Starting Solids Questions

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lin7604 - March 7

i have a few questions about atarting solids: my ped told us to start ds ( 4 months 18.5 lbs ) on solids 3 times a day, he needs to get his formula intake down from 50 to atleast 40 if not 35 she said. SO i have been the last week giving him cereal (oatmeal as rice really constipated him) and i have increased it daily as it hasn't changed his formula intake. he is now getting 4 TBS for breakfast and lunch and 5 for dinner. yesterday he still drank 47oz's. So what else can i do, i know if i increase his bottles during the day he willdrink it as he has 6-6.5 oz now and at bed he takes 8 oz and if he wakes during the night he gets 7oz. but won't that just increase his daily amout again? should i start him on veggies at dinner too? help, i;m confused what to go.


Lchan - March 7

The impression I got from my ped and the baby books is that solids at 4 months aren't fed as a major nutritional source, but instead to introduce texture to our lo, and to help them learn to push food around in their mouth. My lo's interest in food has grown gradually in the 6months since i first introduced it. He had little interest at first - perhaps 2-3 "bites" initially. Even now at 10 months he likes to finish each meal with a milk.


18wbabynov - March 7

i mix pears/apples with the rice/cereal- helps with constipation too, and it might fill your lo up a little more?


luviduvi - March 7

Also, did your ped okay for you to give your lo some diluted juice? If yes, give him a little juice. Your lo might just like to suck as well and that might be why he loves his ba ba so much. I would keep doing what you are doing. I don't think you can do much more than that. He may just be a BIG eater!!!


lin7604 - March 7

she said no fruit or juice till 6 months. she wanted cereal this month and whe he hits 5 months to start veggies and at 6 months to do the fruit thing.


lin7604 - March 7

my other question was should i giving him his cereal as a " extra" snack inbetween bottles or after his bottle after breakfast, lunch and dinner?


HannahBaby - March 7

Lin, that is strange that you doc would tell you to try to feed solids to decrease formula. It is a known fact that solids SHOULD NOT replace formula or b___stfeeding until like, 9-12 months. I would do what you feel is right, not what your doctor tells you. I wasnt feeding my daughter 3 meals a day until she was like a year old. thats a little ridiculous to me. With my daughter (and my son right now, hes 4 1/2 months) I nurse, wait a few minutes for some to digest, and then if hes interested, give him some solids, and only once a day. He was puking up the fruit (and i mean projectile puke) and he hates plain cereal so right now hes eating about 1/2 a jar of veggies and will wait a bit before trying fruit again. Good luck



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