I know, I think parenting in general feels like you don’t know what you’re doing, but this weaning business has really got me in a spin. I know I wrote about the minefield that is weaning before Christmas but I feel like my anxiety around the subject has grown over the holidays.
I find myself worrying constantly – is she eating enough? Should I be feeding her this? There was a bit of debate from my parents as to whether I should have fed Little M smoked mackerel, which didn’t help the questioning of myself either! It’s bad enough when I’m doing it to myself, without anyone else joining in!
FYI, I’ve found this NHS page which is very clear about foods to avoid when weaning. A bit of smoked mackerel won’t hurt although there are varying opinions out there on the web, much like there are about anything really. I’m satisfied that the NHS are a sufficient authority on such matters. I’m considering printing this page out and sticking it to my fridge! Also, why on earth would anyone think it a good idea to feed their weaning baby raw jelly cubes?! It must be quite common else they wouldn’t feel the need to mention it…
Little M doesn’t seem to eat a great deal when we do feed her solids and she also doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to drink any less milk – I’m still expressing (seven months, go me!) so this has come as something of a disappointment… I’ve tried giving her milk before eating (that usually ends in disaster though as if she gags on something the whole lot comes up; joy!) or withholding milk until after a meal but that doesn’t seem to encourage her to eat any more.
The whole not coping with lumps in food is worrying me, too. She’ll chow down quite happily on a piece of toast but a lump of mashed parsnip causes a vomiting incident… I mean yes, half of the toast ends up on the floor but I know she’s chewing and swallowing at least some of it.
I’m thinking about giving my health visitor a call next week as I think I need some reassurance that I’m doing the right thing, and some guidance on portion sizes. I’ve got no clue as to how much Little M should be eating at seven months.
There are some positives, though. Little M is enjoying a piece of toast and will independently pick up a piece, chew and swallow. She loves a bit of fruit. She’s also getting quite proficient at using her Nuby 360 sippy cup, although she sometimes needs a bit of help to tip it up far enough to get some water.
Are there any books or apps I could look at to give me an idea of whether I’m on the right track? Any suggestions much appreciated!