The food progression

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The food progression

The sequencing of infant foods falls into two distinct categories. Stage one, which are very fine purees; and stage two, which are thicker purees with lumps in them that encourages the child to chew and crush. If you are preparing your own, you want to steam or bake the vegetables. Clean them, steam them, makes sure you peel them, and then puree the inside of the vegetables very, very fine. It can best be stored for future use or it can be used fresh, for four days out of the refrigerator. When you get to the stage two, the thicker purees, you can just make it a little thicker. Use the same rotation of vegetables and fruits. By age 8 months, you are adding some proteins into their diet. Stage three foods are really just a marketing convenience. By the time your child gets to be 9 or 10 months of age, they should be seguing into regular eating.

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Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC

Infant Feeding Specialist

Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC holds a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in home and internet consults for new mother/infant couples from birth through two years of age. She covers early breastfeeding questions such as learning to trust the breast, establishing a good milk supply, sore nipples, colic and reflux; as well as “back to work” protocols for the working mother and “transitioning to solids” at six months per the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization guidelines, plus food wars and gentle weaning guidelines for the older infant. In addition, she has written for LA Family Magazine and Mothering Magazine, and leads infant feeding workshops throughout the community. With the wisdom of motherhood still largely negated or ignored, she specializes in combining ancient matriarchal traditions with modern science to help the new mother transition into the time-honored role of nurturing her baby with body and breast. She continues to pursue the goal of redefining the human infant feeding norm as breastfeeding or breastmilk for all children.

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