Intro to Solids

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Registered: 02-04-2007
Intro to Solids
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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 10:33am

My son is 6 months old and I want to make sure to introduce solids in a way that protects our BFing. What are some good resources that show approx. what and how much he should be getting over the next 6 months?

He's had mashed up bananas twice and he LOVES being a part of meal time. I work and have already decided that he's going to get solids only while I'm away and I'll continue to EBF while we're together. I just want to get a feel for how we should go from here.

Thanks



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Registered: 05-20-2008
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 4:23pm

This first link is a good place to start for info on introducing solids into the BF babies diet:
Solid Foods and the Breastfed Baby & Toddler: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/index.html

Since your baby is 6 months old, you can skip the purees and go straight to finger foods. A good way to introduce finger foods is via a method I used called baby-led weaning (BLW), not to be confused with child-led weaning (allowing the child to decide when to wean). The weaning, in baby-led weaning refers to the weaning in the British sense of the word, where it refers to the introduction of solids rather then the process of completely stopping breastfeeding (U.S. sense). Essentially it involves allowing the child to feed themselves small bits of finger foods as apposed to spoon feeding purees and other foods. You can read more about at the following links:
http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/blw/engels.html
http://babyledweaning.blogware.com/
http://www.babycentre.co.uk/baby/startingsolids/babyledweaning/

The key rules to remember when feeding solids is:
* Always breastfeed your DS first, then feed him the solids.
* You do not need to give him more then one meal of solids at first and the maximum amount of solids should be no more then 25% of his diet prior to one year.
* Introducing solids prior to one year in the BF baby are more for allowing the baby to get used to new taste and textures and are not absolutely needed from a nutritional standpoint prior to year.

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Registered: 02-04-2007
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 10:54am
Thanks, those are great!