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Is my baby getting enough protein? Tell me if this typical meal plan is okay?

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Flingmoo Wed 11-Feb-15 15:20:54

8 months old. Worried he isn't as I make all of his food myself (no pouches etc) apart from fruit pots and struggle to incorporate much meat.

Typical day:

Breakfast Porridge with cinnamon, half a slice of marmite on toast

Lunch Scrambled egg with various things mixed in depending on what's in the fridge (e.g. cream cheese, little bits of ham, porridge oats, mushrooms.) Half a fruit pot.

Dinner Mashed potato, peas and leeks with cream cheese mixed in. Half a fruit pot.

Snacks Farley's rusk, ricecake, mini breadstick

He only has meat or fish as part of his lunch or dinner once or twice a week, the rest is all just veggies, fruits, carbs and dairy. I know eggs have protein in but should I be making more effort to feed him meat/fish based meals daily?

NotMrsTumble Wed 11-Feb-15 15:29:06

Lots of protein in egg. Nothing to stop you adding e.g fish to the mashed potato meal if you're worried. I used to make batches of food and freeze in small pots, e.g. Fish pie with peas, pasta bolognese, Mac n cheese. Chicken Pasta bake, & then have a selection to choose from so the offerings weren't the same from one day to the next though there was the month when all he wanted was fish pie

ElphabaTheGreen Wed 11-Feb-15 15:35:44

We're vegetarian, so don't give any meat/fish - it's all from dairy and pulses.

However, he's presumably still on milk so will be getting all the protein he needs from that. What you're making is also more nutritionally balanced than anything you'd get out of a pouch/jar, so you don't need to worry about that either.

Remember: food's for fun until they're one. You really don't need to sweat about nutrition at this stage as he'll still be getting everything he needs from milk.

amy83firsttimer Wed 11-Feb-15 15:37:34

What milk is he having and how much / how often. If bf do you offer milk first or after?

Flingmoo Wed 11-Feb-15 15:47:56

Thanks, he is breastfed and has milk when he wakes up at about 8am before breakfast, again before his first nap at about 11, then again at his next nap at about 3pm, and finally a bedtime feed at 6.30. So a mix of before and food after I'd say. He doesn't seem to want to breastfeed as much these days though, so I tend to mix a lot of cows milk into his meals .

rinabean Wed 11-Feb-15 15:54:47

Everything I can see on that plan is higher in protein vs calorie than breastmilk, and if breastmilk gets them that far, you know smile Nothing to stress about

Flingmoo Wed 11-Feb-15 21:21:51

Thanks! smile

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