When to start solid foods?

Jenn - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 months old, born at 25 weeks. Her pediatrician is really wanting us to start pushing more solid foods (cereal, vegetables). The neonatalogist at the clinic held by the NICU said she would still be too young developmentally (adjusted age is about 2 and a half months) to be able to eat from a spoon. We've been trying cereal a couple times a week but she looses interest very quickly and tries to eat the spoon like a bottle or licks the cereal off. With the conflict information from her doctors, I don't know if we should try harder to get her to eat or hold off a few more weeks. Did anyone else run into this problem? When did you start trying solid foods?

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Candace - posted on 11/13/2009

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I started my baby on solid foods right at four months actual age. With him being premature he had no problem with any of them. He eats like a normal baby and it was not forced on him. It's some he doesn't like but other than that he eats everytime I give him food. I did not let what the doctors said control his development. Research and doctors say he is supposed to be behind. I know someone higher who says he is right on time. I just prayed over my son and spoke normal development into his life. No problems at all.

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Monika - posted on 11/13/2009

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Our pediatrician is advising us to wait on introducing solids. She doesn't want us to even think about it until DD is 8 months actual (6 months adjusted). Which is fine by me, because DD still has some coordination issues while eating. Thinking about starting solids kind of stresses me out right now. =)

Margarita - posted on 11/13/2009

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i had my daughter at 32 weeks and since she had acid reflex i mixed rice cereal with her formula. i never rushed into any solids and when i tried she wasnt ready. i started to give her some baby food every couple weeks when she was around 8 months but she didnt start eating solids until she was almost one b.c of her digestive system i think you should wait and just try to do solids but dont push it on the baby.. remember a preemie has to go by corrected age not the age they came out..

Naomi - posted on 11/12/2009

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Food goes off of adjusted age. My daughter has been in feeding therapy for a bottle aversion, and I get told 80 million things about how to introduce foods. What foods first, blah blah blah. For preemies it is off of their adjusted age, unless they show ability and interest sooner. My daughter is 7 months adjusted and is still on stage 1 foods.

Marcy - posted on 11/10/2009

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Our pediatrician did try to push the solids at 4 months like they do with all other babies. I tried it... failed miserably. My daughter could have cared less that I had a spoon in my hand. I tried again at 6 months, and again she wasn't interested. After a few attempts she ended up having a food aversion because what she did eat came right back up due to her reflux. So we waited longer, and at about 7 1/2 months she really started to eat. She will be 9 months at the end of this week and really, she still doesn't eat solids well or that often.

Go with the NICU doc's and nutritionist's recommendations, they know preemies. Best of luck.

Lindsay - posted on 11/10/2009

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We started my daughter on cereal at 5 mos adjusted (she was actually 8 mos old). Her pediatrician tried to push solids too, but I went according to the dietician at the NICU (we went every 3 mos for a follow-up). She said that a baby may be able to intake the food at an earlier age, but that their digesive system would still be too immature until they were 4-6 mos adjusted. I went with what we were told in the NICU follow-up clinics over much of what our ped. said...she was not as familiar with preemies.

Haylli - posted on 11/10/2009

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My girls were born at 31 wks, and I never pushed them to eat solid food my pediatrition said to wait as long as you can. They are 7 months now and we've been giving them rice cereal for a few weeks on and off because they showed some interest but then lost it right away, so I gave them zuccinni and rice cereal mixed together they seem to enjoy that. One eats really well while the other just spits it out, I wouldnt get to worried sounds like your doing the right thing trying, thats all I did I kept trying and still after a month of eating they sometimes lose interest I guess they deside when they want it. My doctor said that because they are premature waiting to feed them is best for there amune system, digestion, etc. I find that strange that your doc. would tell you to push food this early, ours were 2 months early and he said wait till they show interest in the whole eating situation, or there if bottles are not filling them up, I guess the baby will let you know what she wants, but Zuccinni is so easy for them to digest and has lots of vitamins for them aswell, maybe mix that in with the rice cereal and she might just suprise you, my girls did for sure. Good luck.

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