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    Default I need solids help???????

    I never thought I would be able to post this. If you know my story, we went through nursing nightmares or complete refusals from 6wks-5months of age. And even still LO never nurses for more than 4 minutes at a time.
    So, needless to say, I worked very very hard to keep our nursing relationship and never gave any formula. We did EBM bottles for a month but then I just said no more bottles and LO slowly got accepted nursing more when tired. We went to every specialist in the area and no one could figure out why he wouldnt nurse. I had to stay home for over a month just because he wouldnt nurse outside the house, and would only nurse in motion when tired. I also picked up the night feedings to make sure he was eating enough.
    Okay fast forward, LO is almost 11 months old now and I need help getting him to eat more solids.
    He is a nursing machine. He still nurses at least every 2 hours.
    Yes, you read that right. But like I said nursing sessions last anywhere around 4 minutes, unless he is tired and then he will nurse to sleep and nurse off and on, on my lap for an hour.


    I try to give him solids at least twice a day. It doest seem to do much to curb the nursing addiction.
    I know a lot of it is that nursing is also his comfort.

    How can I encourage more solids? how often should I be giving solids? how much too? He doesnt seem too interested in eating more than half a jar at any one setting. I make most of his baby food and put them in baby food jars.
    Or store bought too.

    I also do rice cereal once a day, but again he doesnt eat more than a couple tablespoons at most.
    Last edited by ekmaurer3; May 5th, 2008 at 01:01 AM.

    Micah Mateo 10 months old
    And my angel Tyler born and passed 3/3/06

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    Default Re: I need solids help???????

    Some babies aren't that into purees and being fed with a spoon. Mine much prefers to feed himself. And he eats table food so much better than I ever thought he'd be able to. He only has 2 bottom front teeth yet can handle pieces of chicken and steak even. Basically anything we eat (he's not quite 9 months). I would stick him in a highchair with some chunks of avocado and/or banana or string cheese and see how he does.

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    is baby growing well?
    It sounds like your doing the right things. offering.
    I would just give him good fats, good callorie big bang for the buck
    Solids when ever you guys are eating.
    Let him self feed.

    Did you ever have him tested or talked to your doctor about reflux?
    Some babies with reflux are in pain and will refuse to nurse?
    or will then nurse alot and often when they figure out it makes them feal beter.
    you might skip the rice its over proccesed and doens't have much nurtional value.

    heres something from kelly mom that might help
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...s.html#howmuch


    from that link:
    Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child - there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby's diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months

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    Default Re: I need solids help???????

    I would definitely talk to your pediatrician. Mine has a strong opinion that baby after 6 months need solids or they become anemic if exclusively bf because older babies need more iron than what bm can provide (she cites clinical evidence).

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    heres some info on iron from kelly moms
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron.html


    from that link:
    It's "common knowledge" that iron supplements are necessary after a baby reaches the magic age of six months. But is this an accurate statement? Let's look at some of the current research.

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    Default Re: I need solids help???????

    Hi there,

    What kinds of foods is she eating?
    **Margaret**(the artist formerly known as mommamags) Mom to red- and curly-headed, blue-eyed, chunky-thighed Michael Thomas, 24 May 2007, 9 lb/22 in. As an infant, he was my little suckling pig. Now he's a total ham!!!

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    Default Re: I need solids help???????

    I would try regular table food cut up.. my lo is 11 months and still nurses every 2-3 hours during the day too... mostly every 2 hours. She eats solids 3 times a day but not in a any great amount - maybe a tablespoon or so at every meal... MAYBE..

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    I don't have any answers, just had to say that your baby pictures of Micah are ADORABLE!!! Possibly the cutest I've seen.

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    Default Re: I need solids help???????

    Quote Originally Posted by cevangel View Post
    Some babies aren't that into purees and being fed with a spoon. Mine much prefers to feed himself. And he eats table food so much better than I ever thought he'd be able to. He only has 2 bottom front teeth yet can handle pieces of chicken and steak even. Basically anything we eat (he's not quite 9 months). I would stick him in a highchair with some chunks of avocado and/or banana or string cheese and see how he does.
    He doesnt self feed. It never makes it to the mouth. And he usually chokes if we give him pieces of anything. He only has 2 bottoms teeth and a molar. no top teeth yet. According to his doctor and my sister who is an and ND, he shouldnt have meat yet I dont think.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrea_ohio View Post
    is baby growing well?
    It sounds like your doing the right things. offering.
    I would just give him good fats, good callorie big bang for the buck
    Solids when ever you guys are eating.
    Let him self feed.

    Did you ever have him tested or talked to your doctor about reflux?
    Some babies with reflux are in pain and will refuse to nurse?
    or will then nurse alot and often when they figure out it makes them feal beter.
    you might skip the rice its over proccesed and doens't have much nurtional value.

    heres something from kelly mom that might help
    http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...s.html#howmuch


    from that link:
    Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child - there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby's diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months
    yes, we looked into reflux. that was the first thing. And he didnt have it. meds did nothing to help him. We went to all the specialists. We have great insurance that pays for absolutely everything/anywhere.

    The rice cereal is good for iron. thats the main reason we do it. LO is anemic.

    Quote Originally Posted by sweettooth320 View Post
    I would definitely talk to your pediatrician. Mine has a strong opinion that baby after 6 months need solids or they become anemic if exclusively bf because older babies need more iron than what bm can provide (she cites clinical evidence).
    Yes, LO is anemic and so I am trying to give high iron foods.
    Quote Originally Posted by mommamags View Post
    Hi there,

    What kinds of foods is she eating?
    rice cereal, fruits, squash, pureed spinach, avocado (he hates it) but we he eats it. carrots, peas, bananas.

    I try to give him small pieces of any of those, and he doesnt do well with pieces. he chokes and doesnt break it down.

    Micah Mateo 10 months old
    And my angel Tyler born and passed 3/3/06

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    Default Re: I need solids help???????

    I forgot to mention LO is growing well. 50% in most areas. in weight he is 35% at his 9 month check up. But he is growing very well.

    Micah Mateo 10 months old
    And my angel Tyler born and passed 3/3/06

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