Feeding my 6 month old...

Stacy - posted on 10/18/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Now that my daughter is eating baby food, I am finding it difficult knowing when to give her a bottle and how much to give her. I feel like I am feeding her something every 2 hours; whether it is a bottle or a meal of meat, veggie, and fruit. Sometimes she'll take a half of a bottle after a meal. But sometimes she refuses the bottle completely after a meal. And she usually receives a full 5 ounce bottle between meals, depending on her formula intake after her previous feeding. There is no consistency in her eating pattern and it's becoming frustrating. I revolve my day around Shelby's feeding schedule she is having for THAT DAY! Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

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Jennifer - posted on 10/22/2009

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your daughter will let you know when she is hungry my son is growing fast for his age so he eats three baby food and cereals a day plus three milk bottles 10 oz and one 6 once juice he is 28 inches and 19 pounds so he is very healthy and sometimes he will eat half a bottle after he just ate baby food and sometimes its not for a couple hours. i have notice that i cant schedule out his eating habits because he is growing so fast so if i go places i just bring a couple meals and enough for several bottles just in case. i hope that helps

Deneyce - posted on 10/20/2009

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Thanks. I have been giving my daughter cereal, half jar of food and bottle (which she usually doesn't finish) in the morning, bottle around lunch, bottle and half a jar of food around dinner and then a bottle at bedtime. She would eat a lot more of the jar food if I let her. She also is still getting up during the night to eat at least once. I read that at 6 mos she should be sleeping through the night and if she wants a bottle during the night that it is more because she is used to it than she really needs it. I don't know if that is true or not. Also, I forgot to mention that I make her cereal with formula, so I think that helps a little in that it just isn't water.

Amy - posted on 10/20/2009

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I would do the bottles first and the food is to be measured dry. My son wakes up at 7:30-8am nurses, at 8:30 he gets cereal and 2 ounces of pureed fruits, he nurses at 11:30-12pm and at 3 or 4 pm, at 5pm he gets cereal and 2 ounces of pureed vegetables and he nurses again at 7pm when he goes to sleep. I wish he would nurse more and I offer it to him but he doesn't want it. He used to nurse between 6 and 8 times before we started solids two weeks ago.Follow her lead and she will let you know what she wants. She might be going through a growth spurt too and will slow down when it is over.

Deneyce - posted on 10/20/2009

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Is it better to start with the bottle first? I am realizing I might be giving my daughter too much food and not enough formula because I give her a bottle after meals and she doesn't finish the bottle. I am going to keep track and see because I know she needs to formula more. I am just wondering if I should give her the bottle first.

Cheryl - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son has been eating baby food since September 15 and ceral since he was a little over 2 months old. His routine is as follows: 9 am- 2.5 oz jar of baby food and 6-8 oz bottle. 1 pm- 6-8 oz bottle. 5pm-2.5 oz jar baby food and 6 oz bottle. 9pm-ceral and bottle ranging from 4-6 oz. My doctor told me to do the breakfast and dinner as his food so he also gets used to sitting down with the family at meal time. Even if he pushes away his baby food and he is not done, I still make him a bottle right away and he will finish that.

Stacy - posted on 10/19/2009

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Elaine---I agree with you as far as giving her a full bottle 3-4 hours after her meal. But she wants it an hour or two later. And giving her a bottle directly after her meal is out of the question...she wants nothing to do with it. I started solids at about 5 months and she is 6 1/2 months now. Since I started it has been a guessing game everyday. But, however, when I feed her solids, she loves it and can't get enough. That's why I feed her baby food breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kelli--I see you have your daughter on a good schedule. My son was like that; very consistent. My daughter is completely different in every aspect. I do believe she is getting enough milk. She usually finishes a 5 oz bottle an hour or 2 after her solids. And she's very happy. I just wish I wasn't feeding her so often. And just within the last week she has started taking 20-30 minute naps several times a day. Instead of her usual hour and half nap in morning and afternoon. I know her little body is changing so rapidly and therefore it will throw off any routine she may have had.
I will try your suggestions and thanks for responding!

Elaine - posted on 10/19/2009

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Hi, I am giving Lily solids 1-2 times a day around an hour before her next feed. She has 5oz instead of 7oz of the bottle after a solid feed which I think is fine as she also had the solids but this is only our second week. I think in the inbetween early weaning phase it is like this until they are taking enough solids in to skip one bottle feed entirely. Not sure how far in you are but if she is having a good amount of solids you could simply give some water with the feed and then give the next bottle 3-4 hours later. Apparently they still need at least 5-600mls milk a day. Hope this helps :)

Kelli - posted on 10/19/2009

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At this stage she only really needs 1-2 solid feeds a day sometimes 3 depending how hungry she is and if you have enough time to fit it in between bottle feeds and her naps. She should still be having the same amount of bottle feeds that she has been having for the past few mths, as milk is still her main form of nutrients. Solid foods can be fed in betwen bottle feeds. For example my 6mth old girl wakes up at 6am and I feed her a bottle then she goes back down for a nap by about 7ish and wakes up at 8 or 8:30 so I give her some solids then. Then she is due for her second bottle at 10am and back down for another nap by about 10:30. If you feed her solids in betwen bottle feeds rather then just befor her bottle you will find she wont get as full cause her tummy has had time to digest it there for she will probably finish her bottles. I am only managing to get 1 feed of solids in per day at the moment as my little girl just has to many sleeps for me to fit anymore in, Im in the process of trying to fit in a afternoon one too. But I am not to worried about it as milk is still their main source of nutrients at this stage. Hope this helps. : )

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