baby food,and nursing

Shannon - posted on 08/22/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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i just starting baby food with my 5 month old and i don't know if i should nurse first then feed him or vise versa????

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Cassie - posted on 08/23/2009

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This was a question I had when my baby was younger as well. After doing some research, I learned that you should always nurse your baby before giving solids. Right now, most if not all of your baby's calories need to come from breastmilk. The solids are just given in addition. If you feed your baby solids first, your baby may not nurse as much and will not get enough calories. Your breastmilk actually has a lot more calories than baby food so you shouldn't replace a nursing session with baby food.

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Cassie - posted on 08/25/2009

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Yes to introduce solids, a baby should be six months (the key word is "introduce"). To actually begin the weaning process, a child should be one year.

Randi - posted on 08/25/2009

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The recommended age for introducing solids is actually 6 months, we waited until shortly after.
I would nurse them and then offer it to them. I started with things like mashed banana or avocado, baked sweet potato or squash, steamed peaches, pears, apples, green beans. We never offered cereals, just started with fresh food.
www.wholesomebabyfood.com is a great site!

Cassie - posted on 08/25/2009

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Weaning shouldn't actually start until your child is a year though. They need the fatty nutrients from breastmilk for brain development. You should always nurse before you offer solids!

Nicole - posted on 08/25/2009

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When I first started I would nurse a little bit before then feed solids then nurse after but now that my son has been on solids for a couple of months he usually prefers to nurse after he eat and sometimes he doesn't want to nurse until about an hour after his solid. It's the weaning process which is sad in ways because you and your body have gotten so used to breast feeding only that when feeds start to drop its a little sad.

Laura - posted on 08/24/2009

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in the morning, if he's eating solids I nurse first, then do solids a little while later, while I have breakfast. at night, he usually has dinner and then a bath and then nurse to sleep. Sometimes the first feeding is at lunch, like today, when he ate and then nursed for a nap.

Shannon - posted on 08/24/2009

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thanks i usually nurse him when he wakes up then round10 i usually give hime cereal,and nurse till dinner time and give him either a fruit or veggie!

Jillian - posted on 08/22/2009

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my daughter just started on baby food and is doing really good with it (she is now 4 1/2 months) i usually nurse her a little bit first just to take the edge off her hunger and make her comfortable, otherwise she will cry through the whole feeding. Then after she eats her baby food at night i give her a bath and then nurse her to sleep. This has been the best routine for me, but with your baby you just need to trial and error until you figure out what works for you!! I usually give her the baby food twice a day (the doc says two servings veggies and cereal each to start) once around 9-10am and then about 10pm, and nurse inbetween on demand. good luck and make sure you strip baby down to a diaper for feedings, we learned that the hard way!!!

Heidi - posted on 08/22/2009

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That's a great question and I hope someone can answer. This is my first son and I am still nursing. He is only 4 months old now, but soon he will be eating baby food as well. I would think eat first, then nurse. I am not sure.

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