after i stop breastfeeding my daughter, what do i feed her to make sure shes gettin everything she needs?

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i dont know what to feed her to make sure she is getting everything she needs. can i give her table food just mushed? shes 6months old now. she can sit up by herself hold her bottle to her mouth, and move objects from one and to the other really well. if you cant tell im a first time mom. lol

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Bonnie - posted on 04/27/2011

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I was able to get directions with this question from our doctor, and we were using WIC to get formula assistance, since I couldn't breastfeed my sons. They have classes that teach you what is best for baby and when to give what foods. I believe that you can attend the local classes through WIC too, even if you don't use their services for the food assistance. They have handouts and videos that also help during class and out of the classroom.

There are foods that you shouldn't give your baby until after 1 year old, like peanut butter, hotdogs, honey, homemade spinach, etc. Your doctor can give you the updated list better than I can. It's been a while for me since my kids were that little.

I started out with rice baby cereal, which you can add breastmilk to thin it out to a very runny texture, just a small amount to begin with. About 1/4 cup. You want to start baby with foods one at a time, no salt, seasonings, sugar. At least until 1 year old.

I tried my baby's with one meal a day along with regular feedings, and worked up to two, then three. Moved from rice cereal to oat, then wheat, mixed grain. One vege at a time, for a few days, and then onto another single vege for the same amount of time. If you are noticing baby is eating well, with no rashes or trouble swallowing, you can work up to different thickness and amounts.

When you have tried the veges, cereals, and fruits last, then move onto mixing veges, cereal with a fruit mixed in and such. I was encouraged to try baby on fruit later than the veges since babies are born with a sweet tooth, and if you don't introduce the veges first, you may have a lot of trouble encouraging baby to even try them.

Meat purees are introduced between months 7-9. Due to babies digestive system being still pretty immature. You should try to keep feeding your baby with your breastmilk for the full first year, in bottles, sippy cup, whatever she will use.

Definately talk this over with your doctor, and look into WIC if you can, for the info and classes. You can make your own mushed baby foods, or buy the store prepared brands that are around. Those have stages for each month. When baby starts getting her teeth, cut everything into little bits, and let her start feeding herself more. At that stage, she should also eat cereal like cheerios well. Best of luck new mum.

Allison - posted on 05/01/2011

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Babies should be solely breastfed until at least 6 months, when the gut begins to close. Introduction of anything besides breastmilk before this age is not a good idea because it disrupts the natural gut flora and can set the baby up for allergies; since the gut is not yet closed, food particles can escape into the baby's blood which can trigger an allergic response.

Store bought baby cereals are totally unnecessary. They're highly processed, nutrient-poor, and their high iron content can cause constipation.

http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

http://www.pediatricnews.com/article/S00...(09)70296-6/fulltext

Merry - posted on 05/07/2011

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Cows milk is a big no no before a year, after a year chocolate milk is still a big no no! It has as much sugar in it as a can of soda!
Rice cereal is sort of ok, but really it's so processed and chemicalized that it's really nothing I'd recommend feeding any baby!
Start with nice veggies, fruits, beans, simple stuff like that.

Sylvie - posted on 05/04/2011

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The chocolate milk comment had to be a joke LOL...

And as for real milk in my book is human milk and NOT cow's milk or any other :-p

Another thing I'll add, cow's milk is not necessary for anyone to drink as long as a child eats a variety of food. And as long as a child nurses, it's the only form of milk they really need. If we were all to do as humans should, our children would nurse until they self wean and on demand.

Plus, there is no need for baby cereal. And just as long as there are no family history of allergies, a baby can eat anything healthy except for the higher allergenic foods until at least 1yr. I've never followed what is "told" to feed your child as it changes all the time, and different in every country. If it was so critical or dangerous, all countries would have the same "what to feed baby" guide lines. JMHO

I so recommend baby led weaning.

OhJessie - posted on 05/04/2011

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Give her chocolate milk and all the food she'll eat. She'll be fine.

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Awesome age because they can have table food or baby food. Your baby will usually start giving you signs that he or she wants more than milk. My most recent daughter who is almost 1 would actually take things out of my hands that I was in the middle of eating like one day she took some of my tuna sandwich I could not believe she could eat it but she did. So anyhoo 6 months I would start with baby cereal mixed with your milk or juice. Try baby food veggies first and than introduce fruits. My duaghter went from two feeding of baby food to three by 8 months old. we usually just do table food bc I have a food processor. My daughter is now drinking cow milk mixed with formula half and half and she completely weened herself by 9 months old. If you do start introducing cow milk wait until at least 11 months.

