Monday, May 9, 2011

Momma Knows Best

So I finally caved into the comments that I am starving my son by EBFing him and decided to try rice cereal last night.  He still has a very strong tounge thrust reflex meaning- HE'S NOT READY FOR SOLIDS!!!  I told everyone how he spit it all out and guess what... they think I should keep giving it to him until he quits spitting it out! Ok, so you want me to try to override rid of the God given reflux that the baby has to protect himself so he can eat?! I know he's going to be messy but when his tounge is pushing everything out, it's just not time yet!

All this showed me was that I know MY baby better than anyone else and I need to stick to my gut when it comes to things about him.

He did look pretty cute though...

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(Notice my balding baby! Sad thing is, I'm balding just as bad!)

14 comments:

  1. I have a social worker that visits Wylie and I every other week. And she informed me that the tongue thrust reflex doesn't have to do with them protecting them self, it's because their tongue has only had to wrap around a nipple up to this point in their life. The reflex isn't actually a reflex but the tongue not knowing what to do with the spoon/solid food. Thus it gets thrust out of the mouth until the tongue learns to move the food to the back of the throat to swallow it.

    I think it's totally up to you when you want to start solid food (and don't let anyone do something you don't want to do!, but I just wanted to let you know what a baby's tongue is doing, it isn't an indicator of whether or not he is ready to eat food or not.

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  2. P.S. it took Wylie a month to learn to eat rice cereal properly, and at 5 months he gobbles up his peas!

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  3. Awww! So cute, even with it coming out to the bib! I LOVE his little seat!

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  4. not that im going against your decision but the girl above is right about the reflex or so I was told, but go with your instinct I did with Kennedy I waited just over a week & it made the difference :)

    Your a great momma, & you are going to make the right decision for him; no one else can! :)

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  5. It's just that EVERY book and article on introducing solids says that if the tounge thrust reflex is still STRONG then baby is not ready for spoon feeding and solids should be tried again in a few weeks.

    Also, the reflex has nothing to do with my wanting to wait. I want to wait because 1- until 6 months baby's nutritional needs can solely be fufilled with breastmilk/formula, 2- the high chance of food allergies due to immature digestive system and 3- new studies that have showed a SIXFOLD increase of childhood obesity in babies that received solids before 6 months.

    Granted, I don't judge anyone who feeds their baby earlier but it's not what I want!

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  6. The reflex just reinforced that he isn't ready

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  7. Sam, one thing I have learned is that everyone has an opinion and is an expert at everything particularly when it comes to children. I am no expert but T looks fine to me. He doesn't need to look like the freaking Michelin tyre man to be healthy. He is lively and energetic and gaining weight and pooping and weeing well. Your doc says he is fine. Can't see the problem barring people sticking their nose where it doesn't belong.

    As a parent you're going to be subject to maternal peer pressure from now until your kid is a man. You gotta stick to your guns girl. Your child. Your choices. You have to trust that YOU know what you're doing regardless of what a bunch loud mouthed turkeys have to say. :-)

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  8. Oh and FWIW they don't recommend starting solids until six months over here for a whole swag of reasons from obesity to intolerances. But it is a recommendation. Do what is right for you. :-)

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  9. Samantha,

    First of all, T is adorable!!!

    Second of all, YOU know your baby, so you should decide what is best for him. Our ped recommended waiting as long as possible before th 6 month mark to avoid food allergies. G has been eyeing our food for a few weeks since he turned 5 months, so we started rice cereal this weekend and he LOVED it. That's how we knew he was ready, and we felt like a couple weeks before 6 months wouldn't kill him.

    Anyway--I'm standing behind you momma. You do what's best for him!

    P.S. OMG my hair is falling out like crazy and it's EVERYWHERE!

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  10. I started E on solids because I was curious. Lately, I'm doing it because he's hungry ALL the time, and bottles aren't enough. Every baby is different, and I know you know that. Also, you are the mother...and you not only know your child best, but YOU make the decisions. There is nothing wrong with waiting for solids, and you don't need to give your reasons to anyone. Period.

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  11. You are Truitt's mommy and just like you said, you know best!! If you don't think he's ready, then wait. Don't let other people get into your head (although I know how hard that can be). I know the first few times we tried to give Carter the cereal his tongue thrusting was still very strong. We waited a couple weeks and it made a HUGE difference. Although, he never really liked cereal anyways. Once we started him on apple sauce and bananas he started to take a real liking to food.

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  12. Hey girl! To answer your question about what kind of fabric I'm using for my wrap, I bought osnaburg fabric and it was 2.99/yard at Hancock Fabrics. I bought 8 yards and after washing/drying/washing/drying it is about 6 yards! HTH!

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  13. Just like many of the previous commenters said. YOUR baby. YOUR choices. My guys is long and lean like T is as well. And feeding them solids isn't going to make them get fatter. If you are worried about his weight then I would say nurse him more, but breastmilk is where he's going to get the bulk of his nutrition for the first year of his life.

    Our guy doesn't have a strong tongue thrust and we have tried out rice cereal and apples. He just isn't ready for the thicker texture yet. Does not like the feel of it in his mouth and makes he craziest faces and purposefully spits it back out ;) We are gonna give it a few more weeks and try again.

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  14. uggghhhh...I hear ya girl! It's soooo annoying! Lately Forrest has been waking a lot more through the night and this is what I hear...that he is so hungry from being fed just BM and that its time to move to cereal! NO. Period! I am so sick of hearing it though. We are waiting too and I agree that us momma's know our babes best!!! Also...where did you get that adorable "Star of Mommy's Blog" bib?? Soooo cute and I'm thinking Forrest needs one for sure ;)

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