Posts Tagged ‘feeding’

Baby’s First Foods

By RaddestMom

An exciting time for a mom is when we finally get to feed our baby food rather than just milk. Something important to remember is your baby’s tummy is VERY small! What may look like one bite of food to you is actually a lot for them, so it’s important not to over-do it.

The recommendation for starting solids is between 4-6 months (says the World Health Organization).  A popular trend right now is called “baby led weaning”, also known as BLW. Baby led weaning means you don’t give your baby solids until they can actually pick up the pieces of food themselves, put it in their mouth, chew, and swallow. While I get the point of BLW, I don’t necessarily agree with all of its terms. My main concern with BLW is choking. I personally feel that a baby shouldn’t be given anything but milk until 6 months at the earliest. Some people swear their baby needs to eat by 4 months, but I just don’t agree with that. Their digestive systems are too immature then. Also, at 6 months, your baby will most likely be WAY more advanced than they were at 4 months, so overall, I feel like it’s safer.

I felt pearl was ready for solids at 6 months because she lost her “tongue thrust reflex.” If you put food in your baby’s mouth, and they push it out with their tongue, that’s a sign they’re not ready. They lose this reflex till around 6 months. If your baby is spitting out half of the food you’re putting in his or her mouth, it’s too early! Don’t be in a rush, relax, and enjoy the easiness of only having to feed baby milk for now!

If your baby is ready, here is the format I’ve used for starting solids:

The first two weeks:

  • Breakfast: First, a bottle or breast, then 1 tbsp. of pureed fruit or yogurt

After the first two weeks, you can introduce a lunch solid:

  • Breakfast: First a bottle or breast, then 1 tbsp. of pureed fruit or yogurt
  • Lunch: First, a bottle or breast, then 1 tbsp. of pureed veg or avocado

After two weeks of doing the breakfast/lunch combo, slowly (if baby wants it), add another tbsp. of food to their meals. The whole point of this is to slowly adjust them to eating. You don’t want to give them a bunch of food at first. Take it SLOW. It will reduce fussiness, upset tummy, and bowel issues. Also, I highly recommend adding “Udo’s Choice Infant Probiotics” to your food or milk, as it greatly aids in digestion.

THE 4 DAY RULE:

Wait 4 days after introducing a new food. WHY? Because you want to make sure baby isn’t having an allergic reaction to it. This makes it easier to pin-point an allergy if you space it out well. After you know your child isn’t allergic, you can start mixing 2 foods together.

When your baby has been eating solids for a couple months, your goal is to get them to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. By 8 months, baby should have a food schedule that looks something like this:

  • Breakfast: Bottle—> 2-3 tbsp. of food
  • Lunch: Bottle—> 2-3 tbsp. of food
  • Dinner: 2-3 tbsp. of food—> Bottle (It’s switched here so baby can have bottle before bedtime, you don’t have to do it this way)

 

A typical food day for Pearl looks something like this: (she only eats breakfast and lunch right now)

  • Breakfast: Bottle—> 1 tbsp. of pureed pears, or apples, or prunes, sometimes I do 1 tbsp. of organic goat milk yogurt
  • Lunch: Bottle—> 1 egg yolk mashed with goat milk, or 1 tbsp of mashed avocado (both to a pureed consistency), or 1 tbsp squash, carrots, peas, etc.

What should you feed your baby first?

A great starter food is avocado. They are high in fat, creamy, and delicious, as well as super digestible by baby. Take a slice of ripe avocado and mash it with breastmilk or formula till it’s nice and smooth. When starting solids, make sure to feed baby in the MORNING. I made the mistake of feeding Pearl first at night, right before bed, thinking it would make her “full” and sleep better. OH MY GOSH, worst idea, ever. She fussed all night.

Another great first food is egg yolk. They contain DHA and ARA, 2 essential fatty acids for brain development. They are low on the allergen list as well. Egg WHITES are the ones you want to stay away from at first since a lot of kids are allergic to the proteins. Hard boil an egg, take out the yolk, and mash it with some breast milk or formula. Great for baby and easy to digest.

Fruit is a great option in the morning since it aids in bowels and it’s light. Some fruits that are safe are pears, apples, bananas(can be constipating, so if you notice this, cease banana eating!), prunes, and melon. Veggies include peas, carrots, green beans, squash, sweet potatoes, and yams.

By 9 months, your baby will probably be able to put soft pieces in his or her mouth and mash them by chewing (much easier if they have 4 front teeth). But, by all means, puree your baby’s food till YOU feel comfortable about giving small pieces.

