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30 Days to Make a Habit

They say that for something to become a habit, you must do it for 30 days.  Well, we are well over 30 days of trying out the Blenderized Diet and it is very much a habit now! This is by far the best decision I’ve ever made for my child.  He is tolerating the volume and the feeds extremely well. Braxton is doing so well with the new diet.   My only regret is that I didn’t start this sooner!  I was extremely overwhelmed when this all started, but once you get a handle on everything and find something that works, it’s really very easy.

I’ve found a couple recipes that really seem to work well for Braxton, and they are easy for me to keep up with.  I’ve started to make my own fruit, veggie, and meat blends too.  Jarred baby food gets a little expensive, so buying whole fruits and meats makes a lot more than what is available jarred.  Little by little I cook the meat or steam the veggies and then blend them up and freeze them.  I’ve used ice cube trays to save one ounce portions that I can easily thaw and add to the blender and even saved baby food jars to put my blends in.  I prepare Braxton’s blend nightly for the next day.  The blend is usually enough for about a day and a half, so every couple days I do get a break 🙂

Instead of posting each recipe and picture of nutrition facts, I’ve created a Google Doc that I can share with you all instead! If you are looking for recipes or need any nutrition information you can visit my spreadsheet here.

Braxton is even eating now!! Yayyyy!! I accidentally left his feeding success off our last post..yikes! It’s still a very slow process, but we are getting somewhere with him now.  Braxton is consistently taking about an ounce of food whenever I offer it to him.  We’ve tried pureed baby foods again, but I’ve also started trying other things like yogurt and pudding to see if he has a preference for different textures or flavors.  He wasn’t a fan of chocolate pudding *gasp!* I told him there was no way he was my kid if he didn’t like chocolate pudding haha He really seems to like Baby Yo’s Peach Yogurt though and he has been actively eating that when offered.  I’m so happy to see him making some progress with eating.  Hopefully we can get him back to where he was at with eating and move toward having his G-Tube taken out.  One day.  For now, we will keep working with him and celebrating all the little successes, because one day we’ll look back and truly realize how instrumental those were for him.

It’s exciting to finally post so much good news!! Brax has been a little under the weather this week, but overall he’s doing so well! We even have a slow couple of months coming up.  Aside from daily therapies, we don’t have very many doctors appointments coming up. Woooo! A break! Haha I was preparing our calendar for the next couple of months and was very surprised to see that we only have 1 appointment this month AND next month! Sadly, I sat and stared at the calendar for a good while thinking that I had missed something! Hopefully, I haven’t.  Until next time…..here’s Braxton 🙂

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Beginning a Blenderized Diet

Yayyy, Everyone is on board with Braxton starting a blenderized diet!  We saw his GI last week and spoke with him and a dietician about making the change and the doctor felt it was a great idea to change Braxton to a Blenderized Diet since he was having so many problems with the formula.  GI is also sending Braxton to have another abdominal ultrasound and Upper GI Scan to make sure that nothing in his anatomy has changed that is causing the vomiting and also to be sure he hasn’t developed a hernia because he has been vomiting so much.  We’ll do that next week, for now we are working on the new diet.

What is a Blenderized Diet?

A blenderized diet is essentially blending up REAL food into a liquid consistency so that we can still feed Braxton through his G-Tube.  With this new diet we could basically blend up anything we are eating and feed it to Braxton instead of that icky formula.

Why a Blenderized Diet?

There’s no definitive you HAVE to do this for your child answer out there.  Every parent has the right to choose how to feed their child.  We decided to give a try because Braxton has such a hard time with the formulas we have tried.  For one, how would you like to be on a liquid diet? It just didn’t make sense to continue to make Braxton stay on a completely liquid diet.  We want to maintain some sort of “normal” with him, and “normal” 18 month olds are already eating hamburgers and hot dogs! While we aren’t blending up hamburgers and hot dogs just yet, you get the idea.  We want Braxton to start having REAL food.  My research has shown me that several other parents started for the same reasons we have: formula intolerance, vomiting, gagging, retching and so forth – almost all of those parents said those issues stopped almost completely on the blenderized diet.  It also helps kids to be able eat by mouth faster.  A lot of parents have said their children are more willing to try oral feeding once they start with a blenderized diet, and at the end of the day, THAT is the goal! We want Braxton to learn to eat by mouth so we can eventually take the G-Tube out.  Other reported benefits include faster hair growth, healthier skin and nails, and better intestinal health.

Getting Started

There is a TON of information out there! Here are a few sites I checked out to gather some information:

  • Blenderized Food for Tubies – They have a fb group and website with a searchable forum. Lots of getting started tips and recipes from other parents.
  • Feeding Tube Awareness– All things tubie! They have a page of links and info on getting started as well
  • You Start With a Tube – A man WITH a feeding tube started this site and has a book “Complete Tubefeeding” Which is another great resource  Complete Tubefeeding
  • Mealtime Notions – “Homemade Blended Formula Handbook” Everything you need to know about homemade formula

After reading everything and talking to our GI and Dietitian I decided on a simple recipe to begin with until I’m comfortable moving up to more elaborate recipes.  Also, many will mention that you need a high speed blender like the VitaMix or BlendTec Blender (both companies offer discounts if you are purchasing for medical reasons). We do not have a high speed blender, so we are currently using our regular blender or our hand blender.  So far it’s worked just fine since we are using already pureed foods.  If this is something that works well and we have success with we’ll look into the high speed blenders.  No point in spending $400 for something if it might not even work! The point is, don’t be discouraged to try if you don’t have one of these blenders.

Here is the starter Recipe I used: (Said it was a 1,000 cal recipe, but I came up with a different figure) Following this recipe exactly also yielded about 60 ounces of food! o_O I’ll explain more in the next post about adjustments

  • 2 Cups Mixed Grain Infant Cereal
  • 12 oz Vegetable Baby Food
  • 8 oz Fruit Baby Food
  • 3 oz Pureed Meat
  • 16 oz Water
  • 4 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Karo Syrup

With any of the recipes you find, you can use any fruits and veggies, but you have to follow the regular guidelines for “normal” oral feeding babies. You should introduce one food at a time for 3-4 days before switching to the next just so that IF there is a food allergy it’s easy to rule out what food caused the allergy. Since we’ve already gone through that process when Brax was eating by mouth, we have been able to mix foods pretty easily.

Our trials will be a separate post, just wanted to put out some info on the new diet we are trying.

Happy Blending!

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