How to balance solids with breastfeeding?

Saroma - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am a first time mom of a now six month old baby boy. He has started the baby cereals twice a day now for the past three weeks. He is still nursing lots and I wanted to know how do you continue to nurse and start introducing more and more solids. I do know that babies need breastmilk or formula in addition to solids for the first year but I'm not sure as to the schedule. Right now I nurse him as usual and then right after the nursing in the morning and evening I give him some cereal. Is that how I should continue with other solids???

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Guggie - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Jenifer:

Wow - that's interesting! Our doctor advised fruits and veggies first, and meats and eggs a bit later. I'm always amazed how much child-rearing advise varies from region to region. As for meats, we do avoid fish (but low mercury fish would probably be okay), and stick to chicken and beef. And you may not need to puree. I've found my son can handle shredded pieces of chicken really well. He only has two teeth, but you'd be surprised what then can do with their gums. Same with beef - I've let him chew on very thin slices of steak, and he has no problem with lean ground beef mixed with other foods.



Jenifer ITA. I know the traditional foods mamas prefer to introduce using avacado and sweet potatoes. I used to think bananas were great for new babies but apparently they are hard to digest. DD has had a few taste of banana and doesn't like them anyways (just like me lol).



 



There was an article on a study showing how mamas fed their babies globally. Very different from the UK and the states. Mamas around the world tend to feed their babies exactly what they are eating, spice, meats and all.



 



It makes sense to me so that's what we are doing for dd. Except I am delaying dairy and red meat.



 



 

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Minnie - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

yes after 6 months they do need solids for growth and development. i am only a first time mother to but our daughters dietitian just said from when she was 3 months to offer her some solids before every milk feed. otherwise thier tummy can fill up too much with milk and they might not be hungry after. we never used rice cereal either, the dietitians never mentioned it and when i tried it she screamed. we would just offer pureed fruits and vegies before each feed, allow half an hour for solids then the milk, and snacks of rusks with spreads in between



Your dietician gave you bad advice.  Solids prior to breastmilk because she would fill up on milk?  That's the whole point.  Solids are not a NEED for an infant.  That's marketing. 



 



Dieticians are not experts in breastfed infant nutrition. IBCLCs are. 



 



http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

Minnie - posted on 06/23/2009

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"I do know that babies need breastmilk or formula in addition to solids for the first year"



Actually it's the other way around, and solids aren't really a need. Solids are to be complementary only, to be given after a breastmilk feeding, and never in place of one. They're truly for practice only until at least 12 months, and even after that it's fine for breasmilk to make up a large portion of the toddler's diet.

Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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Quoting Saroma:

Thanks guys! Since posting this question, Ethan went to the doctor for his six month shots and the dr. said that after the cereal, start with meats and egg yolks, then go to fruits and veggies. What did you guys do for meats? I can only think of pureeing chicken or some form of beef. Do you know if you are supposed to give kids fish?


 



the well done scramblled eggs is a good meal for brekky or yogurt and i never pureed meats for ours altho our dietitian asked us to, but she also said to just cut a sausage down the middle, cut her pieces of steak and give her chicken drumsticks to chew on. you can give them fish , we never did tho because i dont really buy it

Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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yes after 6 months they do need solids for growth and development. i am only a first time mother to but our daughters dietitian just said from when she was 3 months to offer her some solids before every milk feed. otherwise thier tummy can fill up too much with milk and they might not be hungry after. we never used rice cereal either, the dietitians never mentioned it and when i tried it she screamed. we would just offer pureed fruits and vegies before each feed, allow half an hour for solids then the milk, and snacks of rusks with spreads in between

Guggie - posted on 06/22/2009

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dd nurses on demand and is offered food whenever we eat. we eat all our meals together, with her. she eats what we eat if she wants it.

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Wow - that's interesting! Our doctor advised fruits and veggies first, and meats and eggs a bit later. I'm always amazed how much child-rearing advise varies from region to region. As for meats, we do avoid fish (but low mercury fish would probably be okay), and stick to chicken and beef. And you may not need to puree. I've found my son can handle shredded pieces of chicken really well. He only has two teeth, but you'd be surprised what then can do with their gums. Same with beef - I've let him chew on very thin slices of steak, and he has no problem with lean ground beef mixed with other foods.

Saroma - posted on 06/22/2009

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Thanks guys! Since posting this question, Ethan went to the doctor for his six month shots and the dr. said that after the cereal, start with meats and egg yolks, then go to fruits and veggies. What did you guys do for meats? I can only think of pureeing chicken or some form of beef. Do you know if you are supposed to give kids fish?

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My son is 9 months now. We always try to give him solids about an hour after his last feed - so he gets the milk first, but is just hungry enough to be interested in more food. They are more as a supplement to breastmilk, so you want to try not to replace a feeding just yet, if possible. You'll probably find that his milk intake drops a bit over the next few months, but as long as he's producing enough wet/dirty diapers, it will be just fine. Honestly, I don't think there is a right or wrong way to give solids - just follow your baby's lead!

Marie - posted on 06/16/2009

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I used to do that. Eventually we dropped a BF in place of cereal. We're still working on that and Alexander is 13 months old. He now gets 2 solid meals a day - For brunch (1:00pm) 4-6 tablespoons of cereal with 1-2 tablespoons of applesauce, and for (5:30-6:30) dinner 1/3 jar of baby food and/or pieces of what we're having (shredded chicken, soft cooked veggies,etc). and he gets LOTS of cheerios, with the occasional Mum-Mum cookie or biscuit.



We start his bedtime routine around 8:00pm and he only wakes once at night for another nursing (either at 1130pm or 3am).



I plan on nursing as long as Alexander wants to nurse but I'm gradually figuring out how to work more solid foods into his day and allow him to drop the occasional feeds. I noticed today they are getting shorter.



I know other moms will have much more feedback.:)

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