Amount of solids for a 6 month old

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Amount of solids for a 6 month old
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Fri, 10-07-2011 - 11:26pm
I'm excited to see that DD and I moved up to the 6 to 12 month section. BFing is going very well, and I just want to check in a little.
Kassie is 6 months 1 week and we started solids about 2 weeks ago after checking with the doctor. She LOVES solids (purees) and hasn't refused anything I've offered, which have been cereals and veggies. Currently she gets them twice a day (cereal for breakfast, veggies for dinner) followed by an ounce of water at each meal. Each meal I give her is about 1 to 1.5 oz. I nurse her before offering solids, and altogether she nurses 5 to 8 times a day. During the day she is pretty distracted at the breast but in the evening and overnight she chugs for about 15 to 20 minutes, chugging all the way. She is 17.5 lbs, 27 inches and teething (already got 2 teeth through and working on more). I know that at this age solids are mostly about experimenting with taste, so I wanted to check if the amount she's getting is reasonable. Thanks :)

Monika.
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Fri, 10-07-2011 - 11:46pm

Hi...I just happened to see your title in the topics bar...and was curious!

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Sun, 10-09-2011 - 2:36pm
I'm not an expert but they say not more than 2 table spoons total at first (I think?) So it wont make you wean faster than you intend. We are doing baby left weaning and skipping cereal all together when the time comes with 2nd DS. I'm scared of weaning too fast so we will start with one small meal with water at first then gradually work up I guess. Hope the experts chime in soon!
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Mon, 10-10-2011 - 5:38am

When a baby is ready physically for solids, there is actually no need for purees, if you do not wish to buy special food, or puree home-made food. There is of course a whole lucrative industry around baby purees and cereals, but these are not essential foods for any baby, and you can skip them if you wish.

At this age, a baby can start with foods such as avocado, banana, cooked sweet potato, and gradually work up to having small amounts of whatever healthy food you are eating at the time. The foods I have mentioned are high calorie which a baby needs, and tasty for the baby.

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Mon, 10-10-2011 - 12:29pm
Here are some great links from a former CL of this board.

I actually agree that there is little need for the cereal (there is little to no nutrition and why offer empty calories?). Beyond that I'd say your baby is receiving the max amount of solids I'd offer such a young baby. I had one baby that had severe reflux that interfered with her eating solids, but my one baby that did eat solids before her first birthday started at 6 mos and didn't receive them everyday initially. Just sort of an informal gradual introduction of foods ... bananas, avocados, soft cooked carrots, soft cooked green beans, and soft cooked sweet potato were absolutely favorites. Around 9 mos, we started offering shredded chicken pieces to her. But again ... just a bit of our foods. I did make some baby food puree too, but found that she really preferred the soft cooked pieces she could feed herself.

Anyway, my computer is about to die. Here's some links, including sample menus:

http://www.mother-2-mother.com/startingsolids.htm
http://www.mother-2-mother.com/samplemenus.htm
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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 1:13am
Well I'm not a lot of help as my little guy refused solids until 7.5 mos and even then would not eat cereal and only some veggie purees (that I spent so much time making for him!) Even at 7.5 mos though, I began feeding him solids only once a day (afternoons). Because he disliked purees, I went straight to well-cooked veggies and fruits like potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, raw pears, avocado and banana (all very ripe). I think around 8 months we went to twice a day, then around 9 months we got on a regular schedule of breakfast (oatmeal or cream of wheat and fruit), lunch (fruit/veggies/sometimes meat, usually leftovers) and supper (also usually leftovers). I go by how he acts on how much I feed him. If he's interested in eating more, I'll give him more. If he's distracted, I don't force it. If you feel that she is beginning to slack off on the nursing, you might adjust her solids accordingly so that she is still getting the most out of her nursing sessions.

Manda :)

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 12:26pm
Thank you all for the input and information.
The nursing changed around 5 months, well before I introduced solids. She is distractible and is constantly pulling off to check something out, even in her well darkened, quiet nursery. I offer to nurse around every 2 to 3 hours during the day, but most of the time she won't give me ten sucks before popping off and squirming to sit up. I tried nursing her sitting up but she wouldn't have anything to do with that either. I really don't want to start pumping again (I EPd for 11 weeks) but I'm thinking that maybe it's the cool temperature of the solids she prefers. She has 2 bottom teeth already and is still drooling up a storm so I think I'll get a mesh feeder, freeze some EBM and see if she will take a momsicle. I have ratcheted back the solids to a bit less than an ounce a feed, but I don't want to eliminate a feeding if I can help it since it's so much fun for the whole family. We never force it, I always hold out a spoonful and she gets it if she opens wide and leans forward for it. The moment she is distracted or uninterested, we stop. After all the hard work of learning to nurse after EPing I do want to make sure we don't wean prematurely but it is really nice to be able to offer other family members a chance to feed her too.
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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 5:31pm

That sounds like a good way to proceed.

Just to reassure you, it is quite common at this age for many babies to become distractable and not seem to feed as well as they did when younger. The world around them becomes a much more interesting place. As well, issues like teething can make nursing more difficult from time to time for baby.

They may seem to be just snacking briefly, but will often have better feeds when about to sleep or just wake up, if you can be ready then, while living on short snacks the rest of the day. You can offer the short snacks more often, but of course, don't force the issue - you will know if she wants anything or not.

Having said that, it cn be surprising how efficiently they nurse by this age, and how even in a short nursing session they can be getting enough.

Teresa

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 5:45pm
I agree, this is a terrible age for distractability! It's not that she doesn't want to nurse or that you are doing something wrong, its just that everything around her is just so darn interesting! It sounds like you are doing all the right things though! She'll probably love the "momsicle!" I know mine did. I also froze purees in ice cube trays (not like he was eating them anyway) and he liked that too. Some people say to give popsicles for teething but I like the BM and baby food popsicles better and those mesh feeders are perfect for it. Just be sure your ice tray makes cubes small enough to fit! :)

Manda :)