Tosha - posted on 05/20/2011

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If you are stopping bf'ing before she is a year old, she will need formula until she is 1 yr old. Bf is best, but that's not to say formula is bad. You can start introducing table food now if you have not already done so, but one food at a time at least 3 days apart to pinpoint any allergies that might spring up.

Jenna - posted on 05/08/2011

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I really liked babyledweaning.com. I used that method for introducing table food and it's been great. My daughter is one now and eats pretty much everything :)

Kristi - posted on 05/04/2011

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Chocolate milk to a 6 month old! REALLY!! You baies should NOT have real milk until they are at least 1yr OLD! NOT good advice at all!!

Kristi - posted on 05/04/2011

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For one why did you stop nursung so early! The American Pediatrics says you should alteast breastfeed for the first year. for baby food always start wirh rice cereal if you have already done that I would say start with green veggies first. Bottle is fine I think. Maybe get her one that has a handle on it. Best thing to to is talk woth your pediatrician. Hope this helps.

Sylvie - posted on 05/01/2011

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Baby led weaning is the best and stress free. I agree 100%with Heidi Deane. My daughter breastfed exclusively until 9months old. She just had no interest in food until 9months where she got curious about it. But didn't start to eat regularly till after 1yr. Now, she'll try anything put infront of her. Not one child is the same, my son loved eating from 6months on and didn't mind the spoon and no purees by 7-8months. But DD wanted nothing to do with a spoon unless she used it herself. Check baby led weaning, it was great. You just need to use less salt while cooking.

Merry - posted on 05/01/2011

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Make sure she can sit up all on her own before feeding any cereals!
Usually babies are not ready for any cereal until 6-8 months.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 05/01/2011

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You'll start with baby cereals around 3 or 4 months and those you mix with breast milk or formula and make sure it's not runny. After she gets used to the cereal you can move on to other foods gradually, but make sure they're mashed. You can go with either pre-made baby food or make your own if you have a food processor. You do still need to give your daughter breastmilk either from yourself or in a bottle until she's a year because that's her main source of nutrition

If you're still unsure ask your pediatrician or get in contact with your local WIC office.

Heidi - posted on 04/30/2011

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food for fun until their one! google 'baby led weaning' and it gives you infomation about introducing solids starting at 6 months. If you start earlier you need to give mush but if you start from 6 months you can skip purees and mush and go straight to finger food. My bub is 19 months and never had a spoon put in his mouth by anyone other then him self, I have never pureed anything or bought a bottle of baby food. My bub's first meal was a finger shaped piece of steak, a large flowerette of cauli and broccoli and some carrot sticks (cooked till soft but not over cooked so bub can still hold them with out them falling apart.) My bub loves his food and will eat anything I give him. It is important to do some reading first becasue there are safety risks eg bub must be sitting up straight (not leaning back as if you were spoon feeding) bub should be the only person that puts food into their mouth etc.

Melissa - posted on 04/30/2011

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you will need to give her breastmilk or formula until a year old but between 4-6 months old you can introduce cereal and then the peas/and other types of mushed foods as well. You can either make them yourself or buy them in stores. if you make them yourself, i would walk around stores and get ideas of what you can give your baby and research foods online of safe foods to give your baby. Foods to stay away from until 1 year are honey, egg, Nuts (nuts i believe is 2-3 years.) You can find out all sorts of information on the internet and though your doctor to about good nutriutious foods too. Babies can also have yogurt too as a good source of protein- but do not give cows milk besides yogurt and cheese- once your baby can chew cheese before a year old. I find that my son and daughter both liked yogurt but don't like a lot of the meats before a year, so yogurts are another way to get proteins before a year!

OhJessie - posted on 04/29/2011

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The usual recommendation is to wait until they have an interest in food and try to reach for others' plates to get some. Personally I used baby food, but I know plenty of people who just never bothered and they did fine.

Of course everyone knows all food forms an impenetrable bond with the tray on high chairs, so wipe up as soon as possible! Hehe.

