The cheeky Master Samuel has been with us for six months now. The illustrious occasion of his half birthday was last Friday and marked with his first foray into the world of big boy food.
I still don’t think Sam is showing any signs of wanting to eat solids. He is quite content on the Breastmilk Diet, seems to have lost none of his tongue thrust reflex and doesn’t seem to be too bothered when Bill or I are eating food in front of him.
I spoke to his doctor on his Thursday visit and agreed to start giving rice cereal a shot anyway though as she explained that after six months your baby’s vitamin and mineral supplies gained in utero are diminished and it’s a good idea to start supplementing breastmilk with cereals that tend to be fortified with vitamins and iron. She wasn’t pushy about it and also recommended the book “Super Baby Food” when I mentioned I was also keen on making my own baby mush rather than throwing money at Gerber et al, and filling the tip with baby food jars.
So, on the occasion of his half birthday I thought I might as well give it a shot. Funky coloured plastic spoons and bowls were brought out of their holding pattern in the cupboard depths. Some rice cereal with a little breastmilk was lovingly mixed up. The baby was positioned in his chair. Sam’s first bib was placed around his neck, and the feeding began.
I can’t say it went down too well.
Sam’s little tongue pushed all the rice cereal straight out and down his front, soaking him completely. The bib did a grand job of being useless and just flapped around, getting in the way when Sam decided it was more fun to chew on that than the stupid food Mum was giving him. Rice cereal made it to all layers of clothing and the floor despite our best efforts. Dogs didn’t help matters by circling like sharks and generally getting in the way in an effort to help their little brother out.
Sam bawled throughout.
Our second attempt went a little better with Sam staying in a better mood, though the tongue thrust was still strong and Sam developed an interesting technique. As the spoon neared his mouth he would throw his head back, grin, open wide and wait for the rice to be unceremoniously dumped within. Efficient yes, but not exactly quite what we were after.
Each attempt so far has been followed by a much needed dunk in the bath tub for our hero.
Oh, and I think the consistency of the rice cereal helped make the second feeding better. The first time I did what I was told and made a very runny mixture with 5 parts breastmilk to one part rice. This then
would not stay on the spoon and got everywhere. I ignored this advice the second time and made it up so that it was more of a soft drop consistency. That went down Sam’s throat much better and not down his top, and into his ears, or between his toes.
Obviously, it’s still early in our solids experience but as Sam’s tongue thrust reflex is still definitely so strong I think we’re just going to have to try not to make a big deal out of feeding so that it doesn’t become an issue and just keep practising that pesky eating with a spoon trick. Breastmilk should still be the main source of nutrition and solids at this stage are just another learning experience.
Hooray for Sam!
And so ends the latest tome from Kay.