Adding solid foods

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At six months, your baby is ready for mono-fooding, which means one food once a day for four days. Usually these meals fall right after the morning nap when your baby's in a pretty good mood. You set up one serving, which is the size of the baby's closed fist. That's about 2 - 2 1/2 ounces diluted. And you sit down and enjoy this one little meal together. By the time the baby is at seven months of age, if you've been doing mono-fooding you will have covered basically all the green and yellow vegetables on the food variety list that the doctor may have given you and you're ready to segue to two meals a day. At seven months, you double the volume. Each serving for your baby is still around two ounces but there's two foods presented at two meals every day. One in mid-morning and one in the late afternoon or early evening. This again, the reason for going slow, protects the breast milk or formula intake. We don't want to go too fast. We want the baby to still be taking the milk as their main nutrient until eight months, nine months, twelve months of age. At eight months, the baby then segues onto three meals a day. This is when the feeding really starts to take off and resemble the model that we have in our culture.

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Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC

Infant Feeding Specialist

Cynthia Epps, MS, IBCLC holds a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry and is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in home and internet consults for new mother/infant couples from birth through two years of age. She covers early breastfeeding questions such as learning to trust the breast, establishing a good milk supply, sore nipples, colic and reflux; as well as “back to work” protocols for the working mother and “transitioning to solids” at six months per the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization guidelines, plus food wars and gentle weaning guidelines for the older infant. In addition, she has written for LA Family Magazine and Mothering Magazine, and leads infant feeding workshops throughout the community. With the wisdom of motherhood still largely negated or ignored, she specializes in combining ancient matriarchal traditions with modern science to help the new mother transition into the time-honored role of nurturing her baby with body and breast. She continues to pursue the goal of redefining the human infant feeding norm as breastfeeding or breastmilk for all children.

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