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Old 04-25-2013, 08:27 AM   #1
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Dr. wants 4mos old on puree already?

I took my EBF son in for his 4 month check up this morning and weighed 19lbs and measured 25 in. She told me that he is in the 25th for height and 90th for weight and wants me to start pureeing green beans to help keep his belly full so he doesn't nurse as much. I always heard 6 months for any kind of food .... is this normal? Has any one else put their 4 month old on purees? Is his belly developed enough to handle it?

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Old 04-25-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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I would first talk to a different doctor.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:28 AM   #3
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We're waiting until DD2 is six months old. DD1 was six months too when she started solids.
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My 8 month old is still ebf and is hanging in the 95th percentile for weight. My ped said not a word about starting solids at her last visit, less than a month ago. Id find a second opinion or just go with your gut and wait.
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http://www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/fa...stfeeding.html

The AAP recommends starting solids at 6 months, but "food is for fun before one". Some people choose to start later. At 4 months, breastmilk or formula should be a baby's primary source of nutrition.

Another great article: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starti.../delay-solids/

ETA - DS1, DS3, and DS4 were all off the charts for weight at 4 months old (DS1 received pumped breastmilk, DS3 and DS4 were/are exclusively breastfed). Our doctor never suggested feeding them solids so young. We practice BLW, and waited for them to show signs of readiness. DS1 was 5.5 months, DS2 was 7-8 months (but didn't actually eat any real amounts until 14 months), DS3 was 6-7 months, and DS4 is 5.5 months and still EBF (no solids).
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Re: Dr. wants 4mos old on puree already?

I don't know the science behind these recommendations, but I DO think that babies are much better equipped to tell you when they are ready for other foods than a doctor.

Things like whether or not they can figure out how to swallow something other than milk. If their bodies are tolerating it. You'll be able to tell I suppose by crying, gas, spitting up, seeming uncomfortable.

For my personal opinion, if baby tolerates it, can swallow it without choking and likes it, I don't see the big deal. it's not like a person is mashing up cheetoes and serving them. it's vegetables or a grain cereal. The amounts they eat at that young age barely make a dent in their formula or BM consumption. Think about it...how many calories are in a couple tablespoons of green beans? Maybe 20?

I also recall my Dr and one other person once saying that they think the introduction of wheat at less than 6 months may prevent celiacs. I have never followed up to research that, though.
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We waited until 6 months, but only just. Both of our children let us know they were ready to start eating table foods. We started our son on mashed up avocado.
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I don't know the science behind these recommendations, but I DO think that babies are much better equipped to tell you when they are ready for other foods than a doctor.

Things like whether or not they can figure out how to swallow something other than milk. If their bodies are tolerating it. You'll be able to tell I suppose by crying, gas, spitting up, seeming uncomfortable.

For my personal opinion, if baby tolerates it, can swallow it without choking and likes it, I don't see the big deal. it's not like a person is mashing up cheetoes and serving them. it's vegetables or a grain cereal. The amounts they eat at that young age barely make a dent in their formula or BM consumption. Think about it...how many calories are in a couple tablespoons of green beans? Maybe 20?

I also recall my Dr and one other person once saying that they think the introduction of wheat at less than 6 months may prevent celiacs. I have never followed up to research that, though.
I would normally agree with this statement, but OP said her doctor suggested starting solids in order to get her 4 month old to fill his belly up and nurse less. That's really bad advice, IMO.
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I would normally agree with this statement, but OP said her doctor suggested starting solids in order to get her 4 month old to fill his belly up and nurse less. That's really bad advice, IMO.
I agree. Baby should still be getting breast milk first. And this is from a mom who did start solids early. My girls showed readiness signs - sitting well, interest in eating, loss of the tongue thrust reflex. I'm not against starting solids early, but the doctor's reasons for it are very bad.
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Re: Dr. wants 4mos old on puree already?

Hmm I think you received very bad advice and I would most certainly disregard it and look for another pediatrician. Also doing your own research is very important. I trust our Ped. and he is very thoughtful and values parents making their own decisions. However I don't take anything he says as anything other than one piece of advice to consider when making a decision. There is nothing wrong with your child's weight and replacing breastmilk or formula with anything for such a young infant is a dangerous recommendation. If you feel your child is ready for solids then that is your decision but it should in now way replace the nutrition from breastmilk or formula. FWIW all of my children have been anywhere from 20-22lbs at 4 months and he has never suggested anything was a problem. What your Ped. is recommending is that you stop giving your child vital nutrients and replace it with filler that in now way compares nutritionally.

ETA: And you're the parent. You don't have to do one single thing he says to do. He's not your boss and you will not get in trouble.
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