N.W. asks from Cuba City, WI on October 12, 2006
Feeding Solids and Nursing, How Much of Each?
I'm nursing still, my son is almost 6 months old. We introduced solids at about 4 months, he's doing really well with it. He eats about 1oz of cereal and 1oz of veggie/fruit twice daily. He is nursing in between those feedings. Is the food supposed to replace the milk feeding OR just be an addition to it? Because he won't nurse after a solid food feeding for about another 2 or 3 hours. Am I feeding him too much in solids? Hopefully someone will be able to answer this one for me cuz I'm concerned.
M.E. answers from Lexington on October 15, 2006
My periatrician and the books i've read say that solids are to be an addition not a replacement untill the child is at least a year old. Formula or breast milk should be the staple because it contains all the nutrients the baby needs. At 1 year of age you can introduce whole cows milk and switch to solids as the staple.
S.M. answers from Huntington on October 13, 2006
I'm going through the same thing with my 6 month old daughter now. What's worked for me is nursing her about an hour before I feed her solids. She does well with it, but it is a while before she gets hungry again.
I don't think you're giving too much solids because my daughter just refuses to eat if she doesn't want them and I think your son would do that too.
My LC just reminded me the other day that they still don't NEED the solids but they need a good environment to nurse because they get so distracted at this age. Also, since they're older, they nurse more efficiently and get more in one setting so they don't have to nurse as frequently.
It's hard to adjust once you're already so used to one thing. Hope that helps at least a little.
K.S. answers from Indianapolis on October 12, 2006
I am introducing solids to my 6 month old too. Your milk suppy actually decreases in the 5-7 month time span. I personally offer him about 2 ounces of cereal. If he wants to nurse afterwards I let him. If he seems content I pump. That way I can keep what milk supply I do have and save it for back up or to add to cereal. It is ok if he doenst want to nurse after eating solids. That is just his way of growing up. lol. After he is on solids for each meal I would just start nursing at bed times. I nurse first thing in the morning, nap time, bed time and mid night. He is very content and he seems to be getting an adequate supply of milk and solids. I hope this helped out some. Good luck
J.M. answers from Davenport on October 12, 2006
When I introduced solids to my son at 6 months, I did the same thing as Karen S. I would pump to keep my milk supply up. I always nursed first then offered the solids, After 12 months, you can begin offering the solids BEFORE baby nurses, if you wish, instead of after. Your milk is still an important part of baby's diet and will offer him many benefits (nutritionally, immunilogically and emotionally). I was told by a nutritionist, that the first solids you give him is basically "practice eating", figuring out what to do with this thicker consistancy, then on to chewing when they have teeth. you can thicken the food like that gradually their first year. So it isn't to replace the breastmilk nutritionally from what I understand.
C.R. answers from Louisville on October 13, 2006
I believe the solids are suppose to replace the milk.Milk gives babies all the nutrients they need and it fills them up.So they usually can't eat solids and have the milk too.I think you are doing a fine job.
L.B. answers from South Bend on October 12, 2006
I agree as long as he's gaining weight and your pediatrician isn't concerned then go ahead with what you are doing.
C.G. answers from Indianapolis on October 13, 2006
I was told it will replace the breastfeeding sessions. So, if he eats solids 2Xs a day, he would eat at the breast at least 2 times less.
M.L. answers from Fort Wayne on October 12, 2006
Once you start feeding your child solids, their milk intake will decrease some. That's completely normal. And as someone else already stated, as long as your child continues to gain weight, things are just fine.
D.P. answers from Indianapolis on October 12, 2006
if they are thirsty after eating solid, then yes milk. but normally the solid replaces the milk feeding. and it is good that he waits so long in between solid and milk feeding. if you are concerned you can always talk to the pediatrician. good luck