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Maddox's Typical Day In Meals | Plus Talk About Weaning and Transitioning to Solids

1.28.2016


I've gotten a few requests recently from moms who are curious about what Maddox eats in a typical day and how I transitioned him to solids. It seems like this post is coming at the perfect time too because Maddox has recently started weaning on his own so we are transitioning even more to just solids and adding in whole milk instead of breast-milk.

My goal was to make it to 6 months breastfeeding and we successfully surpassed that by a long shot! I told myself I would go as long as Maddox wanted to, but I would start weaning him around 12 months if he hadn't on his own by then. So this worked out smoothly for us that he has chosen to wean on his own in the last week or so.

What do I mean by "wean on his own"? He isn't rooting or showing any interested in my breast except for twice a day now. He typically wakes in the morning around 5am and I breastfeed him right back to sleep. Then he doesn't breastfeed again until around 5 or 6pm right before he sits down for dinner with us. He goes to bed around 7 - 7:30 without feeding. I've talked to his pediatrician and she says this is completely fine nutritionally since he is eating well rounded meals (protein, fruit, veggies), but she mentioned adding whole milk to his diet now to fill in for the lack of breast-milk.

I have shared what a day in meals looks like below, but if you are interested in HOW I transitioned him to solids, I really don't have a good answer for you. He started showing interest at 4 months at what was on my plate. Reaching out and grabbing my food and putting it to his own mouth. That's when I started giving him purees. When he started being more mobile (sitting up on his own, crawling, pulling up) is when I started giving him things like puffs and small pieces of what I was eating. He did so well and has always shown great interested in eating that it just sort of happened. I stopped giving him purees around 7 months because he just didn't care anymore and was doing well with solids.

BREAKFAST: 

When Maddox wakes up for the day we play for just a bit in his nursery and then head right downstairs for breakfast.
  • 1 silver dollar pancake. (I buy the frozen kind you can heat up in the microwave for 30 seconds
  • a handful of fruit I have on hand (he loves blueberries, strawberries and bananas)
  • 2-3 oz of water or fruit smoothie (he drinks this at his own will. Sometimes he doesn't touch it.)

AM SNACK: 

He typically takes this snack after lots of playtime and when I know nap time is just around the corner.
  • 4 ounce smoothie ( I either make one myself or give him the pre-made Bolthouse Farm drinks)
  • puffs (sometimes I'll give him a handful of puffs too)
  • Nutrigrain bar
     

LUNCH:

He eats whatever I'm having typically which is usually leftovers from the night before. It's always a protein, fruit, veggie and occasional carb. My child loves bread! This is what is usually in rotation:
  • chicken, ham or salmon
  • banana, blueberries, oranges, strawberries, mango (I typically pick two) 
  • broccoli, green beans, black beans ( I pick one )
  • quinoa, rice, sweet potato or tortilla (sometimes I give him half of a tortilla (the soft wrap) because I'm telling you, he loves bread)
  • 5 ounces of whole milk (he doesn't always drink it all)

PM SNACK:

I pick one or two of these.
  • a handful of fruit
  • a handful of puffs
     
  • 3 ounce smoothie

DINNER: 

This varies so much, but just like his lunch, it always consists of a protein, carb, fruit and veggie. Here are a few examples of things we keep on rotation:
  • salmon, rice, veggie
  • chicken, quinoa, sweet potato
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • Some type of soup or stew
  • 5 ounces of whole milk


Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any more questions!
5 comments on "Maddox's Typical Day In Meals | Plus Talk About Weaning and Transitioning to Solids"
  1. Sounds really well-rounded! While this doesn't immediate come in handy, reading stuff like this starts to solidify in my mind things I want to institute when the kids do start coming. I like that he's naturally transitioning on his own!

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  2. Very helpful! This stage worries me because I have no idea what to do. I'll miss the ease of breastfeeding.

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  3. He is such a cutie!!! And fist bump for making it to your breast-feeding goal!! My goal was 6 months with my youngest.. he showed huge interest in food at 4 months as well, so we made it about 8 months breast-feeding until me working and him eating solids made my supply dwindle. It feels great to hit a goal and have the transition go smoothly!

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  4. I am so impressed! My son is 13 months and he was doing really well with solid foods, wanting to eat whatever I was eating, but we have reached a stage where he now just wants to throw his food on the ground or play with it. He is in daycare and he will eat some of what they feed him for lunch, which is always a protein, veggie and fruit, plus water, but he is not eating enough, so I am still providing him three 6oz bottles of breastmilk mixed with cow's milk, during the day, and he is still nursing morning and evening. Some nights he will eat a little dinner, but he mainly wants to nurse. I hope it is just a stage and he will decide solid food is what he wants really soon! (Pumping 3x a day at work is getting OLD!) Maddox is darling, BTW!

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  5. What kind of frozen pancakes do you give him? I have been making mine and it gets tiring (since I work) and would love the ease of a frozen one. Just want to make sure it is good for them.

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