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Is my little one ready for solids or cereal?

I was planning on waiting until 6 months to introduce her to rice cereal. She is just about to turn 4 months old, and is getting massive and has been wanting to nurse hourly for the past 3 weeks.. She won't even sleep at night, she just wants to nurse.
Well, last night at a restaurant with some family, she was sitting next to me, while I ate my salad. Everytime I'd lift my fork, she'd open her mouth real wide and follow it into my mouth. My mom insisted that it would be fine to let her try a taste of Ranch dressing, so I did. And she loved it. She opened her mouth right up, swallowed it, and smiled real big. She kept opening her mouth for more. Now she watches, fusses, and opens her mouth for food when I eat. :/
I have no problem nursing her on demand, but if she's not getting enough? Idk..her pedi told me last month I could start introducing rice cereal w/ breast milk, but I just felt she wasn't ready. Advice? 

by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM
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cl1998
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:44 PM

 My choice was NO solids until at least 6 months.  That was with all four of my kids.  With all the research I did I came to the conclusion that their little bellies were not ready for it:)  It is all about choice though!!

mandapanda82
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM
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I'm really just sick of moms on here acting like its a friggin parenting competition.


Quoting larissalarie:

Lol, yeah it's the people with the pedis following current guidelines based on up to date research, NOT the person who's pedi is following old wives tales!



Personally, I don't care if my doctor knows about infant nutrition. I've got more than half an ounce of common sense and don't need their input or permission on how to fed my kid. All I care is that they paid attention to what they ACTUALLY teach at med school-MEDICINE.



And for the record, between 3 kids and living in 3 different states and 5 pedis I've NEVER had one that said solids before 6 months was ok (not that it would matter). Of course I also select doctors who are younger and connected to major research/teaching hospitals. That way if my children ever do need their expertise I know that it's not some old geezer following cutting edge science...from the 50's!




Quoting mandapanda82:

I think you ladies need new pedis!






Quoting cabrandy03:

Kylersmom is 100% correct.  Dr's recieve little or no training in infant feeding, so they do NOT know best when it comes to things like this.  It's our job as parents to do research on our own so that we're well enough informed to know when our pediatricians give us bad information.

Quoting mandapanda82:

..... Uhhh okkaay











Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

Actually pediatricians know very little about infant nutrition. They get about an hour of education on nutrition in all the YEARS of schooling they receive.

A well educated pediatrician will tell you no solids until 6 months, skip infant cereal, and do table foods not purees but honestly good luck finding one that doesn't want you to shovel liquidfied cardboard down babies throat at 4 months or sooner.

Infant cereal lacks real nutrition, its FORTIFIED with vitamins. This actually prevents iron absorption from breastmilk.

Your baby nurses frequently because breastmilk is so perfect the body can break it down is 90 minutes or less. Babies also go through growth spurts, these can happen ANY time. Babies also nurse for comfort. Your baby need nothing but breastmilk until 12 months(sometimes longer.)

From Kellymom:

Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child – there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby’s diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body’s way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point there is NOTHING that your milk lacks that your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about the amount of solids he’s getting.






Quoting mandapanda82:

My dd is 4 months tomorrow I was wondering the same thing- she doesn't really seem to interested but am just wondering when to start. With dd1 I started at. 6months w purées. I'm planning on making my own this time. But ya like another poster said, you will get a ton of mixed responses... Talk to your pedi and you they know best:) GL













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larissalarie
by Platinum Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM
And who's the one who had to say some people needed new pedis when they didn't like the facts presented for the OP?????
If you don't like facts, ignore them :-) I understand for some people their desire to do something is more important than anything else.


Quoting mandapanda82:

I'm really just sick of moms on here acting like its a friggin parenting competition.




Quoting larissalarie:

Lol, yeah it's the people with the pedis following current guidelines based on up to date research, NOT the person who's pedi is following old wives tales!





Personally, I don't care if my doctor knows about infant nutrition. I've got more than half an ounce of common sense and don't need their input or permission on how to fed my kid. All I care is that they paid attention to what they ACTUALLY teach at med school-MEDICINE.





