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October 10th, 2005, 06:48 AM
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Check out this article titled "Experts Seek to Debunk Baby Food Myths:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051009/ap_on_...baby_food_myths

I think that American parents really are too anal about infant feeding. We should just relax and make our babies part of the family, including at the dinner table.
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October 10th, 2005, 08:28 AM
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Thank goodness! Xander hates the rice cereal..hehe.
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October 10th, 2005, 04:27 PM
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Ethan is getting sick of it too, so i have just been feeding him baby food without the rice in it
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October 11th, 2005, 04:56 AM
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Originally posted by sweetlilmommytobe@Oct 10 2005, 06:27 PM
Ethan is getting sick of it too, so i have just been feeding him baby food without the rice in it
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Over the years I have read several times that one of the advantages of breastfeeding is that the flavor of spices, etc. in foods the mother eats is in the breastmilk - which makes the baby used to those flavors when table food is introduced. In many cultures babies goes directly from breastmilk to table food with no transitional foods. Americans tend to complicate things (like infant feeding) when we COULD just relax and enjoy our babies.
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October 11th, 2005, 06:17 AM
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I think it's very important to mention that these recommendations are for children over 6 months old. Up until that age, a baby's digestive system isn't really mature enough to handle solid foods.
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October 11th, 2005, 09:49 AM
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Has anyone here introduced meats to their children at 6 months? Grace has never eaten anything, but I'm considering giving her some meats to try when she's 6 or 7 months because of the iron. I have 2 boxes of oatmeal cereal to try her with as well, so it's not like she won't be getting any cereal at all, but I was just wondering what your experiences were with early meat introduction...
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Originally posted by Iris@Oct 11 2005, 08:17 AM
I think it's very important to mention that these recommendations are for children over 6 months old. Up until that age, a baby's digestive system isn't really mature enough to handle solid foods.
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EXCELLENT point Iris. Breastfed babies don't need solid foods before six months. Formula babies may need solids a little earlier, but certainly not before four months.
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i gave them to my son early...he is doing great
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It all really depends on the baby I think. Xander started solids at 2 months(yes, the dr gave the ok). He was drinking 40oz of formula a day and would have a fit when he saw someone else eating...lol. Just as all babies will crawl, sit, walk, etc at different times, they are all ready for solids at different times.
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Ethan was just plain hungry all the time, so I started feeding him a little bit here and there...sometimes he needs the baby food, and sometimes he is fine with just bottles throughout the day...really depends on him
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October 12th, 2005, 07:34 PM
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It's really interesting how much feeding recommendations change over the years. I saw the little papers my mother got from the pediatrician with each of my well-baby check ups - he told her to start giving me solids when I was two WEEKS old. Now that would be considered ridiculous. In some cultures babies have nothing but breastmilk for closer to a year. Somehow babies thrive in spite of it all, lol.
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i know...i don't know how babies can eat just breastmilk until they are close to a year though...unless they were preemies, but even then it doesn't seem like enough
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October 13th, 2005, 07:51 AM
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As a baby gets older, mom's breastmilk changes. Thats how breastmilk can sometimes be enough for a baby for a whole year. I have a friend that has a baby who is 11 months old and has only had breastmilk. Her child is THRIVING and completely withina normal weight and height range.
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Well I am one up on the game... Braxton has been eating with us since he was 7 months... He started turning his nose up at baby food... We sit him in his high chair and we eat as a family....
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October 15th, 2005, 04:48 PM
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Well I am one up on the game...* Braxton has been eating with us since he was 7 months...* He started turning his nose up at baby food...* We sit him in his high chair and we eat as a family....
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October 15th, 2005, 04:51 PM
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I definitely think eating as a family is one of the best habits you can get into at this point.
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