Early solids?

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Early solids?
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Sat, 01-15-2011 - 10:34am

A new study done in London shows that babies may not need to be fed only

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Registered: 03-16-2010
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 1:57pm

I agree with Charleen about the egregiously misleading headlines. They make it sound like this is a study about breastfeeding vs. formula feeding, but this is a study has nothing to do with that--it's about the timing of the introduction of solid foods along with breastfeeding.

The study itself seems fine to me, to the extent that I understand it.

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Registered: 05-16-2003
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 5:57pm

"phase called "I want that...no, I don't want it." (perhaps you've all heard of it; it's quite popular with the toddler crowd, lol)"

We currently know that phase quite well :O

Andi


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Mon, 01-17-2011 - 9:01pm

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 11:50am

"Personally I don't think babies need solids until at least one year, and I think that BFing should remain the major source (80-90%) of their nutrition until at least 2 years old."

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Registered: 05-02-2006
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 12:58pm

With both boys we started solids right around the 6 month mark.

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 8:22pm
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That is my view too. I have yet to see any evidence that BF babies need large amounts of solids from a nutritional/caloric standpoint before a year. I have seen enough mothers who delayed solids in their child close to a year or later, often due to severe food allergies or strong resistance by the baby to eating them, with little or no long term health problems as a result. While most babies that pushed to take 3 meals of solids per day well before a year turn out OK in the end generally, that does not mean it's a good idea. With BF'ing mothers, It seems to largely stem from the misconception that BM after a year loose it nutritional value and thus you have to get the child ready to transition to all solids and cows milk after a year by getting them on 3 solid meals a day before a year. If your not either dead set on weaning at a year either by choice or necessity, then their is no reason to push so much solids before then.

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 12:50pm

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 4:29pm
We waited until 6 months...and he is now 8 months and still shows very little interest. He gets maybe 10 baby spoonfuls a day...we've tried fruits, veggies, homemade rice cereal, mostly jars or homemade purees but I really want to do baby led weaning. I gave him peas last night and he just played with them and most ended up in his chair. He definitely prefers breast milk and I'm not pushing the issue too hard. We just try a bit every day.

As someone in the trenches of introducing solids, there is a TON of pressure from everybody else in my family from older generations to feed him. Its now one of the first questions I get about him...how is eating going? Its seriously annoying and as a FTM, even though I know he's fine and he's certainly not hungry, it still makes me second guess if he's "normal" when I get all the questions or "suggestions". Ugh...and then if he's not sleeping thru the night, food is the first solution pushed instead of knowing its normal developmentally to have some weird sleep issues, maybe teething, or they say something is deficient with my milk or he's waking because he's hungry...blah blah blah...

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 7:14am

One way to avoid some of the comments about sleeping when asked - is just a brief answer that he is sleeping great, or sleeping like a baby. Or that he woke at 6 am or 7 am or whenever. Never mind if he also woke at 2 am! LOL To be honest, their unwanted advice is uncalled for, especially when you know you are doing the best thing for your baby. If you had a problem and you asked - fine. Listen to their answer.

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 12:05pm
Yeah thats what I've moved to, being very vague...not that I was offering tons of details to start with but even more vague than before.

I know I'm not the only FTM that is being pushed and asked these questions about food. I would guess that this is perhaps why so many babies are getting solids before 6 months and tons of food before a year old...not because they all show real interest before then but because of all the pressure to solve normal "problems" with food, the myths about the adequacy of breast milk, etc etc. Instead of listening to our babies and following their cues, moms have all kinds of other "noise" to deal with from baby books, older generations, poor media and research, etc etc. Its a wonder any of us know what to do "right." It would be nice to just be able to do "right" by our own individual babies without all the noise.

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