And for the record, between 3 kids and living in 3 different states and 5 pedis I've NEVER had one that said solids before 6 months was ok (not that it would matter). Of course I also select doctors who are younger and connected to major research/teaching hospitals. That way if my children ever do need their expertise I know that it's not some old geezer following cutting edge science...from the 50's!






Quoting mandapanda82:

I think you ladies need new pedis!








Quoting cabrandy03:

Kylersmom is 100% correct.  Dr's recieve little or no training in infant feeding, so they do NOT know best when it comes to things like this.  It's our job as parents to do research on our own so that we're well enough informed to know when our pediatricians give us bad information.

Quoting mandapanda82:

..... Uhhh okkaay














Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

Actually pediatricians know very little about infant nutrition. They get about an hour of education on nutrition in all the YEARS of schooling they receive.

A well educated pediatrician will tell you no solids until 6 months, skip infant cereal, and do table foods not purees but honestly good luck finding one that doesn't want you to shovel liquidfied cardboard down babies throat at 4 months or sooner.

Infant cereal lacks real nutrition, its FORTIFIED with vitamins. This actually prevents iron absorption from breastmilk.

Your baby nurses frequently because breastmilk is so perfect the body can break it down is 90 minutes or less. Babies also go through growth spurts, these can happen ANY time. Babies also nurse for comfort. Your baby need nothing but breastmilk until 12 months(sometimes longer.)

From Kellymom:

Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child – there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby’s diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body’s way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point there is NOTHING that your milk lacks that your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about the amount of solids he’s getting.







Quoting mandapanda82:

My dd is 4 months tomorrow I was wondering the same thing- she doesn't really seem to interested but am just wondering when to start. With dd1 I started at. 6months w purées. I'm planning on making my own this time. But ya like another poster said, you will get a ton of mixed responses... Talk to your pedi and you they know best:) GL















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mandapanda82
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM
What?!! I did not say I didn't like the facts-- chill woman!!! You uptight moms make me laugh



Quoting larissalarie:

And who's the one who had to say some people needed new pedis when they didn't like the facts presented for the OP?????


If you don't like facts, ignore them :-) I understand for some people their desire to do something is more important than anything else.




Quoting mandapanda82:

I'm really just sick of moms on here acting like its a friggin parenting competition.







Quoting larissalarie:

Lol, yeah it's the people with the pedis following current guidelines based on up to date research, NOT the person who's pedi is following old wives tales!









Personally, I don't care if my doctor knows about infant nutrition. I've got more than half an ounce of common sense and don't need their input or permission on how to fed my kid. All I care is that they paid attention to what they ACTUALLY teach at med school-MEDICINE.









And for the record, between 3 kids and living in 3 different states and 5 pedis I've NEVER had one that said solids before 6 months was ok (not that it would matter). Of course I also select doctors who are younger and connected to major research/teaching hospitals. That way if my children ever do need their expertise I know that it's not some old geezer following cutting edge science...from the 50's!








Quoting mandapanda82:

I think you ladies need new pedis!











Quoting cabrandy03:

Kylersmom is 100% correct.  Dr's recieve little or no training in infant feeding, so they do NOT know best when it comes to things like this.  It's our job as parents to do research on our own so that we're well enough informed to know when our pediatricians give us bad information.

Quoting mandapanda82:

..... Uhhh okkaay




















Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

Actually pediatricians know very little about infant nutrition. They get about an hour of education on nutrition in all the YEARS of schooling they receive.

A well educated pediatrician will tell you no solids until 6 months, skip infant cereal, and do table foods not purees but honestly good luck finding one that doesn't want you to shovel liquidfied cardboard down babies throat at 4 months or sooner.

Infant cereal lacks real nutrition, its FORTIFIED with vitamins. This actually prevents iron absorption from breastmilk.

Your baby nurses frequently because breastmilk is so perfect the body can break it down is 90 minutes or less. Babies also go through growth spurts, these can happen ANY time. Babies also nurse for comfort. Your baby need nothing but breastmilk until 12 months(sometimes longer.)

From Kellymom:

Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child – there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby’s diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body’s way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point there is NOTHING that your milk lacks that your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about the amount of solids he’s getting.









