I love my ped because she says wait until 6 months to start solids, and she did not freak out that my dd was only 14 lbs 3 oz at her 6 month checkup. She said it is just in her genes to be tiny since I was always in the 5th percentile, and she is very strong, meeting milestones, etc.
BUT, she also said dd should be eating EIGHT TBSP of cereal per day. I can barely get 2-3 in her! She said it is for iron supplementation. Also, in the handout she gave me, it said "If you are bf'ing and no longer taking prenatal vitamins, iron supplementation may be necessary." I did not know the iron from prenatals increased the amt of iron in your milk. I thought the nutrition content of milk was pretty much the same around the world based on studies I have heard of, even if the mom is malnourished the baby gets it first.
And she said dd could eat 1-4 JARS of baby food per day.
Most mainstream parenting books now even say that breastmilk or formula is the MAIN source of nutrition for the first year, and solids are for practice with textures, tastes, and swallowing.
So if it is just for practice, why stuff her with more food than my 3 year old eats in a day? And do the prenatals really help with her iron levels?
I usually just ignore advice that doesn't sound right but I have really valued this ped's opinion in the past. Plus ds had very low iron from 9-18 months and I don't want that to happen to dd as well. Any wisdom here???