Posts Tagged ‘starting solids’

The Best Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Best Baby-Led Weaning RecipesBaby-Led Weaning is a way to let your baby start eating whole foods instead of purees. Most often we just fed our daughter some of what we were eating anyway, but that doesn’t always work and you need other ideas for your baby.

I have found some great recipes while doing baby-led weaning with our daughter, and am happy to share some of the resources IĘĽve found. IĘĽm also sharing a quick and easy baby-led weaning breakfast recipe that has been a staple of our morning routine for a long time now.

An Overview: If you are interested in baby led weaning, but a little unsure what it is all about, this post from SimpleBites.net has a really good overview and some good snacky suggestions.

Please keep in mind that it’s called baby-led “weaning” and not “feeding” for a reason! Feeding baby anything other than breast milk will affect your supply and their intake. Even though you aren’t completely weaning all at once, feeding solids will start the process of less dependence on nursing. Whether that is a good thing or something you want to wait on depends on your baby’s age, health, and your nursing relationship. Be informed before you start the process.

Chickpea Patties: This recipe is a great nutritious finger food for babies. This post also has a lot of wonderful suggestions for other baby led weaning food ideas!

Easy first food recipes: This round up of recipes features quick and easy things to make just for baby. Some of these are mama and daddy friendly too, but some are obviously designed to just be for baby. Personally I prefer meals that we all can enjoy, but lists like these are so fantastic for breakfast and lunch ideas when I just need a quick something for baby.

Recipes for baby led weaning listed by age: This blog has a fantastic list of baby led weaning friendly recipes, but the best part is that there is an index that lists them all by age! I love being able to search the recipe base by the age my baby is to find ideas. All the recipes are also designed to be delicious for the whole family too, which is an extra bonus.

Finally, my recipe for Baby Led Weaning Oatmeal Fingers! This has been my daughterĘĽs favorite breakfast item for the last year and a half. It is quick, easy, delicious, and has enough nutrition to get her started for the day.

BeccaĘĽs Baby Led Weaning Oatmeal Fingers

3 tablespoons quick oats
3 tablespoons whole milk
1-2 teaspoons brown sugar, to taste

Mix all three ingredients in a microwave proof bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Let cool, and cut into bite size pieces.

Variations: you can also add a small amount of fruit (1-2 tsp) before microwaving. We love adding either banana or blueberries!

Becca Schwartz is a cloth diapering, baby wearing, semi-crunchy mama to a toddler girl and newborn boy. She and her husband have a small mini-farm with a flock of chickens, a few goats and rabbits, and are making plans to move out west to start a homesteading adventure together!

 

Keeping Up Your Supply After 6 Months

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Long nights. Painful nipples. Pumping wherever you can. Nursing sessions that lasted forever. You’ve made it to 6 months of nursing! First of all, this is a great accomplishment. You are truly doing your best to give your baby the best start.

But now that baby is older, how do you keep up your supply?

Easy Ways to Increase Your Supply On Your Own:

There are several easy ways to keep your supply up as baby grows. The first way is to take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. Drink plenty of water. Eat a healthy diet. Give your baby plenty of chances to nurse. Nurse frequently. It’s okay if baby seems to nurse like a newborn. Offer both sides at each feeding to empty breasts efficiently. Consider pumping after feedings. This can help build up your freezer stash and increase your supply.

Products that Help:

I was a big fan of lactation cookies. Just be warned, these things work. Don’t eat too many at once. They are incredibly tasty. Another product that works well is drinking mother’s milk tea. Try drinking a cup before bedtime and in the morning. Taking a supplement regularly like fenugreek can also keep your supply strong.

Keeping Your Supply Up After 6 MonthsBe Careful With Solids:

As a new mom, I was unsure on how to integrate solids into my daughter’s diet along with nursing. It’s important to remember that as your baby starts solids, these do not replace the need for breast milk. Nursing is still a priority. Nurse before or after meal times. My pediatrician recommended nursing after I fed Johanna solids because she was not gaining weight. Kellymom.com recommends nursing before solids. Whatever you choose, you want to keep your supply going strong. Remember, food before age 1 is just for fun.

General Tips:

As baby grows, she is going to become much more active. (Crawling is coming soon, momma!) With this in mind, remember that your body knows exactly how much milk to make for your baby. While your baby does need more calories as he grows, he still needs your breast milk. Don’t feel like your baby should be on a certain schedule. Nurse often. Nurse in the night. It’s okay if baby isn’t sleeping through the night at 6 months. Nursing an older baby is a new adventure! Take care to make it a lasting, loving experience by keeping your supply going strong.

Karyn Meyerhoff lives and writes in Northeast Indiana. She nursed her daughter, Johanna, for 13 months and misses it dearly. She can’t wait to start another nursing journey with baby #2!