I’m not going to lie, feeding my baby solids has not gone well. He does not like to eat. In fact he hates it. It came as a big surprise to us because he has been so interested in food. He tries to grab at what we are eating. He will mimic us chewing. He loves spoons. I did my research, I waited until he was six months and when the day finally came it was a disaster.
I decided that I was going to give him organic avocado first. High in nutrients and good fats, the flavour is not overpowering, with a smooth and creamy texture, I thought it would be the perfect starter food. Apparently I was wrong.
He gaged. He choked. He spit it out. He would not eat it. Not wanting to push it on him we thought we would give it another try tomorrow.
After more research and discussion the next day we decided that we would try it again but this time really water it down. He still hated it. We got the same gaging, chocking reaction, followed by the “what are you doing to me” look of horror.
We took the next day off.
Well maybe he just does not like avocado we thought. We tried organic sweet potato mixed with breast milk. It’s a familiar flavour with a new flavour, he will probably love it.
Nope. Hated it.
The next day we tried it with water. Still hated it. The next day we just mashed it up and made it into a paste instead of a liquid. Still hated it.
We moved onto organic carrots.
Can you guess what happened?
He hated them.
The stress levels were beginning to rise.
My husband tried to make me feel better by explaining that he did not really need to eat because my breastmilk is “high octane”. He also pointed out that there are no kids in kindergarten still on the boob so eventually he will start eating. This did not help.
We went back to the sweet potato. Maybe if we tried it again he would like it. After three days of trying, I ate the sweet potato for lunch.
I was getting desperate.
Fortunately, I have a friend who knows a few things about feeding babies. Lianne Phillipson-Webb is the author of the amazing book Sprout Right which has literally been my bible. The information she shares in the book is extremely helpful and I recommend everyone have it in their library (especially us new moms).
Lianne suggested I make a bone broth and reminded me of the “healing and sealing” influence broth has on the gut. High in nutrients, Dr. Campbell-McBride has done some fantastic research on the gut health connection outlined in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome otherwise known as the GAPS diet.
As a woman on a plant powered diet, I was not keen on the meat liquid idea. Although I want to give my son the choice on whether he eats meat or not, I was not planning on introducing meat or meat products so soon into the process.
Based on how things were going (how desperate I was becoming) I decided to give it a try.
I bought some organic, free-range chicken at one of my local health food stores and gave the cooking instructions to my husband.
The next day I went to work and he made the broth. When I got home we mixed the broth with the organic carrots and blended it into a very water liquid. To our extreme excitement, he did not hate it!
He did not love it. I’m not even sure he liked it. He did eat it without gaging or chocking, which we considered a win.
Since then, he has been eating a bit more each day and seems to be enjoying it more and more.
My stress levels have decreased.
The bottom line, the transition from boob to food has not been as easy as I hoped. For us it really has been a trial and error process with patience being pivotal. I wanted to share our story because when it comes to babies and eating I think it is easy to get discouraged.
The most important lesson I have learnt is to listen to your baby. Let them be the boss. Don’t force the food in. Don’t get discouraged when they don’t want to eat. Don’t feel frustrated because they’re not following your schedule.
Your baby will eat when they are ready. Healthy relationships with food start from a very young age. Stay positive and continue to try.
How did your transition to solid food go? What tips do you have for getting your baby to eat? I would love to hear about your experience below.
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