Feeding Schedule for 7 Month Old

Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I have a baby boy who turned 7 months old the first of October. I breastfeed, but he is given formula twice a day, three days a week when I am at work. He started solids about two months ago, but I am having a hard time deciding how much and what he should be eating and/or drinking at this point. Sometimes I feel like I am overfeeding him and sometimes I feel like I am underfeeding him. Any suggestions or sample feeding schedules would be great.

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Barbara - posted on 10/25/2009

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i'm in the same boat as everyone! not sure if i'm underfeeding/overfeeding. i also don't know if i need to drop a bottle yet. My daughter is 7 months (march 23rd) and her schedule is this



630: 8oz bottle

9am: 4tbsp oatmeal and fruit

1030: 4-6oz bottle

12:30: veggie - i just introduced lunch

2:30: 7-8oz bottle

500: dinner - meat, veggie, and fruit

630: 6oz bottle

7pm: bed



Not sure if i should give her more cereal during the day or more veggies/fruit. some people say for lunch to give meat/veggies/fruit and for dinner cereal/veggie but some just say to give meat/veggies/fruit for both. thoughts???!

Jennifer - posted on 10/20/2009

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Thank you all for your advice. I think I am feeding him a bit more than most of you. Here is our current schedule:



6:00-6:30 a.m. - breastfeed

7:30 a.m. - oatmeal cereal and 3.5 oz of fruit

10:00-10:30 a.m. - breastfeed or 6 oz. bottle

12:00 - 3.5 oz veggie and a yo baby yogurt or 3.5 oz fruit

2:00 - breastfeed or 6 oz. bottle

5:30 p.m. - breastfeed

6:30-7:00 p.m. - veggie and fruit mixed with oatmeal

7:30-7:45 - breastfeed



I know it seems like a lot, but he rarely gives me cues that he's full and he acts like he isn't satisfied if I cut it short. At his 6 month appointment he was in the 50-75% range. I am wondering if my milk supply isn't getting lower and he's trying to make up for it with solids.

Crystal - posted on 10/19/2009

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Hello,,

I have a 7 month old boy and this is what i do.. and i breastfeed also..

when he wakes up in the morning around 7 or 8 i breastfeed. Then at his next feeding around 10am i give him a few tablespoons of the baby cereal (mixed with either apple juice or breastmilk) then finish up with breastfeeding. then I breastfeed every feeding for the rest of the day EXCEPT dinner time. The feeding around 5 pm is just solids. I do a meat like the baby turkey or chicken, just a half a small jar, and a half a jar of any fruit and any veggie(stage 2 jars). That fills him up and he is satisfied with that. You could also give him a little sippy cup of some apple juice, no more than 4 oz a day.



this works great for my son. I hope this helps!

Cathi - posted on 10/16/2009

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My guy also just turned 7 months...on the 11th! He has three meals a day. Breakfast-7:30am: 2 tbs Oatmeal(ground) and 1 cube fruit, Lunch-12pm: 2tbs Ground oats and 2 cubes fruit or veggie, and Dinner-4:30/5pm: 2 tbs Ground Brown Rice with 1 cube meat and 1 cube veggie. He has a full 8oz bottle with each meal. Also has a bedtime bottle(8pm) and an afternoon snack(around 2) cheese, yogurt, or banana and a 4oz bottle of water(boiled). I make all my own baby food, including cereal, so I leave the fruits and veggies frozen to quick cool the oatmeat/rice cereal.

Laurie - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son has about 6 oz. of formula around 5-6 am and then has breakfast around 9:00. He eats any combo of shredded cheese, scrambled eggs, toast, oatmeal, asst'd fruits. He usually has about 3 oz. of formula about an hour later. He has lunch, any combo of asst'd steamed veggies, gerber puffs or wagon wheels, greek yogurt, full fat cottage cheese, asst'd fruits. He has another bottle around 3 or 4 and dinner around 6. He has whatever we are having for dinner either whole or lightly pulsed in the processor depending on what it is. He has a bottle around 8:30, 8 oz. and sometimes has 4 oz around midnight if he's growing. He eats a wide variety of foods but not too much at each time.

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Brittany - posted on 10/16/2009

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My 7 month old is a great eater. I sometimes feel that I am overfeeding also because if you put it in front of him he will eat it. Anyways, he gets 1/2 container of fruit at breakfast, mid-morning, and lunch + 4 oz formula. Then he gets veggie or yogurt for dinner w/ ceral added + 4 oz formula.

Kathy - posted on 10/16/2009

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if he is happy and gaining weight . don't worry . until a baby is one year all he needs is formula or breastmilk anyway . if he is like mine he will let you know when he is hungry or not . again don't worry if he is healthy.

