Baby Food!

I don't buy into the whole "Mummy Wars" that has dominated social media in the past few years. The whole breast versus bottle, cloth versus disposable, cot versus co-sleeping. How you parent is a personal choice and what is right for one family is different for another family. I desperately wanted to breastfeed both James & Emilie for at least six months. James took to breastfeeding like a duck to water but his awful reflux & multiple food allergies made it nearly impossible and three weeks later he was on the bottle. I thought I had a second chance with Emilie but she just couldn't get the hang of it. She was such a sleepy baby and being born early meant that it was too much hard work for her. I didn't realise until she was born that babies have to use every muscle in their mouth to feed from their Mummy and she just didn't have the strength. Even now at nearly six months old I don't think she'd be able to do it. It's hard enough trying to get her to stay awake on the bottle.  When she had lost 11.2% of her birth weight by day four and had dropped to 5lb 7oz, I had to admit defeat and once again a bottle was introduced.

One thing I am big on though is home made baby food. I think the jars of food are great if you are out and have a hungry baby to contend with but for everyday use at home I personally think that home made is the way to go. It's cheaper and you know exactly what your baby is eating. Win-win :)

The past two days I have been cooking up a storm, creating my freezer stock pile of baby food. I find it easier to cook it all up, freeze into ice cube trays, pop them out into a freezer bag and then every morning I grab a few cubes, defrost and voila!

Yesterday was made easier with the purchase of my new blender..

This baby, purees, blends, pulses, grinds, juices & grates. Plus, it was on sale. I love a good bargain! We're still at the introducing fruit and vegetables stage so I can't be that inventive yet but I now have a good stash of apple, pear, broccoli, courgette, cauliflower, peaches, swede, butternut squash, parsnips, potato & green beans. 

I done this for James too four and a half years ago and now that I'm doing it again it makes me happy. I might not have been able to breastfeed either of them for long but this kind of makes it a bit easier for me to accept.

1 comment

  1. I wasn't able to breastfeed either of my kids either. I tried so hard with my son but we just couldn't get a good enough supply for him. I am now venturing into making my own baby food too! Do you add anything to the foods while you cook them? Is it literally just a pureed apple? I really want to get into this now that my guys is almost 5 months.


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