Re: When, what food, how much to introduce? Help please :/
That's it exactly. Breastmilk is the ideal food, and up to the first birthday, it's really all your baby needs to stay well-nourished. Until 1 year, solids are just for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills.
Some of the things that I've read say that you shouldn't replace a (breast)feeding with solids - so I should nurse him first then offer solids after? Is that right?
As solids make up an increasingly important part of your baby's diet, the number of nursing sessions will probably drop off. But when that will happen is anyone's guess. At 1 year, my kid was nursing 8-12 times per day, at least.
Right now he eats 5x/day for about 7 minutes on each side and he sleeps through the night. I want to breastfeed at least until he's one, so does that mean he'll be nursing 5x/day until then? (sorry this probably sounds dumb, but I have no idea about any of this stuff).
Just a nosy question- is your baby growing well on just 5 nursing sessions per day? That's on the low, low low end for an exclusively breastfed 6 month-old.
The only reason to start with cereal is that it is fortified with vitamins and minerals. Other than that, it's just empty starch- not the most nutritious stuff.
Also, everyone that I know always starts their kids on cereal, then moves to veggies and fruits.
Some people would say that personal preference is all that matters. Others would recommend avoiding certain acid or highly allergenic foods until the baby is a year old- foods like citrus and shellfish, for example. You certainly cannot go wrong by starting with avocados and bananas (though if you feed your baby a lot of bananas watch out for signs of constipation). If you're concerned about protein, try nursing more and offering protein-rich foods, like meats and beans. One of my kid's early favorites was shredded, boiled chicken from a chicken soup, which was a great food for her to self-feed.
And from other things that I've read, it doesn't matter what food you start them on, it's really just personal preference? Like, I've read of some doing avocado first, or bananas, some do cereal. Is there one that's better than another? I just want to make sure he's getting enough protein.
You might want to check out the baby-led solids approach- it takes a lot of the pressure off mom and dad, and there are a lot of interesting posts on this forum regarding BLS.
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