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Chris_85's picture
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solid foods

I thought I would start a food thread Laura made me think about it since I haven't started Lilly on anything yet.

So

Have you started your LO on solids?

If not when do you plan to ?

If so when did you?

How did you start ?

Lets Chat about it!!:hungry:

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we've offered Eve some rice cereal. She pushed it out of her mouth. not ready. She was giving us the visual cue....ie watching every mouthful we eat so we thought we'd try. we'll wait another couple of weeks (maybe)
the boys...Ethan (DS1) we offered at like 3.5-4 months (he was a HUGE eater right from teh get go)
Isaac (DS2) 6 months and he was more than ready.

We'll do rice cereal for a month (give or take), then oatmeal (for a week or so). then we'll start introducing veggies, green first 1 at a time once a day for 2-3 days. After we've finished all the veggies then we'll offer a veggie and then a fruit. Keeps them from only wanting the sweet fruit cause they know they already like the veggies.
slow begging on things shows allergies.
remember too don't feed strawberries till over a year. and no nuts or honey till over a year.

Are you going to make your own baby food? its not hard to do. i've done it with both the boys and plan on again with Eve.

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Lio has not started solid foods yet. With my DD, she was 5 mos old. A bit younger than I had intended, as I wanted her to be a minimum of 6 months. But she grabbed food off my plate one day and started going to town. Wasn't a huge deal as we do baby lead weaning (we don't give pureed foods, just what we are eating), but I wanted her to be older.

I was just talking to DH this past weekend about solids and we are definitely going to hold out until 6 months. Possibly longer, I'd prefer 9-12 months. I'd like to wait a lot longer, especially since "food before one is just for fun." That being said, we did something right with DD. Smile She's not a big eater anymore, but she will eat ANYTHING. So that's awesome. I hope Lio is the same.

Oh, and DD could sit up comepletely unassisted awesomely at 5 mos. Lio is no where near there. And that's a big thing for food too. They shouldn't recieve solids until they can sit up for long periods of time 100% unassisted. Smile

ETA: We never did anything special for allergies. We didn't do one food at a time, etc. Our pedi said that unless the parents (or if there are siblings) have any major allergies, they are less likely to have them and you typically needn't worry. Halloway has no "allergies", but when she was 14 months we discovered an intolerance for artificial food coloring, and at 16 mos discovered she cannot consume milk or yoghurt (cheese is fine in small doses).

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My Pedi told me at the 4 month appt that he definitely feels it's best for their digestive systems and their immune systems if they don't start anything until 6 months. That being said, Camdyn has had some tastes here and there of the food that I've been eating mainly just veggies. She WANTS to eat really bad (she can sit up too, but has no teeth). My first two would have nothing to do with rice cereal (which is pointless anyway since it has NO nutrition and is actually a good way to clog them up). Camdyn will start on veggies and maybe oatmeal until she is a lot older then we'll do other things. I will just mash up some fruits and giver her unsweetened applesauce when it's time for fruits. I may go ahead and do some pureed meats when she's 7-8 months. I've never worried about allergies either as they don't seem to run in our family.
I like the info that Kellymom has about starting solids.

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Evie actually grabbed my protein bar out of my hand a couple of weeks ago. I'm a lazy mother and would much rather put it off cause it's more work for me, another mouth to feed. Lol

I made some rice cereal for her last week and she loved it. I gave it to her just before bed time. I've done it on and off, but not the last couple of nights because I've been away and DH puts her in the crib and I don't feel like offering it to her after 8:30 (again, I'm lazy).

I'm okay with it as I know she's getting everything she NEEDs from me nursing her.

If it made a huge difference in her night sleep schedule, I'd be more adamant. But it doesn't.

