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BLW and baby not digesting food properly?

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AhoyMcCoy Thu 01-Jan-15 23:10:31

DD is 6months old and we have just started BLW. She took to it great - loving sweet potato fingers and roasted carrot fingers too etc.

BUT (sorry if poop-related TMI) - I can very clearly see the undigested food in her poo. Lumps of carrot etc. MIL said this means baby isn't digesting the food and we should change to purees.

Is this the case? She's always been v small (2nd centile) and a poor sleeper and I was hoping the introduction of solids would improve her weight and sleep but if she's not digesting food properly I'm worried it will make no difference and maybe purees would be better for her??

OneHorseOpenSandwich Thu 01-Jan-15 23:13:45

Purées just come out the same way as well, it's normal. In early weaning you can spot each meal coming through very easily.

Broccoli is especially interesting <boak>

mawbroon Thu 01-Jan-15 23:18:02

This happened with DS1.

I didn't realise at the time, but he had a posterior tongue tie and couldn't chew his food properly. If he ate peas, they came oUT whole!

Poor sleep can be linked with tongue tie. Is there anything else going on? How does she cope with milk feeding?

milkysmum Thu 01-Jan-15 23:23:43

Perfectly normal smile

DancingCrown Thu 01-Jan-15 23:27:38

Normal, it takes a while for their digestion to get started.

Notso Thu 01-Jan-15 23:30:54

BLW at first is only about introducing and exploring food, that is why you don't replace any milk feeds with food and start at times when your baby is not hungry.
I only did BLW with DC3 and it wasn't until he was about 9-10 months that I felt he was actually eating 'normally'.
Although even with spoon feeding there is still some undigested food. My other 3 DC were weaned traditionally. DC1 on purees at first DC2 and DC4 on just chopped up food and finger foods, no purée. They all had weird poo, with some undigested chunks.

TobyLerone Thu 01-Jan-15 23:37:53

Normal. DD2 will be 1 next week and still has whole raisins recognisable bits of food in her nappies a lot of the time.

AhoyMcCoy Fri 02-Jan-15 21:16:07

Phew, ok, glad to hear it's normal! Was starting to think she might have some sort of digestive problem and was fretting! Will just persevere then!
Mawbroon no tongue tie as far as I know - I'm assuming she was checked at the hospital when we left?! She's breastfed and hasn't ever really had a bottle, but I've never really had a cause for concern with her milk I don't think!

mawbroon Fri 02-Jan-15 22:39:30

Unlikely that she would have been checked in the hospital, but given that she breastfeeds well, she probably isn't tied.

TobyLerone Fri 02-Jan-15 23:32:53

Pretty sure all newborns are checked for TT in the hospital.

mawbroon Fri 02-Jan-15 23:34:56

Well, maybe they are, but there is checking and there is "checking"

BMO Fri 02-Jan-15 23:45:36

None of mine were checked at hospital, even when I asked the doctor said she wouldn't know what to look for!

Normal for it to take a while for their digestive system to get going though. Raisins are alarming.

BeakyMinder Fri 02-Jan-15 23:48:37

Puréed food isn't digested well at first either, but it's just less noticeable as purée looks more like poo anyway wink

LuckyCharms Fri 02-Jan-15 23:58:32

My 11 month old had whole kidney beans in his nappy yesterday. I call him my little diaper surprise after DD's lalaloopsy doll.

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