When did you start Baby on solids? Did anyone make it to 6-7months exclusively BF?

Ginger - posted on 11/03/2010 ( 93 moms have responded )

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I've always heard to start Baby on solids at 4-6 months. The a friend told me to look into "open gut". The most current research recommends waiting until at least 6 months (WHO, AAP, UNICEF, are just a few that support that recommendation).My DD is 5months and I'm getting some pressure to start her on solids from relatives (read: mother-in-law). I'd like to make it to 6-7months.

Any advice, opinions, thoughts? Did anyone make it to 6-7months? Did you find you had to defend yourself among your relatives and friends?

This link is was a helpful resource to me, I hope it helps some of you:
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

Best wishes, mamas!
~Ginger

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Jennifer - posted on 11/03/2010

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oh man! my MIL was a terror about starting solids! she would go on and on how i should give my son tastes of things when he was only a week old! once he started reaching for food, it got so much worse! she would tell me that he's hungry and he's not satisfied with my milk and that i was starving him. let me point out that he would have reached out for a hot pan if i had let him!

we did try cereal and purees when he was about 5 1/2 months old, he ate from the spoon great but his gut was not ready. he got cranky and gassy and uncomfortable so we waited. he didn't show real interest until he was a little older than 7 months.

show her the research and let her know that while you're glad early solids work for her children, this is your decision and you'd like to follow medical advice. i think when it comes to MIL's especially, when we want to do something different than the way they did it, they get a little offended. they think that we are saying that the way they did things was wrong and even though it might be, no one likes to hear that.

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Yeah, I had pressure too.

My MIL insisted that every single baby had to start at 4 months exactly, or it was the end of the universe.

My pediatrician insisted that if I did not start by 5.5 months, I would miss the window of cooperation and my child would resist solids.

He didn't have any interest in solids until 9 months. He now eats everything, and eats voraciously. He is extremely healthy and robust. Apparently the universe didn't end.

Noreen - posted on 11/03/2010

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Kaleb 5months (He was formula fed)

Noah 9months (EBF)

Abby 9months (EBF)



Abby is now 13.5 months. Her diet is 75% breastfed, 25% solids. I started Kaleb on solids so early because I was a teen mom who listened to my mom. She said he was ready, so I started him. He was only EBF for 10days, then got both formula and breast until 3months. Then it was FFed until a year. With Noah and Abby, I was more confident in my decision. (Plus living 900 miles away from family helped too)

Charlotte - posted on 11/03/2010

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my baby is nine months and ive only just started her on solids. she has her three meals a day but only eats very very little. defo wait. starting too early can lead to all sorts, mummys milk is all they need for the first year, they really only need solids tp practice. my health visitor said i needed to hurry up and get mine used to solids before we "missed the boat"... have you ever heard of a 21 year old exclusivley breast fed becauase their mum "missed the boat" and didnt introduce solids at the right time? lol, its ridiculous!! yet the hv i had before had the right attitude, her adfvice was just go with the flow! ive found aswell that with each generation their advice is so different, when my little one was only two months old my nan asked me if i'd started her on solids!! you'll know when ur baby is ready!

Gizella - posted on 11/18/2010

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I firmly believe that your baby will let you know when they are ready for things, Solids, Potty training etc... Just listen to yourself and believe in your inner mommy instincts.. Children will never starve themselves, if they are hungry they will eat. My Daugher (11yrs old and very healthy and active with no medical problems) started on a little rice cereal once a day at 5 months and started real solids at 9 months, she was already walking and walked up to me and looked at my dinner plate as if to say well are you going to share. I gave her some of what we were eating and that was the end of cereal and pureed foods for her. Since then there are only about 5 things she won't eat, veggies and fruit are her top favorites and she eats me out of house and home. My son on the other hand needed to have rice cereal added to his night time bottle (only 1/2 a teaspoon) from when he was 3 months. I discussed this with me doc and he agreed that it would be wise to just help him along as he was a big boy growing fairly fast. He is now 17 months old and eats almost everything we give him but he preferrs finger foods, especially fruit and veggies. We would let him taste whatever we were eating from about 5 months, not huge amounts just a taste and he slowly as his teeth came in started to take bigger bites and eat more solids, but we let him lead us and make up his mind what he wanted to eat and if he preferred to have a bottle or didn't want anything we left him be. and when everyone get all concerned and worried that he hasn't eaten I just say.... Children will not starve themselves if they are hungry and food is available they will eat. I also firmly believe that forcing children to eat more than they want just creates overweight children. As long as they are getting a healthy balance relative to their age and development, listen to them when they tell you what they want and don't want. MOM KNOWS BEST, believe in yourself.

