Nikki Reed Is Following Her Daughter’s Lead When It Comes To Breastfeeding

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to parenting, and Nikki Reed’s recent comments about breastfeeding her daughter drove this point home in the best way possible. On Tuesday, Reed shared that she’s still breastfeeding 20-month-old Soleil Bodhi and wrote that she doesn’t know when she’ll stop — rather, she’s following little Soleil’s lead and focusing on what’s healthiest for her daughter.

In her candid post, the actor wrote that people frequently ask Reed when her breastfeeding days will come to an end. “To be honest, I have no idea how long her and I will be on this journey together. I follow her lead, and she tells me exactly what she needs,” she explained.

It turns out Soleil has only recently become interested in food. Reed said that “after a year of blending and smooshing and mashing,” she discovered that her daughter just isn’t into mushy baby food. The actor tried bananas, avocado, and all the “semi-soft good stuff,” but Soleil wasn’t having it.

“It wasn’t until someone suggested I skip puréed food and go straight to finger foods that she became intrigued by what was on her plate,” Reed recounted, detailing her jump into what’s known as baby-led weaning.

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I often get asked how long I plan on breastfeeding. To be honest, I have no idea how long her and I will be on this journey together. I follow her lead, and she tells me exactly what she needs. At 20 months she is only just becoming interested in food. I discovered after a year of blending and smooshing and mashing, that my daughter doesn’t like mushy baby food. Wild right? It wasn’t until someone suggested I skip puréed food and go straight to finger foods that she became intrigued by what was on her plate. Who knew some kids just don’t ever go for blended baby food. I tried bananas, avocado, all the semi-soft good stuff and she rejected everything. Never in a million years did I think to skip that step when she only had two teeth. Also, I thought all babies loved avocado! So all you mamas out there having trouble feeding your little one the mushy stuff, maybe try over-steamed veggies diced up itty bitty so he/she can play with textures. I wish someone had told me this sooner! If your little one isn’t eating puréed solids, they might want to go straight for big people food! Right now thats where were at, still breastfeeding and skipping right to finger foods. Also, in case you need to hear it again because I definitely did, whatever you’re doing you are doing it right! Every baby is on their own path doing things when and how they need to, and our job is to trust our gut, talk to other mamas and just go with the flow! Ps accidental matching outfits…come on! This bloomer/hat combo courtesy of both Grandmas making all my baby-wardrobe dreams I didn’t know I had come true 🙂

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Reed offered some advice to her fellow new moms who are having trouble getting their littles ones to eat mushy foods: “Maybe try over-steamed veggies diced up itty bitty so he/she can play with textures. I wish someone had told me this sooner!”

Whether you’re struggling to get your baby to eat mushy foods or dealing with one of the many other unexpected hurdles that parenthood throws your way, Reed has an important reminder for you: “In case you need to hear it again because I definitely did, whatever you’re doing you are doing it right!” she wrote. “Every baby is on their own path doing things when and how they need to, and our job is to trust our gut, talk to other mamas and just go with the flow!”

Amen to that! In a world full of mom-shaming, it’s important to remember that every single child is unique and has different needs — so if your path isn’t identical (or even similar) to the moms around you, it’s not a sign that you’re doing anything wrong. It simply shows that you’re attuned to your child’s needs and are on your own unique journey together.

 

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