Do you think it would be o.k. to start my 4 month old on green veggie purees?

Christina - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )




I am breastfeeding , my daughter was eating every 2 hours so I started her on cereal then purees. She has done well with sweet potatoes, carrots and squash. I was wondering now that she will be 4 months next week would it be o.k. to try green beans and peas? I know they are good for her and I don't want her missing out. I definitely don't eat enough greens myself. I would appreciate any advice on when and what you all fed your infants. Thank you.


Minnie - posted on 09/22/2009




What benefit do you think solids have over your own milk? Because someone told you that you shouldn't have to nurse her sooner than every two hours?

Remember that breastfeeding is supply and demand- if you're holding her off of nursings with solids, she's not going to stimulate your breasts to keep up supply. Replace nursings with solids and you're effectively weaning her.

Breastfeeding is also a very important source of immunities, growth factors, and comfort- all of which your baby may need more often than every two hours.

Can she pick up food and eat it herself? No? She's not ready for solids at all. No cereal, no green beans, peas what have you.

She's not going to be on your milk forever. She's not going to 'miss out.' But right now solids offer NO benefit to her.

Your baby doesn't need solids. She needs more of your milk.

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User - posted on 06/16/2014




The Doctor told me to start with green veggies and I could start at 4 months. It would be 1 veggie for 5 days. Then a new one and so on.

Amberfikes86 - posted on 02/04/2014




Minnie Jiffypop - You're A Horrible Person To Try And Make Her Feel Negative About Her Own decisons. I think what we're all forgetting here is that this is her baby and she can make whatever choice she wants for her baby. Parents know best and she is the parent to her baby and you for yours. I'm pretty sure when she asked for advice on here she was looking for those with experience similar to hers - not to be pushed to the ground and kicked.
Some people. As mom's we're all supposed to be supportive of one another. It's a bond and title that only we share and we should be there for one another. Not criticizing & judgemental of one another. Jeez.

Nicola - posted on 09/27/2009




My son is 6 months old & he started on solids at 4 months.
I started him of on baby cerials & baby rice then moved on to purified veggies & fruit and from 5 months he has purified chicken or turkey mixed with veg.
He loves all of them & has no problems.
His weight is normal he has about 4 bottles of formula in the day & water with his breakfast & tea ( these are the 2 meals he has ).

Marquita - posted on 09/27/2009




I am breastfeeding too and my son is now 8 months old. He reached 16IBS on just breastmilk. I would not give him anything including cereal until 6 months old. This is your choice but i am a firm believer that breast milk is sufficient for the first 6 months of life. I think too many of us rush to give our babies other stuff and we could actually be hurting their little tummies by offering them things too early. I hope that this helps and i wish you the best, but i would hold off on the veggies until 6 months.

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I also agree with Lisa. I just saw my pediatrician and she said they are trying to encourage parents to wait until at least 6 months before they start anything other than rice cereal. I don't even plan on starting that until my baby shows me she's ready, she's 4 1/2 months.

Thompson - posted on 09/26/2009




Give it a try. Just hold off on carrots. They're a little rough on the tummy. Make sure she is getting plenty of your milk though.

Adisalem - posted on 09/26/2009




My 7 month old, who I still breastfeed, started solids at 4 months old. I started her with rice cereal mixed with breastmilk. I gave her veggies at 5 months old both green and yellow veggies. My pediatrician told me to hold off on fruits until after 6 months (until she was used to all of the veggies). She now eats everything! She loves all Stage 2 veggies, fruit, and dinners (i.e. Sweet potatoes and turkey, apples and chicken, etc.). She still nurses and takes bottles of expressed breastmilk during the day as well as 3 "meals" of solid foods. Do what you feel is best for your baby. I think it is fine to introduce greens if your baby has done fine with the other veggies. Just introduce them one at a time and give it time to make sure each veggie agrees with your baby! Good luck!

Kate - posted on 09/25/2009




I totally agree with Lisa Moreau's reply to you.

It must be frustrating for you to nurse every two hours if you haven't been doing so before. But this is completely normal and probably indicates a growth spurt, teething or maybe she's fighinting off sickness-- this is probably not a sign of readiness for solids.

Babies that eat solids before AT LEAST 6 months are more likely to develop allergies. Your milk has everything your baby needs for the first YEAR of life, so even if you wanted until 12 months to introduce solids (which I'm not suggesting you do) she would continue to grow and be healthy. It can really confusing when you're receiving conflicting advice from family, friends, etc. but your baby will tell you when she's ready.

Please take a moment to read this really great online article about when to start solids:

Hope this helps! You seem concerned about doing the right thing for your baby so I know you love her and only want the best. You'll make the decision that's right for your family. Good luck to you both!

Karissa - posted on 09/23/2009




I say go for it..I've started both my kids on baby food at 3 1/2 - 4 months & they've both done fine with it. Just make sure you're not cutting out to many nursing sessions, because she is still getting most of her nutrition from you.

Amber - posted on 09/23/2009




i started my daughter on food when she was 3 months old. like you i sarted with everything else. i finally began giving her "greens" and she LOVES them. at every meal she gets a half jar of "grrens" half jar of another veggie/veggie dinners and a half jar of fruit.

Colleen - posted on 09/23/2009




I'm not entirely sure, as I haven't started my son on solids yet (will be starting cereal probably within a week or two), but I think I read that veggies are around 6 months. Don't quote me on that though, I have yet to research that far in advance :)

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I breastfed my son also and started him on pureed foods at around 5 months if I remember correctly. At 6 months the doctor suggested he should be having 3 bottles (breast or bottle whichever) and 3 meals (strained foods) per day, alterning each one and feeding as much as he wanted each time.

Kelly - posted on 09/22/2009




My doctor suggested that i started my son on veggies around 4 months old.....and she also suggested that i started my son on cereal at about 3-3 1/2 months old...and i did as she suggested and i haven't had any problems....he is now 10 months old and eats almost anything that he is offered and is mostly on "real" food......he get 3 bottles a day and gets 3 meals and 2 snacks a day with juice/water(50/50) and milk..... i would just do what you are comfortable with, if it was me i would say yeah, she is already eating the orange veggies, so i would go ahead with the green ones......but like i said, do what you are comfortable with....good luck.....

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