First foods for a baby with reflux - our experience - What Katy Said

Weaning a reflux baby – Our experience | Part 2

Missed part one? Catch up with the beginning of our weaning journey here.

Weaning a baby with reflux can be a stressful time. My youngest daughter Lily was diagnosed with severe reflux at 7 weeks old and was put on Gaviscon to help keep her milk down.

We were advised to wean early by the doctors and so tried her on purees at 4 months old. It made her reflux worse and so we decided to hold off and go down the baby-led route instead.

Introducing food to a baby

At a certain point, babies start to grab for food. The current advice is to wait until they are 6 months old to start, that way they will be sitting up which helps with food digestion.

We started sitting Lily up at the table with us from 6 months old, mainly because she didn’t like being left down on the floor. Once she was up at the table she started to take notice of what we were doing and wanted to join in.

I started to offer her a few bits from my plate and she was so excited. Her hand-eye coordination wasn’t great and so she didn’t get much in her mouth but she was happy just to be joining in with her sister.

What foods did she try?

  • potato
  • rice
  • carrot puff crisps
  • bread
  • spread
  • chicken
  • beef mince
  • cod
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  • sweetcorn
  • baked beans

I was most nervous about the fruit and vegetables as she had reacted so badly to them as purees.

However, she was absolutely fine maybe as they were solid rather than blitzed up or possibly due to the fact that most of the food has ended up on the floor!!

Either way, her reflux was not aggravated with the solid food and she enjoyed the process. Baby-led weaning is definitely the way forward with a reflux baby it seems!

Head over to part 3 for the final part of our weaning journey and for an update on how she is now age 6.

2 Comments

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    Danielle
    July 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Awww she is super adorable!!! My little one is 3 months old, but I am already thinking about when the time comes for her to eat real food. I'll admit I am a bit concerned about her having allergies, mostly to nuts and soy. It seems like you are handling your daughter's allergy really well. I haven't read all about the journey as to how you got to this point but I hope it wasn't too bad. I'll probably peek at some past posts as well. I'm so glad I found your blog (through MummyBloggers Wednesday linkup). You've definitely gained a new follower!! 🙂

    • Reply
      What_Katy_Said
      July 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Hi! Thank you so much for your comment it made my day! Does your daughter have any allergies so far? Nuts generally run in the family (so the dietician tells me anyway) and soy can go hand in hand with dairy allergies. It is a worrying time but my best advice is to be firm with doctors, you know best as her mum so if you feel something is wrong then don't back down. x

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