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#1 of 3 Old 04-10-2003, 10:58 PM - Thread Starter
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my dh and i are both veggie (we rarely eat fish) and neither of us does milk except eggs to cook with. our dd is 9 months and still bf, and i've started her on solids slowly.. problem is, she really likes yogurt and cottage cheese-- some fruts, avacado and thats about it so far. i want to try and eliminate milk from her diet-- i think it may be causing some congestion/ear infections... but i'm slowly becomming stumped to try and find "creative" meals. the other problem? she's got a fabulous *gag* reflex- so that narrows down what she'll eat. the reflex actually wouldn't allow her to even eat cottage cheese until about 8mo.
wondering if anyone has reccomendations for meal food...what you did, how often (like should she be doing 3 meals a day?!) and alternatives to milk (is soy okay for babies?? someone told me it has lots of estrogen in it...)
i'm stumped!
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She doesn't need to drink milk (soy or dairy) especially since you are still nursing. For meals, how about rice, oatmeal, millet, quinoa, lentils are one of the most easily digested legumes and a good source of iron as well as being filling.

How about tofu and noodles, lentils and brown rice, oatmeal and applesauce, you can also feed her tempeh and fish. cut up Pancakes, waffles and french toast (make them with Ener-G egg replacer or egg yolks only if you haven't introduced whole eggs yet) make good finger food. You don't need to put anything on them. She can also eat most vegetables - steam carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. and give as finger food or mash and feed them to her.

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If you are breastfeeding, there's really no need to rush into solid foods. My dd didn't eat solids food proper till after her first birthday! Any foods before the first birthday is really more for texture, variation, getting used to the idea of eating, rather than being a very serious source of nutrition. So do not fret if your baby does not eat a lot of anything.
For veggies, I used to steam sweet potatoes, or zucchini, or sweet peas, then puree them, and freeze in ice-cubes. Then I mix with some rice cereal and breastmilk, and she eats some. You can add some cinnamon to the zucchini. Broccoli can be treated the same way too, same for potatoes and carrots.
Or, just steam them until they are real soft (so they can be broken just with the gums), and serve as finger food.
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