“Food, the forgotten medicine (c)”
REAL FOOD Baby Weaning
I wanted to share our weaning journey with you as I know there is so much conflicting and confusing information out there and I really feel like with an adult diet, it’s much more simple than our society would have you believe. It won’t come as a suprise that I HUGELY advocate weaning with REAL FOODS!
My principles for a happy feeding environment are three fold;
- Keep it simple
- Eat real food
- Don’t believe the hype
1. Keep it simple. Although it’s tempting to try lots of different foods from the get go or to try and fill little tummys with ‘organic baby rice or cereal’ (*), your baby has developed the tools over the last 6 months to process just 1 food (Breastmilk) – even by adding one food you’ve doubled his or her challenges! Adding 2, 3, or even 4 brand new foods will be a huge shift and in my opinion too much too soon!
My personal advice would be to start with just one or perhaps two supplements… Egg Yolk and Banana. (egg yolk from free range hens and organic banana where possible)
I say ‘supplements’ because at the moment that’s all they are…mum is still providing the vast bulk of calories and nutrients.
Human Breastmilk is roughly 55% fat, 38% carbohydrate, and 7% protein. Whilst you’re never going to find a food which matches this profile completely, it seems reasonable to introduce foods which reflect this balance – high fat, moderate carb and low protein.
You’ve had 6 months of just milk feeds and as well as the nutritional benefits of starting simple there’ll be benefits to you as parents as you find your way with it all not to mention a happy baby who isn’t struggling with a sore tummy or excess wind!
2. Eat Real Food
It won’t suprise you there are no RUSKS in our cupboards! Breast milk is made up of mainly fat which is precisely why Leander’s first food was cooked egg yolk (also mainly fat). Meat has been studied as a first complimentary food to milk and been found to improve zinc levels and potential benefits. Bananas are a carbohydrate but have an enzyme which helps with breakdown in the digestive tract making for easy digestion and absorption of nutrients. Baby’s digestive systems are simply NOT READY for the array of foods some parents throw at them early on and this can cause gastorintal problems later on in life.
3. Don’t believe the Hype
Pures, pouches, the baby bullet, strips of steamed veg, frozen dots of food from cute jars, different textures, tastes and smells all spell one thing for your baby – OVERWHELM. He has the rest of his life to experience all of these things and more.
Our society is driven by advertising, by pressure, encouraging you to live in fear that you’ll do something wrong just by trying to do right – do yourself a favour and opt out.
Stay with me over the coming weeks as we introduce more REAL foods to Leander and tell you how it fits in with our lifestyle too.
Yours in health and happy parenting
PS – I offer nutrition plans for pregnant or nursing mothers and for those bravely starting their journey into weaning with REAL Foods! Contact me directly for details…
(*) organic baby rice is essentially just rice with added iron! Those marketeers know what they’re doing!