can i start solids at 4 months??

Alura - posted on 06/26/2012 ( 18 moms have responded )

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my son just turned 4months and breastfeeding is becoming extremely stressful... i wanted to go for 2 years but i doubt that will happen.. is it ok if i start feeding him cereal

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Pumping has nothing to do with the amount of milk you have. I couldn't pump an ounce the whole time i breastfed my first. She was BF until 2, my second is 2 months old and exclusively breastfed as well. The two of them would get frustrated with feeding when they would go through growth spurts. Also, around 3-6 months you reach a supply/demand harmony, and your breasts will stop getting engorged around feedings. It may seem like your not producing as much because you don't feel them fill up, but your still produce the amount the baby needs to thrive. The best way to tell if he's getting enough is the amount of dirty diapers he has. As long as he has 5-6 dirty diapers or more, his urine is not dark or stinky, you know he is not dehydrated and he's receiving enough.

Alura - posted on 07/04/2012

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i was asking Sharlene Fraser why she started so soon on solids cause its not recommended till 4-6 months.

Sharlene - posted on 06/30/2012

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I fed all three of my kids rice cereal the day they came home from the hospital and all three are healthy and not over weight. I too did not make enough milk for any of my kids, I sublimented with formula and gave them cereal at night from day one home. My youngest recieved rice cereal in the hospital at the doctors request because he was a preemie and needed it as my milk and the formula were not filling him up. Dont feel bad about not making enough milk because everyone is different and everyone's situation is different. What worked for my kids might not work for yours, but if you feel that your child is ready for solids try. After all you are the mom and noone else is so my advise is follow your instincts and do what you feel is best for your child. But if you do try solids give cereal first, because if they get sweets first you might have trouble getting them to eat non-sweet stuff later.

Amy - posted on 06/26/2012

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I believe the recommendation now is to wait till they are closer to 6 months before starting solids. However when you do start solids they should not be a replacement for breastfeeding or formula feeding, it is just to get them used to texture and should never be more than like a tablespoon or two. Solids before one are just for fun and their primary nutrition should still be breast or bottle. If you are stressing and you don't want to continue breastfeeding than you should probably introduce formula rather than starting solids. What is is it that is stressful, maybe someone can help you with that!

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Sharlene - posted on 07/04/2012

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It was how I was raised and I asked my family doctor and she said it was fine. My three were fed like that and so were my sisters two boys. I just found that they were more content. But like I said before what worked with mine might not work for you, I felt mine needed it and they slept through the night sooner then my friends babies. If you feel they need it give them it. And just so people know the cereal I gave my kids was so runny it was like the milk the got just with a spoon

Sherri - posted on 07/03/2012

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What Alura she didn't decide to feed him cereal at the beginning she just wanted to know if it was okay to start at 4mo's.

Sharlene - posted on 06/30/2012

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4/6 months is fine as long as he still having milk, try him on small amounts and if hes still hungry offer more next feed. good luck

Kelina - posted on 06/28/2012

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of course he loved it-it's sugar. I wouldn't start him on fruits first, I'd start him on veggies. If you start him on fruits first you might have a difficult time introducing veggies as they're nowhere near as sweet. try to male some mom friends, you might have an easier time with breastfeeding if you have the support of those close to you.

Alura - posted on 06/27/2012

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what about watermelon? we let him suck on it for a few seconds and he loved it.. is that ok?

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Even if you do introduce solids now, you will still need breast milk/formula to make up the main quota of his meal. There is no shame in switching to formula if breastfeeding isn't working for you, that's the beauty of living in a modern era: you get a choice. Hope you feel better soon.

Kelina - posted on 06/26/2012

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alura have you been screened for ppd? do you have any mom friends? If you don't want to breastfeed don't feel bad there are moms out there who just can't handle the demand on their time and their bodies. Formula is not going to hurt your little man. At 4 months, yes you can start solids but no it's not recommended and it's best to wait a little longer. Not to mention he'll be at least 8 months before solids should really be a main part of their diet. Breastmilk or formula has all the nutrients he needs until he's ready for solids.

Alura - posted on 06/26/2012

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because he gets frustrated with my breasts when i feed him.. sometimes i try to express milk myself and its so hard to get even a little out.. i started taking fenugreek and it helped a little and i ran out the other day and i have almost no milk.. i have a pump but its a crappy manual one.

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I highly doubt your not making enough milk for him. Its really rare a mother doesn't produce enough. What makes you think this? If you feel its too much to breast feed, then switch to formula. Feeding him cereal will only stretch his stomach.

Alura - posted on 06/26/2012

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i dont make enough milk for him. i try feeding on demand but im just not making enough.

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Food before one is just for fun is the rule. No earlier than 6 months is the recommended age to start solids because it can cause serious health problems.

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