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Weaning October 18, 2004 11:55 PM

I have been pretty much exclusively breastfeeding my son for almost 10 months now. He's been introduced to plenty of foods, but really only for fun. I am feeling that he needs more to eat now--and this is my individual judgement. But as a single full-time student I have little time to prepare him food...and not only that I am hesitant to start because I don't have the time to do all the research and reading and looking up recipes/methods etc. as far as what is healthy. We are vegetarians. Can any of you experienced mothers (or fathers) help me out in this area? What did your baby like to eat? How did you make it? Was it a healthy choice? Any help at all would be so appreciated!!!! Much Love to all of you beautiful parents!!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 October 19, 2004 12:29 AM

Being a Vegan, I know how important it is to cover all the basics. At that age though, I used Earth's Best baby foods and was not a Vegan so there was animal products in her multi. I would recommend checking into a veg liquid multi. If it was me now, mashed sweet potatoes and yams. Ground up peas, green beans and brown rice. Ground up berries and other fruits and since most are out of season, I would buy organic frozen when appropriate. Mashed bananas and applesauce. I imagine you can mash up tofu too. After a year old being Vegan, I wouldn't do yogurt, but that is what I did then because I wasn't. Oatmeal. Other soaked grains turned into cereals. All of this can just take minutes because the sweet potato can be in the oven cooking and the rice on the stove while you study and the fruits can be ground up in a blender/vitamix in seconds and even frozen into cubes. HTH, Jenn  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Thanks November 05, 2004 7:39 PM

Thanks Jenn, really appreciate the response and am using your advice already!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 November 10, 2004 9:17 AM

Jenn's advice sounds good to me--we're also a vegetarian household. Those foods cover a lot of the bases for good nutrition. I don't remember if you mentioned beans, but those are nice for some fiber-filled protein. I started my son sometime after six months on solids and pretty much launched right into table foods, just in small enough bites. For me, it was partly a laziness thing and partly that I was always watching to see if there was something that he really couldn't handle in its regular form. At 9 months, he couldn't REALLY eat a whole orange section, for example (didn't choke, but it was close enough for me). He's 18 months now and doesn't have any problems with different textures of food and still loves pinto beans, brown rice and either cheese or guacamole all mixed together. My own recommendation is to feed your kiddo what you eat, assuming you feel it is already a well-rounded, nutrient-rich diet. And even as you start getting more serious about solids, your baby is getting sopplemenal nutrients through you still. Good luck! -Kirsten mom to Zane, 18 months Frey & Ashton edd 2/22/05  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 09, 2004 1:54 PM

All good info but I have one suggestion. Especially if you're going to be feeding the baby a vegan diet: don't give up the breastmilk until at least the first birthday. And even after, it has so much to offer. As a busy mom it is a great way to get a snack into the baby if you don't have time to prepare baby food and the baby will continue to get nutrition as well as prootective properties especially during this high-risk flu season. It's quick and convenient and before the first birthday you would need to give him formula if you weaned and you probably can't afford that, either! Let alone the mess and time it takes. If you haven't seen any indication of allergies in the baby, no reason not to continue giving your food, either ground in a baby food grinder or by mouth, the mommy bird style. Have fun!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 09, 2004 4:17 PM

Hey everyone. I'm new here so HELLO! Those suggestions sound good to me. I started feeding my daughter baby food around 6 months. She ate Earth's Best Baby Food and also Oatmeal and cream of wheat, also banana's and stuff mashed up. She is 17 months old now and I am still breast feeding. I have a question for you guys...Do you think I should just let her make the decision to stop nursing? OR should I try and wean her? It's like her "baby blanket" now....her comfort. So...I dunno. I still enjoy breastfeeding but sometimes it seems like thats ALL she wants ALL day long and it can be frustrating. Tell me what you guys did or will do. Thanks! Mother to Marley Born July 7th, 2003  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 09, 2004 7:48 PM

Well, it is a personal decision. Some people breastfeed kids to a much older age. My daughter was 22 months old when I weaned her. I know people who breastfeed kids as old as four. It's really a decision only you can make. Jenn  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Ya.. December 10, 2004 7:04 AM

But I guess my question did you wean her? For the past 2 nights she has gone to bed w/o that's really all we're doing to wean her. It seems like the older she gets, the more attached she is. But I also think she'll just forget about it eventually. I dunno, I guess I'll just roll with the punches and see what happens. Thanks for the reply  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 December 10, 2004 9:15 AM

I am an advocate of child-led weaning. I think that only the child knows when s/he is ready to wean, and s/he will do it by her/himself when the time is right. : )  [ send green star]
 December 10, 2004 9:55 AM

Ya, I agree with that. I'll just stick to what I've been doing.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
nursen' and first foods December 20, 2004 12:54 AM

i have a son who is 14 and is very alergic to dairy(not lactose intollerant)and 14 years ago there werent many options as far as non dairy or such,so i had to really do some research.everythign i read so far is awesome advice ! i also did avacato with alot,it has wonderful things in it ,so good for you and you can really do fun things with it that you wouldnt ever think to change the taste,make it like a pudding by adding bananna and mash together or a bit of carob powder,carob powder is really good for you as well. yams were the best hit and black beans .black beans were really easy because you can just open the can and rinse. i also made mashed potatoes with nutritional yeast and mushed soft tofu.then i pretty much let them show you what they are ready for as they are,just keep a close seems they get pretty excited when they really like something. i still am son is 2 and a half.he pretty much nurses in the morning,naps ,bedtime and comfort times,but for me i know hes still getting that too,but i do make alot of smoothies for my kids aswell,i will use soy milk,raw nuts frozen berries banannas and pitted dates some times a small bit of either coconut milk or pure maple syrup. and when they get a bit more ready for it take an hour and make date balls,if you want to know how let me know. they are a great on the go snack,and in like 5 min you can have the mixture ready,but it takes time to roll and store well. i wish you luck!!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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