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Posts: 110 8/19/13 2:09 P
My son is 9 months know, first I breast feed him then I give him solid food , I have 4 children and he is my last , and this is my first that I keep nursing this long usual I stoop by 6 months
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Posts: 3,996 5/28/13 11:43 P
Actually full term babies are born with enough stored iron to last them till they are one.
Some doctors are not very knowledgeable about breast milk or nutrition in general. Drs mainly go to school to learn to diagnose illnesses. Dieticians/Nutritionist are more knowledgeable in diet. But, again many are not very knowledgeable of breastmilk and breastfeeding either.
Well, actually, I believe that solids are not just for fun. They cannot get enough iron from about 6 months on from breast milk. I know nothing about formula since I do not give my son formula. Please check with your pediatrician about your baby's nutritional needs if you are concerned.
I have been struggling to get my son to eat more solids as well on the advice of his doctor. It is not an easy task. His doctor says food then breast. That is not always feasible, so I give a little breast milk, then food, then more breast. My son is 7 months. I am not a specialist in any way, but I was told by the doctor that it is important to get more solids in him than I have been managing to do. Keep trying.
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Fitness Minutes: (119) Posts: 3 5/27/13 10:32 P
I breast feed my 8 month old and i try to nurse her b4 i give her solids. during the first year solids are just for fun :) all of their nutritional needs should come from breast milk or formula. Hope this helped
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Fitness Minutes: (24,259) Posts: 48 3/8/13 10:47 A
Thanks for all the support. I am glad to hear it all. I will nurse him before offering him the cereal, and then I won't be at all concerned about it. He has hit all of the milestones mentioned by you lovely ladies as well as in the What to Expect book. He doubled his birthweight, he has been eating significantly more without a growth spurt, and he can support his own head. He is over 20 lbs. now and I have been getting dizzy when I feed him no matter how much I drink or eat during the day. I don't think I will ever want him to grow up, but I am also glad to be able to nurse him still and keep learning how to support his growth.
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Posts: 3,996 3/7/13 8:27 P
My last post was actually to the last poster before me.
But, by definition, weaning starts when you start giving anything that isn't breast feeding. It doesn't mean that you are trying to get your child to stop breastfeeding, but by definition that's when weaning "starts" weaning can go on for years.
MAGNOLIAHONEY I didn't start to wean my children from nursing when I started feeding them solid food. I nursed Rebecca for 13 months and the ONLY reason why I stopped was because I was 10 weeks pregnant with Kaylin and I physically could not keep up supporting both children. Kaylin is a week shy of being 7 months and she is still nursing. As I stated in my previous post: I started solids because my children were nursing 2-3 times as much for MORE THAN 3 DAYS STRAIGHT without having a growth spurt. My milk supply DID NOT go down because I started solids. I always make sure to nurse first then offer solids. Sometimes my children wanted more and sometimes not.
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Posts: 3,996 3/7/13 2:11 P
There is no reason to give solids till 12 months, so don't push yourself to do something you don't want to too soon. They will have solids for a life time, breastfeeding is very very very short time in their life, don't rush through it.
Personally I will tell you, for many years drs were paid to advertise for cereals, formulas, etc....so sometimes they would push these earlier then needed. Also remember drs are not nutritionist, they are trained to diagnose illnesses, beyond that it's more of personal opinions they are giving, so take it with grains of salt.
In my opinion 4 months is very very early to start to wean.
Fitness Minutes: (24,259) Posts: 48 3/7/13 1:01 P
Yesterday was my baby's four month check up and the doctor wants him to start solids. He is a very big baby and I was so excited for the day I would get to start weaning him from breastfeeding. That is, until the doctor said we could start on solids. I surprised myself by going home and crying. Before getting pregnant I was so nervous because I dislike babies, but then I loved mine. I also hated breastfeeding, but by his third month I felt so confident in feeding him. Now I don't want him to grow up, and I don't want my job to be taken away. I know these are emotional issues and not real issues. I didn't know I would love having a baby so much. My husband said that we will just have to have another one when this little boy is no longer a baby.
