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
(UK)

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
(mass)

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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skim low fat milk for babies

by samson d reyes MD
(TEMPE, AZ 85281 USA)

human breast milk are for human babies. cows milk for cow. there should be no room for skim low fat milk for babies or for human. cream in human milk is essential for health. my opinion

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LEUKEMIA RISK
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http://www.medpagetoday.com/comments.cfm?tbid=35390

Oct 29, 2012
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ON USING BABY FORMULA
by: Anonymous

Longer Baby's on Formula, Higher the Leukemia Risk

By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Published: October 17, 2012

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Baby off of food, only wants to breastfeed

by Dalia
(Los Angeles California )

Hi everyone,
I am a first time mom, I have a 7 month old baby girl. I have been breast feeding since she was born and she was fine for the first past month and half eating baby Cereal oatmeal and eating bananas and snacks but now that she
Turned 7 months this past week all she wants to eat is breast milk. Going on to her 2nd week with out eating is this normal?

Is someone going threw something like this that can give me some advise
Please let me know.

Thank u :)
Dahlia

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advice and suggestions
by: Tracy

Hi!

The exact same thing happened with my daughter, except she started waking up more often during the night as well.

It could be two things...

1. A growth spurt
2. Teething

If it is a growth spurt, you will notice that your little girl has grown some what in length afterwards (which was the case with mine) My little girl is 9 months now and eating better than ever.

Read more on growth spurts here
http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/infant-growth-spurts.html

The most common time period for teeth to erupt is between 7 and 8 months, so it is very possible that your little girl is starting to teethe now.

Here are some tips on how to handle teething.
www.breastfeeding-problems.com/teething-baby.html

The good news is, no matter what the issue is, your baby will start to eat again soon, just keep trying to introduce foods...also maybe start introducing other foods, like finger foods.

Try not to worry about the fact that she is only breastfeeding, many moms have exclusively breastfed their babies until the age of one before introducing solids

Hope this helps ;-)

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Twin mum / chocolate and soda

I was eating a block of chocolate a day while breast feeding plus drinking a lot of caffeinated soda to offset the lack of sleep.

I didn't know why my children had stopped sleeping through the night until I went cold turkey. Back to sleeping like angels :)

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Sweet potatoes

by Michelle
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

I just tried my 6 month old on chunks of sweet potato and he gagged a lot more than usual. I felt like it was really dry, even for me. I am a bit nervous that it can pose a choking hazard. Can anyone give some advice or identify with this.

Thank you
Michelle

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Starting solids
by: Zelda Behr

There could be a few reasons for this.

* The new taste might be a little strange, so give it a few days before trying again.

* The sweet potato itself might be a dry one, I know, I have gotten some of these before.

* Try steaming it in the microwave to soften it a bit.

* Maybe your little one is not ready to start solids yet.

* He might prefer puréed foods, you can add some of his milk to the mix to give it a bit of a familiar taste.

Signs baby is ready for solids.

* Baby is between the ages of 4 and 6 months.

* Baby can sit by himself or supported on your lap or high chair.

* Your milk just doesn't seem enough.

* Baby reaches out to your food.

Solids basics.

* Introduce one new food every 3 days to make sure baby is not allergic to anything.

* If baby does not seem to like a specific food give it a few days before trying it again.

* Keep salt to a minimum, no salt is best.

* Fresh is best.

Here is some more to read on starting solids and what food works great.

Weaning foods

Introducing solid foods

Hope this helps and good luck.







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mix rice and fruit?

by kavita
(india)

6 month old baby not liking non-sweet(plain) liquids

I have introduced Rice and dal water at the age of 5 months start to my baby. She used to enjoy her food at the beginning. but when she completed her 5 months she cries a lot when i feed her the same dal and rice water. She is ready to intake any fruit juice.

Is it fine if the fruit and the rice are mixed together to make her eat the solid food. or would it lead to some allergy. Also I am afraid that she wud get into the habit of eating only sweet foods as she grows older.

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Solids
by: Zelda Behr

Babies need variety too and can get bored of the same food over and over.

Your baby is old enough to start giving pureed fruits and vegetables. Don't add salt or sugar to these, the natural sweet taste of the fruit is fine and it wont cause baby to only want sweet flavors.

It is fine to mix it with the rice as baby is already accustomed to the taste of this.

Always introduce one new food at a time and wait 3 days before introducing another new food to check for allergies.

Start with basic things like: pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato, steamed pear, steamed apple, banana.

Here is some more on starting solids and what food you can give....

Introducing solids

Weaning foods

Hope this helps.

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What food to give my six month old baby

by Divya
(Hyderabad)

Hi,
what kind of food is to be given for a 6th month old baby girl...

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fed my baby cow milk

by sarahi rodriguez
(Harlingen tx cameron )

I fed my baby cow milk 1% and hes passing bloody stools and he's having a lot of cramps and pushes a lot and fuses what do I do?

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giving your baby cows milk
by: Christell

How old is your baby?

Breastfed babies before the age of 4 months should not be given any solids or liquids other than breast milk.

To be on the safe side, if your baby has more than one of these bloody stools, you should see your doctor.

You should get your baby tested for allergies before trying an elimination diet.

Resent research suggests that the introduction of "culprit allergy foods" into your baby's diet in small amounts from the age of 4 months can prevent allergic reactions later on.

A mother is now encouraged to eat these foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding, unless she herself is allergic to a specific food. Some culprit foods include dairy products, nuts, fish, eggs, wheat, soy and citrus fruits.


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