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    Smile Home made veggie baby food

    Howdy, sorta new to LLLI but have posted elsewhere and thought Id ask a question that Ive been contemplating for a while. Since I don't have income and neither does my fiance, we live on foodstamps and soon will have WIC. I will be getting a new pump thru WIC so I plan to bottle feed breastmilk for a year, but am also concerned about introducing solids. I plan to start rice cereal at 5 months, at least try to, and then when its time, I plan to make home made baby food. I heard a few bad things about fruits, so I will buy the store brands of that, but I have tons of websites bookmarked on making home made veggies. I want to do this so I know what shes getting without her getting any chemicals that I can't control. I was wondering if anyone else has tried this, and how did it go? If anyone has any advice or encouragement, I would greatly appreciate your help! thanks in advance!
    ~J

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    Default Re: Home made veggie baby food

    heres some links about starting solids...
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBsolids.html

    most info about starting soilds is writen for babies that are drinking formula.
    from one of thoose links

    Save money and give your baby the freshest food by making your own baby food. Here are some suggestions.

    Fruits

    Most babies love fruits. Make sure they are ripe, and wash well before peeling. Here are some favorites:

    Bananas cut into slices which have then been halved or quartered
    Unsweetened applesauce, or tiny apple chunks that have been softened by cooking in the microwave
    Plums, peaches, pears, and apricots, gently cooked if necessary
    Avocado diced into small, bite size pieces

    Vegetables

    Fresh vegetables should be washed, peeled and cooked until tender. Frozen veggies are convenient to have on hand. Avoid the canned varieties to which salt has been added. Your baby may enjoy:

    Baked or boiled sweet potatoes, in tiny chunks
    Mashed white potatoes
    Baby carrots, green beans, peas and squash

    Meat and fish

    Babies often prefer well-cooked chicken, which is soft and easy to eat when shredded. Be careful to remove even the tiny bones when serving fish.

    Beans and legumes

    Remove the skins from beans as they tend to be harder to digest. If you use canned beans for convenience, make sure they are unseasoned.

    Grains and cereals

    Commercial, iron-fortified cereals are often the first foods served to babies who are not breastfeeding because they need the extra iron, but breastfed babies are rarely anemic as the iron in human milk is well-utilized. If there is concern about the baby's iron levels, a simple test can be done in the doctor's office.

    Whole grain cereals, breads and crackers are the most nutritious. Wait until later in the year before offering wheat products. If you use cereals, make sure that they only have one ingredient and use either water or your own milk for mixing. Many mothers prefer to let their older babies chew on a hard bagel or an end of bread instead of sugary teething biscuits





    heres a link on delaying solid foods...
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html

    I know it sounds weird when you hear about it but the more you learn about delaying the beter it sounds.
    IF you have any questions call your local LLL leader
    she can help.
    andrea

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