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feemcgee Mon 15-May-06 22:43:21

My baby is six months old and is in her fifth week of feeding. It's been slow, she loves banana, avocado, and butternut squash, and I am just confused about how much to give her. If she only has a few spoonsfuls, should I give her something else? I am worried about underfeeding her. And if she eats a whole banana, is that too much? She had a whole mashed pear yesterday and was sick twice today, and was totally off her milk.

springerspaniel Tue 16-May-06 21:30:45

Don't worry. It completely varies. Some days they go off everything. Usually means sore gums or slight tummy bug. Some days they like banana, the next they don't. My LO is 10 months old and has started crawling and consequently has started eating TWO weetabix for breakfast. What a little piggie!

Seriously, I would just go with the flow. If she eats, it is because she is hungry. I remember my LO ate 1 1/2 bananas at about that age and I was convinced he would puke but he didn't. Doubt the sickness has anything to do with the pear. Probably is just a little under the weather.

By the way, try Ready Brek. Low in salt and my LO loves it.

PrettyCandles Tue 16-May-06 21:36:27

Don't worry about underfeedig her at this stage. Right now milk is still her main source of nutrition. Most babies will eat as much as they want, but some enjoy eating so much that they will overfill their tummies and chuck it back up again - I had one of teh first sort, and my brother was apparently one of the second. My dd OTOH although she was a very sicky possetty baby rarely chucked, even though she ate absolutely masses.

It sounds like your dd has a little bug, or maybe is teething. Doesn't sound like it's to do with how much she's eating as if they're going to chuck because of overeating the upchuck is generally not long after the stuffing.

Let her eat as much as she wants, and don't worry if some days she eats only 3-4 spoons, yet the next she empties the fridge.

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