What do you feed a GAPS baby?: Introducing Solids - Week Two
A couple weeks ago, I shared our first experience introducing solids to our little Baby bear. If you read it, you may have thought I was crazy for giving chicken broth as a first food! But sometimes life calls for a little bit of crazy!
The harsh reality is that whatever I did with Buttons and Bean did not work, so I needed to shake things up this time around... Third time's a charm, right?
Not only am I sharing this information with you because you may be curious, but also because I think it's good to have a broad range of information in regards to nutrition, especially for our children. Just because rice cereal is the conventional or recommended first food for babies does not mean it's the best food for all babies.
I hope that by sharing my experience with the GAPS diet, I can help broaden the scope of information out there and make it culturally acceptable to do what's best for our individual children. Just because one diet works for one child does not mean it will work for the next (GAPS diet included!)
In her book, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride (Dr. NCM) has a schedule for introducing solids that is broken down by weeks. It's simple to follow but I also feel it allows for flexibility, since different children will advance through the different types of food at different paces.
Introducing Solids - Week Two
Dr. NCM recommends continuing with the previous foods from week one (homemade broth and freshly pressed juice) and adding the following new foods:
- Probiotic Food
- Vegetable Soup/Puree
Probiotic foods are fantastic for providing your baby with the beneficial bacteria they need for good gut health. They are also a source of nutrients that are easy to digest, since they have been fermented, which is basically the beginning of the digestion or "breaking down" process.
The probiotic foods recommended are homemade whey (from dripping homemade yogurt) or the juice from homemade fermented vegetables, like sauerkraut. It is suggested to start with whey from goat's yogurt, as goat's milk is often more easily tolerated than cow's milk.
The probiotic foods should be added to the meat stock, starting with just a 1/2 teaspoon per day and gradually increasing.
When whey is well-tolerated, you can try giving your baby yogurt (without dripping it), again starting with only a 1/2 teaspoon per day. You can also progress to introducing homemade sour cream.
Vegetable purees are pretty standard for baby food. Some of the suggestions that Dr. NCM gives in the book are to peel and de-seed the vegetables before cooking, and then cook them very well in meat stock without adding any salt or seasonings.
In order to make the puree even more nutrient and calorie dense, she recommends adding fats to the puree.
"Cook the vegetables well, until very soft, cool them down to warm and puree with a little natural, choosing from: a teaspoon of any animal fat (pork, beef, lamb, duck, goose, chicken, etc.), a teaspoon of organic coconut oil, a teaspoon of cold-pressed olive oil, 5 drops of cod liver oil, a teaspoon of ghee (made by you from unsalted organic butter) or a teaspoon of raw organic butter (unsalted!). Give your baby different fats and oils on different days."
She also suggests adding a teaspoon of homemade yogurt (once it's introduced) to the cooled puree when you serve it.
So not only is your baby getting the awesome micro-nutrients from the vegetables, but he or she will also be getting good, healthy fats and probiotics!
That's just good nutrition all around :)
My GAPS baby...
Baby Bear is a lot different than my other girls. She is much more attached to me and breastfeeding than her sisters were. That may be why she isn't particularly interested in her food yet. She has days where she downs her broth and devours her puree, but then the next day she may be totally uninterested.
She has also been fighting a cold, so I haven't put any pressure on her to try anything new.
So far, she:
- drinks chicken broth (sometimes)
- eats a teaspoon or two of pureed butternut squash mixed with coconut oil
- would not drink any carrot juice no matter what ratio of juice to water I made it, until today when she finally drank the tiniest bit
I made goat's yogurt so I will be introducing the whey in the next couple of days and trying out some pureed carrots.
It may take us a bit to get to week three which includes adding meats to the puree... we'll see!
Disclaimer: Information in this post is a brief summary of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's infant feeding guidelines. I strongly suggest you read the book yourself before following any of the information above. In addition, all posts on My Own Ripple Effect are for informational purposes only. Please view my full health disclaimer here.