Re: Worried about my baby's calcium need
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I think your question is really one that should be taken up with your child's pediatrician. I know my pediatrician says that until a year, a baby's primary source of nutrition should be breastmilk or formula. It's not just about the calcium, it's also about meeting the baby's nutritional needs for fat and carbohydrates, and about feeding the baby the proper type of fats (like cholesterol- not so great for adults but good for babies) and carbohydrates (like lactose). Breastmilk and to a lesser extent formula have the right balance of ingredients. It's much, much harder to strike that balance when feeding a baby solids. Especially a 6 month old baby, who should be just starting with solid food, taking a few tastes per day for the experience and not relying on solids to meet most of his nutritional needs.
Basically, if you are detmined to space your children very close together, weaning will make your fertility return and should make that close spacing possible. But as far as I know, a mom who weans before a year should be switching her baby to formula, not solids. I think it makes sense to keep offering formula in small amounts, perhaps mixed with cereal or perhaps with expressed milk, and to keep trying different brands until you find something your baby will drink. Or... Reevaluate your plan? Close child spacing might be your ideal, but getting a full year's nutritional value from breastfeeding... That's your baby's ideal. Sorry if that sounds harsh or critical.
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