BLW and Reflux
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or medical professional! I share what I’ve read, find multiple sources to verify anything I state here, and try to compile something thoughtful and useful. For medical advice, talk to your kid’s doctor!! I’m just a mom, trying to lend a hand.
Reflux: the condition when your baby spits up the contents of his stomach, shortly after eating
If you’ve reached the point of weaning (6 months or so), you probably know whether you’re baby has reflux, so I won’t get into the symptoms. You’re here, though, wondering what the heck you can do about it.
It makes a lot of sense that if your baby has a sensitive tummy, that certain foods would be especially unsettling. Here are the major culprits:
- tomatoes and tomato products
- lots of fruits: pineapple, apple, orange, even banana for some
- fatty foods (bacon, anything fried)
Now that you want to wean (wean: accustom an infant to food other than its mother’s milk…. it does not mean to stop nursing or offering formula!), you may be concerned that your reflux baby won’t get enough solid foods because of these restrictions. First, I want to say that solid foods, before the age of 1, are more for exploration than anything. If you find that your baby just isn’t into solids and has a tough time with it, that’s okay. Reflux tends to be something that he’ll grow out of by about a year old.
That said, there are some options for you, and it doesn’t mean your baby needs to have a totally bland diet. You can still enjoy many of the things I share (on Instagram, primarily).
Before I get to the recipe ideas, here are a few basic tips that could help:
- Offer small meals throughout the day instead of 2-3 full meals.
- Make sure baby is upright throughout the meal and for a while afterward.
- Nurse (or offer a bottle) before and offer sips of water (or milk/formula) during the meal.
1. Baked Pears:
Similar to my baked apples that are really fantastic, you can bake pears. Peel and slice a handful of pears, toss them in just a little butter, and bake them at 400F for 20-25 minutes. Check at 20 minutes to make sure they aren’t mush. For flavor, you can use just a tiny bit of cinnamon before baking. If you are worried about a reaction, try half with cinnamon and half without.
2. Fruit & Veggie Ice Pops:
Ice pops are one of my favorite treats. Pears are one of the few fruits that are very mild and easy on the baby’s tummy. Avocado is another fantastic option. So create a pear+avocado ice pop. Simply purée half a pear, half an avocado, and about 2 tablespoons of water. Then pour the mixture into ice pop molds (like these, that I love and use) and let freeze for about 4 hours. To release, run the underside under very warm water and slowly tug on the handle until you can feel it start to give.
3. Sweet Potato Pancakes:
If egg is an issue for you, a flax egg works fine for this. I use this method for making my flax eggs. To make these pancakes, simply boil 2 small sweet potatoes (or 1 large one). Then purée it (no need to peel it) with 2 eggs and a little cinnamon if you want. Heat a little butter or ghee on very low heat and cook like pancakes. NOTE: You have to let it sit at least 10 minutes on one side before flipping. Then just 3-4 minutes on the other side. So just be patient and don’t flip too early, otherwise it will just fall apart.
4. Cheesy Drop Scones:
I would go easy on the cheese, since it can cause tummy troubles. But you can add a little cheese OR just spinach OR just some corn OR shredded carrot OR shredded zucchini. Or any combo you would like. These are very simple. It’s 1-1-1-2-3. You mix 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 egg, and 2/3 cup of milk. Then add your mix-ins and cook like pancakes.
5. Chicken Strips:
If your baby isn’t eating much, it’s important to fill her up with high-calorie foods (eggs, meats, etc). These chicken strips are very easy and very moist. Even if your baby has no teeth, she can still suck and gnaw on these to get some good nutrients. Cut a few chicken breasts into strips. Dip them into a little egg yolk first. Then dip them into breadcrumbs+seasoning (I would go easy on seasoning…. use just a dash of some salt-free all purpose, if you’ve got it). Lay them in a baking dish, and cook at 350F for 25-30 minutes.
These recipes can be found on my Pinterest page. You can also find a few of them here, on the blog.
I don’t deal with reflux with my own baby, so I used my instincts to come up with these ideas. If you’ve got comments or want me to add/change something, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org OR comment below OR comment on my Instagram page OR comment on Facebook. So many options.
Good luck to you and your baby! And remember, it’s only a season. It will pass. You’re doing your best, and you’re doing great.