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Can anyone provide a link or info that shows how much solid food a primarily-breastfed 7-8 month old (or around that age) baby should have each day? I feel like my son is getting enough solids each day, but I suspect others think he should have more. Maybe he does need more..... but maybe there is a link that shows Mama's milk is still all he needs, and solid foods are just for nibbling and tasting at this age.
 

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I don't know of any such link- but I just ignored people who were not as up-to-date and educated on the subject as I was <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know of any such link- but I just ignored people who were not as up-to-date and educated on the subject as I was <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
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Ok, so how much <i>does</i> a 7-8 month old actually need in terms of solids according to your education on the subject?<br><br>
I don't mean that in a snarky way, just curious since you didn't really answer the question of how much that age baby truly needs.<br><br>
I personally suspect the answer would be they don't NEED any particular amount at all, it varies from baby to baby. Whatever they can self feed *after* nursing is what they need, as they can self regulate what they eat that way. I'm just guessing though, hence my question above.
 

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Well, it's going to depend of course. I don't really believe in any absolutes when it comes to kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (they "should" sleep this much, they "should" eat that much)<br><br>
For my dd at that age it was none. We offered. She refused. She kept growing... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
I would go so far as to say that *most* babies don't NEED any solids until around a year.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Can anyone provide a link or info that shows how much solid food a primarily-breastfed 7-8 month old (or around that age) baby should have each day? I feel like my son is getting enough solids each day, but I suspect others think he should have more. Maybe he does need more..... but maybe there is a link that shows Mama's milk is still all he needs, and solid foods are just for nibbling and tasting at this age.</div>
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Each DAY??<br>
Mine plays with food 2-3 times a week, usually fruit. It's strictly play.<br><br>
Have you dug around on kellymom or askdrsears? It's late and I sense that ds is about to want me back in bed, but tell those unspecified others that both the WHO and the AAP recommend that an infant's primary nutrition source be, ideally, mama's milk until at the very least 12 months.<br><br>
Ack, sorry I don't have any links for you. My 8-mo needs my boob now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I don't have a link, but I think we know as moms what is right or not, and each child is different.... no mold. my ds , 7.5 mo, loves solids. He eats (very roughly) 2T breakfast, 1T lunch and with us at dinner, maybe about 2T.<br>
All in all, it is not very much, but he sure does love it. I follow his ques. He just recently learned to drink from a straw and would do that all day if I let him! Very funny. Only water, but it is funny, he laughs at himself.<br>
Oh and he is 30" and 20 lbs.;Growing fine. He still loves his milk from the tap.
 

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My 7.5 month old loves to eat as well. He drinks water from a cup also. (and he's a big boy, at 23 lbs and 29 inches)<br><br>
He eats with us about 3 times a day--usually 1/2 a piece of fruit for breakfast, with a few spoonfulls of mama's yogurt or oatmeal. Lunch will be a few tablespoons of whatever I'm eating. An afternoon snack--he might eat1/2 plum or 3 crackers or whatever. Supper--a few tablespoons of whatever we're eating.<br><br>
He still nurses all the time, many times at night as well. I have a good friend that is very reassuring, telling me all the time that babies are smarter than we are, self regulating themselves in an amazing way. And that's what I choose to believe.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't have a link, but I think we know as moms what is right or not, and each child is different.... no mold. my ds , 7.5 mo, loves solids. He eats (very roughly) 2T breakfast, 1T lunch and with us at dinner, maybe about 2T.<br>
All in all, it is not very much, but he sure does love it.</div>
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And there's an example of variation- you say that's not much, but dd was 18 months before she regularly ate that much in a day.<br><br>
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I don't have time to look for the links but I remember that, between what my ped (who I kind of pay attention to) and LLL and Kellymom say, your child should be receiving 75% - 100% of their nutrition from breastmilk at one year of age. Whether your child eats or doesn't is their own thing. Just offer them appropriate food (i.e. soft chunks) once or twice a day. They will play, or eat, or both. Some days they may do one, another day they may do the other. Don't measure, don't stress. You don't need to.<br>
Your child should have a pincer grasp, sit unassisted, have no tongue thrust for her to really eat, anyway.
 

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<a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-how.html#frequency" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...html#frequency</a><br><br>
My DD, 8 months old today, has <b>never</b> had any solids. I've never even offered. I'm considering offering avacado chunks soonish.... She is happy, healthy, and growing.
 

