Could starting solids cause more night wakings and nursings?

Mafalda - posted on 03/26/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My baby is 8 months old and I started him slowly on solids after he was 6 months old.
I breastfeed and spoon feed him fruit and vegetable purees but I don't push him to eat. Most times he only wants a couple of spoons, other times he eats more,he never took more than maybe 4-5ounces (125ml). He also feeds himself whole rice cakes, banana, potato, broculli, avocado.
Since he started having solid food he started waking a lot more at night.
He used to sleep for 11-12 hours with several wakings to nurse but he never really opened his eyes, just went straight back to sleep.
Now he's sleepy around the same time as before but his sleep is very light, he wakes 3 to 4 times, opens his eyes and starts babbling, completely awake and it's difficult to put him to sleep again. He now spends the nights comfort nursing...
He also dropped a small nap in the afternoon. He now takes two one hour naps.
The nurse wants me to increase his meals to two and increase the amount to close to 8 ounces (250ml).
I'm afraid that would lead him to wean himself off the breast, but I would like to breastfeed him for as long as he wants.
I appreciate any ideas, thank you!

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Lori - posted on 03/28/2014

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Any new developmental milestone can cause night waking. It's not necessarily related to food. Probably more comfort nursing during the night than hunger feeding. (And it's though it's exhausting, comfort nursing is GOOD for your baby). I wouldn't worry about increasing his solid food intake. It sounds like you're doing a great job at introducing solid foods. Letting him decide how much to eat is actually a really good way to start good eating habits. And, as Celeste said, the main source of nutrition should still be breast milk anyhow. After baby's first birthday, then solid food can become more and more about filling baby up rather than just about tasting. Both of my daughters still had breast milk only days until about 18 months. As they got older those days became less frequent, but mommy milk is still the perfect food for your older baby/toddler.

Tammy - posted on 03/26/2014

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It sounds to me that he might be still hungry that maybe he is not getting enough milk from you? I would try giving him more solids but smaller amounts & more frequently so that he fills up slowly but then he will stay full if you know what I mean? Smoko, lunch, afternoon tea & then dinner time?????? Instead of two big meals. I am only suggesting this as I found my baby girl was having sleepless nights too & I was told to try this & after awhile it worked an I started to get more sleep!!!!!

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Celeste - posted on 03/27/2014

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Breastmilk needs to be the main source of nutrition. Solids are for fun before one. Sadly, nurses and doctors are not knowledgeable about nursing.

I feel like the waking and solids are not related. Meeting milestones can cause waking. Night nursing is normal as well.

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