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Old Apr 7th, 2017, 22:40 PM   11
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Neither of mine had a huge interest in solids at that age. We also did BLW. Probably after 1 year for DS and between 10 and 12 months for DD, if my memory serves me correctly. My ped was never worried.

DS was always quite thin with no chunk, being a preemie and all. DD seemed like a proper chunk but she was under 50th percentile for weight, just perspective. She dix drop in the weight percentiles, but doctors here use the CDC charts, where it is recommended to use the WHO charts for under 2, especially breastfed babies. Her drop was when she started walking and became active, around 10 months.



 
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Old Apr 11th, 2017, 18:13 PM   12
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My first really didn't have an interest in food that age. He mainly got by on breast milk only. His 5 now and still a very fussy eater tbh.

Emma looks good for her age x



 
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Old Apr 14th, 2017, 20:04 PM   13
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Oh my gosh, Emma is gorgeous! You've got such a lovely little family.

My first ate quite well by 8 months, but my second only just started eating solids much at all at 7.5 months, and he probably didn't have 3 meals a day until 8/9 months. He definitely didn't have snacks as well until close to a year. They both breastfed on demand.

I think the recommendation that she should have 3 meals and 3 snacks by now is flat out wrong. However, I personally think the phrase "food before one is just for fun" is misleading because it downplays the importance of food, but there's absolutely no reason to stuff her full of solids at her age either. 2-3 meals a day is plenty if she's still breastfeeding on demand.

Btw, I don't know if you noticed this too, but between my first and my second I noticed the plunket advice for solids changed. When my first was 6 months (early 2013), the handouts they gave me said to offer breast before solids until 9 months, I think, by 2015/2016 when my second was 6 months the handout said to offer food before breast at 8 months. I can't get my head around it, it may indeed have something to do with the evil baby food corporation being a sponsor.

Anyway, when DS2, I just did what I wanted and said screw to the literature. He had breast when he wanted and food when he was interested. Don't second guess yourself too much, Emma looks great.



 
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Old Apr 17th, 2017, 15:42 PM   14
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I think my particular plunket centre has been really told to push Watties, that's for sure! I have no problem with jarred or canned food but don't like the pressure.

I've started feeding Emma more solids anyway, I got worried after reading about how a lack of iron has long term effects on brain development. So she's eating two meals a day, and little mouthfuls of food she begs and steals off people haha! She's cottoned onto this cute "huh?" thing, when she says it to her siblings they love it and giver her food.

She still wakes a lot at night but at least I know she's getting her iron needs met fairly well now.



 
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Old Apr 24th, 2017, 11:30 AM   15
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It's funny because here in Denmark they recommend people to start introducing gruels, veggie mashes and porridges at between 4-6 months. So BLW isn't a thing at all here! In my case, I had to start my son at age 4½ months because he was losing too much weight and my HV told me that the recommendation from WHO which states that exclusive nursing for 6 months in developing countries is associated with lower rates of e.g. diarrheal disease which is not relevant for developed countries so she says she always recommends between 4-6 months, depending on the baby and how well (s)he's thriving on breatsmilk only. My son was definitely ready for food, he absolutely loves it!

I've also heard about breastmilk lacking certain things like iron and that it can affect brain development.

This article (http://breastfeedingwithoutbs.blogsp...e-is-just.html) brings up an interesting point:

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Now I'll be honest; whenever I hear someone talk about "readiness" for anything in a child-development context, I tend to reach for my skepticism; has anyone ever actually proven that the ability to sit up unassisted or reach out and grab things has any particular relationship with babies' ability to digest food or their nutritional requirements for it? And if we accept the "babies need additional iron and zinc" thing already discussed, the idea that babies only start to need solids once they reach certain development stages becomes a bit problematic. Like... okay, are we all supposed to believe that children who are slower than average to sit up are the ones who are handily born with larger-than-average iron stores in their bodies, while the ones born with less iron conveniently start sitting up earlier, or something? It doesn't really make a lot of sense to me, and as it happens the only evidence that I’m aware of on this topic seems to suggest the exact opposite—we know that in fact, iron stores tend to be lower in babies who were born small and/or premature, and these babies are also slower to reach milestones, on average.
It's definitely an interesting read and brings up some good points. I definitely thing that the "food before 1 is just for fun" is very faulty in it's thinking although I'm sure many here will blast me for saying it Also it makes anyone that needed to start baby on solids before 6 months feel like they've failed as a parent which I don't think it supportive or conductive! I honestly don't see any harm in offering babies foods from around 4-6 months? Particularly those that may need it like my son did.



