[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
[phpBB Debug] PHP Warning: in file [ROOT]/includes/bbcode.php on line 483: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is no longer supported, use preg_replace_callback instead
My Ngala • View topic - Starting Solids Please Help

Starting Solids Please Help

Moderator: NgalaOnline

Forum rules
These forums are being moderated by Ngala Online. Questions posted will be answered by a Ngala parenting professional. They are open for use to all residents of Australia.

Starting Solids Please Help

Postby esnw77 » Wed 27 Feb, 2013 3:29 pm

Hi Ngala,

My daughter is now 5 months old and I am starting to think about introducing solids soon. She is breastfed exclusively. Can you help me with some questions I have? Her current routine is something like this: 2am - has a nighttime feed and resettles immediately; 6-7am - wakes and has a feed then plays and eventually goes for a nap around 8:30-9am; 10:30am - wakes and has a feed than plays and goes for a nap around 12:30pm; 1:30pm - wakes for a feed, plays, nap at 3:30pm; 4:30pm - feed, stays awake until bathime and bedtime routine which starts at 7pm; 7:30pm - last feed, straight to bed (often so so drowsy, maybe even asleep - is this a bad habit? she goes to bed during the day awake and settles herself in her cot no problem).

So, my main question is: when should I feed her solids? Do I start with just one feed a day? I was going to start with rice cereal mixed with cooled boiled water. Do I have to express breast milk or will water be fine? I don't fancy buying a breastpump just for mixing it with solids (not used any bottles). She's having 6 breastfeed a day, should I be cutting one of these out? Which one? At what age should she drop to two naps a day rather than three?

Sorry about so many questions. I just need to know how to make the transition to the next stage.

Thank you in advance!
esnw77
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun 11 Nov, 2012 5:02 pm

Re: Starting Solids Please Help

Postby NgalaOnline » Fri 01 Mar, 2013 11:28 am

Hi Esnw77

Starting a baby on solid foods is an exciting time for many parents, but is also a milestone that is common for parents to feel a little bit anxious about. The recommendations from the World Health Organisation remain that it is best to begin introduction to solid foods around the age of 6 months. These recommendations are due to the fact early introduction of solids have been linked with some adverse health outcomes including an increased risk of obesity and increases stress on the baby's renal system. Another reason why it is preferable to wait until 6 months to begin solids is that the baby's milk source remains the most important source of their nutrition at this age, and some babies who begin solids will rapidly progress to large meals which can limit the amount of milk they are taking in, and in some cases impact on their mother's breast milk supply. If you do begin solids before around about 6 months it is best to remember that the solid foods are more for your baby to learn about tastes and textures rather than being for nutrition at this age. For this reason it is best to slowly introduce the foods and slowly increase the volume of food given and the number of meals per day.

It is best to begin with one meal a day and then follow your baby's lead in regards to when she is ready to progress to more meals, whilst watching that her milk intake remains adequate. Before about eight months breastmilk remains your baby's primary source of nutrition and for this reason it is best to offer a milk feed before solid foods. This can be turned around at about 8 months of age. Some parents like to feed milk and then solids at the same time... other parents prefer to stagger milk and solid foods out so that the baby is being fed every few hours. Either of these options is fine and it depends on what suits you and your baby best. It is best to introduce new foods early in the day so that you can watch your baby for any signs of intolerance. Taking several days between new foods will help you to be clear about what food is causing an intolerance if one is to develop. You can begin with small amounts such as just a few teaspoons and build this up in response to your baby's level of interest so long as she is still taking her milk feeds well. It is best not to begin cutting out milk feeds until around 8 months of age.

Rice cereal is a good source of iron for babies and a popular starting food. There have recently been some concerns about potential arsenic contamination of rice including rice cereals, and some suggestions that it may be best to only offer rice cereals to babies every few days rather than every day. Vegetables, introduced one at a time for several days until you have noticed if there are any reactions, followed by fruits, meat and grains are other appropriate early foods for babies. Recent research suggests that withholding potentially allergenic foods until a later age does not reduce the risk of allergies and that therefore all foods can be introduced from six months. Exceptions to this are honey (which should be withheld to the age of 2 due to the risk of infant botulism), tea (which inhibits iron absorption) and added salt and sugar. Cow's milk can be added to a baby's meals once solids begin but should not be given as a drink until twelve months as it does not contain all the nutrients a baby requires. If your baby or family do have a history of allergies it is best to seek advice from your baby'd medical care provider before introducing any solids that there is a history of allergy to. Research shows that continuing to breastfeed through the introduction of solids, particularly through the introduction of gluten, can significantly reduce the baby's chance of developing allergy to these foods.

Baby's taste buds are very sensitive and foods that taste bland to adults will have more taste for babies - it is best not to introduce your baby's taste buds to foods with added salts and sugars for as long as you can reasonably avoid this. Boiled water can be introduced in a cup, and it is normal that babies typically will only take several sips of this at first rather than drink large amounts. Boiled water is an appropriate thing to add to your daughter's cereals if you would prefer not to introduce cow's milk just yet - there is no need to purchase a breast pump if you do not currently have one.

In regards to whether it is a bad habit that your baby goes to bed drowsy or asleep - for some babies this can contribute to the development of a sleep association and resultant night waking, but other babies do not develop this issue if they are going to bed awake during the day. If there is a simple way of adjusting night time activities so that she is more awake when she is put to bed, this would be ideal. If not, continue putting your baby to bed awake for her other sleeps and there is every chance that this will not become an issue for your baby. Babies typically drop the third nap around 7 months of age, but it is best to follow your baby's lead as to when this happens.

You may like to consider attending the Ngala parenting workshop "Food Glorious Food" which is covers the introduction of solid foods. http://www.ngala.com.au/course/Parentin ... rious-Food

The following websites may also be helpful:

http://www.cyh.com/HealthTopics/HealthT ... 487&np=302

http://www.ngala.com.au/You-and-Your-Fa ... -12-months

I hope that this information is helpful.
This information is general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for the personalized assistance that can be received from the Ngala Helpline by telephone.

For families residing in Western Australia you can also contact the
Ngala Helpline
Telephone 9368 9368 or 1800 111 546 for country access
Available 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm
or request a callback online

For helplines in other Australian states please follow this link
User avatar
NgalaOnline
 
Posts: 530
Joined: Tue 07 Dec, 2010 8:42 am


Return to Feeding & Nutrition

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests

cron