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Okay, so I got one of those Similac promotional coupon thingies in the mail the other day and since I enjoy getting myself riled up I read it before tossing it. Aside from pushing formula, it gave some information on how much and what kind of solids a 9 month old babe should be eating. When you added up all the amounts listed, it's "recommended" that 9 month old babies should be eating 1 to 2 cups of solids (fruits, veggies, cheese/yogurt and protein) per day and nursing 3-4 times daily.<br><br>
Ummmm... my DD only eats about 3 or 4 peas per day and nurses <i>constantly</i>. I'm not at all concerned that she's not eating enough solids... I figure she'll let me know when she's ready.<br><br>
I guess I'm just wondering, do any of you MDC mammas feed your 9 month old that much in the way of solids? And if so, do they still nurse a lot? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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My oldest kids didn't eat many solids til after a year old. My almost-9-month-old eats what seems like a LOT to me, and still not nearly as much as you listed. She nurses a lot, too.
 

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My 9mo eats about 1/2c of solids (or less) per day. He eats fruits and veggies, with a token amount of grains & proteins. Sometimes he eats more, but more often he eats less.<br><br>
I couldn't tell you how many times he nurses. I wouldn't say he nurses constantly, but it's definitely more than 3-4 times!!
 

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My LO eats maybe 1/3 - 1/2 C. solids a day. No where NEAR 2 C. of solids.<br><br>
Then again, I don't think even I eat over 2 C. of solids a day!!
 

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my odd could have eaten that much when she was that age! Some little ones are bottomless pits <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I'm sure it's not the norm. There has to be some tie in with a sister company that makes baby food, right?
 

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My son is a bottomless pit. But that's his decision. Most of his diet is breastmilk, but he sure loves solids.<br><br>
I don't think he eats 2 cups worth though. That seems like an awful lot for such a small tummy.<br><br>
Then again, he's only 25th/50th percentile for weight.<br><br>
Have a look at this kid: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1003561&l=2d373&id=669710168" target="_blank">my "thin" baby</a><br><br>
The whole system needs to be revamped. It's just ridiculous.<br><br>
ETA -- wow, I look like a bad mama letting him play at the fireplace like that. Well, it was off, it's a gas fireplace, and he's NOT actually allowed to play there, hence his cheeky look -- and hence the photo opportunity.
 

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Mine did. He ate a miniscule amount from 6-8 or 9 months, then from 9-12 months, he ate tons. From 12-16 months or so, he was back to miniscule amounts and nursing alot.<br><br>
Now, at 18 months, he has big eating days and small eating days, typical for a young toddler.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">my odd could have eaten that much when she was that age! Some little ones are bottomless pits <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I'm sure it's not the norm. There has to be some tie in with a sister company that makes baby food, right?</div>
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There didn't appear to be any direct tie-ins since no other products were listed, but I wouldn't be surprised if some formula and baby food companies are owned by the same parent company.<br><br>
MilkTrance: Your "thin" babe is such a cutie pie! And he doesn't look thin at all! Maybe I'm a bad mamma too... but I didn't even notice the fireplace in the shot! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Looking at the other posts, maybe my babe is just on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to solids. She just loves the boobs! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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DD is barely 9 months, and right now she actually does eat a ton. I don't know if it's 1-2 cups, since i don't measure it at all, but over the course of a day she probably does eat around 1 cup worth (maybe more sometimes? I'm amazed at how much she can put away if it's something - like lentils - that she really loves). It doesn't seem to be having any effect on her nursing, though! The only change I've noticed at all is that she nurses a bit less in the afternoon now - and evening is when she eats by far the most solids - but she nurses even more in the mornings than she used to.<br>
We've done all baby-led solids with her, and for the first few months we did them I think she ate/ingested very little. But lately she's taking to eating - anything and everything - with gusto.<br><br>
She's a super chubster, and I figure she just likes to eat... I certainly wouldn't be worried if she weren't eating that amount, though. I might be worried if it seemed to be replacing nursing more than it is.
 