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Nicole - posted on 11/18/2010

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I started my first 2 kids on solids at 3 to 4 months only to find out a year later that they both have food allergies. My third baby is now almost 6 months and have just started her on cereal because she was watching us put food in our mouths and then screaming at me when she didn't get a turn......she loves it and has had no problem learning how to swallow. I would follow your babies cues.

A - posted on 11/16/2010

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Open gut is defintely backed by research. I waited until 5.5 months when my husband was really itching to give him a little something. Turns out, even being so close to 6 months, it was a huge mistake.

Everytime we tried to feed my son solids, he slept horribly, screamed in pain, and had gas. That's when I did a little more research and found out solids aren't NEEDED until 12 months- and some babies are still exclusively breastfed even at 2 years old. I also looked on kelly mom and they say its normal for a one year old to still be getting 75% of their nutrition from breastmilk.

I kept trying every month or so with solids, and he didn't start to tolerate them well until he was 13 months.

He'll be 18 months in a couple weeks and somedays he still doesn't even eat the equivalent of one solid meal. Other days he'll eat a couple meals of solids. He nurses on demand. He's meeting almost all of his milestones early (he's a couple months behind on his speech but he can say several words now and he actually knows their meaning) and he is healthy. My doctor is not concerned at all. At our 1 year check up he asked if we had introduced cows milk, and I said no. His response was that its over-rated in the human diet anyway and to keep breastfeeding.

So basically I just follow my son's cues. I think every babies digestive system will develop at his/her own rate, just like everything else. I don't overfeed him- I listen to him when he wants to eat and when he doesn't.

I'm not anti-solids or anything or against introducing them at 6 months, I just know from my own personal experience that MY son wasn't ready, even at 6 months or 9 months. But if your child is ready, great.

I think the lines have been a little blurred though by doctors and society. You have to understand doctors want to cover their butts- and our societies have very different views on how children should eat/be raised. Some people feed on demand and others do a schedule. Some breastfeed and others formula feed. Doctors have to be careful and make sure their advice covers all children to meet their nutritional needs. Therefore some doctors will just come up with a set rule that will apply to all children. Like, a child should have 4 formula/breastmilk feedings and 3 meals of solids a day. That makes sure they are getting all their nutritional needs met- but a mother who breastfeeds on demand probably doesn't need to give that much solids. Many women wean at a year, too, and therefore slowly increase the solids so they are ready at a year. Whereas someone who doesn't wean at a year is in no rush to push it. Some parents spoon feed their children and sometimes force it, others let their child led and feed themselves (where the child is less likely to overeat). So I think thats where some of the problem lies when it comes to different opinions from doctors and mothers. Theres so many factors to consider its hard to just lump all children into one group.

Bottome line I would wait AT LEAST for 6 months, and then see what happens. If your child seems to handle it fine, and you want to give him/her solids- go head. If she seems to have trouble or your mommy instincts say she isn't ready, I'd just wait for a while.

