How much solids for 6 months old

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Registered: 12-02-2008
How much solids for 6 months old
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Mon, 01-11-2010 - 1:18pm

Hello All,


I have been told to give solids 3x a day by LO's pediatrician. right now, he gets 2x a day - first one is a table spoon of oat cereal mixed w/ milk along with veggies/fruits (about rgular three spoons full).

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Mon, 01-11-2010 - 4:53pm

With all due respect to your pediatrician, we think 3 meals a day is WAY too much for a 6 month old. The AAP recommends nothing but breast milk or formula until 6 months. At 6 months, a baby should be just getting tastes of solids once a day if they're interested.


Here are some great links about the many good reasons to delay introducing any solids until the 6 month mark:


http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/delay-solids.html


http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-when.html


If I were you, I'd keep baby at the same amount of solids for a while yet and definitely not increase to 3 times a day. I'm just curious when he told you to start solids and if there were any specific reasons why so early.


Take a spin through the links and let us know if you have any questions.


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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 01-11-2010 - 5:32pm

ONce a day at the most.

IF I recall from an earlier post you were concerned about weight gain. Solids have fewer fats AND calories than BM. chart here: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/babyfoodcalories.html

So if you start giving solids 3 times a day (generally 3 times a day is started around 12 months or later) then not only are you going to be on the fast track to early weaning but also possibly weight gain issues.

With all due respect based on that and the misinformation your Dr gave you about how much BM a baby needs, it sounds like he is not very knowledgable about breastfeeding. Unfortunately we see that a lot since most Dr.'s get a few hours training at most on breastfeeding as well as nutrition in general.

I would also suggest choosing more nutrient dense foods and get rid of the baby cereal. The baby cereals are NOT needed and have very low nutritive value. Better options for first foods: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/first-foods.html

Have you tried Avocado? That is one food that is higher in fats (the good kind) and calories than BM. A couple pieces of pasta with some olive oil can be a good finger food. Other good finger foods: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/finger-foods.html

This has a good gradual progression of adding solids: http://www.mother-2-mother.com/samplemenus.htm

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.http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html#howmuch

As for baby being a "slow gainer", is baby otherwise healthy? Meeting milestones? Happy? playful? I would encourage you to read this article from Dr Jay Gordon about weight gain : http://drjaygordon.com/development/bf/scales.asp

Dr Sears also hAS good info about how BF babies gain weight differently than FF babies - http://askdrsears.com/html/2/T023600.asp

I think this is important since you Dr appears to be more knowledgable about FF babies.

Take a look at the info and follow up with questions.



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Registered: 12-02-2008
Mon, 01-11-2010 - 8:44pm

Thanks! I kinda knew 3x is a little too much, but I am getting the pressure from