Re: Pediatrician wants to force solids
I'm with the LLLadies- at a year old, offering more often is a good idea. But I totally wouldn't stress if your daughter plays with the solids, tastes, them, but doesn't actually eat much, because clearly BFing is meeting her nutritional needs right now. My pediatrician always says that until a year, breastfeeding meets a child's nutritional needs and solids are just for fun, and for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. After a year, solids become an increasingly important part of a baby's diet, but the transition to a majority-solids diet is often a slow one, with many babies not eating much solid food until well into their second year. It's not like a baby goes to sleep on day 364 needing only milk and wakes up on day 365 needing 3 square solid meals a day!
So, IMHO: offer more often, have baby take part in your mealtimes, but no food "boot camp"! If she eats more solids, great. If she tastes them but doesn't swallow, still great: at least she tried. If she won't open her mouth and prefers to mush the solids around with her hands, still great: she had a fun learning experience that prepared her for more fun to come.
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