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Sharon - posted on 11/12/2013 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,im new to this community. Just wondering how many times a day should my 5.5 month old baby girl be eating? she has 3 small meals?is this normal?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/14/2013

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Sometimes, you won't get responses, Sharon, but most times you will. We were all in your shoes at one point (both with parenting & this site ;-) )

No one is saying that you need to put your life history out there for review, but I always try to make sure that I give enough background when asking a question. Sometimes it helps, others...well...LOL

Enjoy your little one while she's still little, hon, because she'll start to sprout soon!

Jodi - posted on 11/14/2013

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Sharon, just because I gave you advice that you didn't agree with doesn't mean I was judging you.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/14/2013

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NO ONE IS JUDGING YOU.

Good grief. We're giving you answers and explanations!

Please stop allowing yourself to get offended over answers to a question when the answers don't agree with what you already have set in your mind.

Both Jodi and I have been parents for YEARS. Mine are grown. Yes, they were big, hungry babies, yes, I supplemented milk/formula with solids, and yes they were fine.

However, you didn't indicate that you were still feeding milk (until after someone asked you if you were) and you didn't indicate that you'd introduced solids at the recommendation of your physician. We are not mind readers. We can't predict anything. We take a post as it's written.

You asked if a 5 month old baby taking 3 small meals a day was normal. You were told it's not. Don't get defensive and up in arms because we didn't answer the question that you wanted to ask!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 11/14/2013

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Sharon. Hold on.

You asked if a 5 month old baby eating 3 small meals of solids is normal.

Jodi answered that it was not normal, and included pediatric guidelines as anyone can find with a simple internet search.

You jumped on the defensive. I'd like to point out that if you weren't sure, and wanted opinions, that's great, more than welcome to ask. But, when receiving said opinions, you change your story from "is this normal" to "I know when my baby needs more, and my health care providers said to do this"

Ok, well, no, it's not 'normal' to feed a baby under 6 months solids before milk. Some solids after milk or formula maybe, but according to WHO guidelines, a child under the age of 6 months should still be receiving most of their nutrients from milk or formula.

So, your pediatrician recommended solids. GREAT!!! Enjoy that. But, if baby is still hungry after your described meals, she needs more milk.

There. THAT was a lecture. Not what Jodi did.

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Sharon - posted on 11/14/2013

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Im new to this and didnt even know if i would get a response to be honest. i could have been clearer but i thought it would start with someone saying "they were in the same boat"and go along from there. ill thank u for ur comments and head on. . take care

Sharon - posted on 11/14/2013

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Im new to this and didnt even know if i would get a response to be honest. i could have been clearer but i thought it would start with someone saying "they were in the same boat"and go along from there. ill thank u for ur comments and head on. . take care

Jodi - posted on 11/14/2013

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No, I'm just saying you changed your post (which is actually very annoying). I think the problem here is that you were expecting people to read between the lines, and we can't do that. If you have a question, then you need to make sure it is really clear. We can only respond to what we read, not what you wanted to ask or what you wanted to hear. Just take that lesson away with you and be clearer next time.

Sharon - posted on 11/14/2013

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well this is def not what i wanted to come out of my post. think we will leave it at that ,dont want to be bickering at anyone

Jodi - posted on 11/14/2013

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You never said you appreciated the advice, you said you didn't want a lecture! You didn't backpedal on that until the most recent post, but you still claim you were being judged!

Sharon - posted on 11/14/2013

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i didnt disagree with u,as i said i apprecaite the advice but i was only saying what i thought.

Sharon - posted on 11/14/2013

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I dont give her food over her milk,i always make sure she gets as much fluids as possible. its a learning curve,im a first time mum,i only wanted to see what did people think,maybe my question about it been normal was wrongly put. but i dint want to b judged over it. my baby is healthy and happy and she will stay that way. she is nomal weight for het age too. i only wanted to start a group conversation with someone who was experiencing the same. of course id get defensive,its my baby im talking about. dont want to upset anyone and i appreciate the advice but i was speaking my mind here

Sharon - posted on 11/12/2013

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And questionong what i had asked??
No need for that,i joined this to chat to other mums but if thats what i get for putting up a simple querie i think i may as well go on my own initive and stay clear

Sharon - posted on 11/12/2013

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I just wanted some feedback from other mothers. I was told by the doctor to start solids so i did. and the public heatlh nurse told me to wait til 20 weeks and i did, no bottles were effected. she always drinks 5 oz bottles and gets them before she feeds. all i wanted was to see if anyone else was goin through the same with their baby,not a lecture!!!

Jodi - posted on 11/12/2013

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Well, you asked if it was normal and I answered that it wasn't. AAP recommendations are 6 months because in general, baby's tummies are not ready and potentially you can be doing them a disservice. Most babies, if they are more hungry, get more milk. Why ask if you believe what you are doing is right? Either way, make sure you aren't sacrificing the nutrients of milk (i.e. replacing bottles) with solid foods. Always only offer solid foods AFTER finishing her milk, because these are the nutrients that are most important at this age.

Sharon - posted on 11/12/2013

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I got the go ahead by my doctor before i started,i think every baby is different,some more hungry than others. my little girl really enjoys her feeds ad i always know when she is looking for some. baby rice, fruits amd veg, all light feeds.

Jodi - posted on 11/12/2013

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No, not really. Recommendations are not to start solid foods until 6 months.

ERMINA - posted on 11/12/2013

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According to me that should be ok if you are breastfeeding properly especially at night.

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