Breastfeeding/ Solids

Cami - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )




My youngest will be 6 months on April 1st and is solely breastfeeding, My question is, When should I introduce solids?... She can sit up by herself, she is totally interested in the foods we eat, is it time or should I wait until she's a little older?


View replies by

Elizabeth - posted on 03/25/2011




There is a lot of debate amongst moms on this topic. I say when your child can sit up for short periods on her own you can start cereals. For my kids that was 4 months and then at 5 months I started cheerios and some fruits/veggies.

Babies don't know how to move the food to the back of the mouth to swallow so it will be a little messy at first but she will learn fast.

Kate - posted on 03/25/2011




Use your instinct as to whether you think she is ready, know body knows your baby aswell as you do. and if you are unsure consult your doctor. The recomendation is 6 months, but ok between 4-6 months. And if you try her with some baby rice, use your breast milk to mix it, and it becomes a slightly thicker version of your milk, with extra nutrients. I did this with my daughter every couple f days from 4 months gradually moving to daily and have just started introducing dinner solids (she has just turned 5 months). Also once your baby hits about 6 months their stores of things like iron start to run thin and need the extra boost to keep them up to a good level. But as i said solids is soley your choice, if you think shes ready but not sure, consult your doctor, if you dont think shes ready, just hold of a little longer.

Bonnie - posted on 03/25/2011




If you do decide to start solids, it's best to breast feed first so that way she gets most of her nutrition from the breastmilk and will fill up mostly on that. It's best to start off with rice cereal or vegetables.

Gwen - posted on 03/25/2011




I started introducing a little cereal, applesauce, etc. around 4-5 months.

[deleted account]

She's ready when she loses the tongue thrust. If you feed her a bit of food and she spits it back out with her tongue, she's not quite ready.

Naomi - posted on 03/25/2011




From what you posted, it seems like she's ready. I would check with her doctor to be sure, though.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms