Feeding Solids...Need Suggestions

Alissa - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter turned 6 months yesterday and we just started her on rice cereal last week. We had to wait til she was 6 months because I have a lot of food allergies but I knew she was ready so I went ahead and started last week. This is my first baby so I'm not really sure what kind of feeding schedule she should be on or how the introduction to solids really works.
We started out with one feeding of rice cereal a day and just yesterday went to two. Sometimes she does really good with it and sometimes its a struggle to get through the feeding. When she fusses while I'm trying to feed her I think she is just really hungry and frustrated because she keeps opening her mouth to eat more. I have read that sometimes it helps to nurse her before the solids just to whet her appetite but she is a really fast eater...she only takes about 5 minutes to nurse so I hate to completely fill her before feeding the solids and she would throw a fit if I stopped nursing after just a minute or two.
Does anyone have any suggestions? What would a normal schedule be like for the stage we are in?
Sorry this was so long...thanks in advance!

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Alissa - posted on 02/24/2009

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Thanks ladies! I think I am going to try nursing her and then feeding her solids about an hour later in the morning and evening. We are going to try adding a veggie tomorrow so maybe she will get more excited about eating when there is more variety. I think I just expected a smooth transition from exclusively breastfeeding to adding solids but smooth transitions with babies are hard to come by!

Lorilynne - posted on 02/24/2009

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Try nursing her, waiting an hour and then feeding her solids.  That's what I had to do with my son in the beginning.   Don't worry about a schedule just yet, just feed her when  it is comfortable for you both until she gets the hang of it.  You will be able to tell when its time to add another feeding because she won't be as satisfied with what she's getting.  My son started waking in the night to nurse again and that was my cue that he was going to need a third meal during the day.

Yesmine - posted on 02/24/2009

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my son has been on solid s for a while and i put his rice cereal in his bottle even tho the doc says not too thats the only way he'll take it or ill mix it with his fruits instead of using a spoon i got this solid food feeder frmo walmart it looks like a bottle but the bottom comes out and i let him suck it out of the sippy cup type nipple and i usually feed him after he has a bottle jus try different things something is bound to work good luck!!!

Yesmine - posted on 02/24/2009

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my son has been on solid s for a while and i put his rice cereal in his bottle even tho the doc says not too thats the only way he'll take it or ill mix it with his fruits instead of using a spoon i got this solid food feeder frmo walmart it looks like a bottle but the bottom comes out and i let him suck it out of the sippy cup type nipple and i usually feed him after he has a bottle jus try different things something is bound to work good luck!!!

Valerie - posted on 02/24/2009

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You can try nursing before because when you start feeding you kind of go at their pace. If she wants to eat still she will. Also the happier or more content they are when you start feeding the better they will eat. When she gets comfortable with eating then you can start a breakfast, lunch, dinner schedule. I usually nurse first thing in the morning then breakfast then nurse/bottle, lunch, nurse/bottle, nurse/bottle, dinner, nurse, nurse, bed. Every baby is different and every mother so do what works for you. She may also just not like the cereal, if so try mixing it with something different (water, breast milk, formula, or fruits/vegitables). If all else fails call your doctor's office they can always give you advice. Good Luck!

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