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So, possible TMI below-- fair warning!<br>
DS eats some solids, only bits. (He's 7 months). I fed him some sweet potato, not pureed, just cooked as I would eat it, and DH insists that in the explosion that was his poo for today, he can see sweet potato fibers. He says this means we need to puree. He thought it ridiculous I was feeding DS non-pureed sweet potato anyway.<br>
(An aside: the first thing DS ate since pooing last was rice cereal, so I am blaming that for the explosion)<br>
Is this normal? The sweet potato, that is. In his diaper. Post consumption.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I never pureed a single thing with all three of mine - and lots of foods come out "the same way they went in" - think corn... LOL!
 

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Very normal and doesn't mean you need to puree. His digestive system is very immature yet, so lots of things will pass through undigested.
 

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Phew. Thanks!<br>
This whole solids thing is hard. I feel like the whole world is telling me to do it one way, and I disagree. ARgh!
 

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Oh yeah, we've had lots of sweet potato poos. And carrot and spinach and bean.... you get the picture. It is totally normal. They absorb some, and poo out the rest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've heard that argument before and think it's hogwash. If you puree, you just can't tell what's what.... doesn't mean it's digested any better.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">doesn't mean it's digested any better.<br><br>
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Just a thought... if it's not being digested, then why feed it to them? It's just "empty" calories - taking up space in their stomach that could be filled with nutrient rich and digestible breast milk. For this reason, we didn't give dd many solids til later in the first year and she didn't eat them consistently for every meal until she was over a yr old. Just a thought...
 

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Ah, the undigested veggies! We call those "Fiesta Diapers" because it looks like there was a party in there!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just a thought... if it's not being digested, then why feed it to them? It's just "empty" calories - taking up space in their stomach that could be filled with nutrient rich and digestible breast milk. For this reason, we didn't give dd many solids til later in the first year and she didn't eat them consistently for every meal until she was over a yr old. Just a thought...</div>
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Very true. I'm of the mind that mostly solids are for fun and learning in the first year. So a few bits here and there that they've fed themselves are cool. But even now at 2.5 there's stuff that comes out of dd looking the same as when it went in <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> (pistachios.... well chewed but quite identifiable.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross">)<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ah, the undigested veggies! We call those "Fiesta Diapers" because it looks like there was a party in there!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Love it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've heard that argument before and think it's hogwash. If you puree, you just can't tell what's what.... doesn't mean it's digested any better.<br><br>
-Angela</div>
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Well i do think that chewing/pureeing food increases its digestibility. Basically it increases the surface area to volume ratio. This results in a greater percentage of the food being exposed to digestive enzymes. I'm not saying this means that there still won't be some components of food we won't be able to digest, just that more of the digestable food will actually be digested. (There is a reason we chew are food after all!) Babies have a much faster transit time so it is very normal to see fiber/grains come out undigested.<br><br>
i don't think you need to puree food so your baby has a better chance of digesting it or anything but i did want to add that mashing it/pureeing it probably does increase its digestibility.<br><br>
Also in general liquids are much more digestable than solids. yay breastmilk!
 
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