Food chronicle: Angelika ~ Week 8
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Food chronicle: Angelika ~ Week 8

This is the eighth and final 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, Week 5, Week 6 and Week 7.   
Click here for a link to the stain fighting tips shared by my facebook friends.  Can you add more the list?  Please do so in the comments and I will move them into the body of the post as time allows.  

This past week we introduced our first “official” protein – pinto beans.  We started out by giving the baby the broth from the cooked beans.  She gobbled it up!  The very first day I gave her one bean to see how she would eat it – it went straight into the mouth and she ate it without choking.   

The next day, I tried to give her some broth and baby shook her head with an emphatic no!  I gave her some beans from my plate and that is exactly what she wanted.  Now we have another pinto bean fan in the house!  We are going to stick with pinto beans for another week, and then we will introduce black beans.   

Another new food: I gave the baby lightly toasted bread.  Up to now, I would give her the hard crust on Italian bread or a hard dinner roll to gnaw on.  Since she has done so well with eating and not choking, I decided to experiment with a piece of toast.  After toasting, I sliced it up into finger-width slices.  All four pieces got eaten – rice bread was a yes this week!   

I also had another baking day.  I used farmer’s market zucchini and replaced the eggs in the recipe with flax seed.  Baby continues to devour this bread!  Interestingly, she doesn’t like the crust on this and sucks out the soft center.  She spits out the crust when she has eaten out the center.   

We also confirmed that baby likes riper bananas.  If the skin is still yellow, she will suck on the pieces and then spit them out.  When the skin is starting to get brown spots on it, she will actually consume (read: devour) the banana.  There are no pieces left on the tray or on the chair when the banana is ripe.   

One adjustment we made was feeding her slices or pieces of fruit again, instead of whole fruit.  She seemed to lose interest in eating a half an apple, or the whole peaches and plums she was eating with supervision.  Since I couldn’t imagine that she lost her sweet tooth, I started cutting the fruit up into small pieces again – that did the trick!  She enjoyed the fruit again.  I wish we could understand what was going on in their little minds that affect their preferences!   

Our surprise this week was that the baby grabbed a piece of chicken off of one of our other kiddo’s plate.  We took it away, and she reached for it again!  I let her keep it to see what she would do with it.  I don’t know that she ate it, because there were lots of little chicken pieces to pick up.  Her interest seemed to be ripping the food apart with her two little teeth!    

I will close out this series of posts with the following thoughts: 
  • Sometimes it takes more than one introduction for a baby to eat a food.  Be persistent and offer it to them and eventually they will take a taste.  
  • Keep the table a happy place!  Healthy eating habits have a lifetime of benefits.  Knowing that her nutritional needs are still being met when she nurses lets us keep the introductions happy and we view any eating that actually happens as a bonus.  Force feeding may have negative effects down the line (control issues, breaking the “satiety button” that can lead to a lifetime of overeating – read more here
  • We like that feeding baby whole foods is cost effective.  One clear advantage is that we have a “no pressure” attitude about food.  There is no grocery money going to waste, so our baby isn’t being force fed to keep money from being thrown away.  Any food she doesn’t eat is saved to be “mommy leftovers” later.   

Lastly, sometimes a child will reject foods that they used to like.  This can be normal.  Consider a look at these factors to decide if your baby needs to be seen by their care provider:  Are they running a fever?  How is their energy level?  How are they sleeping?  Are there any other signs that they are “off”?  If you decide that something is amiss, then maybe that warrants a little more exploration.   

In our experience, we found that the foods our son Bruss was rejecting were the foods that he ended up being allergic to.  I was so grateful for trusting my instincts that he was eating other things so he was okay and we did not need to “force feed” him.  I continue to trust his instincts about what he can and cannot eat, and he continues to grow and thrive so he is definitely eating the foods that are right for him.  This does not mean that we are permissive - we have healthy food choices available for them to pick from.  Treats are a separate issue and they know they can have them after they have eaten a good meal.  

I will be continuing our food journal for my own records since we have a history of interesting food allergies in our family.  We will keep introducing other fruits and vegetables until October since I like to keep our children vegetarian until they are a year old.  After that, we will start introducing some fish and meats, as well as eggs and dairy.  If you are curious about when other foods are introduced, we can correspond via email:   

Food Journal 
 Tuesday, July 10 
 Breakfast: Banana 
 Snack: Apple slices 
 Lunch: Plum, sweet potato, yams 
 Dinner: Patty Pan (squash)   

 Wednesday, July 11 
 Breakfast: ½ Banana, 1 strawberry 
 Snack: Veggie straws 
 Lunch: Patty Pan (squash), Pinto Bean broth 
 Dinner: Plum, peas   

 Thursday, July 12 
 Breakfast: Banana 
 Snack: Veggie straws 
 Lunch: Steamed carrots, ½ plum 
 Dinner: Peas, bread crust   

 Friday, July 13 
 Breakfast: Peach & plum pieces 
 Lunch: Peas, patty pan slices 
 Dinner: Zucchini bread   

 Saturday, July 14 
 Breakfast: Banana, Peach pieces 
 Lunch: Peas 
 Dinner: nursed only   

 Sunday, July 15 
 Breakfast: Pancake, Banana, 3 bites of oatmeal 
 Lunch: Zucchini bread 
 Dinner: nursed only   

 Monday, July 16 
 Breakfast: Banana, Rice bread 
 Lunch: Veggie straws, waffle potato fries, 1 grilled chicken nugget(!!) 
 Dinner: Avocado   

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