Concern with my Daughter

DavaKay - posted on 06/01/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My daughter is breastfed and is now seven months old, my doctor told me at her six month check up that she needs to be eating 5-6 times a day and 3 of those times should be baby food, we have tried to feed her baby cereal, baby food, baby snacks that gerber makes and she refuses to eat anything she gags when i feed her, i called the doctor they told me to feed her table food so then i tried mash potatoes cooking a carrot and letting her bite it, noodles, and anything else i could think of that is ok for her to eat but she still refuses, I am not sure what to do if i should just let her be or keep trying any ideas?

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Heather - posted on 06/01/2011

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OH no...i am so sorry you got that kind of advice from your dr. Many babies are not ready for food at that age and breastfed babies especially do not need it. My rule of thumb was they don't get food till they are wrestling it away from me. My oldest got food at 9 1/2 mo and my youngest at 8 1/2 mo and neither one of them ate consistantly everyday or multiple times a day till they were well over 1 yrs old. I would lay off the food and when you do start i would start with something like avacado instead of cereal to not push the carbs right off. Good luck and follow your heart you will know the best thing to do for your child.

Minnie - posted on 06/02/2011

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Adelaide had not a crumb until ten months and about a mouthful at most a day until around 19 months.



She's hardly unhealthy, lol. Crawled at five months, walked at nine, was talking in full sentences by 13 months, has a vocabulary and handle on English as good as any five year old (she's 2 1/2 now). Hmmm....



Pediatricians get their four hours total of pediatric nutrition from seminars sponsored by babyfood and formula companies. Those companies want more than anything, for your baby to be consuming loads of jarred foods by six months.

Melissa - posted on 06/02/2011

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Wow that seems like a lot for 6 months. Depending on where you live is depending on what they say on introducing foods, they say to start between 4 and 6 months. So IF you start at 6 months you should be starting with 1 time a day. So that would suggest with cereal. Introduce 1 new food every no more then every 3 days for allergies. Don't start anything the baby can chew until you are sure they can handle the pureed stuff good. Research on the internet about introducing foods. All babies will be different about how much they will intake. My son would eat about 6 jars of food a day at 9 months or more plus have 5- 8 oz bottles. my daughter she will only eat 1 jar to 2-3 jars and have 7- 4 oz bottles a day. They both eat little things infants can chew as well. However, depending on the baby it depends on how much they will eat. You don't want to over feed or under feed your baby.

Mel - posted on 06/02/2011

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Your baby does need solids at 6 months however some babies are not ready, in this case you just need to keep offering every other day until she is eating. Doesnt sound like she is ready yet. If she is only just beginning solids you wouldnt expect her to be eating 3 meals a day. A baby who starts at 4 months would be most likely but not one who's just started. Start with a small amount of food per day and just once, usually in the evenings when your supply is down. Rice cereal tends to make breast fed babies constipated so I would use fruits/veges or other foods if you wish. I would seriously give her a break, she can probably tell that you are stressed about it as well. Your doctor is only half right, because she does not require solids 3x a day when shes only just started. I would give it a total break for about a week if she'd refusing, or she might go completely backwards and not want solids for longer.

Merry - posted on 06/01/2011

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I'd wait on the solids, once a day is more then enough at that age and if she pushes it out of her mouth she is NOT ready! That's a tongue thrust reflex and it's there to protect babies from eating before they are internally ready. My son had it til 10 months, so he wasn't ready for solids til then.
Breastfeed often, 8 times a day or more! She needs your milk to thrive, not some carrots :) food for fun is the ru le to remember. If she's not enjoying it, don't push it. Wait a week or mpso and try again, don't rush her! If her body isn't ready you should listen to her. Don't worry! Breastmilk will keep her growing and strong for a while longer :)

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Kristina - posted on 06/03/2011

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i started feeding cereal and stage ! foods to my daughter at 5 months, she took to it great, i do breastfeed and she was eating every 2 hours so thats why i started the cereal. she still eats 5 to 6 times a day with milk. i do agree with the other women if she is not ready then dont force it 3 times a day. try in the morning only do a little bit of cereal each time and make it soupy so she can suck it off the spoon and let her play with the spoon. she will get it when she is ready, just like a child may not crawl right away. good luck and wish you all the best.

Mommy - posted on 06/02/2011

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Up until they are a year old, the only thing they NEED for nutrition is breast milk. IT is a good idea to begin introducing solids between 6-8 months so that your child does not have to make a sudden transition from breast to solids. Also, there is evidence to support that offering a variety of foods may make for a less picky eater in the future. Conversely, there is also research that suggests this can lead to more allergies. But the one fact that remains is that your child can subsist on breast milk alone for the first year. She will eat when she is ready. Don't worry momma!

User - posted on 06/02/2011

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I love Lisa's reply - people go to there doctor so much - and yes they are there for important things. It is true that we think they have all the answers. A lot that the doctors do for medicine or baby food is about what they might get if they sell it.

Wolfmama - posted on 06/02/2011

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It doesn't seem like she is ready for solids yet. Keep offering foods off your plate but don't be miffed if she just plays with it at first. There's no rush as long as you keep bf on demand. Eating should be fun not stressful!

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You may want to look into Baby Led Weaning. It's an approach to solids that follows the baby's lead. It's super easy to do and that way you know for sure that baby is ready to handle food.

Merry - posted on 06/02/2011

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Lol, Eric only finished a whole jar of baby food three times between 6-12 months! He really never ate the jars, he was mostly just breastfed til he started on regular styled foods.

Candace - posted on 06/02/2011

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I exclusively breastfed for the first six months. My ped told me to start offering solids at six months but not to be too pushy about it. We started with rice cerealy, mixed very, very thin with breast milk and it was a good transition. I even watered down the gerber baby foods a little bit to make them thinner. From what I understood, the most important reason to introduce solids now is to get them used to eating and mashing so that when they need them for nutrition, they are ready. My son always accepted solids readily and still eats like a champ so my situation is different.

Mel - posted on 06/02/2011

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If she is having 6-8 breast feeds a day then she probably does need something more, so keep it up if not just destress and wiat til she'd ready

Michelle - posted on 06/01/2011

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try soft finger food? maybe banana or something she can play with as well?

User - posted on 06/01/2011

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I had five kids and breastfeed each one - each one took solids at different times. I think parents give babies food to early - if she doesn't want it and you are not having to nurse every two hours becuase she seems hungry then what ever. Try every couple of days to see if she wants something. I also never gave them food from a jar - espeically since i also had a child that did not want to eat at that age - i found it was just being wasted. When you make something that she can have give her some from your finger. Remember things like avacado ect. Sometimes they like food from your finger why i have no clue ..Babies ar pretty smart they will let you know - they say when she is grabbing at your or for your food it is a good sign she wants some. And as long as she is eneergetic and growing - no problem. My kids are all different ages and eat well also now.

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I would stop the solids and wait. It doesn't sound like she's ready. At 6 months I would still nurse on demand. I definitely wouldn't limit breastfeeding. I also wouldn't go straight to 3 meals of solids a day. Keep watching her, she will let you know when she's interested in solids. When she does seem interested in eating food you can start slow trying a couple times a week then slowly increase the amount of times your offer. Solids are supposed to be "just for fun" until after a year old. Here's some info:
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

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