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2011

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Are you still breastfeeding? If so, breastfeed first, that is all she really needs and then offer her pureed or mushed foods like pees, sweet potato, and potato. Don't worry, you'er doing great.

Dora - posted on 04/28/2011

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Your milk has everything she needs at this age. Your breast milk will continue to change as your child developes. If you are breast feeding and using formula that is also fine. It will not have any negative impacts on your child unless your baby has a reaction to either. If you want her to try different things just to get used to different textures/flavors then do it for those reasons. I breast fed my son for 14 months and I offered him different foods just so he can get used to it. I nevered him full meals but tastes of different things. I also offered him jars of organic baby food and when doing that I did follow what his doctor told which was to try one food a week to make sure no allergies developed. I definitely stayed away from foods known to give babies/kids allergies and make them sick like honey, nuts, etc.....It also comes down to personal choice.

Merry - posted on 04/28/2011

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Until your baby is breast feeding less than 3 times a day there's no need to give any other form of dairy.

Carly - posted on 04/28/2011

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If you are not breastfeeding, your daughter will still need at least 3-4 formula bottles. My daughter is currently 8 months and I BF her 3 times a day, although she wound't be getting 3 full formula bottles from those feeds. She needs other dairy in the form of a cup of yoghurt a day, cheese when she is a little older... cow's milk on cereal for breaky... Table food is NOT enough.

Celeste - posted on 04/28/2011

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Ditto to Teresa and Laura. Breastmilk is the main source of nutrition the first year. Breastmilk had everything your baby needs and has more calories than most baby foods

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Breastmilk or formula is all most babies NEED before a year. Foods are just for fun and practice. To make sure she is getting everything she needs.... keep breastfeeding for at least another 6 months.

Merry - posted on 04/27/2011

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Before a year old she doesn't really need anything much other then your milk. She needs almost all of her diet through your milk. She can experiment with some foods staring now at 6 months if she is interested but she doesn't need solids yet. If she sit up alone, and if she can put pieces of food in her own mouth then she is likely ok to start trying things out. If not then your milk is still all she needs. When you start try to avoid all th cereals, they can be really constipating and they are not 'real' foods! Try some musher up avocado, squash, cooked and mashed carrots, any good veggie cooked and smashed up is a great start.

To make sure she gets all the nutrients she needs it is best for you to breastfeed her a Mimi um of two years. This is the best minimum to keep her as healthy as possible and to make sure she is growing and developing well.
After two years she should be able to eat a wide variety of all the food groups, she will have alot of teeth to chew foods well, and by then she will be able to thrive without your milk. My son is two now, and he eats a great diet of foods, but he isn't ready to give up breastfeeding just yet, and so it's very nice to let him continue until he is old enough to feel done. Your daughter will continue to benefit from your milk for as long as she drinks it and past a year old the milk becomes even richer in antibodies to keep her from being sick.
Continuing to breastfeed is the simplest easiest and most effective way to make sure she is getting everything she needs!

Ericka - posted on 04/27/2011

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well you need to either breast feed or formula feed til 12 months and then gradually switch to milk. you need to start with baby cereal one grain at a time for a week to rule out allergies like do rice for one whole week then barley for one whole week. you follow the directions on the package to make it it starts out really soupy since you are introducing solids if you jump right into solids your baby might not like it and/or become constipated. make the transition gradually. i nursed my daughter for almost 18 months before she was ready to switch to milk and she ate solids fine since we introduced them gradually. oh and make sure you stick with one new thing per week like i mentioned to rule out allergies the best way to make sure your baby eats well is to start with the plain single grain cereals, then the mixed grains avoid the cereals with fruit in them they are more expensive and you should do veggies before fruits so your child will eat the veggies since they are not as sweet plus you can add veggies or fruits to the plain cereals for a lot cheaper :) i chose by color started with green since it tends to be more bland, remember baby's taste buds are still developing so we did green beans, peas, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes and then fruits. i never really did the meats cause my daughter just spit them out and our pediatirician said as long as i cooked some longer and broke it into small pieces it would be ok to serve whatever meat i was eating to her plus meats are a stage 2 food and are given a lot later than single fruits and veggies. its a lot to follow but remember 12 months of breastfeeding is best and start slow with solids and single grain baby cereals first :)

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