I got a lot of good response from my last post on feeding Oliver so I thought I’d post an update.
Like I mentioned before, we are doing a “mix” of baby-led weaning and spoon feeding. Sometimes I let him pick up and gnaw on pieces of food, and sometimes I mash food up and spoon feed it to him, or I feed him jars of organic baby food when I don’t have a lot of food lying around. While I would love to do baby-led weaning/whole foods thing all the time, he really can’t get enough food down to get the calories he needs. So right now a combo of the two is working for us. Usually I’ll start the meal with having him pick up pieces of whole food like orange slices, cooked carrot slices, cooked sweet potato slices, a whole banana, orΒ strawberry rice puffs (which basically glorified Cheerios, I know). And sometimes I put a piece of soft food like a pear into this little feeder, which he likes and is fun for him to suck on, and I don’t have to worry about keeping such a close eye on him with regards to choking/gagging etc. Starting with the whole foods actually keeps him occupied while I make my own meal for myself in the kitchen.
Then once he’s done with that or starts to get frustrated and hungry and I’ve finished my own meal, I’ll mash hisΒ leftovers up or I’ll open a jar of pureed food and spoon feed it to him. I really like this bib which doesn’t have any fabric on it so it cleans up and dries really easily. As for the types of food he’s eating, he’s beenΒ eating mostlyΒ fruits and veggies but I’m really eager to start giving himΒ protein.
After the meal is over, I let him practice drinking water out of a sippy cup. I don’t know if he’s got it down quite yet but I just need to keep reinforcing it.
As for breastfeeding, sorry to be TMI here butΒ I think it’s best to keep it real on the blog and wanted to share in case anyone has experienced something similar. I’m keeping breastfeeding up pretty regularly but yesterday started to experience the most awful case of a plugged duct and milk blister. I’m not sure how it happened. Maybe it was caused by a position I nursed him or maybe I wasn’t careful enough about changing my breast pads or maybe I went too long between feedings, I don’t know. So last night after nursing I took a pain reliever then snuggled in bed with one of my husband’s microwaved old socks filled with rice while trying to hand express. I felt like a milk cow in a hot Asian restaurant, it was awful. It is still persisting today and I basically spent the whole morning trying to relieve the pain by massaging andΒ hand expressingΒ in a hot shower and also pumping with the electric breast pump. I hate the pump so much because it feels like I’m hooked up to a Roto-Rooter. My poor little ta tas! I’ve consulted with my OB andΒ am just going to keep doing what I’m doing until it is fully relieved. Man, being a woman is just so hard sometimes, hah! I love being a mother but this is one of those side effects that I could surely do without. I’m hopeful that it will resolve itself over the course of the day. In the meantime keep my little ta tas in your prayers. :)