Starting solids

Yes, you read the headline right. Something other than breast milk passed the lips of my sweet little baby today.

The not taking the bottle saga update goes like this – after a few more days of unsuccessful bottle feeding, I called his pediatrician. I made an appointment for this afternoon, wanting to come to a happy resolution for my hungry baby and hoping that, one day, I won’t have to drive to wherever he is at lunch every day to feed him. (Well, the real hope is that we’ll be hanging out together and this will be a big non-issue, but for now at least…)

Of course, today, the day that I finally decide we need professional help, is the day he decides he’ll drink 4 oz from the bottle at lunch time. I figured I’d give it a go when he woke up from his nap. It’s a nipple just like his pacifier, a slightly faster flow than I tried before, and he’s with his mummy and happy after a nap. And it worked. But we went to the doctor anyway.

Once there, the physician’s assistant agreed with my hope, and plan, that if I can get him comfortable taking the bottle from me, then he’ll come to accept it from other people when I’m not around. Like he used to. She also suggested that we start him on rice cereal. At least that way his sitter will have something else to feed him if/while he rejects the bottle.

So I tried it this evening — after he woke up from another nap. He liked it. He smiled, smacked his lips a bit, wiggled his tongue around. He probably dribbled more of the entire tablespoonful of breastmilk thickened with a teaspoon of organic, whole grain cereal down his bib than he swallowed, but it seemed to go quite well. It can hardly be called a solid food when it’s a dribbly runny mess, but… it’s more solid than liquid, I suppose.

Now, I know he’s only 3 months old. I thought I’d breastfeed exclusively until 6 months. I really did. But he’s a hungry little 18-pound chomper. And it feels like the right thing to do. So I’m going to go with my mother-instinct and give it a try. Even though I’m afraid he’ll somehow have a terrible reaction to it and give me a huge poop blow out tonight! I don’t really think he will, but… you never know. I’m sure he’ll be fine and we’ll try a little more tomorrow.

No matter how you feel about when and how to introduce solid foods, the real shame is that I didn’t get any photos of cereal dribbling down his chin as he sat in his high chair. I will.

I did, however, get a photo of him at bath time. He’s graduated to the big bathtub (rather than the kitchen sink) as he was actually outgrowing the sink. Here’s a not-quite-naked photo, edited to preserve his baby dignity.