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How do you know it's time to start solids?

I'm EBF and would like to start solids at 6-7 months. Actually I would like to not start them for much longer. I'm not keen on the idea of getting AF (I know not everyone does) because I'm paranoid about losing my supply those weeks like some of my friends did. My LO is 5 months and doesn't seem interested in solids...why and when do I have to start? Is there any reason to not delay longer? How would I know it was time? I've googled and I'm not finding much that is definitive. I'm seeing that some babies need other nutrients sooner and some can EBF till a year. How would I know if my baby needed more nutrients? 

Re: How do you know it's time to start solids?

  • There is a lot of good information on kellymom.com with information on when to start solids and how to know your baby is ready.  I would let your baby be your guide.  When he is ready, he'll grab the food and put it in his mouth!  Simple!

    Some other reading:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21872699

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19161546

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11301932




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  • We started when he could pick up food and eat it. That seemed really clear to me.

    The vast majority of babies can be EBF to 6 months, so I wouldn't rush it. Make sure to introduce meat and other iron sources fairly quickly.

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    Something to consider if your little one starts following the spoon and reaching for it,

    is to start with giving them a baby safe spoon to hold.  some will be fascinated with the spoon for weeks/month if you only give it to them when in the high chair.

    then a bowl and spoon--although really good suction cup on the bottom bowls are hard to find, they are very helpful at this stage.

    and for a first "food" since it's summer freeze/thaw some breastmilk until it's slushy-like and let them try it on a spoon.    Some babies realy really love that and will eat just that for months.

    then move on from there.

    the head control, sitting up well, pincher grasp, no gag reflex, those are good guides and a LOT of people do not pay attention to those things.

     

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  • My daughter just started feeding herself. Her first foods have been strange. She really enjoyed coleslaw just a few days after her "first food" experience. When they start reaching, watching, putting in mouth etc then it's time. 

    In terms of nutrients, they don't really need any until later, so that's not going to be your first clue.  

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    We started when he could pick up food and eat it. That seemed really clear to me.

    The vast majority of babies can be EBF to 6 months, so I wouldn't rush it. Make sure to introduce meat and other iron sources fairly quickly.

    This was us.  We played around with purees until 8 mos, but DD didn't like them, I was pretty lazy about giving them and she didn't eat enough to affect my supply.  At 8 mos old she was ready and started eating small chunks of soft foods with her fingers.  AF returned at 9 mos. 

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  • I did not start solids until 10 months as I was Esclusively Breastfeeding. Actually I was told that your baby dosen't need extra nutrients if you are eating healthy then the baby is getting healthy nutrients. I also either took a vitiam OR gave my baby a vitiam and didn't have to start solids unless I wanted to. I breastfeed all 4 of my children and am still breastfeeding my youngest child, he is 1 1/2 yrs old and he is very healthy. I have not even started him on milk yet because breastfeeding mothers don't need to give there babies solids OR milk if you are breastfeeding. That is just my opion as Breastfmilkg is still the MAIN source of food for your baby, but it is up to you when you want to start :)
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