So we are now in the second week of our BLW journey. It's probably been the most anxious time of our whole six months together but everyday I am gaining more and more confidence.
This week he has tried, noodles, pork, cheese on toast, pasta, apple, peach, banana, porridge, yoghurt, boiled egg, broccoli, cauliflower cheese muffins and pancakes.
I am slowly starting to introduce breakfast so he's pretty much on three meals a day. I talked last week about how I was finding it difficult to fit in food and bottles but I am finding an easier routine which looks like this:
8am Wake up and bottle
6pm Bottle and bed
The gagging has significantly reduced, especially in those foods he is used to eating like pancakes, satsumas and apples. I have found it much easier (for us both) if I microwave fruits like apples and pears in a little hot water for a few minutes to make them much softer. For satsumas I started last week by cutting each segment in half long ways, but now I cut them into three pieces making them the same size as a blueberry. His pincer grip means he can get most of them in his mouth and it's great for his motor skills to keep working on it.
I try and offer a carb (such as bread, pasta, noodles) a protein (chicken, cheese, pork) and a fruit or veg. This is what my portions look like:
Toast (one slice, crusts cut off)
Sandwich (two slices, crusts cut off, cut into four triangles: offer two triangles)
Muffins (half if made with plain flour, full if made with coconut flour)
Noodles (half a nest)
Pasta (five or six spirals)
Pancakes (three tablespoon sized)
Baby rice cakes (two)
Chicken/pork/beef (three finger sized strips)
Sausage (half cut lengthways)
Fruit and Veg:
Apple / Pear - half
Banana - full
Mango / Melon - three cubes
Strawberries - 2 quarterted
Satsuma - half
Blueberries - six or seven
Broccoli florets - three
*I believe that the general rule of thumb is a carbs portion should be the same size as baby's fist. I probably offer double that, as I am aware quite a bit ends up on the floor.
I haven't noticed a reduction in the amount of milk Dexter is taking. He is having four 7oz bottles during the day and a 9oz bottle at midnight totalling around 37oz a day. I will be looking to reduce this midnight feed in the coming weeks. I have tried in the past to eliminate it completely, however he ended up waking up in the night hungry so I am reluctant to drop it completely just yet.
This week also saw Dexter eat his lunch in front of someone who wasn't me or his dad. It was even more nerve wracking than usual because the last thing you want is a choking or bad gagging incident and that other person to freak out. Luckily Dexter's grandad is very supportive of BLW and understands the benefits.
It has been amazing to see Dexter become more adept at picking up smaller pieces and working out how to get them in his mouth.
I'm so excited to see what the following few weeks bring to our BLW journey.