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July 22nd, 2013, 06:50 AM
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A little background. When I was a FTM, a lot of moms with babies the same age as mine (I guess 4-5 months at the time?) started giving their babies solid food (some started even younger than that, and while at the time it seemed like no big deal, in retrospect--knowing what I know now--it's actually kind of scary!). At the time, the recommend age to start was 4-6 months. So, being a first time mom myself, I thought starting at 4 months was fine, and of course, because it was my first child, I was SO excited to start solids (especially since I would be making my own baby food!).

Well, as I started talking to other moms who made their own baby food, I realized many of them would wait until the baby was 6 or MORE months old, and that's when I started researching it more, and after my research we decided to wait until my son was 7 months old (6 months adjusted) to start solids. After that, all my kids we delayed solids as long as we could.

So, I'll put this out there now. Many mamas who choose to breastfeed spend their pregnancy learning about it, so I thought some of you may want to spend just as much time thinking about when you will start solids. I will say learning at the last minute with my son was helpful, but I had an easier time with subsequent kids because I was more fully-educated by then. It can also be rough because (and maybe this is just because I'm old) my generation started kids on solids from a very young age. Some used it swearing it helped their baby sleep through the night. And maybe it did--but at what risk? Or maybe it was a coincidence the baby started STTN at that point? At any rate, the recommendation of 4-6 months is outdated and now they actually don't recommend until at least 6 months! So, the health organizations seem to have "caught up" with all the research and studies, and we now know the healthiest thing for baby is to delay solid feedings.

I'm going to share the image with you now, and also I want to say this: If you decide you want to delay solids BUT along the way you start to feel like you "need" to start before 6 months, please reach out for support. Even PM me if you want. You may still end up starting, and that's okay--yoiur baby, your choice--but it may turn out that you don't really need to and that knowing different solutions will help you. For example, some people feel they need to start solids at 6 months because the baby doesn't seem to ever be full. Well, it might help that parent to know it's a growth spurt! Growth spurts happen in 3's. 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 12 weeks (ie; 3 months!), 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. Up through 2 years. This is why baby clothes are sized in 3 month intervals also! SO if you keep nursing/formula feeding, you will see that in a week or two, your baby won't seem "insatiable" anymore, and that you didn't actually 'need" to start solids that young. (Also keep in mind that babies, during a growth spurt, who were previously STTN might start waking up at night again--this doesn't mean they need solids, it just means they need to get through the growth spurt).

Anyway, there are a LOT of reasons mamas start solids before 6 months, and many times they are mamas who didn't want to start early, but hit a bump in the road and just didn't have the answers they needed to continue to delay. I just want to help if you hit that bump in the road, to empower you with knowledge so that if you decide delaying solids is the healthiest option for your baby, you never feel like you need to betray that decision. I will support you and help you through it

So here's the image...

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July 22nd, 2013, 07:30 AM
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That's some really great information. I also am old but luckily I was very involved with LLL when I had my previous children so I was educated by them. Honestly I found delaying solids also the easier way. No mess or extra work and I was always so scared of baby choking that I wanted to be very sure they would chew.

There is so much temptation as a ftm to rush things because it seems exciting and or fun. But gosh it goes by so fast. Slowing it down as much as you can is what I recommend.
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July 22nd, 2013, 08:29 AM
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Indeed! I remember hearing people tell me their babies were ready, but I don't see how they could know their baby's digestive tract had someone advanced earlier than studies have they do. I don't think 6 months is the magic age (or that any age is a magic age, really) but if studies show the digestive tract isn't ready until 6 months or LATER I doubt it's ready at 3-4 months in ANY baby! So glad the health organizations have changed their recommendation to wait until AT LEAST 6 months for ALL babies. And even then, you have to make sure they ALSO show ALL the signs of readiness.
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July 22nd, 2013, 11:18 AM
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Thanks for the info! Me being a FTM I was actually talking to BF about when to start introducing solids to baby girl once she's here bc I have NO IDEA! I know I want to breastfeed at least for 12 to 18 months but didn't know when or HOW to introduce solids... people have told me to start with greens like green beans and spinach and then started scaring me about what not to do bc it could cause them to become allergic... I was like omg... I still need to do research on which foods to introduce and when bc I would hate it if my baby become allergic to something bc I did something wrong :/
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