Cinda - posted on 11/16/2010

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I made it to 6 months with exclusively breast feeding. I only introduced rice cereal at 6 months b/c of my day care provider's food program (he had to start rice cereal or he couldn't be on the food program ....YUCK!!). He only got rice cereal at day care but wouldn't actually eat it! We introduced him to butternut squash after he turned 7 months. We SLOWLY added in other solids after 7 months but he wasn't really interested. He just wanted to nurse, nurse, nurse. He'll be 2 years old next month & still nurses 'on-demand'.
I read all the same research about waiting until at least 6 months before starting baby on solids. I discussed it with my lactation specialist & she agreed. She said her husband's mother introduced him to solids at something like 1 month & her husband has HORRIBLE digestive issues as an adult & she's convinced that's part of the cause. I don't know about that or not but I figured it wasn't worth the risk. My son was getting all the nutrition he needed from the breast milk & never seemed hungry after nursing, if he did, I just gave him the other breast even if he'd already nursed on it. It would just cue my body to make more milk & it did.
I DID have to defend my decision to wait on introducing him to solids (read: MY mother). I simply cited all the research I'd read (WHO, AAP, etc.) & my reasonings & for the most part, that was the end of things. Even if some one continues to give you grief / pressure about it, stick to your guns! It's your baby & your decision! I think the 4 month thing came in b/c SOME babies don't seem to be satisfied with just the breast milk / formula. So the moms think that giving them solids will help fill them up. That may work for SOME but in general, babies don't develop the proper digestive enzymes for digesting foods other than milk until after about 6 months, as you've probably read in your research.
Stick with YOUR instincts & don't let others bully or pressure you into decisions for your baby that you don't agree with.

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My son moved directly into very solid solids. He refused to take anything off a spoon. So no cereals, no purees, no yogurt. He wanted what we adults ate. So I diced it up small and just gave him what the rest of us were having. He loved it. And it meant I didn't have to feed him, and could just eat myself. Very peaceful meals. And not a lot of cleanup, either. A couple of bits on the floor, but nothing sticky or gooey.

That was when he was 9 months. Before that he had no interest. Oh, and btw, he had no teeth until well past a year. He was just swallowing the pieces of food whole at that point. A lot of it came out whole in the diaper, but that happened less and less over time.

Heather - posted on 11/16/2010

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We did breastfeeding exclusively until 3 days before my daughter hit 7 months old. At that point, she spent a day nursing every hour and a half and crying when she was done b/c she was still hungry. And every time she saw me eating w/a spoon, she was reaching for it, so I decided she must be ready. And she was, but we eased into the world of solids VERY gradually. By 9 months she was taking a little cereal or baby food 3 times a day, but still nursing 5-7 times a day, at 11 months having solid snacks but still nursing after 2 snacks, first thing in the AM, and before bed... Introduction of solids can wait until they are ready, and starting them doesn't mean that you have to jump right into doing that exclusively. Enjoy this time w/your little one. =)

Krystal - posted on 11/15/2010

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I did!! Best decision I made with my number two. My first was ready for solid she showed all the signs at 4 months and she was happy, my second was not ready and uninterested so we waited. The week before she turned six months she started to grab at our plates, she was sitting up unassisted and had been crawling for two months already. So I tried cereal and she hated it then started mixing it with veggies and she loves it! Now about three weeks later she eats about two jars a day mixed with cereal for thickening and is happy as can be. I do not have a very high support from my own side of the family with breastfeeding but the one thing my MIL is good for is encouragement to breastfeed. lmao, I would just stick up for your decision and for your daughter's!!!!

Heather - posted on 11/15/2010

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Laura Hoffmann--My second went long periods of time without eating later in her first year and did not have more than a finger of solids at a time until she was around 14 months old and neither of my children have ever touched formula or been artificially scheduled. So, there's one ;) Never use absolutes, there's always a combo breaker (yes, that was supposed to be humorous)

Heather - posted on 11/15/2010

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I told people that I was not violating my child's health for something that was simply for exploration and fun. My kids did not have solids before 6 months and none will as long as I'm around :) I have some severe food allergies that I believe are linked to being fed solids at 3 months.

Merry - posted on 11/14/2010

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Amanda, biologically speaking babies are designed to breastfeed for a few minutes a few times an hour for about the first year. Then about hourly for a year or so more.
This is how human stomachs are designed to eat as babies, but we have decided as a society to make babies fit our adult schedules so we make them learn to stretch feedings and stretch their stomachs larger to hold more at a time.
Needless to say, even with Americas misguided views on infant eating, it is spot on that a breastfed baby should nurse every three hours or so for the first year.
I've NEVER heard of a baby going more then four hours in the daytime without breastfeeding unles they are being substituted with formula or excessive solids.
EVERY book vie read says 2-3 hours when before 6 months 3-4 hours then on.

