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    We sort of combined BLW with mashed foods. I tend to let him hold the spoon himself though because he is more likely to put it in his mouth, he doesn't seem to like being spoon fed. All I do is mash his food with a fork, or feed him whole pieces of soft foods. We have a couple of small plastic spoons and bowls. You don't need heaps of stuff to feed a baby, and you don't need to puree their food, if they are truly ready for solids they should be able to manage a few lumps. Pureed food actually encourages them to swallow/eat food before they are ready as it gets past the extrusion reflex if they still have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomsie View Post
    So new research and guidelines currently in the process of being introduced to the public are that you can feed your baby anything and everything with the exception of raw egg, and honey, from 6 months onwards. (UNLESS you have known allergies in the family- and then watch baby very closely when introducing, but apparently allergies are not hereditary?)

    Babies should also be getting enough iron from their milk source, but if you do BLW sucking on a piece of steak gives plenty of nutirents etc.
    Thanks. That is interesting. There are allergies on one side of the family, so I'm hoping to introduce a (single) new food type every few days so if there is a reaction, we can identify it. The people I spoke to about it said this is sensible, but to move through the "risky" foods any time and not to delay it as there is no evidence that delaying exposure helps reduce allergies.

    Are you aware of any studies about iron intake showing that milk and limited meat intake is sufficient for iron requirements? I only ask because the ones I have read (and 2012 NHMRC guidelines) discussed risks associated with not introducing iron-rich foods from 6 months. If there are some better studies showing that iron and zinc requirement can maintained with breast milk past 6 months, then that would be reassuring and make life much easier than dealing with fortified baby cereal or mashing meat until he is up and eating well on his own It seems that the science moves fast in this area and the recommendations change (and then change back) often Exciting times I guess!
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    An article from Kellymom discussing the difference of iron received from breastmilk as opposed to other sources

    Sorry, have had this written up for hours, but have been busy.. still reading through other articles. Will post more when I find what I'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clbj View Post

    Are you aware of any studies about iron intake showing that milk and limited meat intake is sufficient for iron requirements? I only ask because the ones I have read (and 2012 NHMRC guidelines) discussed risks associated with not introducing iron-rich foods from 6 months. If there are some better studies showing that iron and zinc requirement can maintained with breast milk past 6 months, then that would be reassuring and make life much easier than dealing with fortified baby cereal or mashing meat until he is up and eating well on his own <img src="images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" smilieid="1" class="inlineimg" It seems that the science moves fast in this area and the recommendations change (and then change back) often <img src="images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" smilieid="1" class="inlineimg" Exciting times I guess!
    Babies can easily thrive on limited meat, there are many vegetarian & vegan babies with wonderful health who do not consume any meat & have sufficient iron stores .

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    First foods for my DD were steamed and mushed pumpkin and then steamed pear puree. Keep it simple and fresh and skip white rice cereal- it has no nutritional value. @Elijahsmum knows a bit more about this i think?

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    I'm slightly jealous as the idea of having a lamb cutlet with roast pumpkin and sweet potato and stewed pears for dinner sounds awesome I'll be happy to meal share with baby!

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    Iron levels can start to decrease after. 6 months but most certainly do not stop and the iron in breast milk is far easily absorbed than fortified iron from formula or cereals , nature is quite clever and on average most healthy breastfed babies do not have an iron deficiency

    The biggest problem at present with iron deficiency is with toddlers, mainly as they are not eating enough iron rich foods but not eating vitamin c rich foods ( needed for absorption ) and are drinking far too much cows milk - which not only fills them up so they don't eat as much but cows milk hinders iron absorption

    There are definitely healthy iron rich foods to give instead of processed rice cereal, lentils , green veggies , eggs, meat , fish and what I used to do is brush blackstrap molasses on DS roast and steamed veggies ( very high iron source) and I put chia seeds in everything plus he was eating eggs, salmon, prawns and all kinds of veggies at. 6 months with BLW , from. 71/2 months he was gumming the life out of lamb cutlets !

    What ever way you choose to do solids - BLW or purées, just make sure you offer a variety of fresh food, limit any processed food and don't be afraid to give baby fresh herbs, spices, garlic ect not only for health reasons but because breast milk is full of flavour but for some reason when we start solids the food is usually bland and tasteless and I believe the more variety you offer early the less fussy they will be later !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    ... lentils , green veggies , eggs, meat , fish and what I used to do is brush blackstrap molasses on DS roast and steamed veggies ( very high iron source) and I put chia seeds in everything plus he was eating eggs, salmon, prawns and all kinds of veggies at. 6 months with BLW , from. 71/2 months he was gumming the life out of lamb cutlets !

    What ever way you choose to do solids - BLW or purées, just make sure you offer a variety of fresh food, limit any processed food and don't be afraid to give baby fresh herbs, spices, garlic ect not only for health reasons but because breast milk is full of flavour but for some reason when we start solids the food is usually bland and tasteless and I believe the more variety you offer early the less fussy they will be later !
    THIS!! Ditto! We had and have loads of garlic & onion in our food - so this is what bub eats too. And lentils - easy to add and easy for bub to eat. Split red lentils and canned (no added salt) lentils. I reckon if you don't like the taste of it (because it is too bland/tasteless) then why feed it to bub?

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