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Paleo Mama has questions about her Paleo Baby & Breastfeeding/Paleo Food

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Created September 08, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Hi there, first time poster & long time lurker. I had my baby 11 months ago & am raising her using a WAPF/Paleo diet. Baby is exclusively breastfed (no formula/substitutes) & I started Baby led weaning when she was 7 months old. Baby eats what we eat. Beef, liver, fish, chicken, all veg & fruit as well as spices, butter on veg, coconut oil etc. (I exclude nightshades as her Dad gets very bad psoriasis when he eats too many nightshades so I don't want to chance it with baby) I intend on keeping up with the breastfeeding until 18months -2 years (give or take) but am very curious as to how many times per day other paleo mama's breastfed their babies AFTER their first birthday?? I have asked other mama's I know and looked on the net but pretty much everything I find is geared towards formula fed babes or babes who eat cereal/grains etc & do the standard 3 meals, 2 snacks and little to no milk & other Mum's I know weaned at 3 - 6months and give their babes the standard cereal, toast etc & think I am the strange one :) Do other paleo mama's do the standard 3 meals plus 2 snacks?? Where does milk fit in? I understand food is important but to me, milk is key. I don't want to give my daughter too little food either. (Just for info sake - I do practice baby led breastfeeding as much as I can however my baby has always been the most laid back child you can meet! She'll go 5-6 hours without food if we're out without complaining and since I knew this is not enough (esp. when she was younger) I feed her/offer every 3 hours or so. Baby was also 7 weeks preemie but was born very healthy - breathed on her own from the start but was very small & unable to breastfeed so was in NICU/SCN for 4 weeks. Our local hospital is VERY pro breastfeeding and actively encourage it as much as they can. Not one doctor every asked me to give her formula. My breast milk was all she ever got. I would love to hear what you did with your babes :) I know its not a "one size fits all" but other Paleo Mama's perspective/thoughts are in short supply around me :) Thanks in advance!!

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0 · October 05, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Thanks for your answers, it's a good idea to give her more fruit and starch. I don't usually restrict her at all of course, but usually just offer her what we're having which isn't always that much fruit. Just nice to have reassurance and to know what others have done!

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55 · October 03, 2012 at 4:48 AM

Good question! I wouldn't think that they would be lacking as long as bub's diet was varied and they are choosing how much they eat. I do baby led weaning also and I let my bub eat as much and as long as she wants for food (and breastmilk). I breastfeed her 5 times per day and she gets two-three meals. I do give her lots of carbs also. My girl will get banana and berries for breakfast, sweet potato for lunch and assorted vege & potato for dinner (along with her fat/protein). I swear the kid would eat banana's all day if she could! If she is healthy I wouldn't worry :)

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1376 · October 03, 2012 at 1:33 AM

I did find that my toddler did well with a higher carb diet than her parents. But no need to stress to much about her height, a fun factoid I learned- double the height of a two year old to find their approximate adult height. So she might be just where her genes are telling her to be if both of her patents are on the short side.

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24538 · October 03, 2012 at 12:46 AM

You could try more breastmilk, as much fruit as she wants, and more starch, I swear the little ones are practically monkeys. I think we were still at 6-8 feedings per day at 15 months (although my little guy was more of a snacker, so it might not have been more milk than your little girl is getting now if she is doing 4 big feeds).

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Wow, that is great your able and willing to nurse her so frequently! Mama's are just the best :) And I understand about the screaming the house down, we aren't living with anyone but Papa starts work very very early so I don't like to let her make too much noise so Papa can get his sleep :)

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

This sounds a lot like my babe actually :) Wasnt really food interested until a bit older and her milk is still her fave.

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Thanks for commenting :) I get tired of it too sometimes so I know how your wife/Mama feels :) I just try to relax when I feed her now, I get really comfy and zone out!

