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starting solids....need advice!

Posted by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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So my dd has been ebf since birth. She will be 6 months on the 27th of this month so I want to be prepared. I personally do not want to force any solids on her at all and will not use cereal at all. My SO and his family have been freaking out that I haven't started solids yet because they all started them by 4 months or sooner. Also, they all ff. So, I plan on trying bls as best as I can and avoid purees as well. I know to bf before offering solids but I'm looking for good advice on how to introduce foods and what to introduce. Thanks in advance!!
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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM
I just chopped avocado into small pieces and put it in front of her. She didn't show interest until about eight months, but now (10 months), she eats everything we eat.
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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM

We started with purees but I made my own. Whatever we ate I used a small chopper and it chopped the food into small pieces.

As far as what foods, we stayed away from meats until a year old. Start with veggies and fruits.

by Miranda on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

With my son we gave him chopped avacado & tiny bits of chicken & he loved it

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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Thank u!
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by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I just did soft foods to begin with with ds- he's the first one I did babyled solids with. Anything he could hold/pick up himself and eat easily. I also bought a cheap microwave steamer bowl so I could steam some veggies for him and that worked well. His favorite was squash :)

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

When she can pick up a chunked banana or avacado and 'chew' it then she's ready.  Be careful b/c it can give her gas or stop her up.  Solids right now are for 'fun' and to test out tastes and textures.  She should get around a tablespoon to test and not much more.  You can also cook a sweet potato in the microwave and cube it.  My son likes peas and green beans.  But if you see that she can't chew it and starts choking then you need to wait and try again later.  My daughter used to gag and throw up b/c she couldn't handle it.  She was closer to a year before she had the hang of it.  

Its your baby!  You do whats best!!!!   

by Leanne on Jan. 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I will warn that blw with avocado or banana is messy!   My LO can pick up her food, but I just slice and spoon feed her to avoid the mess with those particular foods.  She still chews and swallows.

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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I think this article gives some great info and ideas!

Good Foods for Babies

NOTE: This article is the second of a series about introducing solids and weaning. You may want to read the previous article first: When is the Best Time to Start My Baby on Foods Other Than Breastmilk? The final article in this series is: Thinking About Weaning?

As her baby approached his six month birthday, Joanna had lots of questions about starting her breastfed baby on other foods.

“Those jars of baby food are cute but so expensive. Besides, I would really prefer to feed my baby fresh food. Is it difficult to make your own baby food?"

It is very easy to make your own baby food and much cheaper, too. You do not even need special equipment, just a knife, fork and spoon.

“What are some good “starter” foods?”

Most babies like soft fruits and veggies. You can put tiny pieces of ripe banana on his tray, so he can pick them up and feed himself while you eat your dinner. Sweet potatoes are great for babies. Just scrub and prick the skin of the potato and bake it in the microwave until it is soft. After it has cooled down, you can throw away the skin and cut up the soft potato into little chunks.

“I have never heard of babies feeding themselves! I thought you had to feed them with little spoons!”

We used to think it was a good idea to start babies on solid foods when they were very young, maybe even just a few weeks old. Of course, babies that age could only eat pureed foods, which their mothers fed them with spoons. Now we know that babies are not ready for solid foods until they can sit up by themselves and use a pincer grasp with their fingers and thumbs. By that time, they can eat all kinds of things with only a little help from you. Your baby may like sitting in a high chair to eat, or he may prefer to sit on your lap or on the floor.

“Why do so many babies start with cereal?”

Cereal may be traditional, but it is not necessarily one of the best first foods. Iron-fortified rice cereal has been suggested as a first food in the past because of the belief that it was “hypoallergenic” and was a good source of iron. A review of research by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finds those reasons to be invalid. 1 Newer thinking suggests beginning with foods that are naturally nutrient-rich. For example, meat is naturally rich in iron and zinc. In any case, breastfed babies usually get all the iron they need from their mother's milk up until at least six months of age. 2 If your doctor is concerned about iron levels, a simple blood test can be done right in the office.

