Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Baby Food Recommendations by Weston A. Price Foundation

So Owen is 6 months now, and he's been eating some fruit and veggies once a day. I'm about to alternate giving him (homemade raw milk) yogurt and egg yolk in the morning, fruit/veggie at lunch, and pureed meat/veggie in the evening. We're working our way there. I've got to figure out how to make the yogurt and pureed meat. Never done that before.

Here's Weston A. Price's recommendations for feeding babies:

Foods By Age

4-6 Months

Minimal solid foods as tolerated by baby

Egg yolk--if tolerated, preferably from pastured chickens, lightly boiled and salted

Banana--mashed, for babies who are very mature and seem hungry

Cod liver oil-- 1/4 teaspoon high vitamin or 1/2 teaspoon regular, given with an eye dropper

6-8 months

Organic liver--grated frozen and added to egg yolk

Pureed meats--lamb, turkey, beef, chicken, liver and fish

Soup broth--(chicken, beef, lamb, fish) added to pureed meats and vegetables, or offered as a drink

Fermented foods--small amounts of yoghurt, kefir, sweet potato, taro, if desired

Raw mashed fruits--banana, melon, mangoes, papaya, avocado

Cooked, pureed fruits--organic apricot, peaches, pears, apples, cherries, berries

Cooked vegetables--zucchini, squash, sweet potato, carrots, beets, with butter or coconut oil

8-12 months

Continue to add variety and increase thickness and lumpiness of the foods already given from 4-8 months

Creamed vegetable soups

Homemade stews--all ingredinets cut small or mashed

Dairy--cottage cheese, mild harder raw cheese, cream, custards

Finger foods--when baby can grab and adequately chew, such as lightly steamed veggie sticks, mild cheese, avocado chunks, pieces of banana

Cod liver oil--increase to 1/2 teaspoon high vitamin or 1 teaspooon regular dose

Over 1 Year

Grains and legumes--properly soaked and cooked

Crispy nut butters--see recipes in Nourishing Traditions

Leafy green vegetables--cooked, with butter

Raw salad vegetables--cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.

Citrus fruit--fresh, organic

Whole egg--cooked

http://www.westonaprice.org/children/nourish-baby.html

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for this list! My daughter is 7 months and I was looking for a simple list of suggestions. I need to figure out how to puree meat, too...

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  2. Weston A Price has an agenda and it's not your health. Those recommendations contradict the AAP and WHO recommendations to exclusively breastfeed at LEAST six months. Starting solids before 6 months, when the human gut closes, increases the likelihood of allergies both immediately and later in life.

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  3. Actually, if you look at their recommendations, they do say wait for baby to reach 6 months before introducing solid foods due to gut closure and the potential for allergies. But they recognize that some babies mature quicker or some people are in situations where solids may need to be introduced a month or two early. Though they caution against it, they provide healthy options. Just as they strongly recommend breast milk, but give an option for homemade formula. WAP is totally focused on the health of children. They are an amazing institution. Look into it more before you judge.

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  4. I wish there was a Weston A Price baby food recipe book. Wouldn't that make life easier? Thanks for posting this list!

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  5. Yeah, I'd say WAPF is a big fan of BFing as long as possible. As iron storages begin to deplete (about 6 months), they recommend iron rich foods like pate and pureed meats. If you read above, they say to feed them minimal foods at 4 months, and only if tolerated by the baby. I didn't start feeding my 10 month old solids until 7 months.

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  6. Nicole, If you buy "Real Food for Mother and Baby" by Nina Planck, you will get that WAP baby food recipe book! Amazing read for you as you start your little ones off in eating.

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  7. I am gathering information about feeding baby, especially the baby formula they recommend. If I was exclusively breast feeding I wouldn't bother. However, my baby was two months premature, and the stay in the NICU and his prematurity in general contributed to him refusing to breastfeed. I pump a lot, but pumping with a machine only takes you so far. As he needs bigger bottles over time, I don't have enough breast milk and have had to use commercial formula. I believe it is situations like this that WAPF recommends the formula for. Yes, breastmilk is enough, but I don't have enough breastmilk. I will start on foods at six to eight months, depending on the baby (because of his two month prematurity). This list is handy. I definitely wanted to start mashed veggies and fruits instead of rice cereal this time around. Also, I think a lot of people wrongly believe that they must trust their baby's food to huge companies. Only Similac can make formula, and only Gerber can jar the baby food. Megacorporations care about making money. You care about your baby. Why not extend that to your baby's food? It's the most important thing you can do for them as infants. Sorry for the tangent, thanks again for the information!

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