what do you guys feed your little ones?
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Loes - posted on 07/12/2009
this may help:
Starting Baby on Solid Foods
Prepared by Loes Lindsay with information from The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 7th edition, 2004.
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“Human milk is the perfect food for at least the first six months for the healthy, full-term infant, and there is usually no reason for adding any foods to the breastfed baby’s diet before that time” (WAB p.223*)
It is recommended by La Leche League International (and the American Academy of Pediatrics, World Health Organization & Unicef) that babies receive only human milk for the first 6 months of life after which solid foods may be introduced.
This will help maintain the mothers’ milk supply - babies who start solids early balance their energy intake by reducing the amount of mother’s milk they consume. When solid foods replace human milk in the baby’s diet, it decreases the protective antibodies the baby receives. Starting solid foods too early substitutes an inferior food for a superior food. The younger the baby, the more likely it is that any foods other than mother’s milk will cause food allergies. Most solid foods are poorly digested by a young baby, and may cause an unpleasant reaction in a two-month-old, but are readily assimilated by the same child if they are delayed until he is six months or older.
Some babies with a tendency to allergies will refuse solids even at seven or eight months. This could be nature’s way of protecting that baby from foods that will cause him problems. Your baby will let you know when he is ready; watch him, not the calendar.
Signs of readiness for solid foods:
baby is able to sit up with support
want to put everything in their mouths
The first feedings go more smoothly when you nurse the baby first, to take the edge off his appetite. It will be messy at first, but soon he’ll pick up small finger foods like cooked peas or beans. He’ll probably feed himself with little help by the time he is a year old.
Introduce one single food at the time to assess if the baby has an allergic reaction to that food (you may see a rash or sore bottom in which case you eliminate that food temporarily). Allow a week between each new food. Start with a teaspoon of a new food once the first day and increase the amount gradually until he is getting as much as he wants to two or thee times a day. Don’t start feeding problems by coaxing, pushing or forcing, he’ll let you know when he is done. Once a food has been started, keep it in his diet once a week or so thereafter to avoid the possibility of an allergic reaction if it is reintroduced after a lapse of time.
Keep the servings small and let your baby ask for more.
What foods to choose
It is not necessary to use commercial baby foods. If you do use commercial foods, make sure you read what is in them.
Table foods are just fine if your family eats a well balanced, healthy diet (leaving out spices and other ingredient for which the baby is not ready).
If the baby is 6 months or older when he starts solids, he does not need his food pureed or liquified.
Some suggestions for first foods:
sweet potato (yam)
Meat (raw meat scraped off with a knife and then cooked works well) or meat alternatives (high in protein)
Fish (is a common source of allergy in some families, so use with caution)
Whole grain breads and cereals - finger sized pieces of toasted whole-grain bread, cooked cereal without sweeteners added - baby cereals do not have as much food value as home cooked cereals because they are highly processed, and make sure to cook with water, not milk. Avoid mixed cereals until baby has been introduced to each one separately. Toast can be served with natural peanut- or almond butter without added sweeteners or preservatives. (be ware if there are peanut allergies in your family).
Later on, cheese and other spreads can be spread on bread.
Fresh fruits - raw, peeled apples or pears can be grated or scraped with a spoon, apricots, plums, melons... wait until 8 months of age to introduce other fruits in season, some berries may have seeds that can cause allergic reactions (especially strawberries). avoid canned fruits that contain sugar. Stay away from figs, dates and raisins for the first year (and later only limited) as they tend to stick between teeth and cause tooth decay. Frozen blueberries work well. Citrus fruits should wait until the baby is a year old (can cause allergies) and make sure you take seeds out. (Tangerines are good to start with)
Vegetables - sweet and white potatoes (without butter or margarine), carrots (cooked or raw and grated), some babies enjoy frozen peas right from the package. Wait for about a year with tomatoes and corn.
Eggs - wait until a year old (especially the whites can cause allergies) and make sure they are hard boiled. After the baby has been eating them well boiled for about a month, offer them scrambled.
Cow’s milk and other dairy - beware if there are allergies in your family. Baby only needs your milk. Cottage cheese, yogurt and natural cheeses should wait until baby is about 10 months old, they provide calcium and other nutrients and they are much less likely to cause allergic reactions.
you can give your milk, water or natural fruit or vegetable juices (diluted and no sugar added) in a cup or home made soups (canned ones tend to have salt and preservatives) from a cup or with a straw during the first year. (Limit fruit juices to 4 ounces a day as it can contribute to malnutrition by decreasing baby’s appetite and avoid soft drinks).
What to avoid
processed foods with preservatives, sugar, salt, chemicals and dyes.
raw honey because it contains certain bacteria that can cause botulism in infants under a year old
Vitamin supplements are not routinely recommended for a breastfed baby. If the nursing mother gets an adequate supply of vitamins from her diet, her milk will have an adequate supply of vitamins, n just the right proportion for her baby. (Your physician may suggest that you continue taking prenatal vitamins while you are breastfeeding).
The exception to this could be vitamin D. Vitamin D is needed to turn calcium into strong bones. Vitamin D is a hormone that is produced in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Human milk contains only a small amount of vitamin D, since the infant stores vitamin D in his body before birth and can readily make more when his skin is exposed to sunlight. Darker skinned individuals, who require longer exposure to the sun to produce sufficient amounts of vitamin D, may be at risk for a deficiency as are mothers and babies who don’t go outside much or whose skin is almost entirely covered by clothing or sunscreen when they are outside. A few minutes a day of sun on your baby’s cheeks is all that is needed to prevent vitamin D deficiency.
WAB: Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 7th edition, January 2007
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Manda - posted on 07/13/2009
My one gags on anything too. I'm sure its normal and they'll start finger foods when they are ready. At this stage its just for fun and to move them on to the next stage. They are still young and have to get used to different textures so I wouldn't worry :)
Jennifer - posted on 07/12/2009
My little one eats anykind of baby food and baby cereal. But finger foods are a different story. She gags on almost everything. Is this normal? I guess she's starting to get a little better but we only try at home in case she vomits.
Deb - posted on 07/08/2009
Noella likes all fruits and vegies but doesn't like meat or starches. I give the foods she likes mixed in with the foods she doesn't and usually she ends up eating most everything be accident. Just keep trying. The first time I gave her eggs she didn't want to have anything to do with them, now she eats them without a problem.
Aaron hasn't met a food he doesn't like! However, he really prefers to feed himself. So we try to cut up veggies that we have steamed or roasted for him to pick up. He really likes squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, avacados, etc. In the mornings, he loves broken up pancakes and waffles. Just keep trying things. They say that sometimes you have to try a new food for a week or two before they will take to it. Also, make sure that you are offering something besides the fruit first, when you baby is really hungry and maybe you'll get better success.
Hope - posted on 07/08/2009
Here are a few of my little ones favorite foods :
Ribs W/ sauce
Spice baked beans
Blue cheese cold slaw
Green chilies ( she likes a little heat)
Sauté veggies w/ a lot of garlic and onions
Cinnamon on every thing
Grilled cheese w/ sharp cheddar and fontina
And do not forget cherrys.
She loves food and I am sooooo happy about that. She eats every thing. She does not really like eggs that much but she will eat them
Just keep trying, do not give up. I like to act like every thing she eats is the best thing i have ever tasted.
Olivia - posted on 07/08/2009
just keep trying....we just started to try pasta, its the first food he hasn't liked. So what I did was switched between two foods. I had peas mixed in the pasta and I had a fruit out. So I would give a couple of fruits spoons to him than give him the pasta. It worked! I got the pasta down, of course it took a little longer to feed him but ha! ha! we did it.
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