Sunday, March 17, 2019

My Second Baby is Not a Picky Eater: Here’s What I Did

ampalaya bitter gourd for baby

Since my eldest son is an extremely picky eater, I tried to do thorough research on what to do with my youngest daughter before she had her first solid foods. I know I wouldn’t be able to find real answers from the internet, so I asked a lot of grandparents and doctors on what to do.

Many of the grandparents I asked said that I should start introducing solid foods as early as 4 months; while many of the doctors said that being a picky-eater is in the genes. While I agree with the latter, I knew that there must be a trick to prevent, or at least, lessen the chances of my youngest being choosy with food just like her brother.

During my daughter’s 3rd-month routine check-up, her pediatrician shared something that I never thought will work. She advised me to give mashed potato with ampalaya juice/extract as my baby’s first solid food on her 6th month. According to her, the baby won’t surely like the taste, and 3 to 5 teaspoonfuls of it per meal will be enough. The goal is not to satisfy her tummy, but to trigger the “bitterness sensation” on her taste buds.

It actually made sense. With my son, I gave him carrot purée as his first solid food. Of course, carrots are slightly sweet so that may explain his ultimate love for sweets. Hey, this is just my hunch.

There’s a chart online where it says that we can only give mashed potatoes to older babies. I ignored it and followed the doctor’s advice. After all, she’s a pediatrician!

So the big day came, my daughter was already 6 months and a half. I bought the best potatoes and ampalaya (bitter gourd) from the grocery. When I got home, I cleaned it and removed the seeds. I boiled it with Absolute Distilled Water for 20 minutes. After straining and cooling down the ampalaya/bitter gourd, I squeezed it and mixed the extract with the mashed potato.

My baby didn’t like the taste but I managed to give her at least 5 teaspoonfuls of it. After all, babies at this age get all their nutrition from milk (whether it’s breastmilk or formula milk). I’m an exclusive breastfeeding mom so I never worried about it.

I fed her this food for 3 straight days. After that, I already her avocados, bananas, carrots, apples, squash, etc. She loved all of them! At 11 months, she already preferred our homecooked dishes mixed with rice.

She’s now 18 months and it’s safe to say that we’re still not having any problems feeding her.

I’m not claiming that this will actually work for everyone. But this worked for my baby, that’s why I wanted to share this.



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