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Doctor insights on: Starting To Feed Baby Solids

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When should I start feeding my baby solid food?

When should I start feeding my baby solid food?

6 months or later: Most babies are ready to eat solids once they are about 6 months of age. This is the age they reach for things , able to transfer objects from hand to hand and put things in the mouth. They also start teething about this time.Start with rice cereal. ...Read more

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Y feed babies solids at 6 months if they are fine starting at 4? And used to feed at 4 for centuries

Y feed babies solids at 6 months if they are fine starting at 4? And used to feed at 4 for centuries

New data: We have the advantage of living in a modern age of information; we now know that babies do just as well - in fact, better - if feeding of solid foods is delayed until 6 months. Only breast milk should be given during the first six months. ...Read more

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When can you start feeding solid foods to an infant?

When can you start feeding solid foods to an infant?

Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more

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There is not much info about iugr babies why do they have issues with feeding? Should i expect my iugr baby to start solids like normal babies?

There is not much info about iugr babies why do they have issues with feeding? Should i expect my iugr baby to start solids like normal babies?

IUGR : Iugr can be caused by alot of different things. The iugr can also affect different parts of your baby and their development. So, not all iugr babies are exactly alike when it comes to feeding. Some feed just fine and i would assume yours will also. You can offer solids (soft foods like fruit or rice cereal) at anywhere from 4 months to 6 months and see how your baby does. ...Read more

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My five month old does not seem intrested in solids I have been feeding him a little cereal and some avocados when are babies usually ready for solids?

My five month old does not seem intrested in solids I have been feeding him a little cereal and some avocados when are babies usually ready for solids?

Stop: No where in the world would a new mother be recommended to be giving such a young baby solid food. This is not appropriate. Please stop. Then, please contact your baby's doctor to learn when to start this. You are increasing the risk of life long allergy, respiratory diseases and childhood obesity. Please stop. ...Read more

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When should you introduce solids to an infant?

When should you introduce solids to an infant?

Depends: in a baby who is meeting developmental milestones and has no underlying medical conditions that would prohibit introduction of solid foods, the earliest they should be introduced is between age 4-6 months. Breastmilk or formula should still be the main source of calories at this age. Make an appointment with your pediatrician to talk about how to introduce solids and to see if your baby is ready. ...Read more

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I'm in the dark. Please tell me how to start babies on solids?

I'm in the dark. Please tell me how to start babies on solids?

At 6 months: The american academy of pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for ~6 mos. & continuing until 12 mos. Nurse a little first if she's really hungry. Then switch to small half-spoonfuls of pureed food of your choice & talk her through it. Yum, good! respect her cues for hunger/satiety. Feed her during family meals. Introduce new foods every 2-3 days. See below. ...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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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