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unfortuantely DS1 is allergic to tree nuts. and i had a period of being allergic to strawberries (went away while pregnant with DS1). so we tend to be cautious with food introductions. slow going.
we always used rice as the practice food, cause like you said no nutritional value. we're only doing a TBSP anyway. but its something to practice with. but that's just us.
DS 1 eats everything and we did what i talked about above
DS 2 we did the same as we did with DS 1 and he won't try or eat a ton of stuff that DS 1 will.
so here's to hoing that DD will eat easily

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"bumblybees" wrote:

unfortuantely DS1 is allergic to tree nuts. and i had a period of being allergic to strawberries (went away while pregnant with DS1). so we tend to be cautious with food introductions. slow going.
we always used rice as the practice food, cause like you said no nutritional value. we're only doing a TBSP anyway. but its something to practice with. but that's just us.

Yeah, I just consider everything practice foods until they are much older too. They really don't eat much until they get the hang of it anyway.

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I just realized i haven't answered my own questions, lol

I haven't introduced anything yet, we are waiting until she is 6 months, but I have a feeling that she could be ready now. she loves to watch us eat, and I let her play with my water bottle at the table and that keeps Lilly occupied while i eat.m She has only reached for m y food a few times.

I guess I am really unsure about how to go about the whole food thing.
BF is going so well, I am really proud of myself because like others have said it is the best thing for baby.
Lilly has been lucky and not been sick yet at all.
I was also waiting to talk with the family Dr. at her 6 month appt. but he is so great i am sure i can just call him and ask questions.

I am interested in hearing more about baby lead weaning, But i know you all will tell me to go with what is right for me and Lilly. lol

I am so glad you all took the time to post, food is a whole new territory.

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"Chris_85" wrote:

I am interested in hearing more about baby lead weaning, But i know you all will tell me to go with what is right for me and Lilly. lol

Ah, baby lead weaning! I had never heard of it until I had my DD, but I just liked what I read, so it worked for us. Basically you give foods to baby whole. She has to be able to pick them up and put them in her mouth herself. With Halloway, when she was first first first starting we would give her softer things liked slices of avocade and banana that she could hold easily in her hand, as well as mash easily in her gums. We'd let her gnaw on soft pear slices, etc. We did this for maybe two weeks, of the super soft, easy to hold foods. Then for us, we just gave her what we were eating. So say we were eating green beans, broccoli, and baked chicken. I'd put a few grean beans, broccoli, and some chicken cut in strips (you shouldn't cut things up into tiny pieces when going this route, just give it to them as is). So she could pick everything up, chew on them if she wanted. She didn't ingest a ton, but she had fun and was experimenting with different flavors and textures.

For us, it's what worked. Lio may be a whole different story. Smile It was easier as I never had to have any kind of seperate food for her. Plus I didn't have the stress of making sure she ate three meals, etc. If she got to have some food one day, great. But when she was 11 months and I was sick, she went all day without eating solid food and it wasn't a big deal, since she was 100% counting on breastmilk to fill her tummy, food was just playing and learning at that point.

Sorry if that was crazy long.

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We did baby led weaning with dd2, definitely easier! That said I have noticed she's a much more picky eater than my oldest who was exposed to more tastes through baby food. Not that it necessarily has anything to do with it but it's part of why we chose to do baby food with ds1 and will again for ds2. We're still waiting on baby food, he'll be 5 months next week but I also like to go by the sitting milestone, he can sit for about a minute at a time right now so he's close but we'll see. I'm definitely in no rush.

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Glad i could help LOL

i was going to wait to, but then one night we just mushed up some carrots and thought we would jsut see how she did. and she did SO well! i mean, i couldnt believe how well she did. the next daySIL gave her bananas and she loved them. so we are slowly introducing new things to her.

i am still trying to nurse, but when i pump i only get an ounce or so out at a time so i am super frustrated. sometimes she nurses really well, other times not so much. but one things for sure, being attached to me is still super comforting to her. SIL cant figure out why Kendra doesnt nap much for her when she does for me, she sleeps better when she snuggles up with me and suckles her self to sleep.

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"mandi04" wrote:

We did baby led weaning with dd2, definitely easier! That said I have noticed she's a much more picky eater than my oldest who was exposed to more tastes through baby food. Not that it necessarily has anything to do with it but it's part of why we chose to do baby food with ds1 and will again for ds2. We're still waiting on baby food, he'll be 5 months next week but I also like to go by the sitting milestone, he can sit for about a minute at a time right now so he's close but we'll see. I'm definitely in no rush.

