when to start feeding solids

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my son was born on the 12th feb i breast fed him when he was born untill he was about 7 weeks i had to stop because he wanted more all the time and it was just not satisifi him so i put him on part bottle part breast and when i done that i did nnot have a such milk and he was hungry so i put him on the bottle when he was 10 weeks he use to have 6 oz for milk evey 3 hours and that was sma gold and that was not working he was still hungry after that so i changed his milk to cow and gate hungry baby and that worked for us for about a few weeks and now he is so hungry so i put a extra oz in his milk and he is now on 7 oz nad he still seems to be hungry what can i do

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Mel - posted on 06/02/2009

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anywhere between 3-6 months but it depends on the baby really. some babies want food sooner then others and have it from 2 months old. i started mine at 3. it definately sounds like he is needing solids. if you do try just make sure you do each food for 3 days and stay away from rice cereal. it tastes horrible and causes constipation. If it helps my daughters dietitian put her on solids and told me it is better to introduce earlier then later and our foods rather then baby food as long as they are pureed, but i realise every doctor has different opinions

Liza - posted on 06/01/2009

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Agree with Jenifer, 4-6 months is the norm. The closer you can get to the 6 month end, the better.
My son was drinking 6oz's at a time by 4 months old. When I mentioned to our dr that he was drinking so much already, he told us to not give him larger bottles, but to feed him more often once he acted like he was wanting more. I hope that makes sense, I can't seem to get my point worded right tonight! Babies bellies are so tiny, they can't take too much at once!

You mentioned cow milk, are you giving him whole milk? How old is he?

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Honestly, I'd wait as long as possible to introduce solids. That gives their digestive systems the most time to develop - they're just not ready to digest solids when they are so little. Most doctors in the US suggest starting between 4 and 6 months, but waiting until after 6 months is probably best. He might be hitting a growth spurt right now, and just need extra formula. Even once you do start giving solids, formula is going to be his main source of nutrition for the first year. My son is almost 9 months, and gets about one jar of baby food per day (~4oz), plus whatever he wishes to eat off of our plates. He likes his solids, but still mainly gets breastmilk. Hope that helps.

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Honestly, I'd wait as long as possible to introduce solids. That gives their digestive systems the most time to develop - they're just not ready to digest solids when they are so little. Most doctors in the US suggest starting between 4 and 6 months, but waiting until after 6 months is probably best. He might be hitting a growth spurt right now, and just need extra formula. Even once you do start giving solids, formula is going to be his main source of nutrition for the first year. My son is almost 9 months, and gets about one jar of baby food per day (~4oz), plus whatever he wishes to eat off of our plates. He likes his solids, but still mainly gets breastmilk. Hope that helps.

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