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It depends so much - formula feeders probably offer solids more because the formula is so expensive and bottles are pain, you know?<br><br>
My primarily BF baby is 7 months old an we have offered her solids about every 2-3 days or so. She's not terribly interested, but her tongue thrust reflex is gone. She's sitting and meets all those other milestones.<br><br>
I'd prefer her to remain somewhere around 90% BF for her first year, so we're taking it very slowly.<br><br>
Babies do just fine with BM only for a lot longer than "people"(ILs, friends, etc.) seem to think.
 

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With #1 we didn't even try solids until after a year. With #2 we started tasting solids around 8 months, just a taste of what was on my plate basically. She gets OT/feeding therapy for learning to take liquids (oral motor issues) and the OT told me at 10 months she should get eating 1.5 CUPS of food a day<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"> I think she gets 1T on a good day and I'm not at all worried about her solids intake. (I'm more worried about her liquid intake)
 

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At 9 months ds eats a serving of fruits or vegetables and a yo baby yogurt. I think it's a pretty modest amount, but he's dependent on getting it every day and will be hungry if I don't. At 1 year I believe my dd took in a couple servings of fruits and veggies and shared whatever we had for dinner, as well as little snacks of cheerios, animal crackers etc. Fussiness has been the indicator of need for increased solids for us. I don't feed more because I'm lazy to be honest. When they want solids to the extent of driving me crazy at meal times, then I let them have them.
 

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Not only does it depend on the child, it can depend on the day and how interesting the doggy is at feeding time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
My DD is 9.5 months now, but at 7-8 months, she was eating anywhere from no solids a day (offered, but more fun to play with), a few bites, to two full (a protein, a veggie, a fruit, roughly) meals plus snacks.<br><br>
She's still like that, except some days it's 3 meals plus snacks. She's had nothing but a couple of bites of watermelon and banana today (Other than milk, I mean)
 

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Just a note, from our own experience:<br><br>
We waited until after 7 months to introduce solids, and increased the amount based upon what the baby wanted to eat as the months went by. We were still BFing on demand and she was at one year still receiving easily 70%+ nutrition from breastmilk.<br><br>
We hadn't worried about iron-fortified foods because assumed since she was still getting so much BM she was fine and healthy. Imagine our shock when we found out at the one year ped appt that she was anemic!<br><br>
Turns out that ANY solids decreased the baby's ability to fully absorb iron from breastmilk, so while many iron-fortified cereals lack the nutrition as breastmilk, please know that some babies still do need the additional iron, if they are getting any solids.<br><br>
I'm only sharing this because we were totally taken off guard by our child developing anemia. And since most of the information on this board implies any solid food prior to one year is for experimentation purposes only -- and that's not necessarily true. Anything that replaces breastmilk should have as much nutritional value as possible, including iron. And iron isn't easily absorbed without vitamin C, so you have to make sure there's plenty of that in the baby's solid foods too.<br><br>
I'm not trying to scare you, nor imply that you have to run out and get "fortified" foods, especially if your baby is eating healthy foods that have natural vitamins and minerals. But we focused primarily on fruits and yogurt for our babe, with some vegetable, and turned out we were doing her a disservice by treating the solids as "for fun" only. Anything that isn't breastmilk can potentially detract from the nutrition of breastmilk. I wish very much that we'd either waited until after one year to start solids at all (though the baby really was grabbing at food when we did start), or that we'd been more conscientious about the nutrional value of the solids she did get.
 

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Ds is 8 months and rarely eats solids. I'd say every few days he might have less than a Tbsp.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My dd is 2.5 and sometimes STILL doesn't eat that much in a day. She's finished a whole yogurt ONCE. Most times will eat at MOST half.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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My son is 1 and just within the last few days starting to pick up teething biscuits and such and chew on them. He still gets more on him than in him, so is still all but exclusively breastfed. He is doing fine and I don't feel a need to push solids on him until he is ready on his own to eat more. I don't have any concrete links for you, but I do know that during at least the first year, solids are only meant as play, not as nutrition. I'm not going to worry unless he stops growing and thriving as well as he clearly is.
 

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If people ask say that you are feeding him as much as he wants.<br><br>
I think a few nibbles each day is plenty for that age group.
 
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