Help me understand the feedings for a 6 month old

Drurygrad08 - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have been giving my daughter nothing but 8 oz bottles, and i just went to the doc and she said that i need to only give her 4 a day. What else do i need to give her to keep her full and elp her grow? I know i have to start on solids. I just don't know when she gets full...please help me.

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Laura - posted on 02/16/2011

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She's old enough now that you can start introducing solid foods. Remember, though, that all of her nutrition and calories will STILL come from the formula! Introducing the solid foods is a slow process of switching from formula (or breastmilk) to eating regular foods. You will be slowly adding new solids to her diet while maintaining her regular bottle routine until she's at least 12 months old.



You can start with feeding your daughter one meal that includes a starter food--typically a rice cereal made with the formula. I gave this meal to my daughter in the evening--it helped fill her up so she slept through the night better. Feed her a small amount to begin with; too much cereal can cause constipation as her digestive system adjusts. After feeding that for a few weeks you can start to introduce another food, either homemade or from a jar. Sweet potatoes or carrots are good to start with. Only feed her ONE new food at a time in the beginning! This is so you can watch for any possible reactions to that food, such as allergies. After about a week of feeding this one food, you can try another new food, adding that to her diet. Mashed bananas are a good fresh food to try, though too much can cause constipation, too. This can actually be a fun time with your baby as you explore new tastes and textures with her. Some foods she will love and others will meet with total rejections (and a face that will tell you in no uncertain terms!). Your daughter will tell you when she's full by turning her head away from the spoon or by spitting out her food after having readily eaten it. You'll learn what behaviors she uses!



By the time your daughter reaches 9 - 10 months you can start offering her finger foods as well as be up to 3 regular feedings/meals. Those finger foods are the Cheerios, small, chopped or cut pieces of soft cheeses, blueberries (one of my daughter's favorites) etc. Avoid anything hard, large or that doesn't readily disolve in baby spit! This would be things like nuts, popcorn, sliced hot dogs (they must be cut into very small pieces), crunchy fruits and veggies, etc. As your daughter nears her first birthday, you should be scaling back her bottles, moving her drinks into sippy cups and getting ready to switch from formula to whole milk or a fortified non-dairy option. Any questions or concerns about her diet or a food reaction can be discussed with your doctor or pediatrician. Hope this helps and Bon Appetite!

Drurygrad08 - posted on 02/16/2011

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She just was so used to eating bottles back to back. I don't know what to do. Thank you for your opinion.

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My daughter would start to spit her food out when she was full. I didn't really use bottle's much so I don't know about then, but I'd think it would be the same as with breastfeeding; that she'd turn her head away.

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