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

My little one seems to be a grazer too so I give her little bits of whatever I eat :)

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Thanks for your answer :) that pumpkin pie sounds good!!

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55 · September 09, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Baby led weaning has been awesome so far. Babe is really adventurous when it comes to food. Everything I give her has been tried and the only thing she hasn't liked is asparagus. Babe loves food and her little legs and arms start flapping with excitement whenever I pick up her high chair tray! Her digestion seems fine. I keep an eye out for rashes, weird poos, tummy upsets etc but nothing as yet. its been a lot of fun doing BLW and we both enjoy it. Less stress for me and lots of edible play things for her! Babe goes crazy for avocado & lamb/pork cutlets bones with a little meat/fat left on!

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343 · September 08, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Can't wait to hear the responses to your question! I'm very curious as well and want to breastfeed for as long as possible! And, since you mentioned baby-led weaning, that sounds so intriguing! Have you had any issues with that? Does your little one like everything that you offer her? Is her digestion of the foods you give her okay? Sorry so many questions! I could probably look this up (and will do!)...but, I would like to hear your personal experience! Thanks! :)

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55 · September 08, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Our hospital was very supportive of pumping so that made it easier. Approx 2 hours after my emergency c-section (at midnight!!) a midwife came in and taught me how to manually express my colostrum!!! I was sooo tired and out of it but I still got a express lesson from this old school midwife!! It was draining at the time but if I saw her again I would give her a big hug for her help in those early hours/days!!! Thanks for the advice :) I will keep on keeping on and see how I go!

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218 · September 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Wow, that's great that you were able to transition from pumping for 4 weeks to nursing! So many people have trouble with that. I was worried that I couldn't nurse him for 24hrs after birth, lol. I had to pump during that time. The darn nurse told me that I didn't need to pump, that it wouldn't hurt my supply...yah, right! I sent my dh home to get my pump immediately. I think you're right on track with what you should be doing. I would just offer every 4 hours or so, and watch diaper output for a bit to make sure she is going potty enough.

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55 · September 08, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Thanks for your answer :) I appreciate it! I do give her a little water - generally when I have a drink she'll reach for the cup so I let her at it :) Other than that no other fluids - just breast milk. I have a freezer stash of about 80 litres of expressed breast milk. I have a really good supply and exclusively pumped for 4 weeks while baby was in NICU and then continued to pump when she came home as a security measure in case I couldnt breastfeed. I still pump once a day...so when I wean I'll continue giving her breastmilk from my stash...

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297 · September 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I don't think there's any kind of meal standard with my toddler.

He's a Zen master: he eats when he's hungry and sleeps when he's tired.

It's frustrating sometimes when he rejects food that I thought would be his favorites forever (e.g. as an infant he ate eggs every day, now he kinda shies away from them), but as long as we stay creative with food and don't get hung up on "OMG he's not getting his PROTEIN!", everything works out fine.

"Pumpkin pie" made from coconut milk, eggs, stevia, and canned pumpkin has become a favorite snack.

My little one self-weaned at 14.5 months. I wish we could have gone longer, but he was too busy! :)

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Thanks for your answer :) that pumpkin pie sounds good!!

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218 · September 08, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Hi there. I didn't start paleo until recently, but I did nurse both my babies. I also did baby-led weaning when my last little one was 6 months old. He is now 14 months. He was also 4 weeks early and spent some time in the nicu as well.

I had to stop nursing right around a year due to needing some meds for myself that were definitely NOT compatible with breastfeeding, but now I wish I had been able to do extended breastfeeding. As far as I understand, if your baby is only getting his/her fluids from breastmilk, then he/she should be nursing at LEAST 4 times a day. Do you plan on giving milk at all (cow, goat, etc)? Do you give water at all throughout the day? My little guy is on the small side (very small actually), so I have started giving him some organic whole milk for now. He does eat what I eat pretty much, though I do still give him and my daughter other non-paleo foods such as grains, rice, etc. My daughter is almost 3 and very stubborn with food so I won't be trying to force any major changes on her.

