Homemade baby food

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The benefits of homemade baby food are fairly obvious. These are little people just like you and I who can definitely taste the difference between something that’s homemade and something that comes out of a jar or later a can. If you decide to make your own foods, it’s very simple. You basically clean your vegetables – these can be in the early stages yellow crook neck squash, zucchini, yams, sweet potatoes, pees – all of these fall into the early feeding category for the young infant. Everything should be cleaned, steamed or roasted and then pureed very, very smooth and diluted – you want to add one or two tablespoons of purified spring water to all their servings. Serving sizes are the size of your baby’s fist. That’s approximately 2 to 2.5 oz per meal. And you can also sequence the early vegetables and leave the fruits out offering them sparingly in those early months again to encourage an alkaline pallet for your baby, which means that they don’t naturally gravitate towards sweets.

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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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