Tania - posted on 11/14/2010

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I think it is important to go by what YOUR baby is telling you, are they ready for solids or not? To be able to cope with solids they need to no longer have the extrusion reflex (tongue poking out reflex when you put a spoon in their mouth), needs to be able to support their head when sitting (either propped or alone), and have a keen interest in food when you are eating. My daughter was ready at 6 months..my son not until he was 8.5 months (he was breastfed exclusively till this time).. each baby is different and you are the worlds best expert on your baby. So stick to what you know is right for your baby.

I did have pressure to start solids early (4 months) but as I kept pointing out, my kids were growing, they were healthy, happy.. they werent ready yet. Stand your ground and be confident in your decisions.

Brooke - posted on 11/14/2010

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My daughter is 7 months, she started on solids at about 6 months I believe. I nurse her still as well but she was having trouble staying asleep because she would get hungry in the night so my doctor said to try rise cereal and it was amazing. She started sleeping thru the night and not being so fussy. But ya I would say 6,7 months is a good time.

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Amanda, I found it interesting that your reason for starting cereal early was that your baby was still nursing every 2-4 hours at almost 4 months. I think that is pretty normal for babies. I'd be surprised to hear about any baby that age NOT nursing every 2-4 hours.

Amanda - posted on 11/14/2010

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my daughter is 5 months tom.. i started cereal 2 weeks before she was 4 months once a day simply because she is stillll nursing every 2-4 hours.. i definatly had to tell me mom to stop pressuring me at 3 months but personally decided to start .. just to see now she is gettin veggies mixed in her cereal once MAYBE twice a day also followed by breast... on the ups i am still nursin prety well full time at 5 months

Heidi - posted on 11/13/2010

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Mine started young cereal at bed time and he slept all night. He was feeding himself crackers at 4 mo (after he grabbed one from his brother) He has been grabbing anything he can get ever since. He is 11 mo now and eats what we do. His ability to bite, and chew is amazing. Check out baby lead weening. He has a lot of teeth 8 by 8mo, and you can feel his molars.

Jodi - posted on 11/13/2010

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You have to do what you feel is right. Don't let people pressure you into making a decision. :) With my first, I waited until she was six months old, my second was five months old, and my third was four months old. You just have to do what you feel most comfortable with!

Elisa - posted on 11/13/2010

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I breastfed for 3 months then my milk slowed down and i had to start bottlefeeding but found my little one was always hungrey i started her on babyfood at 3 1/2 months best decision i ever made she now has 3 well ballanced meals a day with 2-3 healthy snacks havnt put her on full fat milk yet but i will know when the time is right holly is now 14 months old the right weight for her age shes been walking since she was 10 months so you will know when the time is right for your baby to start weaning just like i did.

Nicole - posted on 11/12/2010

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yes - with my first son i did and he did fine and i just had "pressure" from the dr saying we needed to get some solids in but i had heard the same and wanted to wait til 6 months - i did and he did fine - with my 2nd son that was my intention but he had such bad reflux (it was so severe it was burning his vocal chords) that when my dr said cereal sometimes helped i started giving it to him once a day at 5 months - it didnt help :(

Rebecca - posted on 11/11/2010

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my son is 2.5 years old now, but he was EBF until 10.5 months - I had tried solids before then but he was not really interested and just wanted to play with it! I noticed that he began solids once his tongue reflex (pushing food out instead of swallowing) ceased. once he began eating solids he went straight to 3 meals per day - he did still breastfeed until he weaned himself at 14 months.

Angie - posted on 11/11/2010

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Hi Ginger. My little boy is almost 8 months now and I have only just started him on solids. I too was deflecting the odd comment "is he on solids yet"... but luckily I had the backing of my doctor who told me to hold off until he had teeth as that is often an indication that their digestive system may be ready. I got told off once from someone who works for Watties/Heinz for having not started him on solids and was told that he will be iron deficient, but again with the support of my doctor reassured me that he will be fine. I have since met a few other mothers who have held off introducing solids which has been great to feel like I am not the only one! Hang in there, there is certainly no danger in you holding off. Good Luck!

