Thursday, August 21, 2014

Preemie Begins Transition to Solid Foods

Emily is 19 months old (16 months adjusted) and weighs 19 pounds 2.5 ounces. We're doing everything we can to help her gain weight before we enter RSV and flu season -- especially since it is unclear if she will qualify for Synagis this year.
Formula remains Emily's primary source of calories, but we're beginning to make considerable progress with solids.
It has been challenging trying to find foods that Emily likes, can chew and swallow, and are milk-free (due to her milk intolerance). Below is a list of foods that Emily enjoys:
-Small diced pieces of banana
-Small diced pieces of strawberry
-Mashed sweet potato 
-Mashed potatoes (made without milk)
-Spinach smoothise isxed with strawberries, bananas, and/or coconut milk yogurt
-Rice (She loves Spanish rice)
-Cut up noodles
-Rice crackers
-Small diced pieces of grilled chicken
-Hummus made with chickpeas
-Small pieces of meatloaf (made without milk)
-Pretzels shaped like a stick
-Food pouches (sans milk)
-Animal crackers
-Wheat thins
-Coconut milk yogurt

Finding milk-free foods that are easy to eat and don't trigger Emily's sensitive gag reflex has been very challenging. Grocery shopping often takes a lot longer as I have to carefully read labels for milk (and other words that indicate milk, such as whey, cream, etc). It's incredible to discover how many food products contain milk. I would love to get some non-milk recipes to try for my family. Please share your favorite recipe in the comment section below.
Thanks a bunch and have a wonderful day!

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  1. Summer Vegetables with Sausage and Potatoes – one of my summer favorites!
    Summer Vegetables with Sausage and Potatoes – one of my summer favorites!

    I haven't tried this, but it looks good.
    BTW, are you concerned when a product (for example Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers) are dairy free but are made in a facility that uses wheat, soy, eggs, and MILK?

  2. I make a lentil soup that's just lentils, onion, olive oil, and salt + whatever spices you like. Everything simmers until it turns into a kind of unappealing looking sludge, ha! Yet it is the ONE soup my once upon a time hard to feed daughter loved. The nice thing is it can be as thick or as thin as you want for texture issues. My daughter would eat it thinned out but if it was thick or chunky she'd gag.

    When I had to go dairy free, we made a lot of pureed soups: