As a fun interlude we thought it would be great to look back at some ancient weaning practices.
A study done on the remains of infants buried in the Romano- Christian cemetery in Egypt showed that due to the nitrogen content in their bones at the time of their death – they had a content similar to breastfed infants! Around the time they were being weaned they showed an increase in bone carbon. This has been attributed to the consumption of dairy milk from cows and goats (part of whose diet consisted of millet.)
These observations were consistent with traditional weaning practices of the Roman era as described by both galean and Soranus. They advised that supplementary foods, specifically a mixture of honey and goats milk should be introduced at approximately 5 months of age and infants should be breastfed until 3 years of age. The most likely supplementary food at Dakleh ( ancient Egypt) would have been the milk of goats or cows that had been fed on millet. Taken together suggests it was a gradual weaning process consistent with traditional weaning practices .
So what do modern Egyptian babies get weaned onto . Most babies in Egypt are weaned onto bread soaked in cow or goat milk or soaked in tea. Sometimes yogurt and honey are added as early starter foods.
Over time babies are given seasonal fruits and vegetables and then started on plant protein mixtures for example one protein mix used traditionally in Egypt include : Cooked fried potato flakes, cooked chick pea, defatted sesame flour and skimmed milk powder.
The next step is to add egg sips to the diet where the infant sips the cooked runny egg yolk from a soft boiled egg.
Kamut is an ancient grain and is believed to have been the grains of the pharaohs of Egypt.
Kamut is like vulgar wheat. It has a wonderful sweet taste and almost buttery flavour. It can be cooked into a hot breakfast or simply added to a veggie meal! Kamut is in no way shape or form a GMO grain. It has not been altered by plant breeders so retains its ancient nutrition unaltered.
Fruits, vegetables, yogurt and meats are all good foods to mix with Kamut!
We are having so much fun with our weaning around the world blogs we are going to keep traveling for another month as we still have so many countries and cultures to cover! We also invite your special weaning stories and there will be lovely prizes for the top stories that we will publish on our websites