This is the sixth installment in my Introduction to Solids series. I am journaling about our experience with baby feeding since we have the unique opportunity to share this with our students and readers as we start the process of weaning our youngest child. This is not medical advice, nor is it a schedule to be followed. It is simply our choice for our baby and the first time we have done what is gaining popularity as “baby-led weaning”.
Click on these links for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5.
What’s new this week: I went back to nursing before meals – I was much happier with the output from Angelika’s digestive tract. We are about 50/50 with feeding after meals. It depends on the time of day and what we have going on in our schedules. If we leave the house right after eating, I still offer breastmilk once we get to our destination – it’s been a yes every time so far.
Angelika’s body is getting better and better at digesting her food! We had a “big” day yesterday – her colon cleared out four times! It was a big confirmation that for Angelika’s system, breastfeeding her before meals is the right thing to do.
We also added steamed zucchini this week – they were a big hit!! Angelika tried grabbing them off of my plate instead of waiting for me to pick them out of the tomatoes and onions in the dish!
I have noticed that she is more and more interested in food. I don’t know if her appetite is increasing, or maybe she’s more curious about food. Anytime someone around her has food in their hand, she reaches for it.
As far as food sizes, the only things that are still “small” are the peas. We have been giving her steamed carrot sticks that she gnaws down herself. When I cube a potato for her, they are probably ¾ inch cubes. The zucchini was sliced into ½ inch slices, and then I gave her half of the round slice. Six weeks into eating true solids, she knows how to mash or bite into her food for her to swallow.
When we give her fruit, she prefers to take the whole fruit in her hand and gum it. I give her half of a peeled banana instead of slicing it for her. She does not eat a plum if it is sliced anymore; same goes for a nectarine. I have been peeling half of the fruit so that the juicy part is easier to get to, and leaving the skin on the other half so it is easier to grasp (see picture at the top). She is eating around the centers, and when she gets to the skin-on part of the fruit, she just sucks the fruit until only the skin and the pit are left. I still sit right next to her with a peeled whole fruit. No mishaps yet, I just always want to have the safety net.
She is not doing much with her sippy cup other than to chew on it. When she does drink water out of the cup, she promptly spits it out. Her swim teacher would be so proud! Now if she will only do this in the pool…
Does anyone have a way to clean peach and banana stains from clothing? We are down to stripping her before she eats - I am not succeeding at getting the stains out for these fruits...the other fruit she is interested in and that we may try this week once I do a little research is cherries. My biggest concern is the stain factor!
Any thoughts on introducing solids?
Any stain-fighting tips to share?
PostScript: It’s been a crazy couple of days and I am finishing this blog post as we eat lunch. Not something I usually hold with: having electronics at the table during family time! I am giving baby tortilla chips and peas for lunch. As we are sitting here, she did a little gag and then threw up some peas that must have gotten stuck. Now she’s back to eating. I love watching our kids eat!! I am forever amazed at how the human body works.
Meal & Output Journal
Tuesday, June 26
2 bm’s: one in the morning, one in the afternoon
Breakfast: Snack: gnawed on an apple, breastmilk
Lunch: slept through it!
Dinner: Sweet potatoes (2 cubes), 2 veggie straws, breastmilk
She refused to eat and fussed until I nursed her – interesting!
Wednesday, June 27
1 bm at lunch time
Breakfast: Banana, 2 GF Puffins cereal squares
Snack: Veggie straws
Lunch: Zucchini - steamed
Dinner: Cucumber slices (2), veggie straws, broccoli spear (not a favorite yet)
Thursday, June 28
1 bm at lunch time
Breakfast: Bananas, nectarine
Lunch: Plum – sucked the flesh from the skin…she prefers this over having it cut up for her
Snack: Tortilla chips
Dinner: slept through it!
Friday, June 29
Dinner: Peas, carrots
Saturday, June 30
Lunch: couple of pieces of potato – more interested in nursing
Snack: Veggie straws
Dinner: Potatoes, peas, carrots
Feels like more nursing today – not sure if baby is cutting a tooth or maybe feeling constipated? It might also be that we have been to three group events today and she is craving some mommy-time & reassurance.
Sunday, July 1
1 little bm
Breakfast: pancakes – gluten-free, egg-free, banana
Dinner: Veggie sticks
Monday, July 2
4 bms! 2 regular, 2 minis
Lunch: Peas, carrots, potato, apple
Dinner: Peas, potato
The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation. Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.