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Help - going on holiday, will she last on breastmilk - prob pfb panic

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leftangle Tue 22-Sep-09 21:53:38

dd nearly 5 months now and ebf. We are going on holiday for 3 weeks and she will turn 6 months while we are away. Ideally I want to just keep breastfeeding until we come back and worry about weaning then but I'm worried about what we'll do if she gets hungry for more than milk while we are away and if we should start some food nowish instead so it doesn't all go wrong while we're abroad. (realise we are mad to go on a long holiday and it will all go wrong whatever we do).

bigchris Tue 22-Sep-09 21:54:53

where are you going?
they will sell apples, carrots etc just in case you decide to go mad and puree something
don't worry smile

CMOTdibbler Tue 22-Sep-09 21:55:20

She'll be fine. If you want, you can always let her steal veggies and bread off your plate while away

thisisyesterday Tue 22-Sep-09 21:56:24

she will be fine!

and even if you do decide that she needs to start on solids whilst away there is no reason you shouldn't is there?
just give her a bit of cooked veg or whatever

leftangle Tue 22-Sep-09 21:57:41

Going to portugal - self catering for most of the time - but can't possibly start weaning her unless I've got mumsnet on hand for support

Tambajam Tue 22-Sep-09 21:57:50

Don't worry about it. It's not like a switch is flicked at 6 months. The first few weeks are just for taste and experience anyway and milk remains primary for months. If she has a growth spurt feed more frequently and if you've managed until now, you'll be fine.

deepdarkwood Tue 22-Sep-09 21:59:54

WAY easier to try and stick with bf, rather than trying to find veggies/fruit, steam 'em, puree 'em and find a way to store resultant mush smile

If you reckon she really needs something, you can always go blw and just give her a few bits of simply cooked veg(unseasoned if poss)

Jojay Tue 22-Sep-09 22:01:22

DS1 started solids on the beach in Mallorca a day or so shy of 6 months when he swiped an orange segment from me. We then gave him mashed banana a couple of times before we got home and it all worked out fine.

But now I've seen the light wink and did BLW with DS2, which takes all the guesswork out of it.

It will be fine, whatever you decide.

<Hijack: waves to CMOT - still loving the bibs - thank you!!>

Montifer Tue 22-Sep-09 22:03:43

We went to South Africa for 3 weeks when DS was 8 months old.
He was barely eating (although we were offering - BLW stylee) and he happily bf through the holiday. He got very interested in eating about a month later.

I have to say bf on holiday was the easiest option, no worrying about getting enough fluids into them if weather is hot and it's instant, no prep food, nutritionally complete, always available and you know they like it smile

If she's hungry she'll ask for more milk.

Have a lovely holiday

Gemzooks Tue 22-Sep-09 22:06:50

sounds fine but why not take some baby rice with you, and give her a bit of it mixed with your milk, and some mashed up banana, as a back up plan at her 'tea-time'. that is the minimum hassle, least disturbing thing to give imo...

PortAndLemon Tue 22-Sep-09 22:07:04

She'll be fine. As Throat says, you could always let her nick some food off your plate if she seems particularly desperate.

LadyGlencoraPalliser Tue 22-Sep-09 22:07:19

Loads of stuff you can just do raw if nec. Bananas, avocados, mango for starters. My DC had all of those as first foods and loved them - especially avocado.

Lotkinsgonecurly Tue 22-Sep-09 22:14:43

Had this dilemma with dd2. She was 5 months when went camping for 2 weeks and was ebf. Decided she wanted food as soon as we got there. Had decided to do blw and worked really well.Gave her bread sticks, cooked carrotts, banana, beans, cucumber sticks etc. She just quite happily munched from then onwards.
Hope goes well for you.

aoifesmama Tue 22-Sep-09 22:18:21

We've just returned from Majorca and like Jojay DD had her first "food" on the beach, where she screeched until we gave her some banana. Not sure if it was hunger or teething, but she's been going great guns since we got home and is loving trying stuff out.

BelleWatling Tue 22-Sep-09 22:30:46

My mate never started weaning her DC2 until 7.5 months because she was in the middle of moving house. As someone said it's not like a food light is suddenly switched on at 26 weeks on the dot. Have nice holiday envy

leftangle Sun 27-Sep-09 21:31:32

Thanks for the reasurance everyone. May be redundant now as she has started waking for food every 2 hours so not sure I can hold out much longer with breastmilk anyway.

kalo12 Sun 27-Sep-09 21:35:37

defo, my ds didn't eat any food for ten months,

infact its best to wait til after your hols cos i found weaning the most stressful thing about motherhood. i assumed at 6 months they defo needed food and got myself stressed every day because he wouldn't eat.

anyway they will have bananas on holiday won't they? or a bit of mashed avocado

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