Breast & bottle feeding
25/03/2018 at 11:18
My DD Isla-Rose is 7 months and 1 week, I exclusively breastfed her up till 6 and half months and started gradual weaning at 6 months. She now has porridge for breakfast, homemade vegetables for lunch and a meat meal for dinner. She's being spoon fed and I make up 2 weeks worth of meals at the end of every week choosing 3 new recipes, one fruit for breakfast, one vegetarian for lunch and one meat for dinner, cook, blend and freeze. But shes also having 7oz 5 times a day every 3 hours. Sometimes she hardly touches her food and I'm convinced its cause shes filled up from her milk!! Cause I breastfed her every 2-3 hours right up till I stopped I'm not sure how long to space out her feeds and how much she should be having! Should I include snacks now shes abit older? she also just eating her foods blended as I'm terrified she will choke if I give her finger foods!! Is this okay ? I know every babys different but I'm 21 and a first time mum and I just feel like I'm not giving her enough!! any advice would be great, thankyou :) xxx
25/03/2018 at 13:09
I was told by the pediatrician that up until 1 year old their main source of nutrition should still be milk & that foods are more about exposing their taste buds / getting them used to textures and flavors and giving them a positive experience with eating as opposed to being necessary for their nutritional well being... so give her as much milk as she wants, offer her meals and snacks like you have been doing (it sounds great what you’re doing... the more variety the better! ☺️) & if she takes a spoonful or 2 (or more) then fantastic... but don’t worry if she hardly eats any... Breastmilk or formula will be giving her everything she needs nutritionally until she is a year old.
25/03/2018 at 13:10
Milk before meals is how I remembered it... milk schedule should be as it has always been and meals are a supplementary source to that until age 1
25/03/2018 at 13:23
Blending food is ok... but try not to worry too muxh When it comes to introducing more textured things... it’s just as important for her to start working on textures as this will help with her swallow Skills.
Start with the blended and then maybe move in small steps if you’re worried... like roughly mash it instead of blending all the way so that there are a few small lumps. Then finger foods work your way up from basic stuff like plain toast (toast is easier than bread as it doesn’t get gummy and stick in their mouths) onto more varied stuff like a cooked carrot stick, soft cheese triangle, scrambled egg etc.
i do understand how scary it can be but babies are actually remarkably good at managing the transition. I would recommend looking at some baby led weaning information... particularly the stuff that talks about the difference between gagging and choking as this is important.... babies‘ gag Reflex is much closer to the front of their mouths than adults so they gag easier which can be scary at first but it is not choking and is actually something that they need to work through & figure out. Basically the difference is if they are gagging they may go red & make a noise of some kind... if this happened with my little guy I would try to stay calm and reassure him to ’work it out’ I would have a limit of a few seconds at which point I had thought I would intervene but in the whole time of his weaning I only ever had to intervene once and that was very obvious That he was choking as opposed to gagging and needed help... the main difference with choking is that there is no noise... they will sometimes very quickly go pale (& if left longer, go blue) but the immediate difference is the no noise... at which point I got up and gave him a few firm snacks on the back and he cleared it, no fuss & went straight back to eating! It’s important to try and stay as calm as you can as they will pick up on your emotional cues.
Perhaps taking a Red Cross class to learn infant CPR / to resolve a choking episode would help you feel more reassured? There’s also a great (& free!) Red Cross first aid app which you can download which has videos and step by step instructions on what to do for a whole variety of medical issues... including choking:
My little girl had no interest in food until she was 9months old, so we were pretty much on milk all the time until then, so don't worry, eventually your daughter will likely just find an interest in food and things will change. Plenty of milk right now is great and perfectly healthy, so don't worry hon.
30/03/2018 at 18:16
"food before 1 is just for fun" ;)
21/04/2018 at 22:19
my lb is 11 months and was like this! He is still breastfed but he wouldnt eat a lot of one of his meals. as he is still breast fed he still feeds a bit more then he needs to, but we are getting there but now he eats all of his 3 meals. Maybe i would either try her on snacks and water rather then milk?
honestly i was scared about giving my baby finger food but they have such a good gag reflex and i watched a video about what to do if baby was chokibg that helped too, now i give him pretty much anything! I give him a plate with some pickys and his baby food too, (so i know he is getting some food as sometimes he just plays with the pickys!)
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