I'd say it's a kid thing, why your DD2 is a picky eater. Wink My DD will eat ANYTHING. But, we gave her sushi at like 8 months, and she was eating chicken curry, etc, super early. So she was definitely exposed to more flavors and taste for us with BLW. But it's different for everyone.

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I made DD1's babyfood and have for Em as well. I take a couple hours one Sunday a month and make a few diff things for the whole month. Freeze it in jars and just pull out as needed. So far em has had butternut squash, carrots, and we just started pears. She wasn't much on the pears at first but each time likes them more. I also put seasonings in them, so for instance I put some cinnamon in the carrots. I read on wholesomebabyfood.com that bf'd babies have a variety of flavors in the breastmilk based on what u eat so u shouldn't make the food super bland bc they are used to flavors. We started about 4.5 months, earlier then what I planned but she was really showing interest. We tried oatmeal at first but she barfed after it everytime so I think there may be an allergy there. Personally I feel like making the food vs. buying it makes the transition to non-pureed foods easier bc its the same taste. As she gets older we just puree a bit of what we are backgrounds then move into her eating her own pieces.

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We started Lily on whole grain rice cereal last week b/c (long story short) I have had a very hard time keeping up my supply and then I got mastitis and I was making nothing so pedi told us to try that and a little formula to make sure that she would take it if I could not get supply back. I actually found a milk donor so we do not have to use the formula (pedi was very happy about that as she is super pro-bfing). Lily loves the cereal so we give her about 1 tbsp mixed with 2 tbsp of bm at night. Other than that we have tried nothing but will do more as it feels right. Also, using domperidone and Fenugreek got the supply back and better than ever. Smile

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"jessica2575" wrote:

Also, using domperidone and Fenugreek got the supply back and better than ever. Smile

I'm curious on the domperidone....I want it but my ob doesn't know how to prescribe it w dosage. How much are u on, who prescribed it and where do u fill it. I read online it has to be filled at a compound pharmacy or gotten in Canada as the us fda doesn't regulate it....is that true?

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"AK2663" wrote:

I'm curious on the domperidone....I want it but my ob doesn't know how to prescribe it w dosage. How much are u on, who prescribed it and where do u fill it. I read online it has to be filled at a compound pharmacy or gotten in Canada as the us fda doesn't regulate it....is that true?

My midwife prescribed it. It is 20 mg, 3 times per day. It does have to be filled at a compounding pharmacy or Canada. They are doing studies on it here right now according to our pediatrician/lactation consultant. It can cause some problems with long term use but my m/w says that usually it is only needed for a month or so to jump start you. You might have to call around for the pharmacies as there are only 2 in the Phoenix area that we know of that make it.

I take 3 Fenugreek, 4 times a day and 1 Domperidone, 3 times a day and I am doing better than ever before and I am expressing as much as I can so that I have a good stock if it dwindles after I stop the Domperidone.

Good luck!!

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I have stopped the baby food with Evie for the time being. She absolutely loved it, but it was giving her bad, painful gas and decreased her pooping again. After what we went through with her not pooping in the beginning, I'm scared to death of her stopping pooping again. I gave it 2 weeks and nothing improved, so we are waiting again to try in another month or two.

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we havent started solids yet. i plan to do the same as i did with Soren and that was wait untio after his 6 month appt so we havent done anything yet i thibk orion is ready. He is a great eater and is interestes when we eat. i will do rice cereal first and then probably oatmeal ( did the same with Soren). after those i will make my own food we started with tgings like squash, banana , sweet potato with soren and hw did fine. i really like www.wholesomebabyfood.com for marking your food and it goves a good guideline to ibtroduce foods i do t follow it exactly but it has good ideas and tips.

dhbis allergic to shellfish and has a dairy sensitivity and i am allergic to tree nuts so we go slow with foods Soren always ate everything and we had no provlwm going feom puree to chunky foods to hand fooda with him we just wwnt by hia cues. hopefully orion will do fine as well.

sorry for all the typos im on my phone with a baby sleeping on me lol