Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, weaning your baby or toddler from their first milk over to a cup can be a fraught process. We’re exploring why our cultural expectations about moms, toddlers and feeding make it so much harder—and brainstorming ways to make it go more smoothly.
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How to Wean
Weaning can be such a confusing process so we wanted to share our own experiences in comparison to the official recommendations. We also talked through some of the cultural pressures around weaning and why the emotional part of the process is often overlooked. And discussed common reasons that you might be ready to wean a toddler including:
- You feel done with breastfeeding/want your body back.
- Your child is losing interest/seems done.
- Bottles or nursing are interfering with a toddler’s appetite at meals (milk is food!).
- Bottles or nursing are interfering with toddler’s ability to drink from a cup.
And of course, the child often has an opinion about all of this too, so that was on our mind as Virginia is about to start bottle weaning her 18 month old. Listen to hear more!
Best Summer Veggies for Kids
Nicki Sizemore of From Scratch Fast is back with some family-friendly ways to cook summer veggies. We talked through what we like to do with snap peas, carrots, spinach, and more. And she mentioned these delish recipes:
- Vegetarian strata
- Rice noodle salad
- Curried millet cake
- Roasted carrots/soup
- Roasted cherry tomatoes
- Zucchini Cake
We’ll be back in mid-August with a whole new season of Comfort Food for you! In the meantime, check out our archives for episodes you may have missed, and tell us what you’d like to hear on the show: Comfortfoodpodcast@gmail.com or @v_solesmith & @yummytoddlerfood on Instagram.