My family and friends know one thing about me for sure, I really do enjoy a good meal. Cooking, especially with my husband and Mum is a truly magical experience which culminates in a delicious meal every time! I’m not much for baking but I definitely enjoy the eating! It doesn’t need to be fancy, in fact usually the simpler the better; still I’ve had a few memorable meals that one would call haute cuisine.
There is one lunch in particular at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower a few years ago that still brings a huge smile to my face and warmth to my tummy, (thanks Marc🙏🏽❤️).
In recent times,
many of us have become more creative in the kitchen as we’ve rediscovered, or out of necessity learned or sharpened culinary skills.
Instead of posting photos of meals at restaurants we’re now posting pictures of our latest kitchen creations- Chez Nous!
There has just been more time to plan, prepare and partake in the at home dining experience; one sweet silver lining that many have found during this unusual time.
I believe that even as things open up and we venture out to our favorite restaurants with friends and family, the new normal will feature a lot more home cooking, which may indeed be a good thing.
The Ultimate homemade food
Breast milk! It would be impossible to tally the number of times I’ve uttered the phrase “Breast milk is magic”.
I never cease to be enthralled by the new things we discover about the powerful nutritive and health benefits of this “First Food”. For families who are chest feeding, pumping for bottles or using donor milk, be assured that you are providing the most complete food for your baby at every step of his development.
The exploring baby
Eventually babies begin to explore the world and become interested in the foods they see around them, a truly wonderful time for all families. As adults, we take great pleasure in seeing the little ones experience new tastes and textures as they learn about their culture through food. The process of introducing complementary foods to the diets of our babies can cause some confusion for parents, so here are some of my recommendations.
Steps to introducing complementary food
Step 1• Give Baby milk first. The digestive enzymes in breast milk aid in the digestion of the new complementary food.
Step 2• Introduce iron rich foods first, breast milk is lowest in iron content.
Step3• Start with one complementary food (1-3 tablespoons) per day, ideally before noon. This way if your baby has an adverse reaction to any food you won’t have to seek aid in the middle of the night or wee hours of the morning.
Step 4• Gradually expand by introducing a new food, two to three times per week.
Step 5• When your baby seems to be readily accepting and anticipating new foods, add a second meal per day at early supper time.
These steps can make it easier to deepen your baby’s experience of the world of flavors to which they have actually already been introduced, first in your amniotic fluid and then your breast milk.
Soon she will be trying to take morsels from your plate, so let her gum whatever she seems interested in. Most of it he won’t be able truly eat for a while but he can certainly explore different tastes and textures as he decides his likes and dislikes.
Another of my often repeated phrases is “Breastfeeding is a social activity, you’re never alone”.
Among human beings, eating is traditionally a communal experience so your baby will not only explore new foods, he will also begin to engage in conversations, laughter and togetherness around meal times with family.
As we say here at Baby in the Family, it’s all about gently bringing baby into the flow of family life.