Re: Tips on making baby food at home
Always nurse first, until the first birthday. After the first birthday, you can continue to nurse before solids, or not, as you please. Don't expect your baby to eat much, if anything, at first. Many babies show little or no interest in solids until they're well into their second year- for example, my girls didn't eat more than a teaspoon or two of solids per day until they were around 14-15 months old. And that's okay, since until around the 1 year mark breastmilk meets all a baby's nutritional needs, and solids are just for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. So if your baby eats some solids, great. If she tastes them and then spits them out, still great. And if she won't open her mouth, and prefers to explore the solids with her hands, still great- she had a fun learning experience and that's all that matters.
I know purees work for a lot of babies, but if you happen to have a kid like mine, who refuses to be fed and prefers to self-feed and bats the spoon away the moment it comes near her pursed lips, you might want to explore an approach called "baby led solids." In fact, even if your childish an eager eater when it comes to purees, BLS might be something to read up on, since it's a very breastfeeding-friendly approach to feeding a baby solid foods.
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