I think it's great what your doing for your babe! I exclusively bf as well, and I think it's the best start you can give to your little one! Hope that answers your question somewhat. I wasn't sure what kind of answers you'd get on here.

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55 · September 08, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Our hospital was very supportive of pumping so that made it easier. Approx 2 hours after my emergency c-section (at midnight!!) a midwife came in and taught me how to manually express my colostrum!!! I was sooo tired and out of it but I still got a express lesson from this old school midwife!! It was draining at the time but if I saw her again I would give her a big hug for her help in those early hours/days!!! Thanks for the advice :) I will keep on keeping on and see how I go!

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218 · September 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Wow, that's great that you were able to transition from pumping for 4 weeks to nursing! So many people have trouble with that. I was worried that I couldn't nurse him for 24hrs after birth, lol. I had to pump during that time. The darn nurse told me that I didn't need to pump, that it wouldn't hurt my supply...yah, right! I sent my dh home to get my pump immediately. I think you're right on track with what you should be doing. I would just offer every 4 hours or so, and watch diaper output for a bit to make sure she is going potty enough.

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55 · September 08, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Thanks for your answer :) I appreciate it! I do give her a little water - generally when I have a drink she'll reach for the cup so I let her at it :) Other than that no other fluids - just breast milk. I have a freezer stash of about 80 litres of expressed breast milk. I have a really good supply and exclusively pumped for 4 weeks while baby was in NICU and then continued to pump when she came home as a security measure in case I couldnt breastfeed. I still pump once a day...so when I wean I'll continue giving her breastmilk from my stash...

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1025 · September 15, 2012 at 12:23 AM

My littlest is 18 months and still nursing quite a bit. I'd guess 7-8 times a day (morning time, nap time, whenever I sit down, plus some extra), and then 6-7 times a night (yes she is a horrible sleeper, but we're staying with my parents right now to save up money to build our own house, so I can't really let her scream bloody murder all night...which is what she would do).

She gets her own plate of whatever meal we're eating (we all eat at the coffee table, lots of towels on the carpet!), and I'll give her snacks throughout the day (baby carrots, fruit, sometimes cheese: 75% of the time I'll find it partially eaten on the floor later). She's still more into milk than solid food.

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Wow, that is great your able and willing to nurse her so frequently! Mama's are just the best :) And I understand about the screaming the house down, we aren't living with anyone but Papa starts work very very early so I don't like to let her make too much noise so Papa can get his sleep :)

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749 · September 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM

My daughter was nursed on demand until she was almost 2.5. We just recently weaned when she started fooling around during nursing. More often than not, it was 3 or 4 times a day, but at times it was closer to 5 or 6 (usually coincided with growth spurts). Some people cut out everything but morning and night, but I felt comfortable with nursing her when she wanted it. It worked really well for us.

She wasn't interested in food until around 9 months and from there we just followed her cues and continually offered her different alternatives (at a staggered introduction to monitor the impact of a food to her).

Just follow your child's cues. They really don't need a lot at a young age and your breastmilk is the best thing for them.

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM

This sounds a lot like my babe actually :) Wasnt really food interested until a bit older and her milk is still her fave.

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24538 · September 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM

It is all a sleep deprived blur now at 3 1/2, but I'm pretty sure he was still nursing 5-6 times per day until well after age 2. I put a sippy cup of water out for him to have whenever he wanted, and if I was feeling too run down to nurse a lot a cup of milk.

After getting frustrated that we couldn't reliably get full meals into him during meal time, I realized at some point he was grazer, and once he was old enough to not fling food everywhere (18 months?), I'd just move his plate of food to the coffee table for him munch on (do not try this if you have carpet) while he was playing after we were done eating.

