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This seems like the best group to come to for help with my current concern. I'm not technically "breastfeeding beyond infancy" yet, (but that is my intention/hope). My DD is 9 months old and I'm still EBF. No other food at all yet... hoping to avoid allergies. I think I am also nervous about choking (how common/rational is that?). She has 8 teeth and is (I think) beginning to show a real interest in what I'm eating. I'm wondering about 2 things now:<br><br>
1. What is the easiest/safest food to start her with at this point? Avocado or sweet potato perhaps? Served how though?<br><br>
2. Her poop is worrying me these days. It used to be consistently mustard colored and creamy textured (TMI!)<br>
and milk curds were usually visible. Now, and for the past few months the curds are gone, and the consistency /color is different. More brownish, even greenish at times. More watery, less creamy. She also seems to be at a standstill with weight gain for over a month at least-- about 18 lbs now. Otherwise she is energetic and healthy.<br>
Her BM's are once a day on average.<br><br>
There was a period a few weeks back where she developed terrible diaper rash (& I felt she had diarrhea), but the rash has cleared-up.<br><br>
I have no friends family who have EBF for as long as I have so I wonder if perhaps an older babe's body eventually digests breastmilk differently... after all she used to spit-up all the time and rarely ever (if ever) does now. Could a more efficient gut explain the lack of curds in her poop? Yet though, why the color change?<br><br>
My mother is wanting me to take her to the doc but I have not gone since the "not going to vax now" talk, and well, I don't want to deal with any pushing.(Although I realize I'll have to sooner or later.)<br><br>
Another thought: I have a big dog who has tracked-in poop on his paws in the past, and I know that he likely has traces on his paws as the doggy-norm<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">. SO might she have picked-up something on her hands while crawling & transfered it to her mouth? (Gross, I know.)<br><br>
Might that explain the watery/different colored poop?<br><br>
Any help with this would be so appreciated...
 

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Yes, poop changes even without solids.<br><br>
Either avocado or sweet potato would be a good place to start on solids. Just offer soft chunks and let her feed herself.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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Thanks allot Angela <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">,<br><br>
So would you say that she's likely OK as far as weight gain now? Should I really start solids asap, or would she be fine if I waited longer (I'm thinking 10 or 11 months).
 

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I wouldn't worry about the poop as long as she's gaining.<br><br>
And I would offer solids (you don't have to give her everything!) just so she can experiment with food. Just let her try to feed herself if she's interested.
 

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With brownish/greenish, more watery poop, I'd tend to think gut flora may be off. I'd probably do some sort of probiotic, either a supp or food. We do fermented vegetables (things like kimchi), but kefir and yogurt (esp homemade) are really nice (for folks who tolerate dairy, I mean--lots of folks really seem to have good results with kefir). The lack of weight gain could be related, or it could just be a plateau related to moving around more (crawling, or trying to crawl)--my kids started leaning out around this age.
 

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"if perhaps an older babe's body eventually digests breastmilk differently"<br><br>
Yes.<br><br>
I'm a solids-delayer, most definitely. With the advice of our son's naturopath we tried to get to or beyond a year, but he confounded that at just over 11 months when he stole an apple out of my hands, took a bite, chewed and swallowed it.<br><br>
So obviously I think an apple is the perfect first food for an older kiddo with lots of teeth. Oh and he started teething at 4 months so he had plenty of teeth by that point. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
Are you going longer between diaper changes, by any chance? As DS got older I would unconsciously do this, and I noticed that a mustard-colored poop would turn browny-green with exposure to oxygen. It was thanks to my being lazy and not putting the cloth dipes in the hamper soon enough that helped me to see this! Oxidation, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So it could just be that.<br><br><br>
After DS started on foods, he did it for a little bit then went off them again, and then when he went back to them a couple months later his poops did their BIG change, and the memories of that have blown any other memory of little changes in poop out of my head. Poor kid, I felt like a (good) midwife sometimes, helping him through his poops, after they morphed into solids poops. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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