Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Chantal | 2012/03/29


Introduction of Solids - Unsure

My 5 month old is on rice cereal and was introduced to solids for lunch. I am still breastfeeding and know that I have to give her water as well. Where can I obtain a recommended feeding schedule as I am weary that I may be decreasing her milk intake with the introduction of the solids and water.

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You do not need to give your baby any water until she is at least 6 months old.You will find information on this website:

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Posted by: Chantal | 2012/04/01

Thank you all for your help. A special thanks to Purple for your detailed response:)

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/03/30

Purity''s web site is purshing purity products, so not the best source of information.

Once a breastfed baby is on solids, they should be getting water to drink form a sippy cup or normal cup with their meals.

A breastfed baby should not be fed on a schedule. Rather continue to breastfeed on demand so that you can ensure baby is getting enough milk - which is her primary source of nutrition for the first year. Solids are offered from around the middle of the first year as an additional (complementary) form of nutrition and as baby approaches a year they start to take on more and more importance in babies diet.
So, to ensure baby gets enough milk, offer breastmilk on demand as you always have been (feeding on a schedule will lower your milk supply and can lead to baby failing to gain enough weight), and then offer a small portion of fruit or vegetables for lunch.

There is no need for you to give baby cereal if you have access to fresh fruit and vegetables to feed a baby. Baby cereal was designed to combat malnutrition during war times when there was no access to fresh and healthy foods and babies had to be fed. There isn''t anything wrong with it and it won''t cause harm for baby, its just that fruit and veg are better.

I have found far more practical and helpful informaiton on solids on w w w dot kellymom d o t c o m and w w w dot lalecheleague d o t o r g - particularly with regard to solids for the breastfed baby. I have been helped tremendously by the kind and caring La Leche League leaders, and the site has contact numbers for leaders all over the country that you can contact if you need to. (they are not the lentil eating judgemental people they are made out to be by those who haven''t had contact with them - they are kind and reassuring and very non judgemental).

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Posted by: R | 2012/03/30

No, don''t give her water if you are breastfeeding. You can go to the Purity website and they have a daily feeding guide.

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