As messy and time-consuming as feeding a baby is, I’ve been looking forward to this process since well before Lucy was born. I am fascinated by the development of food likes and dislikes, and so curious about what kinds of foods/practices encourage healthy eating in the long term.
I am convinced that the order of food introduction, as well as repeatedly introducing foods that are initially rejected, play a big part in developing a baby’s food tastes. (Life is funny, and if Murphy’s Law holds true I’ll end up with the kid who only eats white bread and Cocoa Puffs–but for now I’m going to try my best!). So rather than starting Lucy on the traditional bland rice cereal, I started with broccoli.
Lucy’s first meal = steamed organic broccoli florets pureed with breastmilk:
(I could have blended this a little more, since a young baby should really eat very finely pureed or even strained foods). As gross as broccoli + breastmilk sounds, Lucy seemed to enjoy it
and eagerly helped me get the spoon into her mouth.
Despite the amount of broccoli you see on her bib, clothes, face, etc — most of it made it into her mouth.
As far as I could tell, Lucy’s first feeding was a success! For now, she likes broccoli. We’ll see what happens tomorrow…