Re: 7 mos, Time for solids?
Look for the physiological signs of readiness:
- interest in foods
- able to sit up on own
- lost gag reflex
- has pincer grip
Most babies are physiologically ready sometime around 6 months. I don't see any reason you have to withhold solids from your baby at 7.5 months if she wants them; remember that milk is still the primary food till a year. So nurse first, then let her experiment with food! Most babies, even when their caregivers try to transition them to food sooner/faster, still don't take a large proportion of their calories from food till a year or later. So don't worry about it too much.
Usually when people say "Exclusively Breast Fed" there's some confusion about what precisely that means. My understanding is it means nothing but breastmilk till the start of foods (sometime around 6 months), then breastmilk + foods after that (no formula). Though milk is sufficient nutritionally for a year, I think it would be pretty hard socially to avoid foods for 12 months!
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