Our expert says:
Firstly your paediatrician was correct that babies should if at all possible be exclusively breastfed and not receive solids before the age of 6 months. This is to enable their digestive systems to mature to the point where they can handle solids more easily. It is quite possible that your baby is getting sufficient nutrients from your milk because you have listed that you breastfeed him 5 times during the day. You may find that if you skip the 4:30 pm feed and give him some solids such as pureed vegetables, pureed fruit or yoghurt that he will be prepared to eat. Also keep in mind that babies have a very small stomach capacity and one or two teaspoons of a solid may fill him. You need not worry about the foods being bland as it is advisable for babies not to have salt (their kidneys can't handle high salt intakes) or sugar. Another golden rule is that you need to offer him a new food repeatedly (and this can take a long time) until he accepts it. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on "DietDoc's articles' and search for the 2 articles I have written on: "WEANING FOODS INFLUENCE THE REST OF YOUR CHILD’S LIFE " and "WHAT WEANING FOODS TO GIVE BABY" for additional information on weaning.
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