grrrr. as i hadn't had charlotte weighed for a while, i thought it would be a good idea to go see the health visitor today. she is a very healthy 15lb 13oz and following the same line on the chart that she has been on since birth. all good, except the health visitor then proceeded to give me some (un-asked for) advice. "i know you have enjoyed breastfeeding up to now, but you really need to start cutting back and getting her to eat more solids". what? what happened to milk being the main food for the first year? she was acting like i'm indulging myself by choosing to breast feed my baby!
so that annoyed me, to say the least.....THEN she came up with the best part. apparently i'm not getting enough solids into her by baby led weaning, and if she's not getting lots of solids she's not going to develop her facial muscles properly which could result in her having speech problems... "not being able to pronounce letters like r properly" apparently. i inwardly laughed at this, but also wondered where this could have come from. it was discussed on the babycentre forums and it seems she was confused between bottle feeding (which doesn't work the jaw muscles) and breast feeding which does. no excuse when you think that she is dishing out this ludicrous advice willy nilly to the good people of ------ (nearly told you where i live!).
anyway, charlotte enjoyed her mushroom on toast (the juice made the toast all soggy)for breakfast, especially once she bothered to pick it up and stopped just licking it on the tray...
we went to the south coast for the day with my parents and my grandmother. pub lunch where charlotte sat in the biggest high chair i have ever seen. she looked like a doll and couldn't reach over the lip to get to the food on the tray. on my mum's lap she had a chip and a dried apricot. unfortunately she threw her broccoli on the floor (don't blame her when there are chips about!)
she had a breadstick for dinner as we were running late and didn't have time for much else. i was suprised how much she ate of it (so there, health visitor!)
baby led weaning is when you forego the purees and go straight in at the deep end with appropriate finger foods. the gill rapley guidelines for baby led weaning are accessible through our links list. this is our nearly baby led weaning diary. the best place to start is at the bottom and work your way up. enjoy! hilly and charlotte.