Re: Meals/day for a 9.5 mo
A 9.5 month-old baby doesn't NEED any meals. At all. Until a year, solids are just for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. Breastmilk alone meets all the baby's nutritional needs, and solids should not replace breastmilk in the baby's diet. They should only complement it. This is because breastmilk is the healthiest thing you can feed a baby. It contains the ideal, perfectly balanced nutrition for promoting healthy growth, and also contains immune support that you cannot get from solids.
In practical terms, this means that:
- Until a year, breastmilk should always be offered before solids
- A baby may eat little or no solids until she is around a year or even past it
- If the baby is consuming so much solid food that it is impacting her breastmilk intake, solids should be restricted
- Solids can be offered as infrequently as once or twice per day, or the baby may be fed 3 times a day- but again, solids intake should not be decreasing breastmilk intake!
I personally would be willing to fire my caregiver over solids, if I were in a situation like yours and the caregiver was going against your wishes. I would really assert myself, and demand that bottles be offered before solids. If you need support, get a note from your physician (I know a good group in State College, if yours is unwilling).
Good finger foods for self-feeders:
- smashed black beans
- steamed, mashed vegetables and soft fruits (squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, steamed apples, peaches, bananas)
- whole peeled fruits than baby can lick and gnaw
- soft meats (chicken from a soup, pulled pork, ground beef)
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"