So lately I have been on a quest- to figure out what to feed my kid as she gets closer and closer to her first birthday. I have been asking other Mom’s (via my trusted Facebook), searching the internet and have started the process of finding someone through our family doctor to help us. But I still feel totally lost. And a bit stressed out. (I know, I need to stop worrying so much… but I am sooo good at it.)
Why is this so complicated you ask? Here’s the thing:
1) She is allergic to dairy, which eliminates a whole bunch of ways to get both protein and fat in her diet
2) She is currently on Soy formula, which I am okay with if it was just part of her diet, but not as comfortable with as her only source of protein and fat. (Soy is great, but it does have estrogen mimicking compounds that I worry about when it is such a high proportion of her diet.) Soy was never something I felt great about being her sole source of nutrition, but it seemed slightly better to me then our other option of hypoallergenic milk formula (which must be really processed).. so we went with it. But now that she is on solid food I have allowed my brain to re-open the debate on this.
3) Also, for those of you who read my post about the search for corn in our cupboard, you might have noticed I did not look at the formula. I didn’t want to know. Well, curiosity got the best of me the other day and I looked. The first ingredient is organic corn syrup solids. Awesome (insert sarcasm). If processed corn syrup is something ‘they’ say adults should stay away from how is okay to be the main ingredient in baby formula?
4) She had GERD for the first 9 months of her life and has just started to not spit up 24/7. She is very adverse to new textures in food and often spits up after eating something new.
5) She is picky. New food typically require about 8 introductions before she will eat it regularly. (Oh the wasted food!) She will eat just about anything pureed, but is very slow to eat things which are mashed or in chunks. She also won’t eat egg or meat she can taste/feel the texture of (she will eat meat if it is a tiny amount hidden in a veggie puree). I also haven’t been able to get her to eat any lentils yet. I need to try that again.
So my goal in the next 6 months is to:
a) Get her off soy formula completely (obviously I can’t do this until she is getting enough protein and fat from other sources). This would allow me to introduce some soy sources like soy yogurt and tofu.
b) Get her on a balanced and healthy diet that is dairy free and not totally depended on soy.
c) Have her eating as much home-made, non-processed food as possible.
Here is what she will eat:
anything pureed except plain meat or lentils
bananas, soft cooked apples or pears, avocado (sometimes), baby fruit leather, apple sauce
squash, sometimes sweet potato
cheerios, pasta, baby cereal, adult oatmeal cut in chunks, sometimes muffins
Here is what she won’t touch so far:
eggs, pureed plain meat, chunky or pureed lentils
Mashed or chunks of potato, carrot, peas, green beans
bread, toast, pita, ect.
So, I figure it is worth a try to ask the blogosphere for help. I know a few of those who tend to read my blog have babies who are formula feed and/or babies that have milk issues. Thoughts? Or any good resources you know of that would tell me, for example, a typically weekly diet for a dairy free, minimal soy baby-transitioning-to-toddler? Ways you got your kid to eat meat/eggs that was sneaky? Good sources of fat for babies? Special ways you cooked veggies that did the trick? The only thing I am not worried about is fruit and carbs. (Obviously her mothers daughter.) Seriously, I need some help before I get lost in the abyss of internet searching. Also welcoming comments that can convince me to stop freaking out and worrying so much.