Quoting mandapanda82:

My dd is 4 months tomorrow I was wondering the same thing- she doesn't really seem to interested but am just wondering when to start. With dd1 I started at. 6months w purées. I'm planning on making my own this time. But ya like another poster said, you will get a ton of mixed responses... Talk to your pedi and you they know best:) GL























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KylersMom8-16-7
by Gold Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM
My doctor is awesome but gives bad information on feeding. He is a trained MEDICAL doctor NOT a nutritionist:-) Most doctors are good for everything but feeding advice, especially regarding breastfed babies.

The newest AAP feeding guidelines were just put out earlier this year but they are based on years of studies.


Quoting mandapanda82:

Well I'm saying the mother should know too when her baby's ready And the dr. Not every dr. Of course is trustworthy and know everything but come on, there are some really good doctors out there




Quoting IrishIz:

They need a new ped?   Seriously?   If  they have peds recommending 6 months for solids they have a good ped.  If your ped is recommending solids prior to 6 months you are the one in need of a new ped.  The major health organizations, WHO and AAP, each recommend solid food at 6 months or later.  

Quoting mandapanda82:

I think you ladies need new pedis!








Quoting cabrandy03:

Kylersmom is 100% correct.  Dr's recieve little or no training in infant feeding, so they do NOT know best when it comes to things like this.  It's our job as parents to do research on our own so that we're well enough informed to know when our pediatricians give us bad information.

Quoting mandapanda82:

..... Uhhh okkaay











Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

Actually pediatricians know very little about infant nutrition. They get about an hour of education on nutrition in all the YEARS of schooling they receive.

A well educated pediatrician will tell you no solids until 6 months, skip infant cereal, and do table foods not purees but honestly good luck finding one that doesn't want you to shovel liquidfied cardboard down babies throat at 4 months or sooner.

Infant cereal lacks real nutrition, its FORTIFIED with vitamins. This actually prevents iron absorption from breastmilk.

Your baby nurses frequently because breastmilk is so perfect the body can break it down is 90 minutes or less. Babies also go through growth spurts, these can happen ANY time. Babies also nurse for comfort. Your baby need nothing but breastmilk until 12 months(sometimes longer.)

From Kellymom:

Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child – there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby’s diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body’s way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point there is NOTHING that your milk lacks that your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about the amount of solids he’s getting.






Quoting mandapanda82:

My dd is 4 months tomorrow I was wondering the same thing- she doesn't really seem to interested but am just wondering when to start. With dd1 I started at. 6months w purées. I'm planning on making my own this time. But ya like another poster said, you will get a ton of mixed responses... Talk to your pedi and you they know best:) GL

















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MissMal1
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I'm glad you asked this question. Same thing happened to me on Christmas day, they started pushing me to try starting ds on cereal, he turned 4 months on the 26th. He was given a taste of something on a spoon and really seemed to like it. The next time they brought the spoon to his mouth he opened wide and got really excited about the whole experience.

He has always liked to put things in his mouth though (as that was the first thing he did with every new toy he got for Christmas lol), so I am going to try to hold off til 6 months.

expectantmom81
by Erin on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM
If baby can sit up then you should be ok try some cereal.
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mandapanda82
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I really think people put waaay to much into this- women for thousands of years have been feeding their babies without the guidance of the AAP, or any other studies. They used their instinct. Mothers instinct goes a long way. It's simple- if your baby seems ready and is physically able to do so-/ and has interest// feed the baby!! That's all it comes down to- and if it doesn't work-- guess what? You stop!!


Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

My doctor is awesome but gives bad information on feeding. He is a trained MEDICAL doctor NOT a nutritionist:-) Most doctors are good for everything but feeding advice, especially regarding breastfed babies.



The newest AAP feeding guidelines were just put out earlier this year but they are based on years of studies.




Quoting mandapanda82:

Well I'm saying the mother should know too when her baby's ready And the dr. Not every dr. Of course is trustworthy and know everything but come on, there are some really good doctors out there






Quoting IrishIz:

They need a new ped?   Seriously?   If  they have peds recommending 6 months for solids they have a good ped.  If your ped is recommending solids prior to 6 months you are the one in need of a new ped.  The major health organizations, WHO and AAP, each recommend solid food at 6 months or later.  

