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Thread: Does baby-led weaning really work or am I crazy?

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    Default Re: Does baby-led weaning really work or am I crazy?

    Quote Originally Posted by nicolemoffett View Post
    I guess he was gagging because he was coughing the whole time but he turned really really red....
    Red is not a bad sign. Blue or purple means the airway is blocked. Red just means he's coping.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ's Mom View Post
    What does your husband and all your friends with the blank stares think human babies did before Gerber?
    LOL! Of course I'm sure they weren't assuming that babies would be weaned from the boob while they were still babies. Lacking a grocery store or heck even a microwave and a blender I don't think baby humans ate much solid food at all until they had more teeth. I think some babies in our culture need all those pureed jarred food starting at 4 months (and trust me not everyone waits even till then) because they are hungry. I just vented yesterday on another thread how crazy it is that the doctors want to tell us how many ounces of milk a baby should drink!!!!

    Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolemoffett View Post
    I guess he was gagging because he was coughing the whole time but he turned really really red....
    Yes - it can be very alarming!

    When DS does this, I get ready to do the CPR response for choking (just in case) but I try to stay calm and reassure DS in a calm voice that he's ok and praise him when he gets the food in his mouth figured out. I think that if I seem paniced, DS will pick up on that and also get stressed.

    Here's another good source that lists iron-rich foods and the amounts of iron they have:
    http://askdrsears.com/html/4/t043100.asp

    Since your LO is only 6.5 mo old - it perhaps may be good to back off a little on offering solids and/or stick to foods that have a lower choking risk?

    I was worried for awhile because my LO didn't immediately start eating large amounts of solids, but I found it reassuring to read the accounts of other moms (like DJ's Mom) that it took a couple months for their LO to start eating much solids. It was hard to ignore some of the (well intentioned) comments, but I continued to offer DS food on a regular basis so he got the exposure and practice and had faith that one day he'd "get it". And this is exactly what happened for us. After about 2 months of him mostly playing with food, one day it seemed to really click and now he eats (self feeding) very enthusiastically. For us it helped to stay patient and keep offering food (and we also eat at the same time).

    Oh - and it took several attempts to find a food that DS liked. After trying several things, he finally really got excited about sweet potato.

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: Does baby-led weaning really work or am I crazy?

    Bump. Good list and pictures in this thread.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    Default Re: Does baby-led weaning really work or am I crazy?

    We discussed this with our ped a couple weeks ago and he is firm that they need some iron starting at 6 months, he's seen bf babies develop anemia if they don't get iron. He doesn't care about whether we give them finger foods, doesn't think they'll really eat them till about 9 months, but it's fine to try. So we've decided to introduce iron fortified cereal at 6 months, and try to introduce other foods as finger foods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by april213 View Post
    We discussed this with our ped a couple weeks ago and he is firm that they need some iron starting at 6 months, he's seen bf babies develop anemia if they don't get iron. He doesn't care about whether we give them finger foods, doesn't think they'll really eat them till about 9 months, but it's fine to try. So we've decided to introduce iron fortified cereal at 6 months, and try to introduce other foods as finger foods.
    Our pedi said we needed to get iron into DS, recommended that we try fortified cereals, but didn't say that we HAD to give DS baby cereal. We actually did try offering DS baby rice cereal and baby oatmeal and he wasn't interested in either.

    Here are some resources for high iron foods:

    http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitami...ml#ironsources
    http://askdrsears.com/html/4/t043100.asp
    http://wholesomebabyfood.com/Iron.htm
    http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/vita_min.htm

    Fortunately, DS liked some of these foods as first foods (sweet potato & butternut squash). They are very mushy foods and easy for LO to grab a handfull and eat without having a pincer grip yet.

    Since vitamin C helps with Iron absorption, we've also been making sure to offer foods that have plenty of vit c (broccoli & watermelon).

    Our DS didn't eat much for the first month or so of BLW ... and I decided not to stress about his iron levels since I doubt that they suddenly disappear at 6 mo. I decided to make sure that what DS did eat had iron in it, and now that DS is eating quite a bit I think he's doing ok on iron intake. We'll find out for sure at his 12 mo check up (coming up in 6 weeks - eeek!) when our pedi does the first anemia check.

    Oh - and at DS 9 mo check up we told the pedi all the foods that DS was eating (self fed!) and that DS never did baby cereals and our pedi was quite OK with that. I think that the pedi was actually quite impressed by DS food variety and self feeding skills.
    Last edited by lsksam; June 4th, 2007 at 12:26 PM. Reason: typo
    Lynn
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    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
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    Default Re: Does baby-led weaning really work or am I crazy?

    the iron in baby cereal is hard for babies body to absorb.
    here a link to dr sears page on iron
    http://www.askdrsears.com/html/4/t043100.asp

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    Just as a short follow-up to this, ds started eating food last week! We were out and he actually chewed and swallowed a whole piece of avocado! He is still mostly more interested in his bib than the food, but he is getting there. He doesn't gag very much anymore, he just spits out pieces too big. I guess he just wasnt ready before but I am so glad I waited until he was willing to start feeding him solids. He now refuses anything on a spoon unless he can put the spoon in his mouth himself....

    Married and sealed to Randall 12~28~2002
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    Default Re: Does baby-led weaning really work or am I crazy?

    bump
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
    Click HERE to learn about baby led solids (BLS) / baby led weaning (BLW)

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