Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jack-Jack's pedia turned the ok signal to start solids but...

I am hesitating. Why? Because I've read, and WHO recommends that babies should only drink (or eat) breastmilk (or formula), up to six months. And he's only turning 5 months in February.

Initially, I was excited. I mean, my baby! Starting on solids already! I even asked J if we already have the necessary "weapons" to tackle the new challenge, i.e. spoon especially designed for little mouths, grinder/masher... I thought we didn't have a spoon since I wanted to buy one from Tommee Tippee which is heat sensitive that it turns into another color (I forgot which) when the food is hot. Turns out, we have a LOT. We have a set from the First Years which was given to us and it includes several pairs of spoons and forks with matching food containers with lids.

However, I suddenly remembered that breastfed babies should only take breastmilk up to 6 months, unless they have to take some medication or vitamins but that's it. Not even water is allowed nor is it necessary since breastmilk is composed of around 88% water.

So, I was at a loss. Should I start him on solids already? Initially, we decided to start on February 13, so that it was some sort of pre-Valentine's celebration. But after remembering the above... I suddenly didn't want to. I even researched on my e-group's archives, after emailing for advice, regarding starting solid food. And I happened upon Wholesome Baby Food website, which states out a comprehensive list of why it's better to wait before giving baby solid food. Even Dr. Sears recommends waiting for later than doing it early.

So... I told J about it last night. And he said that ok, we will wait. Besides, it's not as if Jack-Jack's not gaining enought weight. His pedia is happy with his progress. He is almost 7kgs during his last check-up and I'm sure by now, he is already at that weight since he feeds at around 5-7oz (quantified breastmilk) per feeding. Sometimes even going 8-9oz. But that's a rare occasion and not the norm.

And so... We wait. After all, he is still learning to sit unassisted and just because he likes to put everything to his mouth doesn't mean he's ready for a new type of food.

2 comments:

www.PinayMommyOnline.com said...

My daughter is turning 5 months this February but she is already eating cerelac three times a day. I am also breastfeeding her. But there are times she drinks formula because of me being out in the house. I rather have her eating and breastfeeding from me than drinking the formula.

Pat Grace said...

Have you tried expressing? I work but my baby hasn't drank anything but breastmilk yet...