Quoting mandapanda82:

I think you ladies need new pedis!











Quoting cabrandy03:

Kylersmom is 100% correct.  Dr's recieve little or no training in infant feeding, so they do NOT know best when it comes to things like this.  It's our job as parents to do research on our own so that we're well enough informed to know when our pediatricians give us bad information.

Quoting mandapanda82:

..... Uhhh okkaay














Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

Actually pediatricians know very little about infant nutrition. They get about an hour of education on nutrition in all the YEARS of schooling they receive.

A well educated pediatrician will tell you no solids until 6 months, skip infant cereal, and do table foods not purees but honestly good luck finding one that doesn't want you to shovel liquidfied cardboard down babies throat at 4 months or sooner.

Infant cereal lacks real nutrition, its FORTIFIED with vitamins. This actually prevents iron absorption from breastmilk.

Your baby nurses frequently because breastmilk is so perfect the body can break it down is 90 minutes or less. Babies also go through growth spurts, these can happen ANY time. Babies also nurse for comfort. Your baby need nothing but breastmilk until 12 months(sometimes longer.)

From Kellymom:

Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child – there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby’s diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body’s way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point there is NOTHING that your milk lacks that your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about the amount of solids he’s getting.







Quoting mandapanda82:

My dd is 4 months tomorrow I was wondering the same thing- she doesn't really seem to interested but am just wondering when to start. With dd1 I started at. 6months w purées. I'm planning on making my own this time. But ya like another poster said, you will get a ton of mixed responses... Talk to your pedi and you they know best:) GL





















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KylersMom8-16-7
by Gold Member on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM
True but we want what's best for our children

What about what you can't see? Baby may seem ready but their body might not be. That's why it's better to wait.

Solids aren't needed until after 12 months. My youngest son didn't eat solids until 13 months and he's still mostly breastfed at 15.5 months old. My oldest two were force fed solids at 4 months because I didn't dare question what my pediatrician told me and I didn't even think to research, now I know better.

Quoting mandapanda82:

I really think people put waaay to much into this- women for thousands of years have been feeding their babies without the guidance of the AAP, or any other studies. They used their instinct. Mothers instinct goes a long way. It's simple- if your baby seems ready and is physically able to do so-/ and has interest// feed the baby!! That's all it comes down to- and if it doesn't work-- guess what? You stop!!



Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

My doctor is awesome but gives bad information on feeding. He is a trained MEDICAL doctor NOT a nutritionist:-) Most doctors are good for everything but feeding advice, especially regarding breastfed babies.





The newest AAP feeding guidelines were just put out earlier this year but they are based on years of studies.





Quoting mandapanda82:

Well I'm saying the mother should know too when her baby's ready And the dr. Not every dr. Of course is trustworthy and know everything but come on, there are some really good doctors out there







Quoting IrishIz:

They need a new ped?   Seriously?   If  they have peds recommending 6 months for solids they have a good ped.  If your ped is recommending solids prior to 6 months you are the one in need of a new ped.  The major health organizations, WHO and AAP, each recommend solid food at 6 months or later.  

Quoting mandapanda82:

I think you ladies need new pedis!














Quoting cabrandy03:

Kylersmom is 100% correct.  Dr's recieve little or no training in infant feeding, so they do NOT know best when it comes to things like this.  It's our job as parents to do research on our own so that we're well enough informed to know when our pediatricians give us bad information.

Quoting mandapanda82:

..... Uhhh okkaay

















Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

Actually pediatricians know very little about infant nutrition. They get about an hour of education on nutrition in all the YEARS of schooling they receive.

A well educated pediatrician will tell you no solids until 6 months, skip infant cereal, and do table foods not purees but honestly good luck finding one that doesn't want you to shovel liquidfied cardboard down babies throat at 4 months or sooner.

Infant cereal lacks real nutrition, its FORTIFIED with vitamins. This actually prevents iron absorption from breastmilk.

