My daughter is 4.5 months and already seems to be showing an interest in our food. My wife will continue to breast feed, but I don't think it will be too long before we start introducing solid food as well. Surprisingly, our pediatrician said meat was a good one to try first because it is so uncommon to have an allergy to it. Needless to say, that got me pretty excited.
I know we can get beef baby food in a jar which would probably be fine, but I already have lots and lots of pastured beef from a source I trust. I think I could just run some cooked beef through our baby food grinder and then stir in some breast milk to make it more of a liquid. Would that work? Any better ideas/recipes?
Also, as far as cut of meat and cooking method, I was originally thinking of just browning some ground beef, but am now thinking a gentle cooking method would be better and sticking with an actual cut might be safer too. Maybe just boil a piece of steak? Or would that suck out too much flavor? Or cook it in the slow cooker with some moisture? Or bake it? Thoughts?
Thanks all! Very helpful. This isn't our first child (read: ain't my first rodeo), so it's not really about excitement or me trying to get more involved in the feeding. I am very happy with the convenience (especially for the father) of breast feeding.
We are both firm believers in child directed feeding. I think children (infants and toddlers alike) know much better than we (adults) do what their bodies need each day (especially if they haven't been tainted by engineered food). I think the best strategy is to give them healthy options at every meal and let them choose. I would say this extends to infants as well. Yes, of course, they should always be offered the breast, but if they show interest in other food, let them try it.
I don't necessarily agree that "food before one is just for fun." There must be variation in the population and not every child would be healthiest on exclusively breast milk until exactly the same age. As mentioned below, some say breast milk alone may not provide enough iron for children over 6 months of age. Whether you agree or not, I think the child herself can give us the best answer by letting her take the lead.
The idea of liver is intriguing. I eat liver once a week for nutrition, but I'll admit I don't love it. Perhaps had I eaten it from the start, I'd like it a lot more. I had been hesitant about eggs, but now I remember that it's most often the protein in the whites that could be an allergen, so yolks will work. And, it sounds like my idea of gently cooking some beef and then mincing with breast milk could work too. WAPF article has many great ideas as well.