Solid foods overview

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The timing of starting solids is commonly linked to the age of the baby being six full months. That said, breast milk or formula is your baby's most important nutrient from birth through 12 months of age. The solids come on as sort of, a complimentary feeding from 6 to 8 months. Then from 8 to 10 months, they grow from little purees to chunky purees. Then the baby eventually goes on to self-feeding. The signs of readiness are that the baby can sit and hold themselves up for a sustained period of 15 to 20 minutes comfortably in a chair. They also have begun to lose the drool. When the drool goes down, the extrusion reflex, thrusting things forward and pushing things out of their mouth, also disappears. Those are two very strong physiological markers for the signs of readiness to start solids.

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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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