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What are the benefits of prolonging solid food for babies?

What are the benefits of prolonging solid food for babies?

Breast milk/formula: are all that is needed until infants are at least 4-6 months old. Early introduction of solids has been associated with food allergies and over feeding and obesity. Breast feeding protects against diarrhea illness Also, some high fiber foods may cause diarrhea, gas, cramps. After 6 months, milk may not provide enough iron for blood and muscle growth, so foods that contain iron are recommended. ...Read more

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When and how to feed solid food to baby?

When and how to feed solid food to baby?

Guidelines: When an infant has enough upper body control to indicate hunger and satiety, is taking > 32 oz. Of formula/day or nursing > 8-10 times/day, & is 4-6 months of age. Use single-ingredient baby foods, don't start with the sweet stuff. Blend " people food ", especially if you can hold off till 6 months. A beaba works well, but is expensive. If baby spits food back out, the meal is over. ...Read more

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I'd really like to know when and how to start solid food for baby?

I'd really like to know when and how to start solid food for baby?

Ask your doctor: Best to ask your pediatricain first. Start slowly. Solid food will change their digestion so be prepared. They may have food allergies. Solid food does increase the time between feedings and can help them sleep longer at night. Be sure to get the weean off the bottle by age 1. Start with tippi cups by 1o months to prevent cavities. Only water in bottles when they are sleeping. ...Read more

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What i can do if my baby don't want to take hotchpotch or any solid food? My baby's age 9.11 months.

What i can do if my baby don't want to take hotchpotch or any solid food? My baby's age 9.11 months.

See your pedi: I have no idea what hotch potch is but if your baby is that age and is not eating any solid food you need to see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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When to start solid food for baby if breastfeeding?

When to start solid food for baby if breastfeeding?

6 months: Years ago, breastfeading was frowned on & many made "formula" from boiled cow milk&karo. Since cow milk is designed for calves, infants were fed early & often to make up for deficiences in cow milk. Now that breast is back, or formulas mimic breast, solids are optional. The sitting child is more capable of participating & few sit before 6m. Babies can wait past a year and thrive on breast alone. ...Read more

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When to feed solid food to baby with no teeth?

When to feed solid food to baby with no teeth?

Ask Pediatrician: Follow your pediatrician's advice. Remember, even when 1st baby teeth erupt child still can't chew, only bite. Your pediatrician will have specific recommendations for you to follow. ...Read more

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What are the best and safest solid foods for babies?

What are the best and safest solid foods for babies?

Depends...: Depends on age and other factors. In general, pureed vegetables and cereals come before meats and dairy (other than breast or formula); single ingredients before mixed; no-no's include: chunks (choking hazard), honey (botulism), eggs/fish/seafood (more allergenic), salt and sugar (addictive), and juices (juice is a fruit from which all good stuff has been removed.). ...Read more

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How do you know when and how much solid food to feed your baby? He's 4 months already.

How do you know when and how much solid food to feed your baby? He's 4 months already.

Delay until 6mo: Solid foods were once used to make up for deficiencies in home made milk formula used in the 50's to 80's.A return to breast FDG & modern formulas changed the value of solids from nutrition, to a pathway to teach baby to eat & transition to table foods.Waiting until 6m allows baby to sit & participate in a feeding, much as the will when older.Start with a few tablespoons as a paste. ...Read more

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What is the right time or age to introduce formula or solid food for a breastfed baby?

What is the right time or age to introduce formula or solid food for a breastfed baby?

Personal choice: If you are having to chase baby down at feeding time or they wiggle to get free after 5min/side, you have a baby who likes the nutrition but doesn't need the nurturing bf provides.Weaning or supplementing is your call but at that point it is likely to go well. Solids are unnecessary for nutrition, but fill the cultural expectation we have that baby will table feed at a yr. 6m is a good start point. ...Read more

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How much solid food should I feed my baby?

How much solid food should I feed my baby?

Let the Baby Decide: There are many variables. The aap recommends no solids until 4-6 months of age.Starting 1 food at a time for 3-4 days to observe possible negative reactions is traditional.Cereal is first, followed by other solids in no specific order.As for quantity, when you have to urge the baby to eat, they are usually done.Remember, there is little evidence as to what is actually the " right" way! ...Read more

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