Your baby nurses frequently because breastmilk is so perfect the body can break it down is 90 minutes or less. Babies also go through growth spurts, these can happen ANY time. Babies also nurse for comfort. Your baby need nothing but breastmilk until 12 months(sometimes longer.)

From Kellymom:

Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child – there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby’s diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body’s way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point there is NOTHING that your milk lacks that your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about the amount of solids he’s getting.








Quoting mandapanda82:

My dd is 4 months tomorrow I was wondering the same thing- she doesn't really seem to interested but am just wondering when to start. With dd1 I started at. 6months w purées. I'm planning on making my own this time. But ya like another poster said, you will get a ton of mixed responses... Talk to your pedi and you they know best:) GL





























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mandapanda82
by on Dec. 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM
No I never said there was anything wrong with waiting.


Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

True but we want what's best for our children

What about what you can't see? Baby may seem ready but their body might not be. That's why it's better to wait.

Solids aren't needed until after 12 months. My youngest son didn't eat solids until 13 months and he's still mostly breastfed at 15.5 months old. My oldest two were force fed solids at 4 months because I didn't dare question what my pediatrician told me and I didn't even think to research, now I know better.


Quoting mandapanda82:

I really think people put waaay to much into this- women for thousands of years have been feeding their babies without the guidance of the AAP, or any other studies. They used their instinct. Mothers instinct goes a long way. It's simple- if your baby seems ready and is physically able to do so-/ and has interest// feed the baby!! That's all it comes down to- and if it doesn't work-- guess what? You stop!!




Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

My doctor is awesome but gives bad information on feeding. He is a trained MEDICAL doctor NOT a nutritionist:-) Most doctors are good for everything but feeding advice, especially regarding breastfed babies.





The newest AAP feeding guidelines were just put out earlier this year but they are based on years of studies.






Quoting mandapanda82:

Well I'm saying the mother should know too when her baby's ready And the dr. Not every dr. Of course is trustworthy and know everything but come on, there are some really good doctors out there








Quoting IrishIz:

They need a new ped?   Seriously?   If  they have peds recommending 6 months for solids they have a good ped.  If your ped is recommending solids prior to 6 months you are the one in need of a new ped.  The major health organizations, WHO and AAP, each recommend solid food at 6 months or later.  

Quoting mandapanda82:

I think you ladies need new pedis!














Quoting cabrandy03:

Kylersmom is 100% correct.  Dr's recieve little or no training in infant feeding, so they do NOT know best when it comes to things like this.  It's our job as parents to do research on our own so that we're well enough informed to know when our pediatricians give us bad information.

Quoting mandapanda82:

..... Uhhh okkaay

















Quoting KylersMom8-16-7:

Actually pediatricians know very little about infant nutrition. They get about an hour of education on nutrition in all the YEARS of schooling they receive.

A well educated pediatrician will tell you no solids until 6 months, skip infant cereal, and do table foods not purees but honestly good luck finding one that doesn't want you to shovel liquidfied cardboard down babies throat at 4 months or sooner.

Infant cereal lacks real nutrition, its FORTIFIED with vitamins. This actually prevents iron absorption from breastmilk.

Your baby nurses frequently because breastmilk is so perfect the body can break it down is 90 minutes or less. Babies also go through growth spurts, these can happen ANY time. Babies also nurse for comfort. Your baby need nothing but breastmilk until 12 months(sometimes longer.)

From Kellymom:

Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child – there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby’s diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months.

Some children take a little longer to begin taking solids well. Some of them have food sensitivities and this may be their body’s way of protecting them until their digestive system can handle more. Others are late teethers or have a lot of difficulty with teething pain. At this point there is NOTHING that your milk lacks that your child needs, with the possible exception of enough iron. As long as his iron levels are within acceptable levels and when he does eat you are offering him foods naturally rich in iron, then you have plenty of time before you need to worry about the amount of solids he’s getting.








Quoting mandapanda82:

My dd is 4 months tomorrow I was wondering the same thing- she doesn't really seem to interested but am just wondering when to start. With dd1 I started at. 6months w purées. I'm planning on making my own this time. But ya like another poster said, you will get a ton of mixed responses... Talk to your pedi and you they know best:) GL


































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