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June 5th, 2013, 12:46 PM
BeamerMarie- Due Jan 2012
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Do we keep giving the same amount of breastmilk, or what if I give 60 calories worth of baby food, do I need to decrease BM by 3 ounces (20 calories and ounce?).

I don't know what I'm doing, and google is no help.
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June 5th, 2013, 03:48 PM
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I am NO expert, but i believe that any foods before one are "just for fun", and the main source of their calories should still be from BM and/or formula?
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June 5th, 2013, 05:35 PM
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100% BM or formula until 6 months unless a dr recommends sooner. Filling up on baby foods, juices or water takes away from the amount of BM/F they would normally drink.
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June 5th, 2013, 07:27 PM
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Ask your own Dr, of course, but mine put Quinn on Gerber firsts foods 3x daily, and said she may naturally not want as much milk, which is fine either way. Her milk/formula consumption has gone down by about 4-6 ounces a day since starting solids.
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June 6th, 2013, 05:57 AM
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The problem is that my daughter will eat anything we give her. I'm absolutely certain we could give her a 10 ounce bottle and she'd down it and then throw up massively.

The first foods have VERY few calories, so I guess I shouldn't worry about. I know not to decrease BM much, but I wasn't sure about adjusting it an ounce here and there. An ounce of BM has 20 calories, approximately, so giving 20 calories of green beans and the same amount of BM could put her over on calories, but I'm not sure if that matters.

My Dr. doesn't really have an opinion. He's just kinda like "Whatever you want to do." and "As long as the baby is happy" and "If she's gaining weight alright don't worry."

She's in the 90%, so I don't want to overfeed her. By no means is she starving.

Also, we are literally only doing 1-3 spoons of food, not even full spoons, so yeah, just for fun...

Oh, and the reason we started was because some of the kids at daycare are on rice, oatmeal, or first foods. When she sees them eat she freaks out, cries, reaches, tries to roll over to get to them, and has a semi-melt-down. Also, she SCREAMS bloody murder through my husband and I's meal time. When we have food, she has a break down. I can't hold her when I'm anywhere near food, as she tries to grab it, and then get so angry when she can't. She started showing interest weeks ago, but I kept ignoring it because I was trying to Exclusively BF for 6 months.

She is sitting up just fine on her own, even at just 5 months old. She can sit for 10-15 minutes, unsupported. She can't get up on her own, but stays there.

She has no tongue thrust reflex left either.

All of these are "Signs" she is ready for solid food.

She was two weeks late being born. I know we don't adjust age for that, but she's more like 5.5 months old.

I honestly don't think we can hold off on food. When we give her the spoons of green beans she grabs at us, the spoon, wiggles her body in glee, and coos and talks to the food.

She is ready.
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June 6th, 2013, 09:03 AM
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My plan was to keep the bottles the same (at daycare) and just see how it goes. If I need to add BM to make the consistency thinner, I might just take that from her bottle so her bottle may be .5 oz less, but we will see. I want her nutrition to still come mainly from breastmilk, so we are going to play it by ear when we start solids. When I talked to my pedi at the 4 month appointment, she said the milk intake will decrease, but its a small decrease, like 2-3 oz over the course of the whole day.
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June 6th, 2013, 10:59 AM
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I would not purposely decrease breast milk before 1 year.like you said, these first foods are very low in calories. And since they're just for fun, it's not worth worrying about. If the baby naturally decreases her intake, that's fine. If not, that's fine too.
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June 6th, 2013, 01:01 PM
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I formula feed but I asked my pedi the same question yesterday at Eli's 6 month check-up. She said do not change what you feed from the bottle. The spoon foods are just to get them used to the motor skills of chewing, swallowing, and getting them used to textures. The main source of nutrition should still be the bottle.
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June 6th, 2013, 01:06 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it. Feed her solids if she's ready, and if she seems to naturally want a bit less BM, that's fine. Please don't obsess over her calorie intake, you're not going to overfeed her. I will give Lincoln whatever he seems to want, once he starts eating solids. I do the same with my bigger littles and they are both heathy weights and have very healthy attitudes toward food.
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June 8th, 2013, 07:27 AM
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Our little won't increase his formula intake (even though I tried desperately for weeks), but he LOVES purees. I make sure that he gets productive foods (caloric, good fats, heme iron), so that even though they're just for fun, they're not just filling up precious belly space.

We started him at about 4.5 months on purees mixed with formula based on the 4 to 6 month recommendation. Other than sitting on his own, he showed signs of interest, he could take it and he loved it. If he was getting BM, I would have waited longer, but the list of ingredients on his formula makes me so sad, I wanted him to get real food.

At the time I was taking him to his ped, a GI specialist for his reflux and possible food allergies, and a doctor specializing in nutritional healing. I took all of their advice, plus what I was reading and made the call for when he seemed ready.

(Also, 4.5 months is his actual age. He's a preemie, but we stopped using his "adjusted" age a while ago. He's behind on some things, ahead on others, the "adjusted" age is just a guideline.)

Six months is not a magic number. It's a good guideline, but I think this is the most telling part of your post:
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All of these are "Signs" she is ready for solid food.
Also, you have lots of options for what kinds of food she can take. It's still for fun, working on her motor skills, getting her used to textures and flavors, but if she clearly wants it, there are many different approaches for giving her the experience of food.

I don't have a BTDT perspective, this is my first, but I'm totally on board with Mary Beth's approach. If you're relaxed and excited about food, she'll pick up on that.
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I wouldn't worry about it. Feed her solids if she's ready, and if she seems to naturally want a bit less BM, that's fine. Please don't obsess over her calorie intake, you're not going to overfeed her. I will give Lincoln whatever he seems to want, once he starts eating solids. I do the same with my bigger littles and they are both heathy weights and have very healthy attitudes toward food.
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June 9th, 2013, 05:07 AM
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I was told the same thing @mamaginger said to give breastmilk only during the first 6 months.
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