Cooking with Milk

So, my darling boy is nearly six months, which means that solid foods are just around the corner. In preparation for this, I’ve begun to research which foods we should start him out with, baby food in general. Our pediatrician, while incredibly open-minded and holistic in other areas, has actually proved to be a bit conservative in his recommendation of starting off with rice cereal as the very first food. There are some pediatricians which are launching spirited campaigns against cereal as the first food, arguing that it’s just refined carbs, the equivalent of white-bread, and that this trend may actually promote childhood obesity.   So instead of going that route, I’ve decided to try my hand at cooking my own baby food instead.  Armed with a few books (this one, this one, and of course, this one, not to mention this wonderful website) and a bunch of cute plastic freezer cubes, I’ve begun making my own baby food!  On Saturday I made a banana puree which involved sauteing chopped banana in butter and then mashing it.  Quite yummy, reminded my of banana fosters!  Yesterday I baked a sweet potato and then blended it up with….breastmilk.  Yes, it turns out that most of these recipes call for breastmilk, which makes sense given that breastmilk is what the baby has been eating 24/7 up until now, and is still a complete meal in and of itself, full of iron, antibodies and every other necessary nutrient under the sun.  But when I started out on this parenting journey, I never imagined I’d find myself leaning over a blender with my bra down, adding a few squirts to a potato puree in order to get the consistency right.  Wow.  What next?  Guess we’re really cooking with gas milk now.

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  1. Nicky G
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 12:35 am | Permalink

    you might be interested in this different method of introducing solid foods. I have done this with my two youngest an it waaay easier than puree (though spoon feeding has a place) and the bonus is it’s much easier to find appropriate food once out and about.
    Don’t be too worried about choking, babies have a well developed gag reflex which, while looks alarming is actually okay.
    Hope this helps 🙂

  2. Posted November 4, 2011 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    You are very concerned for your baby.

    You are also very creative. Banana Puree is an excellent form of solid food. Sweet Potato with breast milk is again the most healthiest recipe.

    Keep on creative new recipes and post them her. You are serving the community.

    Thanks for the useful post.

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