30 May 2011

Bennett's Menu

In the next few days, I will begin the training process to learn how to do what they do here at home.  I thought that I would share what kinds of foods Bennett is eating here.  These will be similar foods we will feed him at home.  Our goal is to start with these foods and move through similar textures until he is ready to move up in his feeding skills.  Once he is proficient with his eating these foods (aka he is eating more of them), we will begin introducing chewing foods.

For now, here is what Bennett is eating: (blended foods are so he doesn't get fatigued chewing)
For Breakfast: vanilla yogurt and Carnation Instant Breakfast with whole milk
For Lunch: blended macaroni and cheese  chewing) and a Carnation Instant Breakfast with whole milk
For Snack: Vanilla pudding, blended pears and Carnation Instant Breakfast with whole milk
For Dinner: Vanilla yogurt, blended pancake and Carnation Instant Breakfast with whole milk

He had Spaghetti-Os and blended chicken and rice at one point but he didn't really like either one.

Bennett tends to eat about one ounce of each food, which is a pretty small amount.  In general, he eats only 300 calories per day.  He needs to eat about 1000-1200 calories per day (those with CF need to eat more than an average kid to account for malabsorption issues and higher caloric needs, likely from the greater amount of energy that the body must put towards breathing).

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