Do solids take place of a bottle feeding?

Kimberly - posted on 11/30/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My baby boy is 6 months old, and I am going to start him on solids. I am confused on the scheduling with his normal bottle feedings. Do I still keep his normal bottles during the day, and just supplement between bottles with the baby food? Thanks for any and all help!

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Jessica - posted on 12/07/2009

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At our 6 month appointment my son weighed 17 pounds and he's about 27 inches long, our pedi told me that he should be eating 3-4 meals of solids a day and to offer breast after solids, also if I supplement with formula (and i do sometimes) not to give him more than 24 ounces in a 24 hour period. Up until then I only gave him 2 meals a day and I just nursed him whenever he wanted whether it was before or after a feeding. I now give him 3 meals a day but I still just nurse him whenever he wants. Pediatricians will have different methods and what not of how things should be done, I just use our pedi's guidance and do what works best for us in the end. My friend who shares the same pedi as me always offered her son about 5 ounces of formula after a meal instead of the 8 ounces he would have had without solids. You don't want to take away the formula/breast milk completely from a meal because then they need the fluids from it but he probably won't need as many ounces as he would normally take.

Jaclyn - posted on 12/11/2009

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My baby was 10.4 at birth. She is now 19 pounds and she is 7 months old. I feed her cereal with fruit in the morning with a 6 oz bottle. Snack about an hour-2 hrs. later with juice in a beginner sippy cup. 2 hrs. after that she eats lunch with is a meat and veg and an 8 oz bottle. and then she eats cereal with either a fruit or veg again 4 hours later with a 6 oz bottle. It really depends on when she gets up in the morning to how many meals she has because she wakes up at defferent times and I never wake her up to eat, I let her sleep. I try to give ger anywhere from 20-28 oz of formula a day, formula is more important than the food because it holds a lot of nutrition that babies need. My doctor said that my baby is perfect weight so I feel what I am doing is right!

Janice - posted on 12/07/2009

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I started my son is 6 and a half months old and I'm feeding him solids and I still offer a 4oz bottle after he eats, sometimes he drinks it all and other times he'll just drink a little bit of it. I feed him the solids in place of a bottle. But I think it depends on whether or not your concerned about his weight. Is he in the right area for his weight or on the low/high end. If he's on the high end maybe don't give him the bottle too. It will also depend on how much solids he will eat. If your still concerned contact your local health nurse. :)

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Jaclyn - posted on 12/16/2009

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I give my daughter 6 oz with her cereal and fruit and 8 oz with her jarred baby food that she has for lunch and dinner.

Rasha - posted on 12/15/2009

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may be she is a tall baby that is why she is gaining weight take good care of here

Rasha - posted on 12/15/2009

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hi solids are food ofcourse however your kid in this age has to get at lease 3 220m botels of milk make sure that he gets enough calsiam

Cedi - posted on 12/12/2009

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Hi Moms! I'm just wondering with all your comments and suggestions..i'm guessing your all feeding your babies pureed food despite there being meat and fish and vegetables and cereals. I live in the Philippines and my pedia said to feed my 6 month baby with mashed potatoes or mashed carrots and squash. I also feed her mashed papaya for variety and baby food. But I haven't gotten to feeding her other kinds because i'm scared her small stomach can't still handle it. But after reading all your stories, I feel i haven't been feeding her with so much! What can they not eat yet at 6 and a half months? Thanks!

Katy - posted on 12/10/2009

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Once you are giving your baby one meal a day which contains protein of somekind, lentils, fish, poultry or meat you should drop the milk feed that you would normally give at that time. Give them water to drink with the meal as well, this is because milk reduces the absorption of iron from the food by 50%, so in effect the milk is preventing getting all the gooness from the food.

Dana - posted on 12/10/2009

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I've been doing solids since 4 months and my son is now 7 months. what i do is 2 1/2 tablespoons of cereal and half a jar of fruit followed by a 4 oz bottle in the morning. 4 oz bottle and whole jar of fruit for lunch. 5 oz bottle before afternoon naptime. 4 oz bottle with a whole jar of veggies for dinner and 6 1/2 oz bottle before bed. So when he is eating solids the bottle is cut down to 4 oz and I give the biggest bottle at night to get him to sleep through the night, which was a big issue with him. He just started sleeping through the night three weeks ago. But every baby is different, so just play around with your routine until you find something that works for you. But I would do breakfast lunch and dinner along with a smaller bottle b/c you don't want to do in between bottles with meals b/c you will feel like all you are doin all day long is feeding your baby!!!

