Spoon feeding

Shelley - posted on 05/16/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is 12 weeks on Monday and is taking 9oz bottles and would still take more milk, I've been told by some to spoon feed if I feel he needs it and told by others to not do it till he is 6 months and I don't know what to do can anyone offer any advice? This is my first child and don't want to do anything that will harm him in any way

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/16/2013

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Ultimately, you are his mom and you are going to do what you want. Even some doctors will tell you to start early, but they are not up to date most of the time of food things....truthfully. Any good doctor will admit to that. They have a sheet that they hand out, and usually that is about it.

Also, when you do start to offer foods, only introduce 1 new thing every 3-5 days to watch for food allergies. If you introduce more than 1 new food at a time, and your child reacts, you won't know which food did it.

Best first baby food? Avacado pureed. Why? Lots of good fat and nutrients that are natural and easy to digest on new little bellies.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/16/2013

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Well, just cause your friend did it does not mean it is the right thing to do. I am telling you, it is to young to do this. You are saying you do not want to do anything to harm your baby, and rice cereal is crap. It is not a good first food. Get the book by Ruth Yaron "super foods baby book" and it will guide you in the right direction. Near the back of the book it gives a month by month food of what is appropriate to feed them at what age, and how to make it. Yup. How to make it at home. It is wicked easy. I did not particularly like the super foods part of it, neither did my kids....so I skipped right to the back.

Feeding food to young can cause health problems. I know many people that do not feel this is accurate, but why chance it? Just cause someone else that you know offered food early? If he is hungry after 9 oz, wait a bit and offer him a few more ounces. Chances are he is going through a growth spurt and just needs more frequent feedings.

Shelley - posted on 05/16/2013

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Thanks for responding. He holds his head completely on his own already and although he can't sit on his own with a little support he sits really well and is starting to roll over. He's beginning to teeth. My friend has a baby a couple months older and she spoon fed at 11 weeks and she said it will do no harm but I just don't want to do anything that could harm him in the long run.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/16/2013

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So yes, 6 months is a good age to start any solids. Some say 4 months, but usually they are not ready by then. They should also be showing an interest in food.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/16/2013

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He is WAY to young for solids. They need to be able to support their own heads, sit up with or without support, rooting, and tongue thrusting. Just feed him the formula on demand.

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