How to Find the Perfect Good Eat While Breastfeeding AND Baby-Led Weaning: Part Deuce

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If you missed Part Uno of this little chat about finding the perfect good eat while breastfeeding and baby-led weaning, you might want to check it out here first.

In part deuce discover how to know baby is ready for solids and the fruits that are perfect for mama and baby.

We skimmed over when to start solids in The Best 5 Month Old Feeding Chart I Ever Did See. And I Love It, but why not beat the dead horse.

Baby may be ready for solids when he:

  • can sit unsupported
  • has developed the “pincer” grasp {can pick up food between his thumb and forefinger}
  • can use his tongue to bring food to the back and sides of the mouth rather than thrusting his tongue forward and pushing food out
  • seems hungry even after 8 – 10 nursing sessions or 32 oz. of formula per day
  • is able to chew
  • begins to watch you eat like a hawk

Let’s move on to the fuel/nutrition situation for you and the babes.

NUTRIENT DENSE FRUITS GREAT FOR THE BREASTFEEDING MAMA AND SELF-FEEDING BABY

If you have no intention of becoming a short order cook when your children are older, why start when they’re babies.

Baby Led WeaningAnd if you’re going to do baby led weaning, you might as well feed him what you’re eating.

So in order to get dinner on the table you’ve got to:

  1. Find a way to serve table food that your baby, with the dexterity of a jellyfish, can pick up AND
  2. Find foods that meets your nutritional needs as a breastfeeding mama.

Not easy. Especially when lack of sleep and fussy minions have killed all the brain cells. To help out, check out our list of fruits that are perfect for baby-led weaning and pack a mad nutritional punch for the breastfeeding mama.

AVOCADO

shop bpa free feeding products at mightynest.comFolic acid seems to be the mother of all pre-natal nutrients, and for good reason. Now that baby is out of the womb he is still in need of this essential nutrient for growth and development. Avocados are rich in folic acid and a great eat for the breastfeeding mama to consume and pass on to baby. If you’re short on inspiration, check out 10 Great Avocado Recipes.

Now I’ve had 32 years of practice feeding myself and I can barely pick up a piece of avocado with my fingers. It’s hard to imagine my little 6 month old Lena, whose spastic nervous system makes her appear more meerkat than human, picking up a slippery slice of avocado.

Stainless Steel Vegetable Cutters To help a baby out, use cookie or vegetable cutters to cut the avocado and give it ridges on the outside. These stainless steel vegetable cutters work great, and make fun shapes for older kids when trying to con them into eating green things. Or roll the avocado in a bit of crushed cereal to give it some holding traction.

BANANA

Feel like you’re going bananas, a.k.a. survival mode? {I know all about that…} Eat a banana! They’re high in tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin, the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.

They’re also natural antacids. Stupid ignorant me thought any and all reflux and heartburn would hit the road post-pregnancy, but I found myself frequently over a toilet when I failed to eat enough calories while breastfeeding. A banana will not only quiet the nausea but help pack in those extra 500 daily calories.

For baby, peel the banana from the bottom so that the top acts like a handle to hold onto. You can peel most of the skin off, but leave some on so tiny hands can grip it better.

Need to decompress? Watch a baby play smash the banana and smile like he won the fun lottery. You just might die from cuteness overload.

CANTALOUPE

Normally we do NOT buy organic because Dave Ramsey told us to suffer through rice and beans until we can wait for it, wait for it…….buy a mini-van. Maybe one day you too can be as cool as we are. Just keep shooting for the mom-jean stars.

BUT I take exception with cantaloupe. Organic cantaloupe is the bomb. Once you try it, you’ll never go back. And it makes the best weight loss breakfast. Plus a really juicy, soft piece of cantaloupe is ideal for baby led weaning and chock full of nutrients!

APPLE

Apples: Nature's Teething Ring

Apples are my go to for when I feel like I’m starving {which I should never claim when there really are others who are}. The fiber will make you feel full.

They’re also my go to for when Lena goes…what’s the technical term…ballistic. I take a bite out of an apple and let her suck/gum the mess out of where I just took my bite. She loves the tart juice, and the tough but yielding flesh is just what her gums need to take the bight out of teething.

But man can not live on fruit alone.

So stay tuned for Part Tres of “How to Find the Perfect Good Eat While Breastfeeding and Baby-Led Weaning” for the proteins and fats that will satisfy your hormonal taste buds and guarantee baby will be as smart as Einstein, as fast as Usain Bolt, and as cool as Gandhi…….or just smile at you like you’re his most favorite human being on earth =)

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3 Comments

  • Kelsey

    June 27, 2014

    First, thank you for this blog, Brooke. I love it for the practical tips, but also because the honesty is like soul food. Second, my 9-month old is very into feeding himself solids right now. He is pretty uninterested in pureed baby food. But he has a crazy sensitive gag reflex that keeps me constantly on edge at mealtime. He, like Lena, loves to chew on an apple (he has lots of teeth so no gumming any more) but then might gag and vomit from a sliver of avocado. It freaks me out when he gags. Any tips for nervous mama who still wants to let her baby enjoy feeding himself?

    • Brooke

      June 27, 2014

      Kelsey, you are too sweet, my friend!

      As for the gagging, believe it or not, gagging is actually baby’s built-in safety net to prevent choking and is a totally normal and healthy reaction. When food slips too far back in the mouth (especially slippery food like avocado!), baby’s gag reflex forces the food forward, preventing choking. Best thing to do, keep calm and mama on.

      There’s no overlooking choking. If he’s choking, he’ll look panicked, not be able to make much noise, and his lips may turn bluish. I highly recommend this article: http://www.babyledweaning.com/2014/fyi-new-guidelines-choking-infant-resus/ for guidelines on how to deal with choking!

  • Kelsey

    June 28, 2014

    Thanks, Brooke. Helpful article!