Breastfeeding and starting solids

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

No advice, but I’m expecting later this summer and would love to hear what other moms are doing.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We followed the “food before one just for fun” rule.  Basically a baby before age one isn’t eating enough variety of foods or big enough quantities to meet their nutritional needs.  Its great to let them experiment with different tastes and textures and practice chewing, swallowing, etc but until age one either nursing or formula needs to be their source of nutrition.  So when we introduced solids at six months, we kept our regular nursing schedule.  As we went on closer to 10 or 11 months, the nursing sessions got shorter and we dropped a session here or there, and now at 13 months we are down to 2-3 daytime sessions and 1 nightime session. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We did BLW with our girl but I’ve always followed her lead and continued to feed her on demand (still nursing 4-6 times a day at 19 months). The majority of solids are less calorific and nutrient dense than breastmilk or formula so milk should form the basis of an infant’s diet, it’s also worth noting that the majority of mainstream nutrition advice is based on a child being weaned from the breast or formula at twelve months of age.

Kellymom actually recommends a diet of 75% breastmilk to 25% solids at twelve months, 50/50 at eighteen months and 25% breastmilk to 75% soids at two years.

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Kemma:  could you share any resources you found helpful on blw? DD is only 11 weeks but I would like to start researching now to decide what’s best. 

What types of food did you start with? Did you skip purées altogether or just use sparingly?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

MrsWBS:  The Baby Led Weaning book and website is a great starting point, but it really comes down to doing what you feel comfortable with.

My LO wasn’t particularly keen on being spoon fed so she’s pretty much eaten table food (albeit slightly modified) since she started solids. We eat all our meals together and she eats a wide variety of foods although not in huge quantities! I should mention that LO is a breastfed baby and breastmilk still makes up a decent chunk of her diet at nineteen months.

Good foods to start with are roasted chunks of vegetables (carrots, potatoes, parsnips, sweet potatoes), avocado chunks, pieces of bananas – basically anything your LO can hold in her hand and shove into her mouth! It’s definitely ok to do purees though, just follow your LO’s lead and let her set the pace!

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