Shannon - posted on 11/11/2010

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I breast feed both of my boys exclusively and the reconmendations i got was when your child can sit up with no help and pinch grasp things. I never feed my boys ceral and only feed them real foods when they were ready. Such as peas green beans beats and so on. they really enjoy avacodo mushed up or potatos mushed up. they had to want to eat my first son was 9 months my second son was 7 months as soon as they have the ques have them feed themselfs you will be surprized.

Rachel - posted on 11/11/2010

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hiya firstly tell family to mind there own, if you would like there help you will ask for it, do not let anyone push you into anything. Only you and dad will know when is the best time, for me henry started earlier than 6months as i just couldn't satisfy his hunger from about 4months onwards so i started giving him porridage in the morning and and just before his night feed and then i start to get 7 hours sleep a night, but i remember my sister didn't start until her little girl until she was 6months gone, so every baby is different so please don't upset yourself and let anyone push you into anything, you as a mother will know if and doubt speak to your health visitor if she is losing weight then maybe just a little rice or porridage on top of milk if not they don't try and fix if it ant broken. xxxxxx

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With all 3 of my children I waited til 6mths due to reading about the increase chance of crohns with introducing solids to early. The first 2 kids were not really interested in solids til 8mths, but my 3rd loves the solids he is 7mths now and will eat any texture and item round him. I am happy I waited but during the wait with everyone trying to push solids on me and the babie was hard. I felt I was in the minority as all of my friends started between 3 and 5mths! And my mil always saying I only feed my kids formula and solids at 8weeks and they are fine!

Amanda - posted on 11/11/2010

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my daughter is 21 months old and she is still being breast fed as well as being on solids

Christina - posted on 11/10/2010

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My little one is 10 months old, we are still breastfeeding. We did start working with solids around 4 - 5 months of age. The minute she showed interest I started her on solids. We did things like rice cereal, bananas, apples and pears. I make all of my own baby food. So I know that it is fresh and organic and has no preservatives. Now that she is 10 months she eats everything within reason. I do not give her nuts or food that may trigger any allergies. We continue to breastfeed and I pump so she can have milk in her sippie cup.

You have to do what you feel is best for your children. You will know when she is ready. I do not allow to much input from my mil or anyone else.

Amanda - posted on 11/10/2010

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i started grace when she was still hungry after a long breastfeed. it depends on your baby, not of statistics.

Erin - posted on 11/10/2010

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We started our first on solids at 9 months, and will wait a minimum of 9 months with our second as well. Mummas milk has everything they need for more than a year.

Nicole - posted on 11/10/2010

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I used Baby-led Weaning and it worked great for us! I never fed him pureed foods and if he couldn't eat the food himself or hold his own cup, he didn't get it. Mostly because I am lazy (ha ha), but I also felt that if I am having to shovel the food in his mouth, he must not be ready for it yet. Babies don't *need* solid food until they are 12 months old. As a lactation counselor, I always tell my clients to remember the rhyme: Food for fun until they are one (if breastfeeding is going well and baby is thriving). ;o) I always told everyone that gave me grief about it, "if he can't feed himself, he's still a baby and not ready for it". And then I would add "his pediatrician supports this and says that he is doing great!" LOL That usually shuts them up. You need to do what you feel is best and since you are THE mother, YOU, and only you, get to make the decision that you feel is best for your child.



Good luck and you do what you think is best for your, not what others want to force you to do. ;o)

Ashley - posted on 11/10/2010

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My in-laws were all about solids, they were sure my daughter was "too big" to just live off breastmilk (she was born at 9 lbs 1 oz)... but we didn't start any solids until 7ish months old... we aren't doing baby food, we're practicing baby led weaning... so we just put small pieces of whatever we're eating on her tray and let her pick at it.

