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    Question Questioning solids at 7.5 months



    My 7.5 month old had a SERIOUS case of constipation today. Poor thing has been straining for a couple of days now to have a bm. Today, he cried and screamed until his face turned red. I even called the pharmacy to deliver suppositories at one point. (Our pharmacy delivers) Well, this just makes me question even more about starting solids. I kind of go back and forth on it. It seems every time I get serious about giving them to him on a 3X per day schedule he has some kind of reaction to make me quit. He's a big baby, almost 20 lbs and 28 inches. And if he wasn't so interested in eating I wouldn't have him on them in the first place. That and I've been told that by 7 months old they need to be on solid food 3 X a day. I just have this sense of urgency about it, like I'm a lazy mom and depriving my baby if I don't feed him breakfast, lunch and dinner. I know that's silly and untrue so I guess I'm really looking for justification to take him off of the solids for a little while. I also was sick recently and lost all but a little bit of my milk. That was horrible and ds HATES formula. So I'm on Reglan now to up it back up. And one more thing, he doesn't like cereal so we have chosen not to go that route. Well, now I am worried about giving him enough iron. I've never posted here, new here, and I figured this is the place to go for breastfeeding and delayed solids support. So I'd like to get some advice and maybe find out what other moms on here would do in my case? Thanks so much! Oh and one more thing to top it off, he almost choked on a biter biscuit the other day. I gave him one at a restaraunt and somehow bit off part of it and was gagging on it. He practically salivates at the rest of us eating though! Are they ready for Cheerios at this point? I thought this might give him something to do with his hands and practice eating like the rest of us. Sorry about the book, on my first post, no less!

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    Default Re: Questioning solids at 7.5 months

    Hi! Who told you a 7 no needs solids 3x a day? At 7 mo, ds was eating a small amount of solids at breakfast and dinner, but many babies aren't eating any solids at all or only once a day at that age. Breastmilk is all babies need for the first 12 mo; solids are more for fun and learning.

    Here is a list of iron-rich foods: http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...ml#ironsources
    An important thing to remember is that naturally occuring iron is more easily absorbed than iron that is artificially added to foods. And the iron found in meat is more easily absorbed than that in plant sources.

    If you are concered about your baby's iron levesl, you can ask your Dr to do a simple blood test. The results would likely put your mind at ease.

    For treating constipation, breastmilk is the very best thing. Cut back on or cut out solids (and formula, if possible) for a few days until pooping returns to normal. In addition, you may want to offer an oz or two of water (not too much) for a little extra fluids.

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    Hello there and I'm so glad you posted! I am a new mom with many of the same concerns. My son is 11 months and still only eats maybe 1 or 2 meals/day, but only 4 or so ounces total! I have been so worried off and on, and found this forum to be so helpful. I have learned that many babies won't eat due to sensitivities/allergies and this fits my son well. Also, he gets SOOO constipated and has had trouble with pooping all along. Often, I feel the same way you do, and feel like if I just stopped the solids for a while, then he'd be okay. Seems like every time I try to "encourage the solids more" he ends up constipated or has a reaction to something I give him. I also feel guilty though that I'm not feeding him the 3 meals a day.

    You are not alone! I guess I don't have any answers for you, but I can tell you that I just follow my son's cues and try to remember that it is okay if they mostly receive breastmilk for the first year; that complementary foods are just that: for fun and learning. I have really just avoided cereal altogether as it binds my son up. I had his blood levels checked at 9 months to make sure he was getting enough iron and they were fine (he was barely eating any solids at that point). He has just now started eating bites of table foods that he likes, and has tried feeding himself and few times. I'm starting to let him play with his food and get messy.

    For the constipation for my son, after trying what seemed like EVERYTHING, including prunes, pears, karo syrup, rectal stimulation, suppositories, etc. etc. he is finally now starting to have "normal poops" after giving him 1/2 teaspoon flax seed oil with his fruit every day, and a trip to a trained and experienced chiropracter! This was our pediatrician's recommendation and it worked!

    HTH

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    Default Re: Questioning solids at 7.5 months

    Hi! Who told you a 7 no needs solids 3x a day?
    I think I read it somewhere online or in a book. And plus it just seems to be what my friends are doing with their babies.

    For treating constipation, breastmilk is the very best thing. Cut back on or cut out solids (and formula, if possible) for a few days until pooping returns to normal. In addition, you may want to offer an oz or two of water (not too much) for a little extra fluids.[/QUOTE]
    I've taken him completely off of all solids and feel so much better about it now. My gut tells me that while HE WANTS to eat solids his body is just not ready for them. He is ebf and doesn't take any formula. I had been pretty proud of that until I got sick and my supply dwindled. Even then he would only take a couple of ounces, enough to get him by I guess. I really was afraid he was starving.