Alex - posted on 12/09/2009

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My 6 1/2 month old only weighs 13 pounds (she is only short, like myself, and is skinny like her dad...he is over 6 foot and only weighs 100 pounds) and drinks around 40ozs a day but I was told by my ped that she only needs around 20ozs at her weight. She said as a rule they need 1.5 ounces per pound of milk feeds. She has her feeds over 4 bottles and also has solids with the first 3. Around 5 ounces of solid per feed.
Annika has been on solids for some time now and I know when she wants solids and when she wants formula. I usually give her the solid first but this is because I know she is going to have more formula than she needs at any rate and as such, it was recommended to do it that way so that she goes longer between feeds. (She eats 4 times, 3 solid with bottle and 1 bottle besides at 3 hour intervals)
Ultimatly, you have to do what is right for bubs, but they need food from 6 months for the iron (the stores that they have built up before they where born are now extinquised) and they also need 1.5 ounces per pound of milk feed until they are around 9 or 10 months.
Good luck :)

User - posted on 12/09/2009

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My son was a very hungry baby, so i started weaning him at 4 months. He used to get milk in the morning, food for lunch and dinner, then milk before bed.
Now that he is 7 months he gets milk in the morning, food for dinner, and milk before bed. (But he gets pudding after his food too)
It's worked amazingly. The doctors are very happy with his routine

Kimberly - posted on 12/09/2009

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Thank you all for your info. I am looking for another ped. and in the meantime I am doing what I feel is right for him. He can't go from no solids to 3 meals a day just like that. I followed my last ped instuctions and didn't start him on solids till he was 6 months, (which now I think I should of started him earlier, I think he was way ready enough). So we are experimenting and seeing what he is most comfortable with. Till I find another ped. This ped I have now, wanted to put him on a diet! I was so angry. My husband is a big guy, 6'4 and about 270lb. so my son is taking after him. Thanks to all.

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Quoting Kimberly:

Thanks for the comments. We recently relocated and I had my first visit with the new ped. this past week. She suggested I feed him brkfst, lunch and dinner and 6 oz. every 4 hrs. She said the reason why he doesn't sleep through the night is that he is not getting enough solids during the day...HMMMMM.....I didn't really like her, and I am not confident in her instructions. My son is a big baby. He is 28 inches long and 22lbs. Anyone else been told this?



I thought you said you were going to start solids in your OP, meaning that you hadn't started them yet.  Why would you go from 0 solids to 3 meals a day?  It is a myth that solids will help them sleep through the night.  If you don't feel comfortable with your ped then find a new one.  We were new to our area too and we asked people that my husband works with.  We love our pediatrician. 

Kimberly - posted on 12/06/2009

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Thanks for the comments. We recently relocated and I had my first visit with the new ped. this past week. She suggested I feed him brkfst, lunch and dinner and 6 oz. every 4 hrs. She said the reason why he doesn't sleep through the night is that he is not getting enough solids during the day...HMMMMM.....I didn't really like her, and I am not confident in her instructions. My son is a big baby. He is 28 inches long and 22lbs. Anyone else been told this?

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It's actually the opposite. You should offer breast/bottle before solids. Solids before the first year are just for play. Babies should still get a majority of their nutrition from breastmilk/formula for the 1st year. Double check with your ped. This is from the following website:

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T032000...



"NUTRITIP: Milk Plus



Consider solid foods an addition to, not a substitute for, breastmilk or formula, which are more nutritionally balanced than any solid food. This food fact is especially important for breastfeeding babies. For a breastfeeding baby, it's best to start solids slowly, so that they don't become a substitute for the more nutritious breastmilk. Also, solids fed at an early age can interrupt the supply-and-demand cycle, resulting in decreased milk production. "

Beth - posted on 11/30/2009

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i usually give my daughter food in the morning and in the evening for breakfast and supper, she will eat a jar of food then i breastfeed her after she is done. they wont drink as much as they normally would when you give them solids but they usually want some milk when they are done, so i say give a bottle after he is done and see how much he drinks. if he only drinks about half a bottle then you know about how much to give him with he food next time

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