Should I have listened to the doctor?

Should I have listened to the doctor?

by Debbie
(Salisbury, Md USA)

My doctor wanted me to introduce the vegetables first so that my baby wouldn’t like the sweeter things in life. Well, silly, my baby was breastfed. The sweetest stuff on earth!

So when I introduced some veggies I saw no reason not to add one tablespoon of natural homemade applesauce per quart of veggie puree. My doctor was not too keen on this. But I figure he is just stubborn. I won’t always do this. I know that I shouldn’t try to make the baby food to my taste. But I want to make it such a fun experience for Alex and yummy too. My next batch of veggies I will try not to add the applesauce. Oh, but if I do….I will only add a 1/2 of a tablespoon. That little amount gets lost in a quart.

My best friend teases me nightly every time I tell her Alex had a new veggie today. She says “Did I hear Applesauce?” I laugh. She is teasing me in good fun. I figure that in season and when in peak these vegetables wouldn’t need my “sweetening” up. But for now, no biggie.

I’m also not following veggies only, fruits second from the doc. My doctor is a great guy. Well, I mainly see the nurse practitioner who we love and adore. Anyway back to the topic. Alex just doing veggies was getting too constipated. With his past intestine surgery, it’s just too rough on his belly. Makes him cranky. I know fiber is great. I was giving him sweet potatoes, carrots, yellow squash & green zucchini so far. It’s only been a week. So I had to bring back in the fruits.

Follow your mommy instinct!

Alex was sure happy I did. He needed something to move things along. So yesterday for breakfast we did pears, lunch was bananas/pear/apple (since banana will constipate) and dinner was squash which in my earlier post he only ate half. Hopefully today we will see a movement. He skipped yesterday.

We’ve only met this doctor once. We always see the nurse, so he doesn’t REALLY know Alex’s history and all the details. Some of his hospital records are actually wrong. Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the best hospitals in the world and his conditions are listed wrong! So, off subject again. I am doing what I need to do for the big picture. Which is get nutrients in Alex, help him gain weight to catch up, prevent belly pain & gassiness, prevent constipation & so on. The doctor is just veggies 1st. Moral of my story. Do what you think is best. Mommies have gut instincts and we should follow them.

Alex’s stats as of
11/20/07 6 months old – 12 lbs 2 oz – 23 3/4 inches long
05/20/07 Birth – 2 lbs 7 oz – 14 1/2 inches long (dropped to 2 lbs 2 oz)

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