Breastfeeding baby, when is good to start with any solids?

Fiona - posted on 10/12/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My baby is 14 weeks old and feeds alot, sometimes up to 3 times an hour! Exclusively breast fed. I have heard about giving mashed up rusk or baby rice but reluctant to start because enjoy feeding and bothered about risks...help?When dis other people start?

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Fiona - posted on 10/12/2009

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Thanks all realy helpfull!! Was bothered about doin it too early but heard conflicting advice! Lottie is around 10lb (not had her weighed for over a week) although she is holding her head up realy well =)

Carla - posted on 10/12/2009

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I put Aaron on solids at 16 weeks on the advice of my health visitor. He is a big boy (weighed 17lbs at the time) and needed more than just milk. I would advise against rusk though as they are full of sugar (even the reduced sugar rusks still contain a lot). I just puree veg and mix it with my milk to make a runny yoghurt like consistency.

Minnie - posted on 10/12/2009

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I believe that baby knows when he or she is ready for solids. Not mother.

So what I do is begin placing large wedges of food in front of baby when she begins picking things up and putting them in her mouth.

If a baby can't feed himself or herself, that baby isn't ready for solids, plain and simple. And this typically isn't until sometime in the second half of the first year.

Remember that breastfeeding is not just about nutrition but also comfort. Nursing three times an hour is actually the biological norm. My own 12 month old has never gone an hour without nursing again. When she was your baby's age she nursed 3-4 times an hour.

Brittany - posted on 10/12/2009

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I agree with Chrystle. My daughter is now nine months old and still breastfed. We started solids at six months old. Your baby is still very young and might be going through a growth spurt or is increasing your milk supply. I know it can be tough at first, but it gets a lot better. Remember when you do start solids to be sure to breastfeed first and then feed solids or else your baby will be more likely to self-wean earlier.

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Waiting until 6 months ensures that baby's digestive system is developed enough to handle and process foreign substances. Younger babies also cannot sit up or chew to properly swallow foods. Anyway, solid foods before age 1 are just for practice.

Chrystle - posted on 10/12/2009

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My little girl is almost 15 weeks I was excited at the thought of feeding her real foods at four months till I was informed that they suggest you to wait till there 6 months to make sure there little tummies are ready and can handle solids. Plus they say once you introduce solids you tend to breastfeed less there for your you may lose some of your milk supply. So enjoy it for as long as possible. They grow up way to fast anyways.

Allison - posted on 10/12/2009

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My doctor told me to start with rice cereal at 4 months, if my baby boy can hold his head up well. From what I've researched and been told, you still need to nurse as much as you were before you started giving solid foods. Baby's first solids are just to get them use to eating from something besides breast/bottle, not to provide substational nutrients. Hope this helps!

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