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Mine is almost 9 mo. and he eats maybe a teaspoon a day--I'm totally serious. I've given up on spoon feeding (he hates it and will close his mouth and turn away) and went to letting him feed himself but it's all play and virtually no eating. He nurses about every 2 hours (sometimes 2 1/2) during the day and 4-5 times at night. He's a "thin" baby too (25th percentile) but looks perfectly healthy and is extremely active. He never starts moving (crawling everywhere, momentarily sitting, getting into everything!).<br><br>
I second the suggestion that the formula and food companies are linked. As an example, Nestle makes "Good Start" formula and Gerber baby food.
 

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ya i think my dd did eat about that much at that age and she still eats the same amount. she nursed a lot then and still a fair amount now at 14 mos. all kids are different. around 9 mos was when she really got the hang of eating and all of a sudden she went from playing to chowing!
 

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There really isn't a recommended amount of solids for a 9 month old as far as I know. (I mean with the food pyramid and all that, it starts at 2 years old doesn't it?) So I think it's wrong for them to make suggestions for "all" babies at 9 months. I don't think mine ate that much. Well maybe, a banana could be one cup, and then one other meal a day, maybe.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Mine is almost 9 mo. and he eats maybe a teaspoon a day--I'm totally serious.</div>
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It's nice to hear that I'm not the only one out there with a babe that hardly eats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My 8-month-old doesn't eat any solids yet. I can't see this changing drastically in the next month, although I'm planning to start offering it more often in the next couple of weeks.<br><br>
He is 23 pounds (!!!) and nurses pretty much constantly, so I think he's fine!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's nice to hear that I'm not the only one out there with a babe that hardly eats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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At this point I'm thinking of skipping the 9 mo. WBV the doctor wanted (so far he's only been in at 8 weeks and 6 mo). She won't be happy he isn't eating solids (she's supportive of breastfeeding but big on solids) and I don't want to deal with it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Short of adding cereal to a bottle (which I would never do anyway), I don't know what she thinks I should do--thankfully he doesn't do bottles anymore anyway (a poor substitute for the real thing!!!).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">At this point I'm thinking of skipping the 9 mo. WBV the doctor wanted (so far he's only been in at 8 weeks and 6 mo). She won't be happy he isn't eating solids (she's supportive of breastfeeding but big on solids) and I don't want to deal with it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Short of adding cereal to a bottle (which I would never do anyway), I don't know what she thinks I should do--thankfully he doesn't do bottles anymore anyway (a poor substitute for the real thing!!!).</div>
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DD's next WBV is at 10 months and I'm just planning to tell her ped <i>what</i> she eats, not how much. She's tried plenty of different fruits and veggies, along with stuff off our plates. She simply doesn't eat very much of it.
 

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My dd is 10 months and eats probably abou 1/4-1/3 c of solids per day and she is formula fed. My odd never ate that much either and is she is a healthy 3.5 year who eats me out of house and home!
 

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All of my boys were eating about 1 cup per day by 9 months, AND nursing 6-8 times during the day. But I know I just have big eaters. It's certainly not necessary, and I'm sure many babies are getting boxed crap instead of healthy whole foods, if they're lucky to be nursing at all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> .
 

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My daughter at that time was primarily nursing... all the time. She was (& still is, haha) a comfort nurser. She used to nurse for hours, if she could. Fell asleep at the breast, woke at the breast, etc. etc. She had a lot of allergic/food sensitivity issues around that time too. So, she picked at some foods, was willing to try everything, and liked everything, but prefered nursing until around 14 months, when food became her prefernece (for nutrition anyhow).<br><br>
My son is a different story, always has been. He doesn't nurse for comfort, never has. He nurses until he's full, then pops off. As a newborn, he'd do this, then settle to sleep on my breast. AS a nearly 10 mo now, he only nurses in the morning (if we happen to be up before big sister & dad), before nap #1 & #2 (if the seond nap happens), then any time he wakes at night. He doesn't want to nurse any other time of day, though I offer a lot. He's had no allergy issues at all.<br><br>
He eats with us at every snack & meal - likes everything, asks for certain things already (like if he sees hummus, he gets SO excited!). He eats amounts that amaze me at times. I wouldn't know how to quantify it, but at times, he seems to eat about half of what his sister eats - who is 3.5! I've never pushed, allowed him to self-feed from about 5 months, just followed his lead. (As I did with my daughter).<br><br>
They are just different people.<br><br>
FWIW, both kiddos have always been in the 95th+ % for height, and DD was in the 60th% weight, DS is around the 75th% for weight. I just have big kids, I guess!
 
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