Doctor’s Advice: Porridge and Meal Prep

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Question: I would like to ask if I can feed my 6 month old baby rice porridge? – Edna

Answer: Hi Edna, first check with your healthcare provider to make sure that initiating solids is okay. That said, commercially prepared infant rice cereals contain added iron, which is important as their blood cells are ramping up production. If you are going the homemade route, ask your doctor about adding iron in the form of animal or vegetable protein sooner rather than later, and make sure you aren’t adding sugar to the porridge.


Question: My little one is turning 8 months & I’m ready to start prepping more ‘meals’ for him, as opposed to just individual veggies (carrots, peas, etc…). Can I freeze the combination meals (Turkey & corn or Hominy, Chicken & Green Bean) just like I do the individual fruits & veggies? I think he is ready for more complex meals. – Hannah

Answer: Yes you can freeze your “mini-meals” – they should be good for 3 months in the freezer, as long as they are wrapped/protected well. Have fun with some creative combos!


Question: Trying to make broccoli and potatoes for my 9 month son but I don’t have any vegetable broth. Do I need it? Or just plan broccoli, do I just steam it then blend? – Britney

Answer: Either way you are good. You can also used chicken stock, breast milk or formula (or even a little yoghurt) to make a tasty puree. Bon Appetit!




About Dr. JJ Levenstein

Dr. JJ Levenstein is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and in 2012 retired from her thriving private pediatric practice in Encino, California. She served on the staff of CHLA and Encino Tarzana Hospitals for 20 years and was consistently voted one of the Best Doctors in America® from 2003 through 2012. Drawing from her experience as a pediatrician and mom, Dr. Levenstein serves as president and co-founder of MD Moms, makers of Baby Silk, the first personal care line for babies developed by pediatrician moms. She serves on the board of United Cerebral Palsy LA, is an active writer and sits on the advisory boards of several child-centered websites. She is an accomplished chef and completed culinary school in 2013! She has had a lifelong interest in child nutrition and all things related to preventive health.

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