Question about solid foods

Jessica - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 months old today. We started giving him a little cereal at 4 months or so, and we've slowly increased how much we give him. Now he eats pureed baby food really well, he's like everything he's tried so far! But I was wondering, when do you typically start increasing the amount of solids they eat per feeding and decreasing breastmilk/formula? Right now, he's still mainly breastfed. I usually feed him 2 "meals" of solids a day, morning and afternoon. He seems like he can eat a lot- in the morning usually a couple tbs of oatmeal with a tbs or two of fruit, and in the afternoon usually 2-3 oz of a veggi. On top of nursing him. But I have no idea when its "ok" to start decreasing the amount of milk and increasing solids more. Any help?

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Iysha - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting Kristin:

in my opinion i would say at least 4-5 feedings a day because the milk is going to have more nutrition in it than the food. the food he is eating now is so basic and more practice than a rounded balance for his nutrition...i just had my daughters 6 month checkup and the doc said to stick with 2 meals for now and then closer to 9 months probably 3 meals i remember with my son at 9 months he was doing more finger foods by then and lil snacks....but there is no real time just wait for his cues....if u sit down for lunch and he seems real interested maybe give him a lil snack. also im not sure where u live but i got these things for my daughter called fresh food feeders...munchkin makes them...its like a little net and i stick stuff in there that she can chew on for a snack...they r also great to put ice in for teething.



I just bought thosefresh food feeders for my daughter. She is 6 months and They just seem huge for her mouth so I haven't tried them....I'm unsure about how much food I put in them and all that. lol.  But I am going to start, I've only had them for a couple days. I have heard many good things about them =]

Natasha - posted on 12/18/2009

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I wouldn't worry about trying to decrease the breastfeeds at all. Just keep going along as per normal with them, he will drop them himself as he starts relying more on food for his nutrition. I will talk to my child health nurse about this soon as I am interested in the same thing, but with formula. I will try and get some info about this as well.

Kristin - posted on 12/14/2009

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in my opinion i would say at least 4-5 feedings a day because the milk is going to have more nutrition in it than the food. the food he is eating now is so basic and more practice than a rounded balance for his nutrition...i just had my daughters 6 month checkup and the doc said to stick with 2 meals for now and then closer to 9 months probably 3 meals i remember with my son at 9 months he was doing more finger foods by then and lil snacks....but there is no real time just wait for his cues....if u sit down for lunch and he seems real interested maybe give him a lil snack. also im not sure where u live but i got these things for my daughter called fresh food feeders...munchkin makes them...its like a little net and i stick stuff in there that she can chew on for a snack...they r also great to put ice in for teething.

Kerry - posted on 12/13/2009

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I would let him steer this one, let him eat as much solids as he wants to then offer bf about half an hour afterwards. he will take what he wants to. I was giving one meal until 6 months then two meals between 6-9 months then 3 meals from then on. I remember being told by my child health nurse that a "meal" for a baby is about the size of their fist. With regard to bf, just keep offering and let him decide which feeds he will drop (the best thing about bf! at least you don't waste formula!!)

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