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    Question When to Start Solids

    Hello,

    I have been reading the recents post today about starting solids and I have a few questions I am hoping to get some advise on. My DD is 4 1/2 months and she had her 4 month check up last Friday. Her pedi said that it was okay to introduce solids starting with the rice cereal if we wanted. I told her how my DD just gives DH and I the funniest looks while we are eating like she is going to grab the food out of our hands and gobble it up herself .

    My question is when is a good time to start. If it was up to DH she would have been given bananas after the first day of life(he loves feeding babies). I don't want anything to interfere with Bfing. We have been giving her rice cereal for the past 4 days only once and that is in the evening when she is up with DH(she has no schedule ). So far she still nurses just as she had before.We are not interested in giving her cereal to prolong her sleeping she does just fine I think the more awake she is the more time I get to be with her. I work all day so I time is limited Any suggestions?

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    Default Re: When to Start Solids

    While most doctors will tell you that anytime between 4 and 6 months is okay to start with. Most other places will tell you 6 months. It is up to you. Do some research and make your own opinion. I believe that LLL recommends 6 months. Try these links:

    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/solids.html
    http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/breas...ng_solids.html
    http://www.nursingbaby.com/nursing/startsolids.htm
    http://www.kellymom.com/newman/16sta...lid_foods.html

    And for whenever you do decide to start there are a couple of things to consider.

    Do you want to start with pureed food?

    Do you want to do a baby led approach? (try this link for info on baby led)

    http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedseli...uidelines.html

    The important thing to remember is that you want to watch for allergies. It is recommend to give one food and then wait for three days before offering a new food. This will give you time to see if there are any allergies that may develop. Try this link for what to watch for with allergies:

    http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/bab...ies/12409.html

    Also, there are certain foods that should be introduced at certain times. Like no cows milk before 12 months, no honey, nuts, chocolate, strawberries. Also egg yokes after 9 months. Etc... Try this link for foods:

    http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/bab...ding/9195.html

    I hope this answered your questions. Good luck. If you have any others please feel free to pm me.

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    Default Re: When to Start Solids

    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBsolids.html
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/FAQ/solids.html
    here's something from that link:

    Most solid foods are lower in calories than human milk, of lower nutritional value, and can be difficult for young babies to digest. Introduced early, they can cause unpleasant reactions and even trigger allergies. These problems can be avoided by waiting until your baby is ready for solids. Some parents have found introducing solids before baby is ready to be a waste of time, energy and money.

    Your baby is starting to get ready for solids when:

    he is about four months old
    he becomes more sociable, playing and holding "conversations" with you during a nursing session
    he has a growth spurt and nurses more frequently for a while
    he imitates the chewing motions you make whilst eating -- he is practicing!

    You will know that he is really ready to start solids when:

    he is about six months old
    he can sit up without any support
    he continues to be hungry despite more frequent nursing which is unrelated to illness or teething
    he has lost the tongue-thrusting reflex and does not push solids out of his mouth
    he can pick up things with his finger and thumb (pincer grasp)

    Babies who are ready for solids can usually feed themselves. Mothers often report that they knew their babies were ready when they picked up food from a plate, chewed it, swallowed it, and wanted more.

    Listen to your baby! Babies with a tendency to allergies may refuse solids until later in their first year. As long as they are growing well and are happy and healthy, there is no need for concern.

    References

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