Breastfeeding confusion after introducing solids

Manisha - posted on 08/22/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi,

I am first time mum and my son is 6months now.

I have introduced solids from last 2 weeks.

He has started taking solids 3 times a day.

He likes everything I have given him so far. In one feed he will eat about 3-4 table spoon of food.

I am struggling to latch him on for longer time. I am feeding him on my breast first then giving him solids. Again I try to put him on breast.
He is on my breast not more than 5minutes. Some times even less.
Also while he is on my breast, he comes off and starts looking at me and smiles.

Ideally I would like him to suck at least for 10 to 15minutes both breast and then eat his solids.
When he doesn't drink properly from breast, I give him bottle. He is also bottle fed (EBM) at night. I am mixing breast milk in his cereals too. At times I give him little bit of formula also. I want to feed him properly as he is tiny baby for his age.

To maintain my supply I express 4 times a day. I am also taking fenugreek tabs 3 X 3 a day.

Breastfeeding, weaning, expressing takes up lot of my time. I can not even go out with baby as this messes up about feeding routine.

I don't know for how long I can continue breastfeeding.
I am worried this way my supply will go down and also I wont be able to continue breastfeeding.

Please help / motivate. I am really losing interest in breastfeeding.

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Amy - posted on 08/22/2011

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At 6 months old my daughter was only getting solids once a day maybe twice. At about that age she became a very distracted baby so I found bf'ing to be a challenge. I would just feed on demand while I was with her even if it meant she was eating every hour. I also had to move to a different room in the house and shut the door to keep my 5 year old from coming in and distracting her. They definitely get a lot more efficient so the 15 minute feeds might be over except for nap and nighttime feedings.

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Definitely cut back on the solids. Solids are just for fun before they're one. Just offer every now and then, he doesn't even need them everyday. My daughter didn't start solids until 8 months. We did baby-led weaning which is just offering small, steamed chunks of fruits and veggies. She picked up and ate what she wanted. She wasn't doing 3 meals a day until after a year old. Breast milk has more calories than the amount of solids that he can eat. Keep offering the breast frequently and don't stess so much about how many times a day he eats solids.

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LaLasha - posted on 08/25/2011

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I personally delay solids fi they aren't grabbing ti off my plate and actually eating it I don't start solids so for me solids start sound 8 months so i'd hold off on the solids it isn't going to hurt him and it will allow other things to happen like his gut will develop more and his likelyhood for food allergies.

Erin - posted on 08/24/2011

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Feeding a 6 month old 3 times a day is too much!! At this stage once a day is recommended. You are sabotaging your own efforts to carry on breastfeeding. he is simply too full to take your milk. Reduce the solids and see what happens. My baby is also 6 months but hasn't started solids yet. I will do "self weening" when she about 8 months. instead of feeding baby with a spoon, wait til he/she can hold food and feed himself. Seems like a more natural way to do it. This is meant to create an independent, less fussy, less messy eater. Hope this helps.

Manisha - posted on 08/23/2011

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@Amy, I express because I do bottle feed EMB when I am on the move. Also at night my husband feeds him EMB.
@All thanks a lot for your advise. I am def. going to cut back on solids. Will give him twice a day instead. He quite likes his solids and enjoys them. I have tried various food for him and he enjoyed all of them. He even passed poo 3-4 times a day after solids.
Thanks for motivation. This morning I was almost about to give up breastfeeding.
xx

Stephanie - posted on 08/23/2011

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Is he sitting up by himself yet? Does he use a pincher grasp? These are two major things that he NEEDS to be doing before giving any solids. As an LC it is NOT recommended solids until these things are accomplished, then just 1-3 tastes in a day. He is also ripe for teeth at this age. Maybe the spoon helps a little with his teeth. Is he biting down at all? Also go to www.kellymom.com and print off a breastfed baby chart. Then use all his previous weights and graph them. See what his normal chart is saying.

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A lot of pediatricians will recommend solids 3 times a day or to start at 4 months (even if baby isn't ready). You have to take their advice with a grain of salt and do a lot of your own research. Many doctors aren't up to date with things like breastfeeding and solids because they need to stay up to date on medical information. Teething pain can cause him pain while breastfeeding (and some other babies will *only* nurse when teething, it just depends). Try giving him a cold teether or frozen washcloth to chew on before nursing. It can help ease his discomfort so he can nurse better.

Manisha - posted on 08/23/2011

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actually my health visitor advised me to give him 3 times a day. i was only doing once. i am trying to offer him breast but he doesn't take it. at the same time he takes bottle easily. i read some where teething pain can make suckling difficult and they reject breast. is it true?

Ania - posted on 08/23/2011

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# times a day is a little too much for the irst time. Try once a day for couple of weeks then extend to 2 and by 9 months he can have 3 meals a day the rest is breastfeeding. It is ok if he is tiny. Not every baby has to be in the 90 percentile. If he is happy and not lethargic that it is fine. or now once a day solid and the rest breast. BF is demanding, but that's just how it is. you don't have to pump just feed your baby on demand.

Amy - posted on 08/22/2011

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Sorry I posted before I finished! Like the other ladies said solids before one are just for fun so don't feel like you have to give your LO solids 3 times a day. Also like they said breastmilk has more calories then any solid you could offer so if you're worried about you babies size I would definitely cut back on how often you offer solids.
Just out of curiosity why are you expressing so much if you are home exclusively bf'ing? I worked full time so I would wake at 3 or 4 in the morning to get an extra pumping session in and then go back to sleep before work, since in the am was when I was able to pump the most, but if i was home I just bf'd on demand throughout the day.

Jacquelyn - posted on 08/22/2011

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Well your breastmilk is what will help him gain the most weight so I would cut back on the other foods for now, I think I would also get a scale and weigh him after one of his short feedings because sometimes they can get so good at nursing that they take in alot in only 5 min. Why are you pumping if you are always with him? He is much better at getting milk than the pump and it would be much easier to just breastfeed and forget the pump. Also make sure the room is boring and quiet do he doesn't get distracted. Good luck mama!

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