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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 16:41 PM   1
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Still getting most of her nutrition from the breast at 8 months


I'm having quite a different experience with Emma than with my others - I'm more relaxed about feeding her, and tend to just offer the breast when she is hungry.

Time has crept up on me and she's 8 months old now, but still mainly getting all her feeding needs from breastmilk and I don't have her on any sort of schedule for solids. My other kids were having lots of food, and also water or formula in sippy cups by now as well as breastfeeding a few times a day and night. Both shot up in weight about now, and were quite podgy, especially Sophie. Sophie quit breastfeeding at 11 months (Thomas I stopped nursing at 19 months as I had pregnancy aversions).

Half of me is thinking how we are going is fine, the other half is freaking out that I'll be harmed her somehow and she she's about to die from lack of iron and zinc .

I've been doing baby led weaning so no puree or iron fortified cereals.

Some days I'm so exhausted and busy (she wakes often at night) that I think I might forget to give her any solids at all, or maybe just a bit of toast or share some food off my plate at dinner . That's all she's really interested in also.

She is 7.7kg (17lbs), which on the WHO Expanded Tables is about halfway between the 25th and 50th centile for weight. She's about smack bang on the 50th for length. I have never, ever had any of my kids have a length centile higher than a weight one! Sophie was about 9.2kg(20lbs 4oz) at this age.

Her well child nurse says she should be having 3 meals and 3 snacks a day by now and eating solids before offering a breastfeed. This is what I did with Sophie and Sophie totally lost interest in the boob .

What have you done with feeding your baby around this age?

The top picture is Emma, the bottom is Sophie, I couldn't find pictures of them in the same pose.






 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 17:29 PM   2
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She looks perfect to me. They both look healthy. My girls tended to look like Emma at that age. I was always told food before 1 is just for fun and I agree with that. Our 3rd was just not as interested in solids until she was 1 and even now doesn't eat as much as the older two did but still nurses a lot. In the beginning I think offering food can be good for discovering and getting used to different textures and tastes but I certainly wouldn't worry or pressure yourself on solid schedules. If you are eating something she could have, offer it but don't freak out if she doesn't eat a lot at first and mostly plays with it. It sounds and looks like she is developing well and is doing great! You are doing a great job!



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 21:07 PM   3
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My DD didn't have much interest in solids at 8 months old (we also did baby led weaning). She would nibble on things but didn't really consume much of anything until she was closer to 1. I always offered the breast before solids until she was at least 11 months old. She didn't really take off on the solids until about 13 months when she stopped breastfeeding. She is petite, was 16 lbs 4 oz when she was last weighed at 14 months, but is perfectly healthy and still has fat reserves despite her being petite. She has never been a podgy baby. Now at almost 16 months old, a typical breakfast for her is an adult sized bowl of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt, 1/2 cup apple sauce, a handful of blueberries, 3 strawberries, half a banana, and 1/2 a piece of toast with nut butter! But despite eating so much she is still lean and petite. Food before 1 is only for fun, so try not to stress too much!



 
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Old Mar 30th, 2017, 22:34 PM   4
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Thanks very much!

See, that's half the issue here - food before 1 is just for fun is the total opposite attitude from my healthcare providers. My well child nurse is in such a flap with me! Both over the baby led weaning, and the lack of schedule. In the morning we are so busy getting ready for school, then by the time we get back Emma goes right down for her nap. Then I'm running around like mad trying to clean the house up, then Emma wakes up and I try and fit in a walk, then before I know it we are off to school again and then she's in bed for another nap the minute we get in. I do almost always share my dinner though, with her, or give her what we are having.

Emma was weighed and measured today, I was in a study during my pregnancy about lower blood glucose targets for women with gestational diabetes, and they were asking me all these questions about what she eats and were giving eachother alarmed looks. This was our last check in with the study team, but they've got me worried.

She does eat a good variety, and feeds herself just fine on meat, roast veggies, fruits and breads etc.

She hasn't really put on much weight over the last few months.

Sophie I was always in trouble for her being obese (she's JUST gotten into normal weight range these last couple of months, from being big since birth), Thomas is the shortest kid in his class by INCHES, and now Emma doesn't seem to be as big as we were all expecting.