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

My little one seems to be a grazer too so I give her little bits of whatever I eat :)

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20908 · September 14, 2012 at 9:20 PM

We're about a month ahead of you. Mama is getting tires of feeding, so she's trying to dial back the feedings to just be food, not "comfort feedings" when he gets cranky. We're trying to do just three feedings (boobs) a day, and then real food whenever seems right. He's pretty good at letting us know when he's hungry and when he's had enough. I usually cook an extra egg and he gets steak and eggs for breakfast while I'm eating my bacon and eggs. During the day, I think he gets two more meals (I'm not home, so I don't know). And then we all have dinner together where he gets whatever we're having for dinner. It seems to be working well.

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55 · September 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Thanks for commenting :) I get tired of it too sometimes so I know how your wife/Mama feels :) I just try to relax when I feed her now, I get really comfy and zone out!

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0 · July 09, 2013 at 12:03 AM

My son was 2 months premature. I just started doing paleo about a month and a half ago, he is now 15 months. I still give him some non Paleo foods and he drinks mostly from a sippy cup. I am in the weening process but he usually nurses 3-6 times s day. Twice in morning , once before bed, and during the day usually at least once. It's not very long sometimes but I still count it. He usually eats what we eat one of his favorites being spaghetti squash and another guacamole :) I do give him some whole milk but usually mixed with almond milk or coconut milk. Since we started weening with whole milk first I'm now making the transition to another milk. He seems to eat all the time!! So he eats when we eat plus 3-4 snacks a day! I'm still trying to find how to do more things paleo for him, glad to see there are other like minded Mona's out there! Good luck!

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0 · October 03, 2012 at 12:34 AM

Do you think there's anything a child could be missing in their diet if they eat completely paleo? My 15 month old girl still breastfeeds 3-4 times a day (just stopped the night feedings a week ago because I was getting so tired!). She started eating real food at about 6 months , did baby led weaning too which has been great. She is a great little eater, loves her meat/bones/bone broth, coconut oil, ghee, vegetables, sweet potato, bananas and a few other fruits. Just started her on a little bit of milk kefir a few weeks ago. She is such a happy loveable little girl! But.... just saw the dr for her check up and her height is slipping down the chart, from about the 75th percentile when she was 3 months, gradually down to the 2nd percentile today. When they found out what she was eating- ie no grains or processed foods, the dr said maybe she isn't getting enough carbs and that's why her growth has slowed. Her weight has remained at the 91st percentile since birth, and both me and her father are relatively short. Do you think there could be a link between her diet and not growing? Is there anything I might be missing in her diet???? thanks for any ideas or help!

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0 · October 05, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Thanks for your answers, it's a good idea to give her more fruit and starch. I don't usually restrict her at all of course, but usually just offer her what we're having which isn't always that much fruit. Just nice to have reassurance and to know what others have done!

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55 · October 03, 2012 at 4:48 AM

Good question! I wouldn't think that they would be lacking as long as bub's diet was varied and they are choosing how much they eat. I do baby led weaning also and I let my bub eat as much and as long as she wants for food (and breastmilk). I breastfeed her 5 times per day and she gets two-three meals. I do give her lots of carbs also. My girl will get banana and berries for breakfast, sweet potato for lunch and assorted vege & potato for dinner (along with her fat/protein). I swear the kid would eat banana's all day if she could! If she is healthy I wouldn't worry :)

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1376 · October 03, 2012 at 1:33 AM

I did find that my toddler did well with a higher carb diet than her parents. But no need to stress to much about her height, a fun factoid I learned- double the height of a two year old to find their approximate adult height. So she might be just where her genes are telling her to be if both of her patents are on the short side.

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24538 · October 03, 2012 at 12:46 AM

You could try more breastmilk, as much fruit as she wants, and more starch, I swear the little ones are practically monkeys. I think we were still at 6-8 feedings per day at 15 months (although my little guy was more of a snacker, so it might not have been more milk than your little girl is getting now if she is doing 4 big feeds).

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