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<p>My 7.5 month old dd is exclusively breastfed and have started solids for about 2 months now. She still doesn't eat much though, just a couple spoons of purees or mashed bananas or ragi a few times a day. She nurses on demand, and as much as ever. She eats when we feed her, and shuts her mouth when she's not interested. Most of the time she's more interested in playing with utensils or food.</p>
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<p>I'm just wondering what to expect when it comes to babies eating.</p>
 

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<p>It varies a bit from baby to baby, but the first year is more about experimenting with textures and tastes than about getting nutrition, so she should still be mostly breastfed until she's a year old, after which time she'll probably pick up the pace. Playing with utensils and food is most of what it is about right now, so she's doing great!!</p>
 

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<p>It totally depends on the baby, one of my twins LOVED solids and the other one could care less until last week. Just keep offering :)</p>
 

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<p>I'm curious-- I read a lot that it's really not about nutrition, esp on sites that are pro-breastfeeding. We breastfed exclusively and my dd is a thriving healthy child. But why do doctors keep saying it IS about nutrition? One doctor told me breastmilk doesn't have enough iron, and another said breastmilk doesn't have enough calcium to meet baby's needs, and thus it's important to give solids. It doesn't help that my dd is smaller than average (doubled birth weight past 6 months), so everyone keeps saying she must not be eating enough. </p>
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<p>Oh man, I'd typed up a response and it got lost. I hate that!</p>
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<p>Some babies need iron after about 6 to 9 months, but not all. My oldest had nothing but breastmilk until about 11.5 months, and then almost only breastmilk until 18 months or so. She was just not interested in solids. There are lots of moms here who have had babies with similar starts to solids. She's a very healthy almost-10-year-old now, and has been very healthy at all ages so far. She certainly doesn't seem and has never seemed anemic.</p>
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<p>Anyway, here's some information about when that might be a problem, because it is for some babies: <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron.html</a></p>
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<p>I've never heard anything about breastfed babies needing additional calcium. There is less calcium in breastmilk than cow's milk, but the calcium that is there is more bioavailable to them - they take it in better - so really breastmilk should be supplying enough calcium.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>azhie</strong> <a href="/community/t/1343903/7-5-month-old-eating-what-to-expect#post_16859189"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>I'm curious-- I read a lot that it's really not about nutrition, esp on sites that are pro-breastfeeding. We breastfed exclusively and my dd is a thriving healthy child. But why do doctors keep saying it IS about nutrition? One doctor told me breastmilk doesn't have enough iron, and another said breastmilk doesn't have enough calcium to meet baby's needs, and thus it's important to give solids. It doesn't help that my dd is smaller than average (doubled birth weight past 6 months), so everyone keeps saying she must not be eating enough. </p>
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Yep, doctors are divided on the issue! I decided to take a balanced approach, offer many solid food options but avoid common allergy triggers but give a mostly breastmilk diet. Breastmilk has enough of what our babies need but we offer solid foods to build a healthy food palate and supplement our milk (my twins could drain any breast!). From your picture I would say your baby looks healthy :) My girls are super small for their age, we JUST got on the chart at the 5th percentile for height and weight. If you think she is healthy and you see a good amount of poopy / pee diapers a day then she is fine. Babies grow like taffy, sometimes it is length and sometimes it is chub!</p>
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<p>twinpossible, I could not see your profile pic and tell you that it is one of the cutest things I have EVER SEEN! Your hands are overflowing with baby feet!  Man, I didn't think anything could make me want twins, but that pic...  <img alt="joy.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1328204509587_163" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif"></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Katie8681</strong> <a href="/community/t/1343903/7-5-month-old-eating-what-to-expect#post_16859828"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><p>twinpossible, I could not see your profile pic and tell you that it is one of the cutest things I have EVER SEEN! Your hands are overflowing with baby feet!  Man, I didn't think anything could make me want twins, but that pic...  <img alt="joy.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1328204509587_163" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif"></p>
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<br><br><p>LOL thanks <span><img alt="love.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1328229177220_160" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></span> We actually took that pic when they were still in the NICU (we were there for 11 weeks). Those are my hubby's hands.</p>
 

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<p>My dd poops and pees a LOT, lol. I don't worry because I'm with her almost 24/7 and I can see she's fine. It's just that when we visit my family or in-laws, and they see my dd barely eating solids, and they comment on her small size/light weight, and think I'm depriving her. Now all these relatives have raised many kids, so I'm wondering if I should try harder or offer more or something. Most parents I know are really into giving solids (they start when baby is 3-4 months!) so I feel like I can't talk much about feeding baby to anyone in real life!<br>
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Yep, doctors are divided on the issue! I decided to take a balanced approach, offer many solid food options but avoid common allergy triggers but give a mostly breastmilk diet. Breastmilk has enough of what our babies need but we offer solid foods to build a healthy food palate and supplement our milk (my twins could drain any breast!). From your picture I would say your baby looks healthy :) My girls are super small for their age, we JUST got on the chart at the 5th percentile for height and weight. If you think she is healthy and you see a good amount of poopy / pee diapers a day then she is fine. Babies grow like taffy, sometimes it is length and sometimes it is chub!</p>
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