I had a message asking what my littlest is eating on a daily basis and thought what better way to answer than with pictures?! So this is what she ate yesterday and this is a pretty good example of her every day diet.
So, for Breakfast, Organic Avocado, Apple, Banana and Milk Kefir.
Followed by a few breastfeeds over the course of the morning.
Lunch was 1 organic free range egg, scrambled with organic pumpkin and Broccoli along with a few slices of cucumber.
Another few Breastfeed's and a slice of apple kept her happy until Dinner.
Now this is a photo of one of the children's plates because I forgot to photograph mine. Layla sits with us and I often feed her from my plate which is what happened with this simple meal of Mince & Rice with salad (raw carrot for the kids). Layla had mince and carrot but not rice.
Oh and if your wondering why we eat white rice, this is a great article;
2 or 3 more feeds with mama and down for the night :)
Layla started solids very slowly at 8 months. Now at 10 months, Layla's solid food diet in made up primarily of fruit and veg, eggs and raw dairy products with two to three servings of grass fed or wild meat a week. She loves and prefers the complex tastes of curry, stew,quiche etc.. to the simple flavours of separate foods.
I include dairy in the form of Kefir, raw milk or organic cheese and raw carrot, pepper and so on to knaw on, strengthen the jaw and soothe those gums.
We avoid grains until at least 1 year because babies below this age do not have the necessary enzymes to digest them. Feeding them grains or the horrendous baby rice can lead to leaky gut syndrome and/or other digestive disorders later on in life. Also, without grains, they get to fill their tummies with a far more varied diet full of lots of lovely vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and so on.
Here is a quote from this article by Sally Fallon
"Babies produce only small amounts of amylase, needed for the digestion of grains, and are not fully equipped to handle cereals, especially wheat, before the age of one year. (Some experts prohibit all grains before the age of two.) Baby's small intestine mostly produces one enzyme for carbohydrates—lactase, for the digestion of lactose. (Raw milk also contains lactase.) Many doctors have warned that feeding cereal grains too early can lead to grain allergies later on. Baby's earliest solid foods should be animal foods as his digestive system, although immature, is better equipped to supply enzymes for digestion of fats and proteins rather than carbohydrates."
I try to make sure she has some form of good fat daily in the form of Avocado, olive oil, coconut oil and Butter.
She also enjoys fish and legumes on a weekly basis.
We use lots of herbs and spices in our cooking, and I haven't stopped this because exposing her palate to all these different flavour's now means that she is more likely to enjoy them as the grows older. Plus who wants to eat bland food?
Organic food is extremely important to us, the amount of pesticides in non organic food in comparison to the size of a little babies body is frightening and their ability to flush them all out in the form of waste is impossible. Therefore I would prefer to breastfeed more than expose her body to non organic food at least until she is bigger.
Here is a brilliant, comprehensive article on this topic;
I have given her some organic porridge made with raw milk on occasion (the day before grocery shopping) I mean hey!, we all do the best we can but in this house sometimes porridge for dinner is what keeps me sane!!
In saying all of that, Layla still gets the majority of her nourishment from me and that's how we would like it to continue until she is at least 1 year. I don't keep note of how much she eats, and we try to allow her to feed herself as much as possible :)
So there you go! Do you feed your baby similar foods? What do you do differently?
* Please remember I am not a qualified anything. This is just how I feed my family based on my own research and knowledge.