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    I'll give a quick background of my kids and breastfeeding... My son was born 4lbs at 37 weeks (IUGR baby). When my milk came in, I was only able to get the milk out of one side. It wasn't that the milk wasn't in my other breast, it just didn't come out. It got extremely engorged (to the point of stretch marks) even after pumping and trying to get him to latch. Long story short, he never got the hang of breastfeeding and I ended up pumping for 3 months and supplementing with another mother's breast milk. He has always been tiny. He's now 4 yrs old and in the 10th percentile for weight.

    My second baby girl was stillborn when I was 8 months pregnant with her. I ended up just wrapping my breasts and icing them so that I could make my milk dry up quickly. But once again my one side would leak, and nothing would come out of the other side. After I had her I went to a breast specialist to see why my one breast never released any of the milk inside. I had an ultrasound done and the doctor said that it was some sort of a congenital defect where the outlet for the milk to come out had never formed.

    Fast forward to now with my 6 month and 2 week old baby girl. I've been exclusively feeding her from my one breast that works. I've always had to feed her about every 2 to 2 1/2 hours (probably because of storage capacity). She's in the 4th percentile for weight at 13.2 lbs, which I'm totally fine with. I'm only 5'2" and 100 lbs. She is staying on her growth curve so her pediatrician is fine with her growth and development too.

    So, after this long story, I've started feeding her solids and she loves them. This should be a good thing right? I always feed them to her after I nurse her. The problem is, I think she would take a lot more than I offer. I give them to her twice a day (occasionally 3 times a day). But I never let her have more than 4-5 ounces of solids throughout the day. I've come a long way with breastfeeding and worked very hard to exclusively breastfeed (especially because I can only feed from one side). I don't want solids to make her start to wean herself or make my supply diminish... Should there be a cut off point for how much I offer her? I know she would take more because she will still open her mouth for more, and gets upset when I stop. At the same time it is kind of hard to hold back especially with a petite baby. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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    So sorry for your loss mama.

    I take it you are spoon feeding purees right now. Have you looked into baby led solids? She may eat less naturally if she has the experience touching the food herself and bringing it to her own mouth.

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    Thank you.

    I am spoon feeding purees right now. I haven't really heard of baby led solids... But I'm willing to give it a try!

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    http://www.babyledweaning.com/
    Here 's a good link to get you started. Hope it helps!

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    So sorry for your loss, I too have an older child, then an angel baby, stillborn at 38 weeks, I then went on to have 2 more kids. My daughter who was born after my loss, was TINY!!! She remained tiny and was even off the charts small till she was 2, where she was then the bottom of the charts for a long time. She is now 5 and still on the small side for height but in the normal range! it is nerve wracking when our kiddos stray from the norm in any way. My youngest who is ONE TODAY was born BIG and remained HUGE to this day he is one and in size 24 month clothing...BIG BABY. its amazing how different our kiddos can be.

    Again, sorry for your loss and if you ever need to chat send me a message!

    Baby lead solids is the way I go as well!
    Mommy of 4,
    3 who I watch over, 1 who watches over all of us

    J- 8/20/05 pumped breastmilk for 11 months due to his cleft lip and palate!

    M- 10/17/07 my precious baby lives forever in her mommys heart

    M- 3/31/09 my special gift, she helps heal her mommy and daddys heart. Nursed for 4 years and 10 days, self weaned the day her baby brother was born!

    E-, new little miracle born 4/11/13, my BIG baby! Born 8.6 at 38 weeks. At 9 weeks nearly 17lbs, at 12 weeks nearly 20lbs, at 6 months nearly 23lbs, at 8 months nearly 25lbs and all from BREASTMILK


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    Thank you for your kind words It is so hard to loose a baby... My baby girl who is 6 months old has been my saving grace. I dote on her and am so enamored!

    It is a bit stressful when your baby is on the lower percentiles on the growth charts. I guess I'm somewhat used to it though because my first (son who was 4lbs at birth) was in the 0.02 percentile for weight up through a year. I guess as long as they continue to grow with their own curve then everything is fine. Plus, my 6 month old baby girl is so pleasant and content!

    I'm a little confused with baby led weaning/ baby led solids... When it comes down to it, should I never offer her food from a spoon? What about things like rice? Is it only done correctly if she actually grabs the food herself and puts it into her own mouth?
    Last edited by @llli*hilaryfrazier; April 11th, 2014 at 08:59 AM.

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    Default Re: Solids and a petite baby

    Baby-led solids is something you can use as much or as little as you want. If you want to spoon-feed certain foods, go for it. When you ask about rice, do you mean baby cereal? Because that's a food you can skip entirely. It's just starch. On the plus side, it is fortified with some vitamins and minerals- but those micronutrients can be obtained from healthier foods.
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    I meant cooked rice. I tried a couple foods today. I gave her a piece of steamed broccoli and graham cracker. She brought both to her mouth and gnawed on them for a short time. I guess I just want to make sure that her caloric intake is sufficient. Especially since she's been taking a decent amount of pureed foods for awhile now, and I would not be offering the same amount anymore. I think I'll still spoon feed her some pureed food in the mornings, and then try the baby-led solids with her throughout the rest of the day. Does that sound like a good idea?

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    Sounds like a good plan!

    Until a year, breastmilk or formula alone are enough to meet all a baby's nutritional needs. So at this point, solids are for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills- any nutrition your baby gets from them is distinctly secondary to the fun learning experience. Though I think you're smart to throttle back gradually, since your baby has been eating so much solid food. Give her time to boost your supply by nursing more.
    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!"

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