More on solids

Samantha - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Im seeing alot of posts that solids were started early because the baby didnt seemed satisfied after nursing. My question, arent solids started around 6mon as a way to get your baby used to eating food? If so, wouldnt more nursing be justified as opposed to giving solids to fill the babies belly?

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Carol - posted on 12/18/2009

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Actually the World Health Organization, AAP, AAFP and other medical organizations world wide recommend 6 months as the EARLIEST solids may be started. Most babies are developmentally ready to begin solids between 6 and 8 months, but some may not start until much later for a variety of reasons.

In addition to being AT LEAST six months of age, baby should be meeting these developmental milestones:
--Baby can sit up well without support.
--Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
--Baby is ready and willing to chew.
--Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
--Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.

When solids are started, the amounts are quite small - a tablespoon once a day. During the ENTIRE first year breastmilk should be the PRIMARY nutrition - solids are just for fun. Keep in mind that your breastmilk has more fats and calories than most solids (a notable exception is avocado which is an EXCELLENT first food). This link has some great tips on the maximum amounts of solids baby should get. http://www.mother-2-mother.com/samplemen...

Much more on solids for the BF baby can be found here: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/ind...

Samantha - posted on 12/18/2009

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Thx clare, just a thought. Myy daughter is more than ready to start foods so I prob will in the next couple of weeks, I just dont know how much food I will really give.

Clare - posted on 12/18/2009

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hiya hun the world health organisation says that its best 2 sart weaning at 6 months not before as babys stomachs arent developed enough 2 cope with food and early weaning can lead 2 problems with bowel and different health problems later on in life .saying this every baby is different and some are genuinly ready before the six month mark ,also weaning later than six months is also ok ,some babies will also self wean ,so do what u feel is best and if that is nurse more often then thats great ,me personaly i think each mother knows whats best 4 there baby and theres no right or wrongway good luck xx

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