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Old 05-04-2010, 04:29 PM   #1
 
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My doctor gave me a list with a timeline of what things to feed my baby at what age. He will be 7 months next week and under the 6-7months on the list it says to feed him the following:
(I nurse him, no formula)
-breast feed 4 x day 10-20 mins each breast
-May offer water 2x day 4-5 oz
-Dry cereal 4-6 tbsp total daily by spoon (measurement before liquid is added)
-vegetable 8 tbsp daily
-fruit 8 tbsp daily

Ok, so when he wakes up at 6:20am I nurse him 10 mins each breast.

At 8am I feed him about 6 tbspoon of Rice cereal mix with breastmilk then try give him a little water (he doesn't drink too much though).

He takes his nap at 8:30am.

At 10am he wakes up and I nurse him again.

At 11:40am I feed him his fruit of either banana or applesauce this week, I feed him the 4oz container which equals to 8 tblspns, then try to give him a little water.
He goes down for his second nap at 1pm.

At 3pm I nurse him again.
at 4pm I give him buttersweet squash (8tbspns) and a sip of water.

takes his nap at 5pm or 5:30pm for 30mins to an hour. When he wakes up I give him his last nursing for the night.

What do you think of my schedule for him? I'm feeding him enough? Also should I change it up and give him half the fruit and have the vegetable at lunch and then the other half at dinner? I just feel that sooo much fruit and sooo much vegetable at once is too much. He seems to be having a hard time eating it all, but at the same time I want to make sure that he is eating enough. He is in the 30 percentile in weight so I just want to make sure he is healthy. Oh man, this is so complicated!
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:30 PM   #2
 
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Yikes, that's a lot of rules! Where do you live? Are you in the US? Here, the general consencus is to breastfeed on demand, as in whenever the babu seems hungry. Do not switch breasts after a set number of minutes, because then the baby doesn't get the hind milk with the higher fat content. Fruits, vegetables, cereal, they're all fine to experiment with at this age, but your baby doesn't NEED them. I can't believe your baby is ok with nursing only 4 times a day, mine would never let me off that easy! Especially with your concerns about his weight, I'd breatsfeed more and cut out all the other stuff. Nothing is more nutritious than breastmilk at this point.
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Too many rules. I nursed my babies on demand the first year and started solids in the second year. I skipped the babyfood and just went straight to tablefood.
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Way too many rules. Breast feed your baby on demand, as long and as often as he wants. During the first year he should get the vast majority of his nutrition from breastmilk. Solids are just for fun and practice now.
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Wow! I'm in AZ, yikes!
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Thank you all for your responses. I think that I just might go back to breastfeeding him more often, it is just so hard to know what to do, he is my first baby and I'm the only one in my family with a small child (mom past away when I was a child and dad is out of the country) so I don't have anyone to ask. So I just trusted the pediatrician recommendation on this!

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I'm guessing your pediatrician is concerned because of his size. I had the same issues with #2. I agree with the others...too many rules. I'd let him dictate how much he wants to eat...but still keep the real food in his diet. Instead of tons of baby food with DS we did a lot of soft solids. And I don't see why he would need water at all. He shouldn't NEED extra liquids.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:18 AM   #8
 
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I would definitely nurse on demand as often and as long as your baby wants. If you want to do some solids, with your concerns about his weight I would do calorie-dense foods with good fats like avocado, olive oil, etc. But really, breast milk is still the best thing for him so make sure he doesn't fill up on the other stuff and nurse less.
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As previous posters have said, I would nurse on demand and then just offer other foods if he wants.

