My son is 10 months old, as my wife and I have raised him with a 'whole foods' approach. Primary calories are still breast milk, when a few small meals throughout the day, consisting of real food: avocado, salmon, beef, sweet potato, squash, and fruit.
The typical recommendation from doctors is to transition kids to cow's milk around 1 year of age, if not early. This makes no sense to me: swap human milk for cow's milk?!
Anyway, once we finish up breast feeding (in the next couple of months), what should his diet consist of? Should he simple eat what we do at our meals?
There's no reason to stop breastfeeding at 1. The WHO recommends going until age 2. I personally breastfed my daughter til 28 mos. My youngest is almost 8 mos and I'll continue to breastfeed him as long as he wants. Look into child led weaning. That approach is likely the most paleo-primal approach to feeding our children.
Steak! Not joking, tough steak is great for teething and babies love it. Look at youtube vids of babies eating steak, they really relish it.
+1 recommendation for Nina Planck's book.
Congrats to your wife on nursing/pumping so long! I myself did 6 months of pumping with my first, and so know how much dedication that takes. Check out kellymom.com for a WEALTH of practical breastfeeding info, in particular this fact sheet and link list on nursing past one year (frequently referred to as "extended nursing"). Good luck!
Also, for solids - get a mini chopper/food processor. (Walmart sold ours for $9.99 five years ago.) These easily puree bananas, avocado, other soft-cooked foods, etc. And dishwasher-safe pieces make for easy cleanup.
Edit to add: Sorry - all these ideas are coming to me over the past couple of days. Check out wholesomebabyfood.com if you like. It's definitely not fully paleo compatible but it does offer some tips on making whole foods palatable and nutritious for your baby in terms of cooking/prep/storage.
Although my wife is not paleo (I'm trying to change her!), we give our 3 and 1 year old what we eat. Apart from anything else, it's easier for the whoever is preparing the meals and doesn't allow them to dictate what they eat (believe me, they will try). I find babies can cope with most foods. I don't go against the admittedly CW advice that some common allergic foods should be avoided (nuts especially) until they are a certain age. And some foods require some assistance - meat needs chopping up (or chewing it a bit for them first like some cultures do).
Interestingly, I found that both my children gravitate towards fruit, soft vegetables, eggs, and dairy naturally (but not meat). It's only when they are a bit older that they 'learn' to eat crap like cookies, pastries, etc.
Finally - in this day and age - well done to your wife for getting this far with breast feeding. Many mums give up after a few weeks. Good luck.
pureed steamed vegies. pureed meats. easy on the fruit. Introduce one food at a time. go easy on the spices at first. Many times I'd puree whatever food we were eating with a little water or broth added.
So pumped up to watch my 18 week old mow down an entire soft boiled egg (whipped up with a hand blender) followed with a mother's milk chaser. He's a little cave-boy! Plenty of good baby foods are just regular paleo-foods smashed, blended or strained to prevent a choking: liver, egg/egg yolk, steak, coconut milk w/ berries, yams, etc.
I'm not even opposed to the local raw dairy products we have available locally, fermented cream etc as a food now and again.
I just finished watching on YouTube Loren Cordain's "The Paleo Diet and MS." and at the very end of part 7 of 7 an audience member asked him that exact question: what to do about calcium needs when done breast-feeding. I don't want to get his answer wrong. But I found this entire series very informative. He goes in great detail explaining how these "bad" proteins cross over into our blood stream. Watch the entire series if you get a chance. But here is the link to part 7:
I breast fed all of my children. When they were little I was not paleo. They all got a ton of milk/dairy products and we still do. They are all above average in height and intelligence, but I am struggling with getting them off the grains first. WE eat a lot of eggs. I always tell people kind of half joking, "We eat a lof of eggs!" I know they are very nutrient dense. I don't know when it is recommended to start eating eggs.???
Thank you so much for these great replies. I really appreciate it.
For the most part, you have confirmed what I originally conceived: Just feed him what we eat. Seems logical enough to me. We've already done this more and more as he's eaten more solid foods; it's been a joy to watch him enjoy foie gras, runny egg yolks, salmon, ground beef, and even a bit of bacon.
It's great to know I'm not alone as a paleo parent :-)
Just thought I'd share my little paleo baby 6 months old enjoying a meaty lamb bone.
He also chewed on some sauteed spinach with olive oil and garlic tonight. :-)
Let baby eat what you eat!