Can you introduce solids to a BFing baby too LATE? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 9 Old 05-29-2012, 05:46 AM - Thread Starter
Gabesgrrrl's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Canada
Posts: 332
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

Hi All!


My little girl is almost 8 months old. She's crawling, and pulling herself to standing...and exclusively breastfed. She is starting to make eating noises and imitate us when we eat. I nursed my last 2 babies until a year exclusively, but they were also not showing any interest in food. 


I feel a little sad about introducing solids this early, and wonder if there's a "window" of opportunity to introduce them? If she is showing interest and I don't respond, will she lose the interest? 


I'm confident that Breastmilk provides plenty of nutrition through the whole first year, but I want to follow her lead...just don't want to rush!


Any opinions!?



Mother of reading.gif, REPlaySkateboard04HL.gifjammin.gif and babyf.gifborn Oct. 5th after angel.gif  angel.gif angel.gif. Social Media Manager and writer by day, Bloomin' Belly Soap maker by night.

Gabesgrrrl is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 9 Old 05-29-2012, 09:28 AM
MrsGregory's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: The 'burbs of Central Texas.
Posts: 1,030
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I have heard that you can start solids "too late", but I've no idea... and no idea what the ideal window is really considered to be.

But, I wanted to encourage you - my little one is super, super, super interested in eating, and has been since she started at about 6 1/2 months, and in no way have her three solid meals diminished her desire to nurse.  Quite the opposite it seems!  So your little one may take to solids like a fish to water and still continue to nurse to your heart's content for quite some time.  smile.gif

lovestory.gif   And on 09/23/2011, we were three;  husband, daughter, and me!

MrsGregory is offline  
#3 of 9 Old 05-29-2012, 11:10 AM
voca's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I had a baby who at 5 months would reach out and grab what you were eating and try to take a bite of it. The first solid food she ate was a bite of pizza she took while sitting on Dad's knee. We tried giving her spoons, a plate, toys -- no dice, she wanted food. But you know, she is still nursing at least 5 times a day at about to turn 3 years, and her early introduction to solids seems to have done her no harm. Sometimes you just have to accept that they are on their own schedule.


voca is offline  
#4 of 9 Old 05-29-2012, 11:21 AM
MrsKoehn's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,438
Mentioned: 139 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 97 Post(s)

From what I've seen, when they act like they want it, they're ready to branch out some. My nephew has been eating solids since he was about 5 or 6 months, and he still BFs a lot at 13 months.

Frequent Auto Correct Victim.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Loving the (mostly) organic country life as a SAHWM . Married to my hubby since '08
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, Ana born at home 11/12, Nathaniel born at home in the water 07/15
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

MrsKoehn is offline  
#5 of 9 Old 05-31-2012, 07:07 PM
Hymanroth's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 105
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

you should look into baby led weaning

Hymanroth is offline  
#6 of 9 Old 06-01-2012, 05:26 AM
E m i c h i e e's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 129
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would say no, considering that there is many tribes and other cultures who don't set a time frame for solids. If anything the children are almost all bm for a very long time.
I have once read that 2 years is the limit, but I don't think it is necessarily true, and that nature planned for children getting adequate nutrition from it, since toddlers are often bad eaters by instinct.
I also read something written by Naomi Aldort, where she claimed one of her children was mostly bf for 5 yrs., or that up to 5 yrs. is possible, I can try to find it.
Some claim since babies don't have (enough) teeth and could not actively feed themselves, take actual bites, they should not eat yet, they should only get to know foods.

Whatever the suggestions are, I think it is safe to say far past a year is definetly fine. My son has been showing interest since 4 mos, same as you described, he acts like he is chewing. He still does this at 9 mos, but does not want to eat. The few times he swallowed something (a little bit of melon for example) he gagged and threw up. Often only the taste will make him shake his head, gag or refuse. We let him play with utensils when we eat and he is happy pretending smile.gif


E m i c h i e e is offline  
#7 of 9 Old 06-01-2012, 05:37 AM
Rrrrrachel's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 3,145
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
I have read that eating helps develop muscles in the mouth that are necessary for speech development. I don't have the credentials to know if thats true or not, so take it fwiw.
Rrrrrachel is offline  
#8 of 9 Old 06-01-2012, 01:19 PM
wendizbaby's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 891
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

My ds is 6.5 mo and seems very interested.  He makes chewing motions and loves to eat when I do feed him.  However, I am finding that his tummy isn't ready for most of the food I am trying.  Pears and apples are fine, but bananas and sweet potatoes make him the fussiest baby ever.  So...I think even when they are wanting to eat, that doesn't necessarily mean their digestive system is ready.  

Mom to my little super hero superhero.gif (02/06) and our super hero-in-training femalesling.GIF (11/11).

wendizbaby is offline  
#9 of 9 Old 06-02-2012, 08:54 PM
rainface's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Western WA
Posts: 227
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

We do baby led weaning...except we started it at 4 months instead of 6. She's 7 months old now, and she's maybe ingested a couple of tablespoons worth of "table food" total in the past 3 months. She plays, she experiments with textures and putting stuff in her mouth. I feel like I'm setting the stage for eating to be fun, relaxed, and social since we sit and eat together. Her nursing has not diminished in the slightest and I don't have the expectation that it will any time soon. 

 stillheart.gif Momma-ing the Muffin since October 2011!

rainface is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 15,096

41 members and 15,055 guests
a-sorta-fairytale , agentofchaos , AllTomorrowsParties , anisaer , bananabee , Beth Suarez , CricketVS , Deborah , Dovenoir , emmy526 , greenemami , hakunangovi , Hopeful2017 , jcdfarmer , kathymuggle , lhargrave89 , LibraSun , Lucee , mama24-7 , MamaLeigh , manyhatsmom , Michele123 , Mirzam , moominmamma , MylittleTiger , NaturallyKait , philomom , quiltermom , RollerCoasterMama , shantimama , Shmootzi , Skippy918 , sniffmommy , Springshowers , sren , stellanyc , StillMe , Tre , VocalMinority , Zilver
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.