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Posts: 353 3/5/13 12:56 A
I started solid foods when my girls started nursing 2-3 times as much for more than 3 days straight. If after 3 days a growth spurt hasn't happened (which for my kids then made them less hungry) I knew they were truly hungry for more than just me. Rebecca got her first solids at 4 months and Kaylin at 3 months. I have a friend whose child started apple sauce almost from birth because she was born with Epilepsy and the only way she didn't wake up screaming all night was by giving apple sauce. Every child is different. I suggest keep on trying.
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Posts: 713 10/9/12 10:50 A
I nursed all 3 of my babies and then fed them. Then they would get the benefits of the breast milk but still get full from regular food. I'm still doing that with my 3rd. Also first foods a good one to start with is avocado. It starts to prepare them for healthy foods and my babies still love it and my oldest is 6 now.
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Posts: 170 9/16/12 5:52 P
Started my girl with rice cereals which she doesn't care for, today I did homemade apple sauce she did better. she still nursed after as i only gave her a few spoons.
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Posts: 3,996 6/4/12 5:11 P
Ive never fed my babies purees so I don't know much about them...I've never bought a jar of baby food. But, really at first the solids aren't for hunger it's more about just learning about them. They don't associate them with hunger for a little bit....they still need breast milk as their main source of nutrition till they are one....solids are just about having fun till then.
Fitness Minutes: (4,682) Posts: 100 6/4/12 2:35 P
I usually will start with solids before breastmilk, when they are hungrier. I find that starting solids isn't as obvious as it seems. It takes them a while to really look to it to be fed. It depends on your baby. They should be somewhat hungry to associate eating with satisfying their hunger, on the other hand, if they are really hungry, they may not want anything else than milk.
I will try cereals first and vegetables, but if they don't care much for it, I'll go for fruit puree. Sometimes I'll alternate between fruit and veggie puree. Sometimes my kids will do a happy dance or song while I feed the baby. They seem to eat better when they are either distracted, or hungry enough and associating food with hunger. I also introduce them early to finger food, like 7-8 months to Cheerios and Rice husks, because they enjoy feeding themselves. I'll even plop some puree in their tray and let them get messy. It depends on the baby, some will enjoy putting their hands in the food and in their mouth, others don't like to get messy.
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Posts: 268 5/30/12 2:15 P
One other thing I would like to add is that your child should not have any liquid except mother's milk until they are taking in enough solids to sustain them. If they quench their thirst and fill their tummies with lower calorie, less nutritious options like water/juice/other milk etc. then they won't be hungry to nurse and could lose weight rapidly and your milk production will go down rapidly as well.
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Posts: 3,996 5/30/12 11:56 A
You're doing things exactly right. All babies are different but for the great majority things don't just switch at one year old, it's a gradual transformation from breast feeding to solids. ;o) I can tell you my own children usually aren't too much into solids till around 3 to 4 years old. Sure I offer every day...but yeah they like mommy milk much more for quite some time, and through out world history from my research its pretty normal.
Thank you for this thread. I am currently breastfeeding my 13-month-old and she is completely disinterested in food. We even try it when we know she is hungry and with her being so old (12-months) when we started introducing solids I just use real food like bananas, avocado, applesauce, etc., but she doesn't want to have anything to do with any of it. She still nurses wonderfully and seems very content with that. I guess I won't rush her. She may be my last (fourth) so I am just going to enjoy her staying a baby a little longer.
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Posts: 3,996 5/28/12 3:11 P
Until one it should be after nursing. After they turn one you can do it either way. Till one though solids are just for fun not for nutrition. The main source of nutrition is breast milk. For many breastfed babies this goes on till 2 to 3 years old. Babies usually naturally wean some where between 2 and 4. (with out help from mommy). So some babies continue to eat more breast milk then solids for quite some time, and that's ok. As long as there is plenty wet diapers and she is meeting her mile stones-physically and mentally, there's not a real reason to worry too much about it. I would highly suggest a local la leche league meeting if you have one you will find out this is quite normal for a lot of babies. Solids take a while to fully transition or even integrate for many babies.
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