Thanksgiving day, we attempted to try solids with Coen. We started with Earth's best, single grain, infant rice cereal.
How did it go? Well, something like this... Cereal = 0, Coen = 1
As of right now, solids are not a favorite in our household. I had read and had been told by our dr. to nurse Coen and then introduce the solids. At first, it was fun and different, but then it became messy and not so successful, so we just stopped. No big deal. The idea is to introduce him to solids, not to stuff him full of solids.
These are our goals with solids...
- Continuing to nurse (on demand) as normal, making this the main source of his calorie intake.
- Introduce solids about the same time of the day, after being nursed.
- Feeding solids every other day, or every couple days to get him familiar.
- Solids will be given after nursing and only one time per day (on the days given).
- We started with cereal and will introduce veggies or fruit every 4 to 5 days, sticking with one item for 4 to 5 days at a time.
- Making all food with milk that has been pumped/expressed.
- We're going to do what works best for us. Depending on interest, reaction and bowel movements.
I had really wanted to wait until Coen was 6 months old to travel down this feeding solids road, however, we thought that he might be ready, so we just jumped in and gave it a try. He was 23 weeks and 6 days when gave him his first try and while he's still spitting almost every bite back at us, we're having fun watching him try something new. Hopefully after the next few weeks pass, he'll find a new love for them, but for now, we're just going to continue to take it slow and follow his lead. Plus, the last thing I would want to do is to feed him too much, too quickly and be faced with backed-up bowel issues.
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