    Thank you so much for the advice. I feel so much better about everything now!

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    I'm so glad my son isn't the only one! I just feel so much better when he's on limited or no solids. I feel like that's what's best for him. But then I get the "peer pressure" and try to get him on a schedule of solids. That ALWAYS backfires and he has some kind of reaction. I've just been so wishy washy about it. I wish I had found this place sooner. Thank you so much for letting me know I'm not alone! I'm going to take my time with the solids and start out slowly again. He'll get there when he gets there and mommy's milk is free and easy to share!

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    Default Re: Questioning solids at 7.5 months

    Ahh, yes, good advice, what would we do without it?!

    According to the World Health Organization, breast milk is the only food necessary for babies up to 12 months.

    You are right to go with your gut feeling, if your baby isnt ready to hadle solids, then give it a little longer. It can help to keep in mind that humans dont run on clockwork like the books (and some doctors) say they do. some babies are born at 40 weeks, some at 38, some at 42. All are on time. Some start solids at 6 months, some at 10, some at 14, when they are ready. Some babies walk at 10 months, some at 18 months, some kids are reading at 4, others at 7, some kids hit puberty and run away from home at 14 while others you cant get rid of even when they're 35 and married

    Just follow your baby's cues, and trust in his natural timing.
    (cheerios, by the way, are a pretty processed food, that are best left until later!)
    I would suggest that if your baby is REALLY interested in food, you can let him play with it and taste it, but dont actually *feed* it to him.

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    Default Re: Questioning solids at 7.5 months

    The iron in breastmilk is very easily absorbed by baby thanks to specialised proteins contained in the breastmilk. Recent studies have shown that an exclusively breastfed baby does not need supplementary iron - in fact, the absorption of iron from breastmilk is actually REDUCED when solids are introduced. So if your baby is otherwise healthy, was full term and over 6.5lb at birth, his original iron stores combined with the iron from your milk will keep his hemoglobin levels within the normal range.

    As the pp suggested, if you still have concerns re iron, a simple blood test can rule out any potential problems.

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    Default Re: Questioning solids at 7.5 months

    You've already gotten a lot of good responses. I would poke around the kellymom.com site for good general info on solids, too (someone provided a link to the page on iron).

    There is a lot of pressure to feed "three squares a day" but that is more cultural than scientific. I still don't give DS lunch because he really just doesn't seem interested, and we are also usually out and about during the day, so it's much easier for me to nurse than to lug a cooler with food in it. DS is 13 months, and I don't think he eats 4 ounces of food! In fact, I don't think most of the babies that I know that are weaned eat 4 ounces a day.

    I really loved reading the LLL book "My Child Won't Eat", which basically says that people expect kids to eat way too much and apply too much pressure to eat.

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    Default Re: Questioning solids at 7.5 months

    I haven't read any of the replies you've gotten, so I hope I'm not just echoing everyone else, but I've been going through exactly what you have! My 6 mo ds is 22 lbs and 27 in long. He's a big boy He's been reaching for my food and going nuts since he was 4 1/2 months, but I just now started solids. Anyhow, I started them and he didn't poop for 3 days then I cut solids cold turkey until he finally had three massive blow outs in a 6 hr period. I decided to "detox" him by only breastfeeding for 3 days then start over on solids. Once he was back to his normal poopy self I gave him prunes for breakfast. He loved them!!! Then sweet potatoes for dinner. The next morning prunes again, then pears for dinner. Next morning, you guessed it, prunes, then peas for dinner. I only give him at most half a jar (or the equivalent if I'm making fresh baby food) and so far he's been pooping nicely. Now he does have to work a little harder to get it out, but that's normal and it's still nice and soft and mushy/runny poop.
    However, I do want to say one more thing...I have known many many friends who have had huge babies that do nothing but nurse up to a year old!!! Your milk is plenty sufficient. If your little one is thriving, peeing, pooping, and not losing weight, then enjoy the good nursing life and save the solids for later.

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    Default Re: Questioning solids at 7.5 months

    Thanks so much everyone for your replies! Yall have given me the confidence to do what I feel is right for my baby. He has been off of solids since I wrote the first post and doing so well. He still hasn't pooped again so I am hoping he is not still constipated. I'm considering giving him some prunes just to be sure. But he had this rash that was all over his chin and mouth that I thought was a drool rash. Well, it disappeared as soon as I took him off of the solids! And so did the redness on his bottom which pedi said could be heatrash. I LOVED what pp said about having friends with huge babies that were on nothing but bm the first year. I started to worry again about not giving him solids bc he seems to reach for my food when I am eating and holding him. Then I realized duh, he reaches for EVERYTHING he is almost 8 months old and curious! Thanks again...I feel much better about having a 100% breastfed 8 month old!

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