steak.
A stream of commenters argued that Katy shouldn’t be feeding her daughter “undercooked” meat and warned that steak could cause the baby to choke.
One person wrote, “It’s good for them and promotes jaw development and strength.”
“My son has been eating steak for six months… everything is fine here. People will be angry at everything that does not concern them, ”commented another.
Another said, “Everyone thinks the baby was anemic? Our pediatrician told me to give my son steak to build up his iron.”
Others have claimed to have fed the steak to their own children, while accusing critics of being “angry about anything”.