This thread may be more about venting, but I need some support. I have been battling the sitter about ds eating since we started going at 4 mo. Today, however, was the straw that broke the camel's back. (We are going to a new sitter, but can't get in until August.) At 5.5 mos, she thought we were remiss in feeding him solids. I told him we were waiting until 6 mos. at least. Then when we started him on bananas, she thought we were nuts. Now, she tells me that at 8 mos. if he's not eating cereal with iron, he gets kicked off the food program. (Which is fine with me - I make all his food at home, or buy a few baby foods. I would just as soon he had the stuff I prepare, because I usually spend the four days we're home trying to "unstop him" from the three days she's fed him! Another reason no cereal!)
Anyhoo, she told me (in front of others, mind you) and I QUOTE, "You are a crazy mother not to give him cereal with iron. In 20+ years of sitting, I have never heard of anyone not giving their child cereal. I think you are making a terrible mistake and that you need to reconsider."
I, of course, left very angry. It is embarrassing to be reprimanded about food from a sitter that never even bf her own children. She doesn't think he eats enough, even now. I guess I'm not that 'into' feeding him solids. He's only 7.5 months old and could take or leave it. He enjoys eating when we all sit at the table, but there are days he doesn't have solids at all. Am I totally on the wrong path with solids? He weighs over 20 pounds, is 27.5 inches long and is, of course, amazing! lol! He's had bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes, pears, prunes, peaches, peas, carrots since he really started eating solids 1.5 mos ago. And he nurses round the clock.
Any advice for a seething mother Am I on the wrong path with solids? From what I read it doesn't seem like it . . . help!