Merry - posted on 11/10/2010

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Kerry, I'd love to read that article if you could post a link please! Thanks:)

Stephanie - posted on 11/09/2010

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Do what's right for you and your baby. I started my daughter on cereal at 51/2 months and solids at 6, but it was really just practice (for mommy, lol!) because she didn't eat much, and it didn't keep her from waking for night feedings.....(the advice from my own mother)

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I started my daughter on baby rice cereal 12 days before she turned 6 months old, because she grabbed my fork when I wasn't looking and there was a chicken nugget on it lol she was telling me mom I'm ready :)...Start your baby at six months or when ever you want, I know this one girl and her baby was 8 months and still only breastfeeding, so its completely up to you :)

Momof1 - posted on 11/09/2010

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I started Bryce on solids at 6 months. That is basically due to what I've read and what I've learned in nursing school. I was told I could start at 4 months, but I didn't. Bryce was showing signs of "wanting" food before six months, but I still waited. Once I gave him his first oatmeal, he loved it and ate more then what the box said a baby would eat for his first feeding. I'm glad I waited. My husband thought we should have started him earlier, but we didn't.

Montse - posted on 11/09/2010

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I waited till my daughter was 8 months old and she didn't eat everyday because she didn't want to. She preferred nursing. She is 2 years old and is a great eater and she still nurses. :-)

Meagan - posted on 11/09/2010

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We ebf until 7 months and then started cereal and then homemade solids. I got a lot of advice from places that we're welcomed and my answer was always "it's what my dr and I decided on". People can have their opnions but they can't argue when your dr told you to do it. :).

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I would have to agree with the bulk of moms on here, your child will let you know. My first son did not want anything fed to him, so he started with some finger foods when he was ready, about 8 months, but he still wanted breastmilk for his primary nourishment until 18 months! (He nursed until 22 months) My second son was very interested in food any time someone had it starting around 3 months and I started him on cereal about 4.5 months. He did fine and desired solid foods quickly moving toward primarily solid foods and juices... but continued nursing some until 28 months.

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My daughter is five and a half months and I have been giving her rice cereal for about two weeks now and she seems to love it! She gets very excited and asks for more. Now I just gave her some carrotts and she really looked funny smearing it on her face! She seemed to enjoy it. Not quite as much as the cereal but she still liked it.
Everyone is different.

Jessa - posted on 11/09/2010

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When I had my first child I got all kinds of unwanted advice and pressure about many things. At first it was really hard for me to deal with because I was still a new mom and wasn't entirely sure, but I have since learned that my maternal instinct is better for my children than any thoughts other's may have because I know my baby better than they do. My 3rd child didn't touch anything but breast milk until she was nearly 10 months old, she is now a happy, healthy and very rambunctious 3 year old (nearly 4). Every baby is different and as a mom you will know when your baby is ready for solids, trust your instincts and tell everybody else to back off. (I know that is easier said than done, my mother in law still regularly pushes my buttons, lol) Good luck and God bless :)

Cinda - posted on 11/09/2010

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I definitely waited until after 6 months. He had a few bits of rice cereal after 6 1/2 months (HATED IT) & got his 1st bit of pureed food (butternut squash) after 7 months. This is YOUR baby, not your mother-in-law's. Thank her for her advice & just nicely but firmly let her know that you are choosing to do things a little differently based on more MODERN data rather than how things were done 20-40 years ago when she was a new mother.....ok, maybe leave that last bit off if you want to be nice.
I too go pressure from older moms (read: MY mom) to introduce my son to solids sooner than I wanted to. We had an open & educational discussion about why I chose to delay solid foods. I had supporting websites for her to visit to justify / back-up my reasoning. She saw my side of things & stopped pressuring me.
If the nice / educational path doesn't work, you could always just go with the "my child, my choice" arguement & ignore her comments. That works too.
I just wouldn't allow outside pressures to change what YOU feel is the best path to take with your child. They're YOUR instincts about how to best raise your child. Stick with them!

Katherine - posted on 11/09/2010

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Do it when your DD is ready, not when someone suggests that is is time. You aren't trying to beat a clock you are introducing new skills and flavours to your child and every child is different. Do what works for your situation.

My babies "mooched" before I started to give them solids, they would stare longingly at my fork as it went from plate to mouth. I included my children with dinner rituals by giving them spoons, bowls and sippies with small amounts of water for play and practice. They were also capable of sitting unaided and had more than doubled their birthweights.

My daughter will be a year old in a few weeks. She sits ("eats") with us for meals, and has snacks but by far, the bulk of her calories is still from breast milk.

