#DearCinnaMoms Nov 21'


November came and went in a blink of an eye; I guess that is what happens when we look forward to something so much. Whether it was our families coming together again or the most amazing foods we reserved for these special occasions, there is much to be thankful for nowadays.

This has been one wild roller coaster but we have a long way to go before the ride is over.

Feeding your Older Infant Holiday Foods

Candice, our resident RDN here at PHFE-WIC, took the reins today to talk about the cultural foods we introduce to our little ones. I say cultural foods because those are the ones we have been offering since they were in utero. As our infants grow, their needs change, and with the changes to their nutritional needs come new levels of stress.

Have you asked yourself, when should I begin offering solids? What should I offer? How much should I start with? Should I start with fruit since they are sweeter?

More than 40 individuals came together in our November 6 gathering to discuss baby-led weaning and the offering of our cultural foods. She discussed the signs of readiness, texture, and appropriate foods to offer. Candice also covered the behaviors we may be mistaken for rejection, for that of independence.

Providing meats helps with iron intake

An interesting diagram was presented in the slides laying out the progression of food introduction, like a roadmap of nutrition. It listed the behaviors to monitor for signs of readiness as well as ideal minimum weights i.e. 13lbs and double the birth weight for that introduction to begin. The thing is, when talking about the foods we begin with, fruits weren’t on the list. Here at WIC, we recommend offering in this order of textures, beginning with cooked pureed, shredded, minced, mashed, tender meat, poultry, or deboned fish and iron-fortified infant cereals.

It is absolutely okay to offer our own cultural foods prepared in-house! We only recommend keeping it simple, do not add salts, sugars, and no spices.

Foods to hold off on

Eggs yolks are great but do not offer egg whites just yet. Egg yolks contain less protein than egg whites so they are generally safer. Once we have assessed for tolerance, we can then offer by mixing with rice like fried rice or with broth to have a soup consistency. Infants aren’t used to chewing, but gagging is a natural reflex. It is encouraged to watch our infants attentively as we are feeding them, to prevent choking.

Word of advice from Candace: “Try it, if they don’t like it, go back to it.”

Now let’s talk about cow’s and goat’s milk, which can be found on the naughty list and other beverages like plant-based milk or fruit juices are also not necessary. We want to avoid foods and beverages with added salts and sugars, foods that may present choking hazards, and especially honey (which can cause botulism if given to a child under the age of 1).

H20 H20! Should I offer water?

Whether offering your baby breastmilk or formula, there is enough water there already.

Are you offering fruits and veggies?

Yes, there is water in there as well. If your baby is struggling with constipation, we first want to assess if there are any missing feedings, for both breastfeeding and formula feedings before we talk about offering water. With tummies so small, it can be very easy for them to overdo it and get full of water. Always consult with your doctor, WIC nutrition assistants, nutritionists, or lactation consultants as they will be able to offer you more appropriate recommendations.