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Do I keep feeding her solids or wait?

Hi Glenda, my daughter Alana turned six months on 12 June and I have started her on solids following Leanne Cooper`s wonderful guidelines. She had silent refulx as a baby and when I introudced solids, she seemed to have tummy trouble and her sleeping routine totally changed (not sleeping enough!). I have cut back to one-two teaspoons per meal. I feed her organic baby rice for breakfast and a vegetable at lunch. Her poos are black and she only does this every second or third day. Do i keep feeding her solids or wait? She is better since I cut back, but do you have any further suggestons? She is fully breast feed as she won`t take the bottle!
Thank you,
Antonette

Amber...
Answer: Hi Antonette, Sounds like you are doing a great job with your little daughter Alana and sorry to hear that you have been going through a tough time at the moment. How is her reflux at the moment, is she on medications for it? What I’d suggest is to perhaps cut back to the rice cereal only (are you making your own from scratch??) and see how she goes. If you are using store bought perhaps try making your own from ground rice as the packaged ones sometimes contain some additives that some bubs do not tolerate very well and this could be what is happening with your daughter. Perhaps try that for a week or so and see if things improve for her and then if they do you can try adding the vegetable back in. One possibility that comes to mind is whether food sensitivities could be an issue (while cow’s milk protein intolerance or allergy seems to be the most common food sensitivity in reflux babies, other foods may also be involved, such as soy, wheat, egg). Food sensitivities seem to be common in babies with reflux, so it may be something worth considering, particularly as she is so unsettled. Could she be teething also? Sometimes teething can cause reflux to flare which could be causing the tummy and sleeping issues you describe. Hope things improve for you soon but if you are worried please visit your GP or Paediatrician. Amber For RISA Inc
Answered: 01 Jul 2009