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How much to feed my 7 month old?
M little girl will be 7 months on the 12th. I am not sure how much I should be feeding her. I don't wanna over feed her but I don't wanna under feed her. Could someone give me a basic idea of what I should be feeding her. Please...thank you.
Your daughter should know when she is hungry and when she is full. When my daughter was eating solids I said something to the doctor about her always wanting more and she cries when it is all gone. The doctor told me to feed her more that she was not over weight and she could use the extra food. I was also breastfeeding and she nursed all the time. So make sure you give healthy options and she should be fine. Your baby is not going to get fat eating sweet potatos and green beans.
If she's just starting out on solids, figure you want to plan on around 1-2 ounces per mealtime to start. The reason I say "start" is because you may find that she eats less than an ounce of solids, or far, far more. My son could put away about an ounce of solids per mealtime when he was around 7-8 months, and gradually started eating more, until it was closer to two/three ounces per mealtime by the time he was a year old. Just as everyone's appetite is different, your daughter will eat more or less. One of my son's best friends eats half a pancake and is happy for hours, whereas my kid could down the entire box of mac'n'cheese in one sitting.
If you're starting on solids just give her a little bit at a time. You can start with cereal, I'd go with a whole grain or brown rice option. But, not all babies like cereal. My daughter did ok with it, she loved eating solids and loved variety. My son wouldn't ever eat plain cereal. He refused solids until I finally gave him some mashed banana. He was about 6 months old and ate an entire 2 ounce jar of baby food in one sitting. Your baby will let you know when she's full. Essentially, she'll stop eating. If she becomes uninterested during a feeding you can stop feeding her. It will take her a little while to adjust to eating solids so don't force it.