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Expert panel: Nutrition

So many parents write to us wanting to know how to introduce solids and how to get their fussy eater to expand their palette. These are some of the questions our nutrition expert panel receive every day. If you have a question about feeding your little one then take a look at our archive of previously answered questions. Or, why not ask your own question and have the answer shared with other readers who might just have the same concerns as you.

Please note questions are not answered live. If you are at all concerned about your health or your bubs contact your doctor immediately.

Questions about Nutrition

Avatar mum_t...
Leann...
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Hi there, now fussy eating can really have you pulling your hair out! My son was a fussy foodie and only showed signs of coming out of it at 8ish. ...

Answered: 04 Sep 2012
Avatar Indig...
Leann...
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Hi there, yes indeed you should find your almost toddler will happily eat what you are eating now and yeah… so much easier. You do need to wa...

Answered: 04 Sep 2012
Avatar MJMumma
Leann...
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Hi there, ideally you should make a move towards sipper cups when baby starts on solids, this is not to say they should be weaned off breastmilk or...

Answered: 04 Sep 2012
Avatar tarab...
Leann...
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Hi there, absolutely, in fact it is a fabulous food for young babies (for some as early as 4-5 months). It’s low lactose, has all those lovel...

Answered: 04 Sep 2012
Avatar Kaur_...
Leann...
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Hi there, Fussy eating can really have you pulling your hair out! My son was a fussy foodie and only showed signs of coming out of it at 8ish. Res...

Answered: 20 Aug 2012
Avatar Teres...
Leann...
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Hi there, Regarding solids, we do know that early introduction (16 weeks or less) of solids can increase the risk of allergies as babies immune sys...

Answered: 20 Aug 2012
Avatar Danie...
Leann...
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Hi there, solids seem so simple before you start, then you realise you have so many more questions than you expected. When you start off you are wo...

Answered: 20 Aug 2012
Avatar Briggie
Leann...
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Hi there, congrats on your expected arrival. I would absolutely recommend chatting to your midwife or obstetrician about gathering a team of people...

Answered: 20 Aug 2012
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Leann...
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HI there, to be honest you are doing the right thing. Keep offering very small amounts of EBM to baby at feed time and take it away if rejected the...

Answered: 20 Aug 2012
Avatar Julia...
Leann...
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Hi there, yes you are right, little ones on formula will generally feed every 2-3 hours depending on their own needs, age and the type of formula u...

Answered: 20 Aug 2012
Avatar Kaur_...
Leann...
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Hi there, well it sounds like you have a very smart little fellow there! In fact he doesn’t need any formula now, all he needs is a healthy d...

Answered: 20 Aug 2012
Avatar April...
Leann...
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Hi there, what I have done is copied in a section from our text book for our Nutrition for Pregnancy and Lactation course we offer at Cadence Healt...

Answered: 20 Aug 2012
Avatar Mnesh...
Leann...
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Hi there, it is possible baby has hit a ‘wonder week’ or a growth spurt. Rather than introduce formula which can bring in issues of its...

Answered: 08 Aug 2012
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Leann...
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HI there, you may need to just pop the rest of your question into the ‘Details’ section of the panel as your comment cut off right at t...

Answered: 08 Aug 2012
Avatar Karen...
Leann...
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HI there, you are having a tough time. I think possibly the point to start with is the constipation. I would really recommend the Weleda Nursing Te...

Answered: 08 Aug 2012
Avatar Angel...
Leann...
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Hi there, until 12 months little ones do need full fat products, keeping in mind that cows’ milk isn’t ideal for babies under 12 months...

Answered: 08 Aug 2012
Avatar Laura...
Leann...
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Hi there, I can’t recommend enough to hire an electric medical grade breast pump! Truly the most fabulous way to relieve the discomfort and y...

Answered: 08 Aug 2012
Avatar Minto...
Leann...
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Hi there, yes that is common and indeed there are situations where expectant mums are required to lose body weight, all very normal and commonly pr...

Answered: 08 Aug 2012
Avatar Dacin5
Leann...
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Hi there, Regarding solids, we do know that early introduction (16 weeks or less) of solids can increase the risk of allergies as babies immune sys...

Answered: 08 Aug 2012
Avatar Ldeni...
Leann...
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HI there, there is no real ‘average’ intake for babies per say, they are all have very different sized tummies, activity level, sleep a...

Answered: 30 Jul 2012
Avatar Curly...
Leann...
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Hi there, it sounds like you have answered your question, well done! Yes, from 12 months onward toddlers, under normal circumstances, don’t r...

Answered: 30 Jul 2012
Avatar Bambre
Leann...
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Hi there, there are two points here to consider. Firstly, that baby is having five dirty nappies a day is not necessarily an issue. Many babies wil...

Answered: 30 Jul 2012
Avatar chris81
Leann...
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HI there, a good question! The available research still suggests as does historical eating habits that babies require as you say a greater percenta...

Answered: 30 Jul 2012
Avatar Slkirby
Leann...
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Hi there, So possibly you are looking at fussy eating, but you haven’t mentioned the age of your little one. So what I have done is popped in...

Answered: 20 Jul 2012
Avatar Tuki1...
Leann...
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Hi there, good question. Generally guidelines re sugar and salt are similar for adults and children over one. I have popped in some info from my sa...

Answered: 20 Jul 2012
Avatar Keega...
Leann...
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Hi there, weaning can be a personal choice. You do need to ensure that the milk intake is not compromising your toddlers nutrition. Even toddler fo...

Answered: 06 Jul 2012
Avatar Katie...
Leann...
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Hi there, just from the description of the foods your toddler is eating it does sound like fussy eating, though its pretty early. So what I have do...

Answered: 06 Jul 2012
Avatar Sipho...
Leann...
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Hi there, unfortunately the rest of your question was omitted and you don’t mention how old baby will be at the time of weaning. If bub is ne...

Answered: 06 Jul 2012
Avatar Tiffa...
Leann...
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Hi there, from what you have described all seems well. The best indication that baby is taking in what he needs is his rate of growth. If these are...

Answered: 28 Jun 2012
Avatar Natnc...
Leann...
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Hi there, yes you are definitely not alone on this! It is reasonably common that some bubs while being interested in what you put to your mouth (re...

Answered: 28 Jun 2012
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