Now, I'm pretty sure I have a laid back Pediatrician -- she didn't even blink when I said (at 4 months) that we weren't going to give any more vaccines until 6 or 8 months & then it was going to be a very delayed schedule. She also (at the 4 month appt.) started the solids conversation almost as if she were going to have to talk me into waiting til 6 months.
At this appt., I'm not quite as excited, although I'm not mad or anything. Please, Mommas, give me your opinions on these things:
1. A few days ago we gave Ian a little bit of banana, he ate a spoonful or two & had maybe a little bit that he held & put in his mouth, but that was all. She said that we "should start introducing a new food about every 4-5 days, going through the vegetables and some fruits, etc." She doesn't recommend any fish before 1 year old because of mercury content (yet vaxes are okay
: ). I commented that I felt no need to introduce any cereals as bfing was sufficient for nutrition, & she said the only reason she would recommend it was for the Iron. When I said that I was planning to introduce vegetables to fill that need when necessary she seemed satisfied. She also said that I should (not to start, but work up to) feeding him solids twice a day, everyday & make sure I did spoon feeding & not just let him pick things up all the time. I did state that I wasn't interested in replacing any of his meals with solids, but would, instead, be adding to his diet very gradually. She nodded at this, but that was when she made the twice a day comment..???
2. With re: to the iron thing, I commented that because he was such a small baby at birth, if he wasn't eating many/any foods with iron, I would ask for a test to be sure around 8 or 9 months. She told me that "between 9 & 12 months we HAVE to check them, so I usually do it at the 9 month checkup in any case." Have to?? Who says??
3. She said that with the introduction of solids it is okay/possibly necessary to introduce some water into the baby's diet. 6 months is also when they ask/encourage that parents begin making sure their babies get some flouride. This is either by means of water or through flouride drops. Does he actually need flouride?
4. I commented that if my ds began to associate the dr.'s office with shots & pain once he got a bit older (because of the slow schedule for vaxing) we might just start taking him to the health dept. She expressed a concern that the health dept. might refuse to give him his shots in this manner. ??
Hmm... I think that was all the questionable information... now what do ya'll think? I just don't see myself giving Ian so many foods so quickly/often -- or why it's necessary. She made me
by commenting that "bfing meets ALL of a child's needs for at least the first six months of life -- always," then she said "after that, it's -- well -- it's just a good idea to start adding solids at that point." Too bad she had to add that second part...
Have any of you encountered any problems with the health dept. with regard to not following "their" schedule on vaccinating?
Any comments & suggestions are welcome.
edited to add:
I remembered the other thing that kinda bothered me -- one of the milestones they asked about was "sleeping independantly." She already had her answer to that as I had commented (when she asked how often/if he woke at night) that he was back to only waking once as we were in the process of transitioning him to a pad on the floor & then to a crib. But we're doing that cause it works for us -- not because it was hurting him to sleep with us! So what's with that?!