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    Question General Feeding questions/issues for 7 month old

    My daughter is seven months old. I have qualified for WIC and still continue to nurse and pump while at work. I started giving her cereal when she was six months old and started making her baby food with the produce vouchers that WIC offers. A blender and a gift from my sister that squeezes what I have made into pouches have made it all possible.

    This month was my first WIC check with baby food on it. They gave me 3 boxes of cereal, and 64 4 oz jars of fruit/vegetables and 31 2.5 oz jars of meat. For one month!!!! Seriously?

    I have been giving my daughter cereal mixed with breastmilk (1-1/1 oz) at breakfast, lunch and dinner along with my homemade (usually banana, sweet potatoes or carrots mixed with breastmilk) food. We have tried some avocados, too. I only give about 1/2 ounce of food. She then usually nurses her normal amount or is given at daycare a 4 oz bottle of my pumped milk.

    My questions/concerns that I have are with WIC giving so much in a month's time, am I not giving my daughter enough solid food? She is gaining weight and doing beautifully, I have noticed the composition of my milk has changed but I have never changed how much I give her while she is at daycare, it's always been 4oz with each feeding. I haven't even thought about when to introduce her to meats because we are still working on trying so many fruits and vegetables.

    Any and all advice/suggestions are welcomed. I can't seem to find a good answer when I google.

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    Default Re: General Feeding questions/issues for 7 month old

    Until around a year, breastmilk or formula meet all a baby's nutritional needs. Solids should be reserved for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. They should not be used to replace breastmilk or formula in the baby's diet- merely to complement it.

    The reason WIC gives so much solid food is a mystery to me, and it's not an indication that you need to use it. I think a lot of people do because so few people make it into the second 6 months with breastfeeding, and because formula is so expensive. A lot of people are really forcing the transition to solid foods to happen much faster than it should. But there's no need for you to be one of them!

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    Default Re: General Feeding questions/issues for 7 month old

    Thank you so much for your reply, I was really beginning to question if I wasn't giving my daughter enough solids. I like taking my time and making sure she won't have a reaction to certain foods before starting another one. I just didn't want her to need more and I not give it to her. Thank you again, I really appreciate it.

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