 
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Old Mar 31st, 2017, 01:39 AM   5
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Sorry my quote button isn't working. You said - "Her well child nurse says she should be having 3 meals and 3 snacks a day by now and eating solids before offering a breastfeed. This is what I did with Sophie and Sophie totally lost interest in the boob."

It's interesting how different places have totally different practices and ideas of what is normal. I think here 8months would be a bit early for three meals, let alone snacks too - what's wrong with breastmilk as a snack? It's going to give her a wider range of nutrients than some rice cakes or a banana and will be kind on her digestive system which is still learning how to process new foods. It tends to be around the 10month mark when babies start to need food in addition to breastmilk in order to get enough calories (but that's an average and it depends on each child).

In fact introducing too much food too quickly can stop babies from breastfeeding (as you describe with Sophie) and health care providers here don't want that to happen too quickly.

Do your healthcare providers follow WHO guidelines? WHO says:
"Breast milk is the natural first food for babies, it provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life."
This means that between 6months where breastmilk will be giving 100% nutrition and 1year where it could be giving 50% nutrition, there will be a slow movement away from just milk towards food. Therefore at the point where you are now it could be classed as normal to expect breastmilk to be providing 75% of Emma's nutrition.

It does sound like sometimes you struggle to find enough opportunities to offer food, but that's what makes breastfeeding so great - it's portable and always on hand, and free to top up anything she needs that she isn't getting from food.



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Old Mar 31st, 2017, 01:50 AM   6
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She definitely doesn't look skinny to me. Gracie was probably slightly slimmer at that age (she was 75th for height and 25th for weight) and she is perfectly healthy and even now is a great eater.

We also did blw and I think they probably do eat slightly less than traditionally fed babies, Gracie was still having 4x6ox bottles per day minimum at that age and really did only graze most days (except the odd hungry day where she ate everything in sight)

She also changed centiles for height and weight a lot. She was born on the 25th for weight and 50th for length, then jumped to 50th for weight, went slightly over, then plummeted as low as the 9th. She is now on the 25th for height and weight but adjusted for our heights she is where she should be. We have the dietician on Monday so I will check again then!



 
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Old Mar 31st, 2017, 11:22 AM   7
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Oh I also wanted to add that Isla only started having snacks after she stopped breastfeeding. While she was still nursing I would offer three meals a day, but her "snacks" were breastmilk between meals. It seems awfully early to expect an 8 month old baby who is still breastfeeding to also have three snacks a day. My 16 month old doesn't even have three snacks, she has three meals and two snacks. The only time she gets a third snack is if she doesn't eat anything at supper time, then I'll offer her a small snack before bed.



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2017, 04:39 AM   8
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The well child nurse service here are partly funded by Watties (Heinz I think they are under/a part of) so they REALLY push solids, in particular that brands jars and tins. They do use growth charts from WHO and in particular says they are based on the UK WHO charts. I feel like all the nurses are very old and I've yet to meet one who breastfed her own kids past the first couple of weeks.

I've let Emma eat to her hearts content today, and she didn't want any more food than a usual day so I guess I'll let that be a guide? She had some meat and banana and a small sandwich, which she threw away. My OH looks agtert her on a Saturday morning while I am at work and she didn't seem keen to eat too much for him, but was excited to nurse when I came home.



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2017, 06:00 AM   9
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She looks absolutely fine! Somebabies just prefer breast milk over food. Holly was the same and she wasn't interested in food at all until she was 9 months and even then she still got most of her nutrition from breastfeeding until she was around 18 months. She just wasn't a big eater at all. She was always small for her age but has caught up over the last year



 
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Old Apr 1st, 2017, 10:55 AM   10
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Mine didn't really eat more than the odd taste/little bowl of something a couple of times a day for the first year of her life. Scheduled full meals before one really aren't an absolute essential in my opinion. She didn't properly chew anything until she was 14 months old!

She's an absolute pig now - she often requests three different foods for breakfast (usually banana, cereal and fruit and then a bagel!) and is very good about eating, though she is still breastfed too. She has pretty much always hung around the 50th centile for weight - considering how decently she eats, I would have thought she would be more solid, but she just is how she is and she is a beautiful, healthy child with plenty of energy, intelligence and a lovely attitude.

Around Emma's age, I would say mine was a similar build. Looking at her, she clearly isn't malnourished in any way! As long as she's finding relative enjoyment in the foods that she tries, and is following her growth curve, you have no need to worry.



 
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