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my ds started solids around 3 months. he started out with bananas then sweet potatos and such like suggested by the LLL. he started early due to his reflux and his intense hunger "issues". he would nurse every 30 minutes and was always crying out of hunger in between. my crappy doc suggested trying formula (which we did but i kept pumping as to not lose my supply) and even then he was drinking a 4oz bottle every hour! finally now he eats solids 3x's a day and nurses atleast 8 to 10x's a day not counting his night nursing marathons. is there any way that he could be eating too much? he is much happier now with this feeding schedule and he *loves* his solids. i'm just worried about too much too soon. he has also been classified as hypertonic so his CST said that he burns more calories than the average dc. have any of you experienced this before?
 

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i haven't experienced what you are describing, but i think it is most important to follow the cues given by your dc. it sounds like you are doing that. i worry that 3 months is really really young to be on solids, but if his gut is handling them well and he is much happier i think you are doing the right thing.<br><br>
i have a very frequent eater - he would eat every hour day and night. he wasn't interested in solids until around 7 months though. now at 12 months he nurses every 2-3 hours day and night, eats 3 meals and 2 snacks each day.<br><br>
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I would look to him. Is he happy? Are you happy? It sounds like he's getting lots of nursing time, which is wonderful. Are you nursing first then offering solids? It sounds like y'all have a history of feeding difficulties, and I can understand your concern!<br><br>
It definitely sounds like things are going well. Hooray!!! Have you thought about framing his feeding as a rhythm or routine rather than "schedule"? It's my personality to balk at the term <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> So many times as they grow and change, they don't always want x at y and we panic (yesterday/last week he ate x amount at y time and today he won't--ack!). Three times a day can seem arbitrary when you're hungry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> We do lots of mini-meals at our house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Enjoy!!!<br><br>
Has he discovered avocados yet??? yummy.....
 

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I would not start my child on solids at 3 months. Period. I think it sounds like way too much IMO. I would back WAY off the solids and up the nursing. Personally I think babies don't need solids until they can feed themselves.<br><br>
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that's very young for solids. I would prefer to boost up the nursing intake more - does he drink during nursing or is he nursing more for comfort (do you hear him swallowing) - do you nurse every time before you offer foods ?<br>
the fat from milk is his main calorie intake at such a young age - is he getting enough of it ??
 

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When I first read that you started him on solids at 3 months, I took a step back and said, "woah, too early!" But as I read through the post I realized, ya know what? I would have done the same thing. I think as long as your ds is happy and you are happy and y'all are finding a rhythm, it's all good. I know that a lot of AP parents are more into delaying solids and bf'ing for a year first, etc. But I personally think that it's great to start with those intentions but you need to see what works for your kid. For example, my older dd co-slept from day 1 until she was 3 1/2 and I slowly transitioned her to her own bed. My younger dd wasn't doing well in the family bed(and neither was I) and slept much better in her own space so we moved to part-time co-sleeping so she gets a good 4-5hour stretch of sleep and then we enjoy the benefits of co-sleeping for the last few hours of her night once she is brought to bed with us. I was absolutely passionate about co-sleeping and was so ready for another child in bed with us and then dd came along and told us how it was going to be. I'm still passionate about it but I realize that we had to modify our conviction into something that worked better for all of us. Part-time co-sleeping works out much better for us and we are all happy and sleeping better and still able to enjoy the benefits of the family bed. So if your child is telling you he needs solids AND nursing, well I'd follow his cues. Babies have an innate sense of their body and what their body needs and they will tell you loud and clear. It's up to you to take those signals and run with them. I personally think you've done exactly that. Good job mama!<br><br>
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i suppose i should add more info on our host of feeding problems. where i live there is no LLL. the nearest one is over 100 mi. away and the crappy bfing group at the local hospital just irritated me. it was the LC there that told me my son was allergic to my milk and that was where the problems started. turns out he wasn't allergic to my milk but was hypertonic and has GERD. we tried several different formulas at the doc's request but nothing worked which is when i found out about GERD through another online AP mama. so we had him tested and sure enough...however by this time my supply was so jacked up that there was no way i was producing enough for him to only nurse. so, i invested in lots of fenugreek and a Ameda Purely Yours since the Avent pump was just not cutting it and i successfully got *most* of my supply back. however, due to his severe reflux, anything he ate (even while on meds) quickly came back up. so even though he was little we tried the rice cereal for a week. all that did was make him poop all the time and it was just gross. after reading "the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" i found that good first foods are bananas and sweet potatos. so, we started making baby food with the blender and expressed milk. ds has been able to hold his head up since 2 months old (part of being hypertonic). so, since he could sit in his highchair and swallow food properly we decided to give it a go. at first it was only small amounts once a day but we've gradually upped it. he can now almost sit up by himself and likes a variety of food. he doesn't eat solids on any sort of "schedule" (i didn't mean it in the normal context of the word in my last post). he regulates his own feedings. some days he wants to eat everything in sight and other days he only wants to nurse, its all up to him. he knows what food is and will watch anyone in the room who is eating and will try to grab at my plate during supper time. he can hold his own spoon and has fun chewing on it. i still plan on nursing until he weans himself and he still nurses on demand for both food and comfort reasons. the longest he goes between feedings is probably 5 hours at night when he takes his longest stretch of sleep. since adding solids though he has been much happier and had fewer problems with his reflux and vommiting. all in all, i think if he hadn't been my first child and had we lived in a better area which is more accepting of AP and bfing i wouldn't have had near the problems that we had. i had no knowledge of all these possible problems and have simply had to research them as we go. i don't have any mama friends here so i had no one to ask about all the problems. since my mom didn't bf she couldn't really help either so i've been struggeling for quite awhile. i appreciate all your support! ***oh yes, and when he eats avacado's he squints up his nose and spits them out so i blend then with the sweet potatos and he loves it!***
 
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