 
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Old Apr 30th, 2017, 20:08 PM   16
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I agree that it's a silly saying and I have no idea where it came from, but I don't believe in it. I think solids are very important, they need the zinc and iron. I don't think porridges or vegetable purees have much use though - that's just my thinking from what I have read.

Emma wasn't born early, as such, but she was born at 38 weeks, so 3 weeks earlier than my first baby.

Her appetite has ramped up a lot in the last couple of weeks, for solids rather than breastmilk, so she's eating lots more. She has a well child visit tomorrow so I'm interested to see what she weighs.



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 21:47 PM   17
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She's dropped down the charts again, she was 7.8kg. Last weight check was 7.38kg in Jan 31st.

I have an app that tells me the exact centile on the WHO charts, so she was born on the 60th, went up to and stayed at the 68th (last check at this centile was 4 months), was 48th centile at 6 months and is 29th centile at 9 months.

Length is a bit more iffy, I don't think my nurse has any idea what she's doing, the centile for that jumps all over the show, been as low as 14th centile and as high at 75th. I think she is about 71cm though.



 
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Old May 1st, 2017, 21:49 PM   18
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I was always took the saying as more like.. Not to stress about baby eating a ton of food before one but to offer it. Since babies are all so different, some aren't as ready for solids early but then just take to it later. Our dd2 never really took to eating a lot of solids before she was one.. I always offered it and she would play in it or let me feed her a little but she didn't eat it more until closer to her first birthday. I didn't stress about it since she was breastfeeding and the majority of her nutrients did still come from me at that age. I think it's important to offer but unless baby is seriously underweight or something then not to put a ton of pressure on yourself to get baby to eat. I know that was a long explanation but the way I always thought of it until baby is older just enjoy the process as much as you can.



 
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Old May 3rd, 2017, 06:47 AM   19
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Minties I make my own porridges and mashes. I add formula powder to them. They're from a recipe book that my HV gave me and are approved of here by the authorities so I doubt that they're not nutritious enough! Add a bit of fruit puree to sweeten and give more flavour. Hope your daughter soon gains more weight. What did they recommend?

I understand the thought behind the saying but it can definitely be misunderstanding and someone needs to come up with a new one. I don't entirely agree that babies don't really need food before 1 year though but that's my opinion.



 
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Old May 15th, 2017, 02:39 AM   20
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She's dropped down the charts again, she was 7.8kg. Last weight check was 7.38kg in Jan 31st.

I have an app that tells me the exact centile on the WHO charts, so she was born on the 60th, went up to and stayed at the 68th (last check at this centile was 4 months), was 48th centile at 6 months and is 29th centile at 9 months.

Length is a bit more iffy, I don't think my nurse has any idea what she's doing, the centile for that jumps all over the show, been as low as 14th centile and as high at 75th. I think she is about 71cm though.
They never really bother with length centiles here in the UK (unless they are investigating real growth issues)apart from very occasionally, because they know they are so unreliable.

I know it must be disheartening to see the weight curve dipping like it is, but you can't really make a child eat, only give them opportunities to eat. Also it has taken a full 3months for that centile drop, during which time it looks like she got pretty active and is now crawling. Some babies aren't moving round much at the same point so put on weight easier, some are burning it off.

I know some babies with Tongue Tie can really struggle to learn to chew and swallow and the extra effort it takes can make them late eaters.



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