“So what else could I feed my baby?”

Lots of things! Just make sure the food is soft enough not to catch in his throat and that it is cut into little pieces. So, for example, you will want to offer cooked, not raw, carrots, green beans, and peas.

  • Try ripe avocados, pears, peaches or apples – whatever is in season.
  • Beans can be mashed after the skins have been removed.
  • If you eat meat, you can offer little pieces of chicken or maybe a meaty leg bone (with that thin sliver of attached bone removed).
  • Tofu is an easy, soft food for a meat-free family with no soy allergies.
  • As he gets closer to a year, your baby may also like to gnaw on a heel of whole wheat bread or a piece of bagel.

“Are there foods I should avoid feeding to my baby?”

  • Don't give her anything that could get stuck in her throat, so avoid hard foods like popcorn and nuts and sticky foods like peanut butter.
  • Any “round” foods, like carrots slices or grapes, should be cut into quarters.
  • You may have heard that you should delay potentially allergenic foods, and you may have seen lists of such foods. Current research suggests that there is no benefit or reduction in the development of allergies due to delaying certain foods. 1
  • Never give honey to a baby until he is over a year old because of the risk of botulism (food poisoning).
  • If there are any foods or drinks to which members of your family are allergic or sensitive, talk with your health care provider before offering them to your baby.

“How much food does he need? How many times a day should I feed him?”

Start slowly, just once a day. If you miss a day, don't worry. Table foods may be offered whenever it is most convenient. It is not necessary to stick to a strict daily schedule. At first he will mostly play with his food. If any of it gets in his mouth, consider it a bonus! Start with about a teaspoon of food and add more when he asks for it. You might want to put an old shower curtain under his chair to catch the crumbs. Wait about a week before introducing each new food. That way it will be easy to see if anything upsets his stomach or gives him a rash.

“What about juices? Won't he need extra water too?”

Whole fruits contain fiber and are much more nutritious than juices. It makes sense to either limit juices or even avoid them completely. Some mothers like to offer a little water in a sippy cup with meals.

“Wow, I am excited to start! But I was wondering, if I start on other foods, won't he nurse less often? I don't want to lose my milk, and I am not ready to stop nursing.”

Your milk remains the most important part of your baby's diet until he is about a year old. Always nurse him before offering other foods and afterwards as well if he is interested. Nursing before offering solids will both ensure that baby gets enough breastmilk and maintain your milk production.

Babies need only their mother’s milk for about the first six months. Your baby will continue to receive the same nutrition and protection from your milk as long as you continue to nurse.

The continuing protection from illness is important for your baby, because when babies become more mobile, they are toddling around and picking up all kinds of germs, some of which go straight into their mouths.

It is fun to see your baby begin to explore the different tastes and textures of various foods.

You may also like to read:

Baby Led Weaning and More on Baby Led Weaning

Whole Foods for Babies and Toddlers by Margaret Kenda

Mash and Smash Cookbook by Marian Buck-Murray

Sugar-Free Toddlers by Susan Watson

My Child Won't Eat! by Carlos González, MD

1. American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition. Pediatric News, November 2009: “Rice Cereal Can Wait, Let Then Eat Meat First: AAP committee has changes in mind”

2. Raj, S et al. “A prospective study of iron status in exclusively breastfed term infants up to 6 months of age”, International Breastfeeding Journal, 2007.

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I'm in the same boat momma. My baby is 4 1/2 months old & no one in my family really cares what I do but my pedi sure does. She is right on trac with growth & development but he dosnt understand why I want to wait on solids. I'm not in any rush & neither is she. I want to skip purees & cerial & do baby led solids & let her wean from breastfeeding on her own & when I explaned this to her Dr the other day he looked at me like I had 2 heads. I obviously don't care what he thinks & I will just sit there & smile & nod when he tells me what to do but I wish my pedi understood why this is so important to me.

by Gold Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:31 PM

I've always just given a small amount of whatever we were eating at the same time we were eating.

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