When so I start solid when baby born premature

Mia - posted on 04/22/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )




My baby was born at 25 weeks in October, which means, she should be 6 months, but hospital say, she is 3 months. She is putting on weight ok with breast milk but not enough, so I was thinking starting her on solid.. She has started biting her hands, so I was thinking of starting her on porridge to help with weight gain, then as time goes, move her to a variety of foods. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks in advance!!


Raye - posted on 04/22/2016




If she was born at 25 weeks, then you would add on about 15 weeks to her actual age to look at developmental milestones. So, when other babies are being introduced to solids at 6 months old, yours should begin around 9 months old. When you start feeding solids, the baby should still get most of the nutrition from breastmilk or formula until 1 year (1 year + 3 months for your baby). The solid foods are just to get them used to new flavors and textures. if your concerned about your baby's weight, talk to your doctor. Again, you can't look at the weight chart for a 6 month old... you have to adjust for the baby's developmental age.

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