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My son is 7 months. i fed him 2 times & breastfeed him when necessary when younger than 7 months. pediatrician at 7 months must feed 7 times & breastfeed. now he jus keep food in mouth& doesnt eat & spits food out. pls advice?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
For normal kids...: For normal, healthy kids, our job as parents is to offer age-appropriate foods, whether the kids are 7 weeks, 7 months, or 7 years old. Normal children who are breastfeeding or eating healthy solid foods will eat what they need and stop when full. If you feed 4 times a day, they eat more each time. If you feed 8 times a day, they eat less each time. If full, they are smart and stop eating.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Your options: Breast milk or formula is adequate for infants under a year. Most would add a cereal at 6 mo for extra iron content. You do not need to follow an arbitrary solid schedule. When the kid can sit well at the table for family meals he can be drawn into trying more things that others seem to enjoy. This can help you expand his diet & transition to the table foods.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Variety: Infants often need several attempts at eating a given food type. They will develop taste preferences, but keep offering a variety of healthy options. Your pediatrician will track his growth.

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