how much solid food should I be feeding my 6 month old?
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Emily - posted on 07/29/2010
I think it's best to follow your baby's lead. Try once a day.. if your baby is really into it, she'll demand solids more often and you'll know what to do. Otherwise, just take it slow. Solids are just for play and learning at this point.
How long has she been on solids? At that age, I would do once a day, and in a few months, add another feeding. Depends on your breastfeeding goals really, I think. Solids before a year are not necessary for health reasons- they really just 'teach' a baby to eat. Fortified cereals might sound like a good idea, but if the vitamin or mineral is naturally occurring in the food- (like vit. c in vegetables) then they will be more easily absorbed by the body.
As far as nursing goals, the more you fill her up on solids, the less she'll likely want to nurse b/c the solids are going to digest slower. This could affect your supply.
The longer you wait to start her on solids, also the less likely she is to develop food allergies too.
Not trying to sound anti-solids here, but at this point, solids can be introduced, but breastmilk is still all she needs.
Rachael - posted on 07/29/2010
It has been proven that early introduction of solids (recommended between 4 and 6 months) does not increase the risk for food allergies, nor does the delay of food introduction decrease said risk. so please do NOT hold off on solids simply because you are afraid of allergies. Feeding solids does more than provide nutrition, it also helps aide in speech development because it strengthens more of the muscles of the mouth that are used by baby to talk. That said, your child is not going to not learn to talk simply because you didn't introduce solids, it is just a head start.
When my son was 6 months we started feeding him solids a few tablespoons twice a day. I started him on cereal because that is what the Dr said, but quickly dropped that in favor of the fresh apples I had just picked off a tree. I made my own food because I found it easy, and cheaper than the jarred stuff. you can start with any amount as long as the baby is tolerating it. It is true that if your fill your baby up on solids she may not want to nurse, so I would offer solids about an hour after she nurses and continue pumping in case you have a sensitive milk supply. 2 feedings a day graduating as your baby seems to want more good luck!
Rachael - posted on 07/30/2010
no need to freak out, mine didn't come with an instruction manual either... All those papers they send you home with you think there would be something useful in there ;) it is confusing too because of seemingly conflicting "facts" and opinions as to what is right. The way I see it is if it seems right to you and your little one continues to thrive then go for it. Nursing can be a pain sometimes, and a hassle, but do what seems right for you! I just started to wean my son a few months ago and it is tough but have faith that you will do what is best for you little one!
Jeni - posted on 07/30/2010
Hey thank you guys for your input! I'm really trying to continue breastfeeding as long as I can! it is a pain in the butt sometimes but... :) I just really wasn't sure if I wasn't giving her enough solids, I give her a little oats in the morning then about every 3 days I give her a new veggie.. oh the learning of being a new mommy! I freak out about everything!!
Thank you guys!
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