That’s what we call her… I guess she pretty much is, so far! Hasn’t had any shots/treatments/drugs as of yet, and has a pretty simple diet. We are following Nourishing Traditions ideas on baby feeding, and it’s interesting, to say the least. They recommend beginning around 4 months by feeding one egg yolk daily to your little one. Now, this egg yolk needs to be a decent one; we use our homegrown ones. Nice orange yolk. You boil the egg for 3 1/2 minutes only. Of course, egg whites (the protein part) are to be avoided, so removing the (still VERY soft) yolk from the white can be a challenge. Into this, stir in a dash of sea salt. We use RealSalt.
Beginning around 6 months, Baby can start eating mashed banana. Banana has it’s own amylase, the enzyme required for it’s digestion, so is a good choice. Also at six months, you can begin grating 1/2 tsp. of raw*, organic, grass-fed beef liver into the egg yolk. Yes, I said liver. Yes, I said raw. Yes, I know it’s gross. But mother’s milk is low in one thing – iron – and liver is a great source of iron. Raw because of the tremendous amount of helpful enzymes (which are denatured when heated) in it. Before reading Nourishing Traditions, I thought lions and other predators were ‘gross’ for eating the organ tissues first from their prey. Now I know they’d probably not survive otherwise.
That’s pretty much it (except for nursing, of course). This will continue until around 10 months or so, when I’ll start introducing cereal grains and other fruits and vegetables (and meat). Why be so backwards from conventional baby-feeding ideas? Well, biology will tell you that a baby’s digestive system is geared for one basic thing; mother’s milk. Eventually it develops the ability to produce the enzymes needed to digest (hopefully) all foods. Mother’s milk is rich in fat, with only one basic carbohydrate; lactose. Of course, milk has lactase in it, which is the enzyme required to digest lactose! Baby’s system doesn’t need to produce lactase (sidenote: ever heard of ‘lactose intolerance’? That condition exists because milk is pasteurized (cooked) which destroys the natural enzymes in it, including lactase – hence the difficulty some have ingesting lactose). Baby’s system is first ready to digest animal fats and proteins. Cereal grains are among the last things they develop the ability to digest well, so it makes sense that egg yolks come before rice.
So far she’s enjoyed our backyard egg-yolks, some appropriate liver from my mom’s freezer (thanks Mom!), and the occasional organic banana. I wish she could figure out the difference between swallowing some food and spitting it right out. Seems like she’s taking longer to master that! In any case, since we renamed Li’l Artist, we thought Baby deserved a new label too. As she’s so organic and all, I’ll be henceforth referring to her as Organique. Rhymes with Monique, kinda.
So here she is: Our Organique!
*Freeze liver for 14 days to kill any possible parasites.