October 06, 2004

The First Supper

Yesterday, Abby ate her first meal of something other than breast milk. It was baby rice in breast milk, but it's a start.

We were trying to keep her exclusively on milk until six months, as that is the received wisdom this year. Two years ago with Aidie, it was four months. As Abby kept trying to eat off of Mrs H's plate and denied this perpetually attempted to consume her fist, it was time to start the weaning process.

She got so excited by the baby rice that she was grabbing the spoon and shoving it into her mouth. I know she was wondering why it took so long to let her start eating and why we had kept this from her.

Posted by david at October 6, 2004 11:10 PM | TrackBack

Sounds familiar. Hopefully, it will be many, many years before I'm familiar with it once again. ;) But it is precious, I'll say that.

David's most favorite thing to do in all the world is eat. He did not want to give up the breast. Ana, OTH, just decided one day that the breast would no longer due, and it was off to baby food for her.

Posted by: Jim N. at October 7, 2004 04:23 AM

Sometimes I think as parents, in an effort to do it all "right" we don't pay attention to the child's demonstrated needs, especially when it comes to eating/weaning. Instead we pay attention to the "experts." Uh...aren't we the experts on our child because we're the parents? Worth a thought.

Posted by: philippa at October 7, 2004 02:37 PM

The expert advice in this case had to do with maximising the effect of the anti-bodies in the breast milk and reducing the chances of allergy. Mrs H decided that the change from 4 to 6 months must be due to tendency of some mothers to immediately shift onto a diet that includes allergy-inducing foods. Abby is now on gluten-free stuff that is produced to minimise such risks.

Posted by: Dave at October 8, 2004 12:56 AM
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