Here are some homemade recipes for breastfed babies who hate baby food.
My baby will eat all the baby snacks. You know like the little cheese puffs and dry cereals and teething wafers, but when it comes to eating meals, she has not been the easiest baby to please. I’ve tried about every brand of baby food brands. I’ve tried just about every mix, combination and my baby just doesn’t like baby food as a meal. She’ll tolerate pureed fruit but when it comes to vegetables and meats it started to become my biggest challenge.
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When I introduced her to meats and broth she didn’t really eat it so I added a little ginger to her chicken. She ate some but not all of it. Same with the puréed vegetables, she’ll eat maybe the sweet potatoes but not the green peas. When she was 8 months old, that’s when I decided to cook her food myself. The first meal I cooked for her was mashed sweet potatoes with breastmilk and cinnamon. She absolutely loved it! Needless to say, I’ve been making her food that she can eat in her bowl with her spoon or fingers. It’s working out because she gets to eat with us and we are basically eating the same thing, which I believe she enjoys a lot!
So here a few combinations my breastfed baby has taken a strong liking to. Feel free to share what you are making for your little ones.
Oatmeal, blueberries, cinnamon and prune juice
2 Tbs of prune juice
3 Tbs of quick oats oatmeal
2 dashes of cinnamon
Whatever she doesn’t eat I save for the following day.
Quinoa, beef, spinach and red beans
I actually made this for the house but I set aside some for her because I don’t add sodium or cut onions or garlic in her foods.
1 cup of quinoa
3 ounces of spinach
3/4 cup of pre-soaked dry red beans
2 ounces of meat
1 Tbs of olive oil
I soak all the beans overnight in a pot. Then I cook the beans for about 2 hours. In the last hour, the beans are cooking I add the Quinoa in at the 30-minute mark and cook the beef. When making meats for my daughter I use either broth or olive oil. For this meal, I drain some of the water from the beans and quinoa and add it to the beef to cook with a tablespoon of olive oil. I cook the meat until it’s all brown and add the spinach. This is my favorite meal to cook for her because I can serve her enough until she’s satisfied and freeze the rest. I let her eat it with her hands and she loves it.
1/2 of brown pasta
half of a tomato
1 ounce of baked and shredded chicken
1/2 ounce of carrots
A quarter ounce of red peppers
1/2 tsp of Amish butter
Boil the pasta. Dice carrots, peppers and tomatoes. When pasta is done the pasta but leave a little water in the pot. Add vegetables and the Amish butter. Once stirred add the chicken on top of the pasta and mix it all together. My baby loves flavor and she enjoys a bit of spice so I give a little red pepper.
2 ounces of blueberries
1/2 of banana
1 ounce of mango
Mix it all together and serve when cold!
If your breastfed baby doesn’t take to baby food the most important thing to remember is to experiment. Just make sure to ditch the added salts and sugars!