Went to the dietician today.
And paid $85 bucks for information that we already know.
Came home to this one, smiling happily.
Almost pathologically euphoric.
Like the father.
One more shot, cos I think he's so cute la.
Now this one suddenly, took a liking to my porkchop.
Wanted to eat it.
So he did, 1/3 of my huge ass pork chop.
Then finished up his mee sua after that.
Went and check on my "mommy whey"
I took it out from the fridge just to take this picture.
Looks like they bottom part is more than yesterday?
Yup yup. Got separation. Even if the container angle not same, but can see they whey is more la today hor?
How the session with the dietician went
She started off with checking my quality of breast milk.
I showed her the picture of it as above. 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼
🙅🏻: Wah very fatty looking.
👸🏻: Yes, I also think so.
And yes, let's move on with my milk. I know that Health care provider just doing their due diligence in checking the quality of my milk. I also don't feel offended and don't think that they are implying my milk is inferior hence Isaiah is not growing.
Then she started by asking what our expectations are on Isaiahs growth.
Whether we want him to quickly jump back up to 50th centile or to only go up to the 10th centile and not drop off weight anymore.
Being us, we just say that we'd be happy if he puts on weight and not drop off the charts. To be 10th centile and gradually put on weight is fine!
Then she pulls this out.
And asked me what I remember about starting solids. I just mentioned about sweet potato and other puréed fruits.
N she went explaining to me about baby able to sit up, tongue thrust reflex blablabla.
At this point, my eyes glaze over already. This is so rudimentary. Come on!
And the first thing she recommended is rice cereal!!!!
The most processed food ever. Rice which has been stripped of nutrients then fortified with vitamins.
I let her go through all the motions of explaining the conventional way of weaning.
At the end I went "okayyyy" with an exasperated voice. I think I remembered sounding "sien".
Then it was my turn to "ask her some questions".
(Dietician writing and suggestion at the top).
I quickly glanced through this hand out and it says not to give oil!!! (Simi lanjiao).
🙅🏻 icon for dietician because it was mostly NO, No, NO.
Then I asked, how about cod liver fish oil?
🙅🏻NO! Maybe can give when he is 1 years old.
How about coconut oil to cooked with? And butter? I see butter is not to be introduced.
🙅🏻I know now the FAD is coconut oil for adults to improve gut health blablabla. Kids recommended to give olive oil or walnut
Oil. You can give olive oil mixed with porridge etc.
How about fermented sauerkraut?
🙅🏻 (eyes enlarged) No!!!!! Stop!! I don't think babies should eat this.
How about liver??
🙅🏻it is not recommended in babies due to excessive vitamin A. Even in adults we don't recommend taking liver more than 2-3 portions a week. It will overwork the kidneys blabla.
At this point, I thought. Die already la. Everything also cannot. Made up my mind to not follow up with her and not going to listen to her.
Then I was thinking, since I already gonna pay through my nose for this session, I'm not just gonna let her say no,no, no.
So I pulled out my big guns. 👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻👸🏻
The big gun!!! 👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼
I've ask her whether she has read this book.
Backtrack: so when I pull this book out l, you should have seen the look of fear in her eyes. Batdude says she had the "omg, this is going to be a difficult patient" look.
Hehe. I don't blame her. She is not train is this. They're all trained by the conventional way.
Continue: Nope, she has not read this. So I showed her that it's written by a pediatrician.
She looked a little bit relieved maybe? Hey, I'm not a whacko ok, I'm all about evidence based medicine and evidence based everything.
👸🏻: this book recommends liver as first food and I'm going to follow it because I am interested in the iron and zinc that it can provide.
🙅🏻: (takes a peek) ohhh ok!!! It says here to give 2 teaspoons. Then it is fine! It is in a small quantity.
Note: well duh! Your first instinct is to say no, u didn't even ask me to clarify. Hrmphh!
She recommended to start beef, chicken, lamb and other meats which I am happy that she mentioned. She suggested to cook in boil water then puree the meat.
👸🏻 I am going to make this stock and cook the beef/lamb in it. I think it's better than just boiling it in water. All stock had minerals and other electrolytes.
🙅🏻 (looks at the recipe) wouldn't it be tedious to do this etc.
👸🏻No, because me and batdude drink this soup often. Even Isaac has this stock made using fish bones.
🙅🏻oh in that case, then sure. Please do.
👸🏻Yes I will. It's more nutritious this way.
Note: don't know why must "throw cold water" at me and say so tedious to prepare huh? 😤
👸🏻 cod liver oil is recommended here. I want to know why you don't agree with giving CLO during weaning?
🙅🏻Let's go back abit, when u say CLO, is it Scott Emulsions? Or capsules that your prick and squeeze the oil out?
👸🏻 No, I meant pure virgin pressed CLO. Not processed at all.
🙅🏻How much were you planning to give?
👸🏻 Only 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon.
🙅🏻Oh, then I think it's ok. I thought you were gonna use it as the fat base and give scotts emulsion!
I told her I was also gonna give mash banana and mash avocado and the "traditional" weaning food.
Then I broached the momma whey topic.
Expecting her to "space out"
Told her I am making my own breast milk whey.
And will be using it to ferment the sauerkraut. Show her the ingredients (cabbage + BM whey + sea salt)
👸🏻 I'm interested in the probiotic aid this will give and all the enzyme.
🙅🏻 ok, can. I thought you were going to give him the GErman beer house sauerkraut!!!
👸🏻 😱😱😱😱 ERr nooo!!!! It's the home made ferment sauerkraut. And I'm also going to lacto ferment sweet potatoes too.
From then on she was like 💡💡💡
It clicked. I went through bone marrow, chicken pate, and other stuff with her.
She warmed up to the idea of it.
I got her understanding that what I'm going to do is NOT out of this world. She is agreement that it is ok.
And I haven't broach the subject of Baby Led Weaning. But from her reaction, it seems like it's more a 8-10 month old thing.
(Haha I feel like I educated her and she "graduated").
I reiterate that I will not be giving rice cereal and other processed food. I'm not averse to it if I am traveling and won't be able to cook.
Checked with her that because we are trying to fatten Isaiah up, is his strategy of adding oil to his food ok?
And with no rice cereal, sweet potato and other potatoes are ok for his carbohydrate needs. She concurred.
At the end, I really felt the dietician visit was not really value added.
Had to confirm with her things that she should actually be telling me. But hey, at least I have sort of gotten a reluctant endorsement to start solids the super nutrient way!
I liked that she agrees with starting protein early. Also thinks that it is ok to introduce new food every 3-4 days instead of once a week like our allergist recommends.
As for us, whether to continue with her for follow up, initially it's a no. But I may just go 1 more time when the actually weaning takes place.
Let's see if there's any more tricks up her sleeves.