Post # 1
So Baby T is almost to the 4 month mark and we are starting to discuss adding solids. Right now I’m exclusively breastfeeding. I have let Baby T suck on a piece of watermelon and apple, but that’s it. On the one hand I am curious to see how it goes and for him to try new things, but on the other hand I know he doesn’t need solids yet and I’m afraid of how his poop will change, since we are cloth diapering.
if you are EBF, how did the poop change? Did your milk supply drop with the addition of solids?
What did you start with and how did you progress? When did you start?
Post # 3
I breastfed too. I never used baby foods though so I can’t tell you about that. I started around 4 months with a little cream of rice cereal.
Post # 4
I didn’t breastfeed, so I can’t help with those questions. We started solids at about 4 months, with a little rice cereal. Howeveer, Addie wasn’t really into it, and she didn’t really “get” eating solids until about 6 months old. Before that, she just kinda pushed the rice cereal out of her mouth with her tongue (I don’t blame her; rice cereal tastes pretty nasty).
At 6 months, we discovered these mesh feeders. I’d put pieces of fruit in there for her to suck on, and she seemed to really like it. The mesh feeders are also fantastic for teething; just stick them in the freezer for a while before giving it to them.
At about the same time, I started making my own baby food, introducing one fruit or veggie alone for three days and then moving on to the next. I think Addie was about 9 months when we started introducing food combinations (e.g. peas and carrots), chunky/mashed food instead of purees, and self-feeding (Baby Mums are a fantastic food to start with self-feeding, when you get to that point).
TMI ALERT: Addie was formula fed, so her poops have always been more solid. Initially, she wasn’t really eating enough solids for it to change. Maybe it would be an off color or smell a little more, but nothing major. However, when she started eating a lot of solids, it really changed. Became more liquid than before, and the smell was awful! We never had a single diaper blow-out until she was much older and eating a ton of solids (maybe 10 or 11 months?). We still haven’t had a ton of blow-outs, but it’s happened a few times. She just has so much more poop than she did before!
Post # 5
Kayla is 6 months today and we started rice cereal at around 4 months just once a day and only really small amounts. After a couple weeks we tried oatmeal. Kayla did really well with the spoon from the beginning and hasn’t no liked anything we’ve given so far.
We’ve tried: rice cereal, oatmeal, bananas, sweet potatoes, squash. So far we’ve only done once a day. Her poop didn’t change much that I noticed besides maybe a smell with the cereal and oatmeal. However, since we started the small amount of fruit/veggies the poop is more peanut butter consistency and SERIOUSLY SMELLS HORRIBLE!!! 🙂 They don’t lie when they say just wait until they start solids!
She also is exclusively breastfed and my supply has kept up just fine mstilly! Anyone have any advice on how to increase to 2 feedings a day or any sort of schedule they followed?
Post # 6
@dchokiebride3: Originally, we started out with just once a day, in the morning. After Addie really got going (maybe 7 or 8 months), we added in a second meal, at night before bed; the doctor recommended this as a way to help her feel full through out the night and not wake up as often. So, in the morning when she first got up around 8 am, we’d do solids and then a bottle; in the evening, at around 5 pm, we’d do solids and then a bottle. Pretty quickly, we moved on to three meals a day, adding in a lunchtime (12 pm) meal.
A lot of people do bottle/nursing first and then solids, but Addie wasn’t very into solids for a long time, so we figured it wasn’t hindering her bottle intake.
Post # 7
We started rice cereal at about 4 months (he was breastfed until 12 weeks). He did REALLY well with the spoon and eating it — very soupy consistency — for about a week. He was so excited and seemed sooo proud of himself with every bite! We then added in oatmeal at the soupy consistency, too, and he did well with that. Then suddenly he HATED the spoon and would CRY and cry and cry until I gave him his bottle.
For about a week I kept trying at dinnertime again but he would refuse and only wanted the bottle. I think he was just too tired at that time, or too hungry. You kind of have to hit them at the exact right time at first.
Finally last week (at 20 weeks) he started eating rice and oatmeal again. We tried sweet potatoes last weekend and he gagged! I tried again the 2nd night and he refused to open his mouth for it. Went back to rice/oatmeal. Then yesterday I put applesauce in his oatmeal and after a few bites he loved it and was back to his proud moments 🙂
As for the EBF part, my friend is EBFing and her baby is now 6 months. She also cloth diapers. She said that now after starting solids the baby’s poop is much more solid rather than runny. She said at first it was super sticky consistency so that made it hard to clean the cloth, but now it’s becoming more solid consistency so it’s easier to clean because she can just shake the stuff into the toilet.
Post # 8
LO is only 3 months right now so we haven’t started anything but I’m looking into our options. I’d really like to try Baby Led Weaning (BLW) but I’m a little scared. I’ve seen mamas on the bump rave about it but I wish some more bees had experience, I trust the hive more than the bump by far….
Post # 9
@LpCutiPie: I’ve thought about trying baby led weaning too but I’m a bit hesitant. I know there has been a few discussions on the Bee about it. I’ll see if I can find them. I’m also leading Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett. I’m having a hard time getting through it because it’s really repetitive and kinda preachy, but it’s helpful! I’ll let you know if I give it a go.
Post # 10
@LpCutiPie: I’m pretty sure Mrs. Dg has been doing that with Ceci. You could PM her!
Post # 11
We started solids at 6 months. MB was super excited and ate everything we put in front of her. I felt guilty because all I could think was that she was ready sooner and 6 months was MY goal, and had nothing to do with her. She really could have started solids at 4 months.
Some ideas that she was ready for solids:
- She watched us eat
- She mimicked us eating
- She reached for our food
- Her weight gain stalled; BF was not enough for her
We started with rice or oatmeal cereal for breakfast, then added pureed veggies for lunch. We did one new veggie per week so we could tell if she was allergic. We started adding fruit a couple months later. Aside from Gerber puffs she didn’t eat actual solid food until about 10 months. Then we started off with pastas and cooked veggies. Then we added breads, cheeses, then meats. It was a super slow process and I never felt comfortable about it. Always like I wasn’t feeding her enough. I wish I knew if she was getting enough nutrition.
My milk supply did drop, but I had a death in the family right about then too, so I’m not sure what the cause was.
Her poop was runny when I was EBF, but when we added solids she had a peanut butter poop phase where it was REALLY sticky. When we started supplementing with formula, the poop became more like solid little lumps. When she started drinking whole milk at 12 months, her poop got sticky again. And I do have to say that EBF baby poop smells like popcorn, but then you start solids and it STINKS. Oh boy. Yuck. if ever there was a reason to BF, it is that BF poop doesn’t smell, LOL.