Mellissa - posted on 11/09/2010

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I did not start my son on solid food until 7 months. I did not stop brest feeding until 15 months and would have gone longer but my son weened himself off. I got pressure to stop breast feeding as soon as possible but i did not listen. The longer you breast feed the better for your baby.

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2010

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I waited until a week before 6 months, she was ready and I did want to wait until 6 months but that's not what she wanted lol!

Nissrine - posted on 11/08/2010

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Lana started solids as finger foods at 6 months, her 1st solid meal was at 7 months, she was formula fed from birth.

Natalie started finger food at 6 months but didn't show much of an interest until about 8 months, she was breast fed until 3 months.

I did read an article on gluten allergies that states, if you introduce wheat to your child before the age of 8 months it reduces their risk of a gltuten allergy by 75-90% for that reason only I would recommend introducing at least some form of wheat to a child before they'turn 8 months old.

Good luck with it all, I know it's difficult, my MIL was shocked when I told her I haven't started my daughters on solids at 4 months, but I told her that they're not going to until they show signs of interest in food, even then I think it's best to introduce finger foods as a snack first & then go onto depending on solid as a meal.

Amanda - posted on 11/08/2010

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My son was exclusively breastfed for 6 months no solids. period. I had pressure from family to give him cookies and this and that. I told them he is my son and I am not giving him anything til he is at least 6 months old. Then on his 6 month b-day i gave him cereal which he hated so we started with veggies which constipated him so we changed to fruits which helped. I do wish I would have waited but he eats 2 sometimes three meals a day which is 3-5 oz of baby food per meal.

Angela - posted on 11/08/2010

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Absolutely! My daughter didn't begin on solids until she wanted them (7 months before she wanted to eat anything). I tried cereal a few times, but she just spit out everything. Even now she does not eat baby food. I make her food and she enjoys pasta, quinoa, lentils, daal and other oddities more than any "baby food." Now she is ten months and a very good little solid food eater.
I've also talked with a holistic doctor and he absolutely recommended breastfeeding only until at least 6 months. Some moms are starting their babies on cereal at 3 months now!
I got some flack from friends with similar age children and a nosy sister in law, but I showed them my research and it just about shut them up.

Kendra - posted on 11/08/2010

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I started my kids both after 9 months. My daughter (now 3) accepted them around 10 months and my son (13 months) accepted them around 11 1/2 months... he is just now really eating a decent amount SOMETIMES! He still nurses for MOST of his nutrition though... I know he is getting the best though!

Kristin - posted on 11/07/2010

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I let my children tell me they were ready through the various cues; ability to sit, avidly watching others eat, gragging at untensils, the forward tongue thrust substantially diminished. I also wouldn't start until there was at least one tooth through. For my two older boys that came at 5 to 5.5 months (so didn't make it past 6 months there), but allowing our last. a 5 month boy, to taste some things now. It is by no means regular or even a large part of anything.

I never really looked at it so much as defending as deflecting. I just said that I/we would get to it when I/we did, what's the rush?

Christina - posted on 11/07/2010

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Hello, I breastfed my first daughter for 22 months. I did not start her on solids until she was about 7-8 months! She weighed 27lbs by the time she was 6 months btw. Don't let ANYONE pressure you! I got tons of pressure myself esp from the mil, trying to give my daughter soda and sweets before I had even started her on solids! Completely ridicules! Now I have another daughter (4.5 months old) I will be trying solids closer to after her 6 month mark just to see if it does in fact help with her reflux. Anyways, good luck hon!

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I exclusively breastfed until 6 months. I agree with waiting you are the mom tell everyone else to shut it! You don't want to rush it anyways next thing you know you will be planning the first birthday it really goes by to fast! Hold off if you can :) good luck!

Taylor - posted on 11/07/2010

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Argh we are having the same problems right now! My son is 4 months old, and at his last checkup the nurse seemed almost affronted that he was still EBF! I'm really determined to not start solids until 6 months but I feel like everyone is trying to undermine my choice. I caught my parents feeding my son a piece of a banana this week and my husband trying to feed him mashed potatos at the table! I just want to scream, "I AM HIS MOTHER AND I SAY NO SOLIDS YET!"

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