limit 5 mo old's solid food intake?

Noelle - posted on 01/14/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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It's been a while since I've done "baby food" and was wondering your thoughts if I should limit the amount of baby food tubs that I feed my 5 month old. Currently she will down 4Tbsp of rice or oatmeal (mixed with breastmilk) and up to 2 (1st foods size) tubs of whatever food I had picked... but today, she downed that like it was nothin and then looked at me like she was still hungry. I don't remember my son being this ravenous... do I cut her off or keep feeding until she shows fullness cues?



side note: she continues to take 5oz breastmilk ~4x/day with 3 meal feedings. And I am making homemade baby foods.

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I found that my son would eat and eat and eat when we started solids. Even though I would always offer the breast first (as you should be doing as well), he began to take less time at the breast. I talked to a lactation consultant and she suggested that he may just be into the novelty of being fed and recommended I give baby-led weaning a shot. Once my son was in control of what he was putting in his mouth/tummy, he stopped filling up on it and breastfeeding went back to normal. Just remember that breast milk should be her primary source of nutrition within the first year. Whatever you do, do not replace breast milk with solids yet. Here's a link to BLW that you should check out...

http://www.baby-led.com/

And feel free to message me if you have any questions or want to talk to someone who has actually done it. It has been such a positive experience and I really can't say enough about it.

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Christina - posted on 01/14/2010

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I really wouldn't worry about her over eating. Your baby probably just needs the extra food right now. She may be going through a growing spurt, so she has increased her eating. Her eating patterns will probably change from day to day. If you are really concerned talk to your Pedestrian. I was extremely worried about my son over eating and becoming fat. He has eaten like a pig since he was born and his doctor continues to say that he is tall and lean. So now I don't really believe that a baby at that age can over eat. Their bodies and brains are growing and developing so much that they need the extra nutrition. Plus, if she did over eat I think her body would rejected it by throwing up. I'm not a doctor or anything I'm just speaking from experience and from what my child's Doctor has said. Good Luck!

Noelle - posted on 01/14/2010

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Thanks ladies. I am currently feeding bottled breastmilk from a frozen supply b/c I am no longer breastfeeding/pumping. She will take about 5 to 6oz feedings about 4 times a day, I had alternated bottle then food meal the last couple of days, and when she knows food is coming, she won't finish her bottle (take only 3-4oz). I just don't remember what I did 2 yrs ago with my son. I'll try the 2nd food size amount and see if that evens itself out. I just don't want to overfeed her.

Renee - posted on 01/14/2010

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Like Katie said breast milk (or formula if you are formula feeding) should be the primary source of nutrition for the first year. Solids are more of learning about different textures at this point. Your lo is out eating mine! We are also doing baby led weaning. My lil guy nurses at least 7 times a day but more like 12 or more. He feeds himself at lunch and dinner. He only eats what he wants when he wants.

Good luck and check out the baby led weaning site. mother-2-mother and kellymom both have great resources too!

Belinda - posted on 01/14/2010

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My son would do that too..he was always hungry and acted like I wasnt feeding him enough..It would probably be ok to introduce a second stage food to her, my son was about that age when I did and he did fine with it.I think with her eating the oatmeal/rice too I would do just one jar of the 2nd stage and see how she does with that, but she probably needs something a little more to it too fill her up.

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