(Windsor ON Canada)
I started my 6 month old on solids about 2 weeks ago and since then she has been straining and cries when she is going to have a bowel movement. Her poop comes out as a soft round ball.
I have been giving her vegetables and fruit that aren’t constipating. I also mix her cereal with water instead of breast milk. I have also given her prunes at most of her meals to hopefully soften her bowel movements but it seems to cause her gassy pains.
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Straining And Pain When Introducing Solid Foods
It is very common that breastfed babies have a hard time coping with the introduction of solid foods. Breast milk is so easy to digest that it is a bit of a shock for their small tummies to start with solid foods.
Since your daughter is so uncomfortable, I suggest you take it a bit more slowly with the introduction of solid foods.
Take away one of her solid meals for a couple of weeks and increase the amount of breast milk you give her instead.
If she is still in pain, you can even consider stopping completely for a week or two and then start all over again, but slowly. (I actually had to do that three times with my youngest baby, before I could carry on with the introduction of solid foods for him.)
I’m not quite sure why you use water instead of breast milk to mix with the cereal. If it works for you, mix with breast milk, since this is so easy for your daughter to digest, and it also contain a lot of the nutrition that is beneficial for her.
Last, if she becomes gassy from the prunes, you can try pears, apricot or kiwi instead; they have a similar effect. Pear juice works well too.
Rice cereal can cause constipation, so see if you can find cereal based on oat meal instead. Other great first foods for sensitive tummies are sweet potatoe and avocado. Here are more recipes for food introduction, if you want to cook some baby food.
I hope this helps a bit!
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