Post # 1
I have been researching a lot about starting solids for my son. I was wondering about how other moms introduced solids to their children while breast-feeding. I have read contradictory things such as start with foods such as bananas, avocados and sweet potatoes or just starting with whole grain oatmeal. What did you start with? How old were they? Any other insights?
Post # 3
We started our son on solids when he was 4 months with his dr’s permission. He has reflux and was low on the percentile chart so she said it would help with both of those and now he’s more on the chubby side at 6 months old:)
We started off with rice cereal then the first thing we introduced to him were sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash and he loved all of them. I know they say to start with the less sweet options, but we were just worried about him eating at all. He had just went through a 3 week period where he barely ate b/c of his reflux flaring up then waiting for his new medicine to kick in. If your LO doesn’t like the rice try either oatmeal or whole wheat, my son can’t get enough of it!
After supplementing him for a month and a half AF returned, so if you want to delay it and keep your supply up I would pump between meals.
Post # 4
If I remember correctly, I started with rice cereal at 6 months. You then are supposed to introduce new foods for a week at a time, and I think vegetables and meats first? Not fruits, as they then will never want to eat the other things once they get a taste of any sweetness. lol
Maybe guidelines are different these days,tho. Hasn’t your pediatrician given you any guidelines?
Post # 5
@ItWasntMe: We have not had his 4 month check-upbut when we do I plan on asking. I just wanted to see what other mothers were doing to get a gage. =-) I live to to proactive.
I’ve also read that its best to wait until the baby is 6 months old to start any solids.
Post # 6
We started with rice cereal at about 5 1/2 months for both my kids. My daughter turned 2 yesterday and my son is 5 3/4 months so we just started with him. 🙂 He did great the first time and then not so great subsequent days. I tried to add a little banana in and he still didn’t go for it. I know it took my daughter a little while to get the hang of eating, too, so at least I’m less discouraged this time. I think we then started with veggies, then fruits, then meats. We made all our food and plan to again. With my daughter, she had just started 100% formula when we started solids. I’m still BFing my son a few times a day and at night but we’re starting the weaning process. My one other tip (from my daughter) is that you’ll be feeding your baby less milk/formula per day after he starts solids (especially once he’s eating 3 solid meals a day). We kept feeding my daughter the same amount of liquids (because she’d take them) and she got quite beefy. 🙂 It was a duh moment for me.
Post # 7
I don’t have children (yet!) but I work in a highly respected head start preschool. We have always suggested to our moms to introduce solids by giving them only rice cereal, with no fruits or vegetables added. After about a month to a month and a half, or depending on how they are responding to it, we start giving the babies bananas first. They are the easiest on the system. Also, oatmeal is good, as its a little sweeter, so if your LO isn’t really liking the rice too much, try oatmeal. Around 4 months old is when we start introducing them to solids, while not soley relying on it or cutting out breastmilk (or in the daycare’s case, bottles). After they get used to it, we switch between veggies and fruits (we don’t do meats in baby cereal; we start giving them tiny pieces of table food that they are allowed, but that is only after about 7 months or depending on the child). We only suggest what we are required by state and federal regulations, but always tell parents that it is their choice what they give their children. So I’m just passing on to you what we learn!
Post # 8
@aandmklover: It is okay to start at 4 months (but not earlier) however you are right in that 6 months is the recommended age to start solids. And as the other mom’s stated, rice cereal should be the first food.
(I’m a registered dietitian and work at a Head Start/Early Head Start so while I do not have any children I do have experience in infant nutrition and feeding)
Post # 9
I don’t have kids yet (but will have one in 2 weeks!), but I’m surprised at how many people are stating rice cereal. I’ve read a lot of negative things about white rice cereal lately, and possible links to childhood obesity. It makes sense to me – I rarely eat white rice because it isn’t very healthy.
Post # 10
Rice cereal is easily digestible for infants that have never been exposed to anything besides milk (or formula) before and it is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.
But by all means, if you can find a brown rice cereal to start, then I think that is great.
Post # 11
@PinkAndPearls2013: That is good to know, thank you! Do you know much about baby led weaning, or have any thoughts on that? I am curious to know your perspective as a dietician.
Post # 12
We kind of started at 6 months b/c her pedi at the time was very pushy about them. She wasn’t really ready for them though. Had we had a pedi that wasn’t so pushy we would’ve waited until she showed signs that she was ready (usually a time between 6-8 months). P is 9.5 months and just now really showing all the signs of readiness!!!!!
I knew for sure I didn’t want to start before 6 months though as the infant digestive tract is still so young then AND I’ve chatted with numerous moms that their bebes started showing signs of self weaning shortly after solids were introduced (most babies will not truly self wean in the first year though and most nursing strikes are just wrongly “diagnosed” as self-weaning). Formula is/was not an option for us so doing everything I could to secure & nurture the breastfeeding relationship was the most important factor for us…. breastmilk/formula are vital in the first year of life regardless of amount of solids baby has.
Given your lo is continuing to grow and develop there is no reason to rush into solids and there can actually be benefit in waiting.
Kellymom has more great info about solid readiness here and the benefit of delaying here.
As for what we started with… A piece of unseasoned steak was P’s first solid and given she really turned her nose up to everything else she LOVED it. She prefers meat over other foods for sure & since they are high in iron & protein and we have no history of meat allergy they are a great first food choice, especially for a bf baby that doesn’t reall want anything to do with them since iron depletion is the #1 factor in many pedis pushing solids!
We stayed away from baby cereals b/c they have soy in them & are often contaminated with wheat (P is intolerant to both). Since we were questioned at length about what she was being fed we did a combo of BLW & purees just to try and try and try to get her to eat…. Hindsight, I really wish I wouldn’t have stressed about it & had fired her pedi! lol
Here’s a great write up about first foods & the new aap recommendations of what can & cannot be given in the first year. Generally, as long as you don’t have a family history of allergy to a particular food then it’s safe to introduce at around 6 months, except honey which is still 1 year.
My best advice is to just let your lo lead, have fun, and don’t stress! =)
Post # 13
@KitKatNYC: In my line of work we are all about breastfeeding, breastfeeding, breastfeeding! So if your baby is still wanting to breastfeed at 9 months, 1 year, etc we love it! While formula has the basic nutrient equivalents as breastmilk, that are not equal and do not provide the same benefits so I don’t suggest baby led weaning if the baby is formula-fed.
Post # 14
We just started solid food today!
We started with avocado. We’re going to do that for a few days, next food will be sweet potato.
LO just turned 5 months old. (Our pediatrician said we could start at 4 months, but we wanted to wait a little longer.) Up until today, LO has been exclusively on breast milk. (Breast at home, pumped breastmilk in bottles at daycare.) I plan to keep him on mostly breastmilk up to a year.
There’s no real reason to start with cereals over other foods. From Frank Greer, MD, who is on American Academy of Pediatrics’s Committee on Nutrition:
- “Complementary foods introduced to infants should be based on their nutrient requirements and the nutrient density of foods, not on traditional practices that have no scientific basis.” “newer thinking is that the emphasis for complementary foods should be on naturally nutrient-rich foods. This includes protein and fiber, along with vitamins A, C, D, and E and the B vitamins.” “rice cereal is a less than perfect choice for the first complementary food given to infants”
Darling Husband & I eat mostly paleo/primal, so that’s how our kid will eat too. (I’m not going to enforce it at daycare or friends’ houses, I think it has to be a balance between how I prefer to feed him vs fitting i with his peers. But at home he’ll eat very few grains/sweets/etc.)
And I just have to shamelessly share pics!