I have a 1 year old pale baby/toddler, he eats everything we put in front of him. But we are going to stay true to Paleo. What is next after breast milk? Will he just drop it and be on 100% food? I know there is goat, coconut and almond milk but..... What should we be giving him? Like I said before he is a good eater. He eats all veggies, fruits, meat we put in front of him. But I would like a plan on how to tackle the next step. Anyone?
There will be a variety of opinions on this, but here's mine...
He will gradually transition of breast milk, it seems very prudent to introduce new foods while still breastfeeding, due to the immunomodulatory functions of breast milk.
Babies seem to generally enjoy sweet potatoes, avocados, bananas, eggs, etc. Introducing new foods one at a time is a good idea to check for allergic rxns.
As for milk, I absolutely think it has a place in a baby's diet. Organic whole milk is, in my opinion much better than almond/rice/soy milk for kids (anyone who is still growing).
We let him eat as much normal food as he wants, and he has slowly been self-weaning over the last 2 years, at 3 years old he is still nursing about 4 times a day a few times in the morning, and a few times at night, and all day and night when he gets the rare cold. Small children still benefit from the antibodies in breastmilk, and it blows Pedialyte right out of the water quality-wise if they are fighting an illness.
Thinking back on when he was 12 months old, for me that would have felt odd to stop nursing then, he was still such a small baby and had much to gain from nursing. I also like the convenience of having it as a fallback when we are out and I've failed to pack enough snacks or drinks for him. But if you were having to pump and store, or you have a biter or distracted nurser on your hands, I can totally understand being over it after a year, and whole cow or goat milk would be fine now.
I don't keep him away from cow milk, he has a cup or so per day, but it just seems more species appropriate and cheaper since I'm already home with him for the majority of his (non-water) beverage reliance to be on my milk still.
The most "paleo" approach for feeding babies, in my opinion, is to follow the natural, gradual weaning process by the child. Anthropologist Katherine Dettwyler outlines it nicely in this essay http://www.kathydettwyler.org/detwean.html. Human babies are meant to breastfeed for several years. The mammal with the closest makeup to human milk is actually the horse, surprisingly! But no milk from any other mammal has the exact proteins and nutrients, etc. that human milk has. When a mother cannot breastfeed, the most traditional and most biologically appropriate replacement milk for that child would be donated milk from another woman, not milk from another animal species. You can find moms through online networks like HM4HB on Facebook (Human Milk for Human Babies.) I'm not anti-cow milk. I love my raw milk cheeses and butter, etc. These are great foods IMO but for a one year old baby, do not come close to your own milk as the major source of nutrition (about 75%). (source: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/toddler-foods/)
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I also have a 12 and 1/2 month old! And I agree with Jeff, babies really benefit from milk for the first few years, so if they are weaned at 1 (my daughter is weaned as well), there is a place for milk in their diet for a while still. Personally I choose to give my daughter organic, grass-fed whole cows milk. It's not raw, but it is lightly pasteurized and non-homogenized. I feel fine with it. I considered goats milk for her as it is closer to human's in nutritional profile, but it is harder to find and more expensive and I sleep just fine at night giving her the cow milk. Adults don't need milk because it's purpose is to help babies grow.
I also give my daughter a bit of plain full-fat Greek yogurt with her eggs at breakfast, but that is personal preference, and my family tolerates dairy fine. We also both eat a bit of goat kefir daily.
Whether or not you choose to give your little one dairy, please, don't use almond/soy/coconut milk as a replacement! They have their place (except soy, yuck), but should not be downed like milk just because they are a white liquid and falsely have the word "milk" in the name.
My daughter's favorite foods are sautéed vegetables, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, pickles, avocado, chicken, sausage, bacon, eggs... Well, you get it, she eats everything I do. But they are growing so fast. Maybe dairy milk isn't technically "paleo", but for a baby weaned of breast milk, I absolutely think high-quality organic grass-fed milk is a solid choice. Stay away from ultra pasteurized/homogenized, especially for the little vulnerable kiddos. Raw for a baby is debatable, potentially a great option, but definitely a personal choice completely determined by your mommy instincts and comfort level.
Good luck with that little one of yours, from one cavebaby's momma to another!
is there a reason you are wanting to stop breastfeeding?
what type of breastfeeding relationship do you have now? can you partial wean? only breastfeeding during the day or maybe going from three times a day to once a day? that way you still get the benefits if breastmilk and can just feed water and regular foods the rest of the time.
if you need to fully wean, i would say whole cows milk since it has fat that babies need. my baby won't drink milk. i've tried and tried so i actually give him a sippy cup of whole milk yogurt i make myself. i take out the stopper to the sippy cup, which means it will sometimes drip on the floor when he carries it around but it works. although, i am still breastfeeding some at 1.5 years.
I nursed until my daughter was 15 months old. We started baby-led weaning at six months, then at 11 months when I went back to work, and she had a mixture of nursing, expressed milk, and raw milk. At 15 months nursing tailed off very naturally, we used up the last of the frozenexpressed milk, and since then she drinks just raw milk and water. Food-wise, sweet potato chunks roasted in bacon fat are a staple, she has them most meals, as they are prefect as highly nutritious starchy carbs, plus lots of veg, eggs,almond butter, meat, liver at least once a week, and sometimes yoghurt and fruit. We've found the all-fruit Nakd bars, or Larabars in the US, are a great on-the-go snack. A whole apple will also keep her occupied for ages! We are very happy that she is incredibly healthy,a great sleeper, and had been ill once ever, for a couple of days only.
There is a whole section at Weston A. Price about children.
I'm not sure if it's from the same source, but Barry Groves' site has a diet for children section also.
The most traditional (across the globe) food to introduce to babies when the time is right (they begin to reach and show interest in food) is soft boiled egg yolk,( raw if you dare) It's is highly nutritious (pastured chickens of course), easily digestible and tastes very good to them. I fed this to both my babies and they devoured them every time.
My husband and I feel at peace with our decision to start supplementing breastmilk with raw goat's milk at 1 year old. She loves it, has never had trouble digesting it. She's now 15 months. Up to 1 year, our daughter was mostly breastfed with a small amount of organic formula to supplement before bed when my supply was lowest.
While I agree it's ideal to breastfeed for several years, as was stated in a few posts above, not every baby is a super nurser or even wants to breastfeed that long, and not every woman's supply stays plentiful for that long. I think it totally depends on mama and baby. It seems easiest to keep milk supply going for years when you're in a co-sleeping or comfort-nursing pattern, which we're not. I still manage to keep the first feed of the day going, but after that, supply is scarce and she demands the bottle.
The raw goat's milk has been an easy transition for us. We also include lots of homemade kefir and heavily cultured cheeses in her diet, like gouda.