The most important thing is that you give your baby organic, wholesome foods! No pesticides, and no genetically modified stuff, please. Also, your best bet is to make your own baby food. It is MUCH cheaper, and your baby will be getting the best of the best. I will be posting  a video on how to make homemade baby food with my BEABA Babycook. It is so easy it will blow your mind! And remember, NO BABY CEREALS!!!!!!!

Peas!

Xo

Lisa O

My Breast-feeding Story

By RaddestMom

I’ve never publicly talked about this for fear of scrutiny, but I think it’s important to tell my story so other moms who are in the same boat don’t feel like they are alone.

Let me start out by saying I am a huge advocate of breast-feeding. There is nothing that can compare to the health benefits and bonding for mom and baby. Breast milk contains hormones and other things that scientists can’t even figure out. Breast milk is a living organism and it’s awesome. Everyone who has a baby should give it a shot because there is truly nothing better for your baby.

When Pearl was born, I was planning to exclusively breast feed her. I turned my nose up at the idea of formula (I’m just being honest). She latched on right away, and we had a great nursing relationship.

My first mistake was giving her a bottle of pumped milk when she was three weeks old. It is best to wait 3 months before doing that to avoid nipple confusion. In my defense, my husband was in the hospital (we were just finding out about the MS) and I had to leave the house to go see him there. Of course, I wasn’t going to bring a 3 week old to the hospital around sick people, so I left her at home for a couple hours with my mom and a bottle of breast milk. I did this a couple times a day for 4 days. I truly believe it had a major impact on our nursing relationship.

When Pearl was almost 3 months old, Jack and I had to travel with her for work. We went all over the place, Louisiana, Boston, New York….all that traveling was really stressful, and it wore on my milk supply. I sought out the advice from a top lactation coach. She urged me to pump every 2 hrs, take vitamins (mother’s milk and goat’s rue), eat a ton, and nurse her constantly.

When we were traveling, Pearl developed a little problem. She only wanted to nurse on my right breast. If we had been at home, I probably would have made more of an effort to make sure she was nursing on both breasts, but we all know when you’re out in public, and the baby is crying, you’ll do anything to make them stop. We were out of our comfort zone, and I wanted to comfort her. So, I did the best thing I knew how to do, put her on the boob she liked.

By the time we arrived home from the east coast, my left breast was about 2 cup sizes smaller than my right, and wasn’t making any milk. I tried vigorously to revive it, but Pearl wouldn’t so much as look at it, much less nurse on it! So, I continued for weeks to pump my left breast, getting about 2 ounces a day out of it, which is NOTHING compared to what it used to make.

Over the next couple of weeks, Pearl was in the worst mood. She was constantly hungry, eating every 45 min to an hr and screaming when I’d try to nurse her. She lost a little weight as well. One afternoon, Jack and I were so desperate, I called my Dr., and he said to go to the store and buy some Earth’s Best Organic infant formula. My heart sank. I could not believe I was about to feed my baby formula. I quickly mixed and bottle, super terrified that she was going to puke or not drink it, but luckily she slugged the whole thing down. I felt total relief.

I continued to nurse her a few times a day, when she was willing, and gradually started giving more formula, because it satisfied her. Over the next 2 weeks, she started to refuse to nurse and only wanted the bottle. This is when I gave up nursing. I pumped what little milk I had left for the next week and then it turned to nothing.

This is when Pearl became extremely constipated. So I switched her over to Gerber Good Start gentle. Good start breaks down their whey proteins into smaller particles making it much easier to digest. I also added Udo’s choice infant probiotics to the mix, and the combination made her super regular.

Over the next couple of months, I literally lost sleep over the thought of giving my baby commercial infant formula. I would think, “ok, I wouldn’t drink this high fructose cornsyrup, processed crap, so how can I give this to my infant daughter?” Finally, I came across the Weston A. Price foundation website and made a huge change. I decided to start making my own baby formula out of raw milk.

THIS formula puts commercial infant formula to SHAME. It is SO much closer to breast-milk than commercial infant formula. Make the switch and watch your child thrive! The difference is unbelievable.

It takes about 10 minutes to make every day. The thing is, if you have time to check your facebook everyday, then you have time to make it! Do your child a huge favor.

I personally chose to go with a raw goat’s milk formula instead of cow’s milk. I will be posting my recipe video, shortly!

Xo

Lisa O







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