How soon to feed baby real food?

Elizabeth - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Just wondering how long some other mom's waited to feed there breast fed babies. My son is 3 months old and fed exclusively on breast milk. Is now too early to start feeding him real food?

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Mel - posted on 08/02/2009

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oh and the allergies thing is not true that is what they used to believe years ago but her dietitian said if they are going to have a reaction it wil happen whether they are 2 months or 2 years. small amounts of everything (except honey) is best. it is better for them to have good head control Lisa is partially right on that but its not always necessary our daughter was behind developmentally for a while due to being underweight so she had shaky head control and could not sit up unassisted til 11 and a half months. all you can do is try good luck

Mel - posted on 08/02/2009

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no 3 months is fine the childrens hospital actually recommended solids for mine at 3 months to help her gain weight. the things they put her on were rusks with spreads such as cream cheese, unsalted butter and peanut butter and pureed fruits and vegies, apple, pear, sweet potato, carot, pumpkin etc. i didnt start brocolli corn berries etc til another 2 months because its harder to digest. you can make your own or get the canned stuff

Brooke - posted on 08/01/2009

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I would say a bit to early but it's really up to you. No-one can tell you what to do.

My daughter is 6 months old and has just started solids. She has 3 meals a day. My Dr. and nurses told me that if your baby is happy and is putting on a reasonable amount of weight then not to start on solids until they are 6 months old.

Just remember that your bubs is growing so fast and try to hold on to your baby for as long as possible. I wish my daughter would shrink and start getting younger lol.. I want to know where my baby went

Hanna - posted on 07/30/2009

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I ended up pumping and adding rice cereal for my daughter at 2 months. I was nursing every 30 minutes to an hour and she was constantly eating/demanding more. Most doctors recommend waiting until 4 months, you could always check with your son's doctor. If he's getting enough I wouldn't worry about it. He'll let you know when he needs more. :)

Minnie - posted on 07/30/2009

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I didn't give my child any food other than my milk until she could pick food up, put it in her mouth, chew it, and swallow it. That was about two weeks ago. She's nine months now.



Yes, three months old is too early. There is no purpose to rice cereal or purees for a breastfed infant. Those sorts of foods generally end up with the baby being given solids too early. If you wait until baby can feed himself you're golden.

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He needs to be holding his head up well. The longer you wait with food, the possibility of allergies goes down also. Usually at 4 months is when the doctors recommend. Start with rice cereal, really thin. And when it's time for 'real food' like veggies and fruit, I recommend the veggies first because if they taste the sweet then they may not want anything but the sweet. Have fun with it. It's messy but really fun to see their reaction the first time! GOOD LUCK!

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