Thursday, June 3, 2010

Meatless

I have some time to kill before I pick up Josh.

I need some advice about giving my baby meat. Did anyone else feel weird doing it? I very rarely give Wyatt any sort of meat. For one, it grosses me out big time to think of pureed meat in a jar. I also don't really feel like pureeing any sort of meat myself either. I'm not anti meat. I'm not a vegetarian. I'm not even trying to force Wyatt to be one either. I just sorta feel like it's not really the best for him. He's still breast fed so I feel like he's getting nutrients he needs that way. Everything else is just a bonus. And I'm still nursing a lot. Like at least 4-5 times a day. I give Wyatt food randomly. We have no schedule (surprise surprise). I bought a baby food mill and it's been great for mashing up REAL food (instead of those mystery meals in a jar). So he's been getting fresh mangoes, peaches, black berries, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, red peppers, cauliflower, and cucumber. Just whatever I have in my fridge. But I just can't bring myself to give him meat. Why would he even need it? Am I wrong about this? Does an 8 month old baby need protein from meat?

Any input on this would be appreciated.

12 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I just realized how that sounded. I don't have any kids but I am temporarily raising my niece. Haha

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  2. He doesn't need meat. If you don't feel comfortable giving it to him--don't. When he's a little older and eating more solid foods you can just cut it up in small pieces like the rest of his food. I agree that pureeing it is nasty. I head really good luck starting with small pieces of chicken to incorporate into her diet and she really liked it. I'm still apprehensive withe the red meat though because it's harder to chew and digest. But she's only two--we've got time. Let me know what you end up doing!

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  3. see, i agree. i'm going to hold off. i mean, he does occasionally get chicken in jar food form. but it's mixed with a vegetable (obviously). i usually give him jar food when i'm being too lazy to make him something. or i'm out and can't give him any real food.

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  4. My ped said not to give my little boy any meat until he was 9 months old at least. You are right the meat in a jar is gross, I have tried it, nasty! I wouldn't even worry about it if I were you, it is not a big deal at this point, but if you do decide you want to then my ped said at 9 months things like shredded chicken are ok :)

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  5. Like Wyatt, Lily is also a breast fed baby but she's been eating solids since she was 4 months old. I was a vegetarian for 20 years (i'm dating myself) and didn't eat meat until the very end of my pregnancy. i ate fish like always and prosciuto at the end.
    anyway, sorry, i'm rambling.
    we tried giving Lily chicken a month ago, pureed with sweet potato and she didn't care for it at all!!
    she likes fish though. we just broil it and give it to her in little pieces.
    there are lots of veggies that you can give Wyatt if you think he's lacking protein. like sweet potato.

    Claudia

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  6. I gave my daughter the pureed meat but I always mixed it with a veggie. My Dr. said she didn't NEED it but she said the more variety of things I fed her as a baby, she would get used to the taste and not be as picky as she grew. I figured if she could eat the pureed version of that meat then she'd eat anything. Now she is 2 and she does eat just about anything (or will try it at least). Good luck whatever you end up doing!

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  7. i hate meat. hate cooking it. hate thinking about what it is. hate eating it [well except tacos! i LOVE tacos] anyways the hubs seems to think meat is going to make corbin grow BIG and STRONG so i make it for him every so often. so far he's only had chicken but we're trying turkey the next time i go grocery shopping and i just bake it, chop it into littler pieces, puree it, and then mix in something sweet to give it a good flavor, like peaches! corbin likes it so we're all happy! i would never give him jarred meat. that grosses me out. but really all i wanted to say was, if you arent comfortable with it, then dont do it. some people dont even start feeding their babies solids til they are nine months!

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  8. I am not sure about the meat...

    But I love that you make your own baby food! I did that with Aidyn too! I got baby food jars from friends, and whipped all my baby food up twice a week, and either froze it or refrigerated it! It was so much healthier, and I knew exactly what Aidyn was eating! :))

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  9. I'm vegetarian, my daughter has survived eleven months so far with no meat. If her amazonian size and her sumo thighs are anything to go by, I'm pretty sure she's fine.

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  10. Okay, think about Wyatt's poop. Now think about changing a mushy meat poo. Gross! I wouldn't do anything meaty for a while. Averie liked chicken noodle soup when she was about Wyatt's age, but I only gave it to her a few times (because it smelled the same on the flip side, if you know what I mean). What goes in must come out.

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  11. I've been giving Belle meat since she got her two bottom teeth. She won't eat the kind in the jar (it smells awful), but as long as I am eating it, she will eat it. She just got over a stage of being anti-baby food. She refused to eat anything, unless it came from my plate. Just do whatever works for you and Wyatt. Not all kids like "real" food (as opposed to baby food), but some kids (including mine) prefer it.

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  12. We didnt' do meat until 9 months. I only eat meat once or twice a week--so we're not big meat eaters, but we give it to mimi now. The pureed meats smell like dogfood from a can-no way, we never gave her those.
    I just gave her some of our meat from our dinner cut up small.

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