Olga - posted on 10/16/2009

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There are so many possibilities it seems. My daughter is 6mo & 4 weeks. I too am breastfeeding. So far the schedule is:

6/7am - breast-milk
8am- solids (1tbs cereal & 1tbs fruit or veggie)
9/10am - 4oz milk bottle (I'm at work)
12/1pm- 4oz milk bottle
2/3pm- solids (1tbs cereal & 1tbs fruit or veggie)
4/5pm- 4oz milk bottle
7pm- breast-milk

Truthfully we have only been at this for about a three weeks. she has moved from only cereal to cereal and one item at a time to test for allergies (sw potatoes, cauliflower, peas, avocado, next maybe squash). We too worry if we are underfeeding or when to increase the amounts but she has missed one of the 3 daily bottles a few times. It seems like she is getting enough. There has to be time for napping! LOL

Dorothy - posted on 10/15/2009

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My daughter is also breast fed she eats 5 oz in the morning about 6 30am and has another 5 oz around 9am at 1pm she gets cereal and another 3 oz of milk, she gets 5 oz when I get home from work around 3pm then she has dinner @ 6pm which is a meat, a veggie & a fruit she has 5 oz then and another 5 oz at bedtime around 9 - 930pm. I do not give her juice because her doctor said it is important not to let her cut back on her liquids but I don't feel juice is the best thing for her she occasionally gets some water but her fluid intake is still good. We will be starting her on the zweebak cookies soon, but I delayed her getting food until she was 6 months she had trouble with swallowing and has done fantastic with learning how to eat, took to it like a pro without any issues. She hasn't had any allergies to any of the foods and I have started to introduce the stage 2 with her dinner

Leanne - posted on 10/14/2009

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my daughter is just 7 months and has 3 solids a day and about 3 bottles of formula a day as well bout they are only about half bottles. She has baby cereal for breakfast then has a bottle about 30 mins after that then about 3 1/2 hours after breakfast she has lunch which is fruit, (i make all her food so her containers of food are about the same size as the jars they sell in shops,) then when she has her day sleep she has another bottle, she'll sleep for a few hours then have dinner at around 6 so ill give her a biscuit are something as a snack to get her through to dinner then she'll have a vegi mix, whatever ive come up with, and then another bottle at bed time, mostly she can get through from the last bottle until breakfast but if shes growing she'll need another bottle through the night

Pamela - posted on 10/14/2009

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I feed my 7 month old ( 14th March 09) 7 am bottle 120 mls 7:30 breakfast two weetbix and fruit 10:30 Snack ( usually fruit or yoghurt) and sometimes a bottle then 11:30 is lunch 1/2 a sandwich and fruit then 2:30 is bottle and snack biscuit or fruit stick then 5:30-6 is dinner then 7 is bath then bottle my boys have always favored eating over drinking and are both in a healthy weigh range 25 percentile and 57%. people say to me ohh they eat alot don't they and I must agree but they are not fat and they are both very active and outdoors alot and they both always have a cup of water on the go

Alyson - posted on 10/14/2009

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My daughter has just turned 7 months on the 10th of oct. she has breakfast, lunch and dinner and sometimes supper. however she's never been great at taking her bottle. the most i ever got her up to was 6oz 4 times a day. so now she only has 4oz of milk with her food. I've moved her onto the sma progress milk now too. she's only been taking solids for about a month.

Melissa - posted on 10/14/2009

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My son also just turned 7 months October 5th!! He's in daycare so it's hard for me to be completely accurate with times of his schedule. We start our day with a bottle(6oz) at 6:30 am, 9:30am oatmeal(whole grain) thinned with some kind of fruit and a bottle(4-6oz), nap, 12:30-1:00 wake up fruit, 2:00 bottle(4-6oz), another nap at 3:00, get home around 5:00pm and he has a snack (usually gerber puffs or wagonwheels), about 6:00-6:30 he has dinner of veggies or a combination baby food. He started refusing stage one&two foods at 6 and a half months so we are on stage 3 now with some table foods. As far as the baby foods go I let him decide when he's done. He doesn't usually eat a whole jar. Our last feeding of the day is about 7-8pm just before bed, he usually takes a full 8 oz bottle. Since we've been on this schedule for awhile he's been sleeping about 12 hours every night. I give him a sippy cup of water or just let him drip from my glass of water during feeding times of solids. My doctor and Wic say 6 months you can give them juice however for personal reasons I have decided to wait awhile on juice.
I hope this helps you because it's been a struggle with my son and solids too but mostly because he refuses a lot of stuff. Good luck with your little guy!!

Denise - posted on 10/14/2009

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my son is the same age and he has 3 meals a day, breakfast : cereal & bottle of milk, Dinner time : Jar of food & Youghart & water. Teatime : jar of food (or heinz dinners just add water) & bottle of milk. Then bottle of milk before bed which is around 7.30pm. Somtimes days i give him finger foods before afternoon nap, and he has water throughout the day if he wants it. x

Meghan - posted on 10/13/2009

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My son is the same age. I give him solids three times a day. For breakfast he either has 3 oz of yogurt or 3 oz of pureed fruits. Lunch is 2 oz veggie and 2 oz of fruit and the same for dinner. With the solids I just plus or minus according to my son. If he wants more he lets me know. I then BF in between meals whenever he wants and during the night. We have also started playing around with some finger foods, (yogurt meltaways, puffs) I give him a few of them at some meals. My doctor told me to up to 3 meals a day at his 6 month check up. I say just let your baby be your guide.

Brie - posted on 10/13/2009

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I give solids twice a day, I wanted to up to 3 but I'm having trouble getting in the mid day feed. I usually give her a fruit late morning or early afternoon before her nap time bottle which is 5-6 oz and then again around 6:45-7 before her bedtime bottle which she gets around 8 and she eats 7oz w/ a teaspoon of cereal. I don't know if its a good schedule but it works for us.

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