Mason choked. It wasn’t the little sputtering cough-like choke that happens when babies drink their milk a little too quickly – it was an honest-to-God, can’t breathe, flapping the hands, red in the face kind of choke. It was only a split second, maybe less, before he threw up and then laughed hysterically, but it was the scariest moment of my life. Just writing this post, weeks after it happened, makes my heart beat faster.
Mason moved on fast. He promptly squeaked for more food and gobbled up the sweet potatoes I fed him with shaking hands. I was so traumatized I called the pediatrician even though it was a Saturday afternoon. I’m not sure what I expected her to do. I suppose I just needed an expert to assure me that I wasn’t The Worst Mother in the World because my babe choked. In fact, she assured me that Mason was fine as long as he was breathing and acting normally (he was and he did). She added, “It’s really scary when that happens, but it happens. Don’t worry about it.”
Since that awful Saturday I’ve been extra careful about the consistency of Mason’s food. He’s old enough that he can have chunkier food but “chunky” in baby food speak is still smooth – think a few ripples here and there versus actual chunks. Texture gets especially tricky when it comes to pureeing meats. I just made a batch of Chicken-Apple Puree and even with lots of cooking liquid it was still too chunky to serve. I blended in pre-made formula until I finally got a creamy consistency. When I reheat the stuff, I always add more formula — it seems to get chunkier after being frozen — so it’s very creamy before serving.
2 organic Gala apples
1 organic chicken breast
Breast milk or pre-made forumla
1. Poach the chicken until tender (about 35 minutes).
2. Rinse the chicken under cold water then shred. Set aside.
3. Peel the apples, dice, and cook until tender (about 15 minutes).
4. Combine apples and chicken in a blender or food processor. Add formula or breast milk. Blend until creamy.
Even with lots of cooking liquid, the puree is too too chunky to serve.
The puree, blended with formula, all ready to eat.
Have you had any scary moments while feeding your babe? What do you do to help prevent choking?