I would nurse DS on demand, and make sure he was fed before I began preparing meals. I would then offer him cereal or various finger/table foods. If he didn't eat anything, I wasn't worried because I knew he had nursed. I don't think I ever offered him any water to drink. I think babies get hydrated enough from breastmilk or formula.
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I started giving both my kids a sippy cup with water when I started giving them solids, but it was a good few months till they figured out how to drink from it.
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Wow! I'm in AZ, yikes!
Sorry, I didn't mean to assume anything. I've just never heard of doctors giving quite that many rules, and I thought maybe if we were talking about a different country, that might explain the huge discrepancy in our experiences.
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I would definitely nurse on demand as often and as long as your baby wants. If you want to do some solids, with your concerns about his weight I would do calorie-dense foods with good fats like avocado, olive oil, etc. But really, breast milk is still the best thing for him so make sure he doesn't fill up on the other stuff and nurse less.
Avocado was one of my sons faves as a baby...still is. It was recommended by his ped for just that reason...calorie dense w/good fats.
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The list given to me at the dr. office was not for my ds in particular it was their standard list for all children. I'm so glad I posted this here b/c it has been very informative.

I called the dr. office yesterday b/c ds was constipated I talked to a nurse and she basically agreed with you girls. She said that I should nurse him longer each time and to make that the main focus and solids second and that the recommended amounts on the list are just suggestions. I stopped with all the solids yesterday and his bowl movement is back to normal.
Now, I'm not sure how to manage the solid food situation...I read that after six months nursing babies need to eat cereal fortified with iron. I tried to feed him a little but he didn't want it (he used to like it until he got constipated) now he cries when it sees it!!! Urrrrr!!! I know I'm a grown woman but sometimes I just want my mom!!!
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Wow! I'm in AZ, yikes!
Sorry, I didn't mean to assume anything. I've just never heard of doctors giving quite that many rules, and I thought maybe if we were talking about a different country, that might explain the huge discrepancy in our experiences.
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As previous posters have said, I would nurse on demand and then just offer other foods if he wants.

I would nurse DS on demand, and make sure he was fed before I began preparing meals. I would then offer him cereal or various finger/table foods. If he didn't eat anything, I wasn't worried because I knew he had nursed. I don't think I ever offered him any water to drink. I think babies get hydrated enough from breastmilk or formula.
How old was he when you started doing this?
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Try offering him soft solids on a tray in his highchair instead of spoon feeding him them. Little bits of avocado, peeled tomato, bits of tortilla. If he has control over them he might not react so badly. DS was eating all those at that age. It also made the transition to real solids muuuuch easier than pureed baby food.
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You do not need to give cereal. Our doctor told me that even though breastmilk isn't high in iron, the iron in breastmilk is very easily absorbed. Chickpeas are another good source of iron and my older son has loved hummus ever since he was 6-7 months old. You can spoonfeed it if you want or spread/dip it on toast or steamed baby carrots and let him feed himself.
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Babies don't need iron-fortified cereal. The iron in your milk is enough for the first year. And your best bet is giving him foods that are naturally high in iron. Neither of my kids had infant cereal. I did give both little bits of meat starting at 8 or 9 months. I used to give my daughter slices of steak, she would suck all the juices out and she loved it.
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As previous posters have said, I would nurse on demand and then just offer other foods if he wants.

I would nurse DS on demand, and make sure he was fed before I began preparing meals. I would then offer him cereal or various finger/table foods. If he didn't eat anything, I wasn't worried because I knew he had nursed. I don't think I ever offered him any water to drink. I think babies get hydrated enough from breastmilk or formula.
How old was he when you started doing this?
DS showed interest in table foods when he was about 8-9 months old. He had zero to minimal interest in the cereals/purees and other foods of that texture. He liked eating quartered cherries and grapes, cheerios etc etc. One night I was eating pasta with tomato sauce and ground italian sausage and he kept motioning for it. So I gave him so cut up pasta and small pieces of sausage.

I offered to nurse him prior to meals from 6 months old to 12 months old - when he started at daycare.
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Thank you all for your advices, it has been very helpful. I've been nursing him on demand like I was before this whole solid food mess started. I am also experimenting with giving him some food right after nursing him from one breast and then feeding him the second breast. If he doesn't want any its ok, but more times than none he eats some of it.

So he doesn't need the cereal, that is good to know. I'm still going to feed him a little since I don't think it will hurt him and I want him to practice eating but I'm not going to make him. I feel a little more in control of the situation now.
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