how much solid food should he have???

Shaina - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I feel completely clueless when it comes to solid foods! My son is almost 8 months old and only eats solid food 2-3 times a week at most. I'll mix up some meat, veggies and fruit all together and eats the equivalent to a jar and a half to two jars and then will even bf after that. He loves solid food but when I give him the choice he'd rather breastfeed. Almost everyone I ask says that he needs to have WAY more solids. Like 2-3 times a day, but none of them breastfeed. Any advice?

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Rebecca - posted on 11/05/2009

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Breastmilk is all your baby needs until at least one yr of age. Solid foods are given to get baby used to textures and tastes not for nutritional value. The reason that solids are usually started at the 6th month of age is because if you were to wait longer (a yr or more) baby becomes harder to convince to eat solid foods, so introducing new textures early helps this process but is totally not necessary. If your baby is still breastfeeding well and he is getting solids, like you stated, a few times a week and likes it then there is no concern at all. Introduce them as you and baby want them, he obviously is thriving just on your milk so there is no worry. Have you looked into baby led weaning? This is letting your baby decide on what foods he wants and when he wants them. Something maybe you and your baby might like.

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Shaina - posted on 11/06/2009

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I ALWAYS start something new by itself, but I thought that he was needing solids for nutritional value so I was trying to get as much as I can into his little belly. Thats why I mix it all together. If its JUST practice then I feel a LOT better! I always give him a choice between the breast or solids (he understands sign language so I'll ask him). I know VERY little about letting my baby self wean but what I do know I like. I'm going to go to a LLL meeting on thursday so hopefully I can get more info there. thank you!

Kerry - posted on 11/06/2009

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he is still just practising and will be getting most of his nutrition from you breastmilk. Maybe offer smaller amounts more often (once or twice a day)to get him used to more tastes. Always start with single foods to gauge whether there are allergies etc and it helps him to expand his tastes. (I mixed all my baby food up and now have a pretty fussy 18 month old because he got used to a combined flavour)

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