Wow! My last post was in December when I had Tara. I cannot believe how time has flown and how quickly we’re yet again at the 6 month mark.
I knew both my children would have different food journeys but how different I wasn’t really sure until now. I could get Trilok to eat anything, Tara on the other hand is strong willed and I need to play according to her rules. Hah! but I am her mum and I will get her to do what I want. LOL or so I think for now. ;)
In my mind being cleft affected should not alter her food journey. Sure, we will try different methods to feed but that shouldn’t alter her potential acceptance of all food. I always wanted my children to be good eaters. They don’t have to fall in love with the food they eat, but they sure need to accept it, respect it and most of all finish it. Too ambitious? We will have to see. :)
Drinking milk itself has proven to be a bit of a challenge with Tara, but we always manage to get there slow and steady. I thought purées is something she would take to easily, but BOY WAS I WRONG! Yikes!!!! the girl hates cereals and purées! How do I even think of initiating solids when she won’t have anything to do with them? My answer hopefully lies in BLW – Baby led weaning. A strategy I didn’t try with Trilok but I am seeing hope in with Tara. The girl loves to chew, from her fingers to toys and teeters and blankets! She in my mind is the perfect candidate for BLW! Knowing breastmilk is her primary source of nutrition she can certainly take her time in exploring and enjoying textures. So far I have tried mashed bananas, sweet potato, boiled potato and a portion of her brothers brekkie, a porridge mix of raagi and fox tail millet with banana filled into her ‘Boon Pulp’.
I love our ‘Boon Pulp’ it’s a nifty little silicone feeder with holes and I think its ideal to let her do her own thing. We just need to fill it up and hand it over to the babe and she does the rest, squirting the mash into her mouth. Messy? HELL YES! but oh what joy to watch her go for it!
It’s only been a couple of days but I am ready for this transition challenge. BLW, you best work for us!
Did you try BLW? How did it go? Was it successful for you? I’d love to hear.