INTRODUCING SOLID FOOD

I am a mother of two and I am used to exclusive breastfeeding for six months without solid food.

I did it for my first child and I introduced baby food after 6months and she cooperated very well but my second baby on introducing baby food after 6months throws up immediately after feeding and this baby always jumps up at anything called food since her 4th month, in fact I wanted to start giving her baby food since I noticed this but my mum adviced that i wait til she is 6months.

What can I do? Please your urgent reply will be appreciated
Thanks

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Apr 09, 2013
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no rush
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

There is no rush to introduce solids; it can be done slowly, especially if you have been breastfeeding exclusively. All babies are different and while one took the transition easily another might take much longer.



There are certain types of foods that are easier for a baby to digest. It is recommended to first start with these foods and slowly transition to others, as baby becomes accustomed to them.



Read more on the signs for baby being ready to start solid foods.



The first type of food introduced should be mashed or pureed cooked fruit and vegetables. Soft fruits such as peach, banana or avocado may be given raw. Rice cereal may be given with expressed breast milk. Breast milk at this point should still be baby's main source of nutrition.



The next type of food given, once baby is handling those foods adequately, should be soft cooked meats such as fish and chicken, pasta, toast, rice and hard boiled eggs. At this stage, a few dairy products like (sugar free) yogurt may be given.



Here is a page on baby's first foods.



Hope this helps



Kind regards



Tracy




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7 1/2 month old starting solids

Over the last month, we have been introducing solids to our now 7 1/2 month old baby. He has been a pooper once every 7-10 days. I understand this is normal, but how long should it take to become more often as solids are introduced? He is now still pooping only once every 4-7 days.

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There is no "normal"
by: Lyssa

Hello!

Every body and baby is different. Some babies poop 4 times a day, some once a day, others once a week. It all depends on baby's digestive system and their diet, as breastmilk is very quickly and often completely digested with not much left over to "pass".

As solids are introduced into baby's diet, the consistency, colour, and frequency usually changes to become more often. As baby moves to an almost completely solid diet (on or after 12 months), some babies regulate to once a day, or after every meal. Some babies may still remain every two or three days. Just as every adult is different, every baby is, too.

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Starting solids how much is too much?

by Melissa
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My daughter is 5 and half months old, and appears to be hollow!

I started her on solids recently, as she was getting very 'shouty' whenever we were eating (usually her sign of being hungry!), so I tried offering her a little pureed apple.

She scarfed down an entire apple's worth in a day, which was a bit of a surprise to me, as I thought they didn't eat much the first time.

Although I am spoon feeding her, I just put the spoon near her mouth, and she does the rest herself, so am pretty sure that she was good n' ready for solids.

I have introduced a little porridge (made with water) as well, but she only likes that with lots of apple, and as I am supposed to wait a few days before introducing new stuff, that is all I am giving her at the moment (apart from breast milk, obviously!).

She still breastfeeds every hour and a half during the day, but has started to get pretty shouty about wanting the apple!

I am only feeding her solids twice a day, but she is making it pretty clear that she wants more. I feed her until she signals she has had enough, but am concerned that she is eating too much.

I am going to start offering vegetables in a few days (all that apple can't be good, surely?!?), but should I be restricting her to a certain amount, or should I just let her tell me when she is full?

At the moment, it seems like every nappy is a dirty nappy, which makes me think that she is eating too much, but then, maybe her system is just getting used to the food.

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May 13, 2012
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solids
by: starting solids

Hi Melissa

You are doing great! You listened to the needs of your baby.

Some babies are ready for solids earlier than others, and will let a person know when they need food

My little girl let me know at 4 months! (she was also exclusively breastfed) As soon as I started her on solids she was happy again.

Your little one will definitely have more poops than usual now, since breast milk is a natural laxative. (Also yes, you are right about her digestive system getting accustomed to the food)

Yes, I would recommend that you give her other fruits and more porridge. If she wants more, you can feed her a few times during the day. Once she is accustomed to the porridge and fruits, you can start with vegetables and then small amounts of meat. (or you could use the baby led weaning method - link below)

Here are some pages on starting solids, baby led weaning and ideas for foods that you might like to try

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/introducing-solid-foods.html



http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/baby-led-weaning.html



http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/weaning-foods.html



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breastfeeding with intro to solids

by kelly
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my breastfed baby just started solids, do they need to eat solids everyday?

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Starting solids
by: Zelda Behr

It all depends on your baby's age, up unto 6 months babies only need breast milk, after 6 months they need extra solids.

Try to at least give your baby 1 meal of solid foods per day and increase it from there.

Remember to introduce only one new food at a time and wait 3 days before trying a new one to check for allergies.

If your little one does not like a specific food, give it a few days and try it again or mix it with some breast milk.

Here is some more info on starting solids and first foods...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/introducing-solid-foods.html

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/weaning-foods.html

Hope this helps.

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