Does skipping solids for a day mean anything?

Helen - posted on 09/12/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Ive started giving my exclusively bf 4.5 month old farex this week and was giving it at bedtime to hopefully fill up his tummy more so he can sleep, but hes been sleeping for 4 hrs and its now 9pm, Id much prefer to dreamfeed him in attempts to not wake him and encourage him to sleep.

So my question is, will i stuff up the routine ive created or will it be ok to continue tomorrow?

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Minnie - posted on 09/12/2009

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Cereal=better sleep for baby= one of the biggest infant care myths around.
Offers no benefit over your milk right now.

Nurse baby when baby wants to nurse and it'll all be good.

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Minnie - posted on 09/12/2009

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Yup. My 11 month old eats a full meal when we have lunch and dinner, still nurses on average, twice an hour during the day, and nurses probably four times a night.

Children don't really begin to put themselves consistently and willingly back to sleep until about age three.

Shannon - posted on 09/12/2009

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You do what you need to do. Skipping solids is fine, my youngest (now 2 1/2) NEVER went for soilds unless it was oatmeal. Her pedi said it was just fine, and not to force the issue they dont "need" soild food until they are about 1yr old. Also solid food = sleep is a myth!

Nicole - posted on 09/12/2009

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I agree will all 3 moms. go with the flow. I have a 14 month old who still nurses ALOT during the day and still gets uo at least once a night to nurse. I started solids at 5 months, but she really wasnt all that interested. so we jut tried it daily, if she ate, great, if she didnt, we didnt worry. Every day is different.

Amanda - posted on 09/12/2009

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I agree with Lisa, you will get more sleep, dreamfeeding then offering soilds so early. Many mothers will tell you that even their 1 year olds whom are eatting all sorts of soilds do not sleep through the night and still breastfeed once at night time.

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My philosophy is to pretty much always try to go with the flow. It shouldn't be a problem to skip one day of solids, he is getting all of his nutrition from the breastmilk anyway.

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