Q: Can You Feed a Baby Steak? (A: Why Not?)

I made this awesomely delicious stir fry one night. It’s some thinly cut steak, onions, snow peas, and mushrooms. Everything was cooked in coconut oil and butter (onions longest, then the mushrooms, then snow peas, then the steak) and tossed with soy sauce and lemon juice. Simple but awesome.

stir fry

I gave some of everything to Anneliese, but she of course went for the meat. My little carnivore baby loves anything that used to breathe. And despite not being able to bite and chew the steak yet, she gnawed and sucked the heck out of it.

baby eating steak

When she was finished with it, it was mangled and grey. You can’t tell me babies don’t get nutrition out of stuff this way. You don’t HAVE to chew and swallow the entire food to benefit from it. Heck, all those people who swear by juicing their veggies? Yeah, they don’t chew and swallow them…

And as they say, the proof is in the pudding. Or the poop… juices sucked out of meat are enough to change baby poo from runny breastfed poo consistency to “eating solids” consistency.

mangled beef

Emily Chapelle (50 Posts)

Emily Chapelle lives in California. Her daughter Anneliese was born in July 2010, and was exclusively breastfed until she was almost 7 months old, when she began baby-led weaning. Her son Joseph was born in March 2012 and started baby-led weaning at 6 months old. Emily's family eats a grain-free diet and cooks from scratch most of the time.

5 Responses to Q: Can You Feed a Baby Steak? (A: Why Not?)
  1. DeborahRuth
    June 27, 2011 | 9:24 am

    Capri loves steak as well. And that stir fry sounds yummy.

  2. Sarah Beth
    June 28, 2011 | 4:11 am

    Ooooooh! That final picture is mangled steak. I thought it was poo – proof that the steak made it more solid. I kept looking and looking, thinking, she can’t be holding poo! Finally figured it out.

  3. MummyinProvence
    June 28, 2011 | 10:40 am

    It’s amazing the grey steak isn’t it? Have you tasted it? It has NO taste whatsoever! BiP has had steak since 6m and LOVES it – I guess it really is her favourite meal. Now she eats it and swallows – it’s incredible! The other night she ate over 150grms of it which meant mama didn’t get much for dinner!

  4. Janine @ Alternative Housewife
    June 28, 2011 | 7:25 pm

    My mouth is watering looking at that meal. Your baby eats better than me!

  5. Mama Naturale
    August 27, 2011 | 3:55 pm

    I’m really thankful for this post. I am feeling antsy about the baby getting enough iron. Where I live (Montreal, QC) there seems to be a massive push for us to feed our babies cereal 2 – 3 times a day (seriously).

    They want us to feed cereal because meat, in their eyes, shouldn’t be given to a baby until much further down the long list of foods to introduce.

    I refuse to feed my baby rice cereal more than once a day (she’s actually only had it once in her life) but because I don’t eat meat and am a nursing mother, I wanted to find a better way to ensure she was getting all the iron she needs.

    So maybe we’ll try steak!

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