Wondering how often to breastfeed, when feeding my 6 month old baby food also.

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I'm feeding my son baby food, twice a day now. He's also breastfeeding. I'm not sure exactly what type of "feeding" schedule most moms go by at this age. I was feeding him more often, just to build the supply for him. Should I only be feeding him the milk - about 4 times throughout the day? Ending at his last feeding around 6:30pm? Thanks for the help!


Minnie - posted on 01/23/2010




Feeding on demand is still the best route to go. Solids should not take the place of breastmilk prior to 12 months. So you can offer solids after nursing, but not in place of, and not before.

Heather - posted on 01/23/2010




yep, breastmilk should be the majority of his diet until at least 12 months. Solids should really just be recreational until a year old.


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Emma - posted on 01/23/2010




My son maybe on two meals a day, but I nurse him first, wait about an hour and then feed him some solids. He doesn't eat much, maybe not even half a jar of food. But because of his sensitivities, and on my doctors advice, we introduced solids.

I nurse on demand only, there is no schedule. In fact the only schedule his has is naptime and bedtime. So if we are out and he naps later than usual then I nurse wait an hour and feed. At nightitme, I nurse, give him his bath, feed him a small amount of cereal and by the time I let his tummy settle he is ready for bed, wants a quick nursing session and he is asleep.

Sylvia - posted on 01/23/2010




Nursing after starting solids is exactly like nursing before starting solids -- you nurse him when he's hungry. Then give him some food when you're eating. Until at least the end of the first year, babies get the majority of their nutrition from nursing; you're introducing foods to get them used to the idea, because they think it's fun, because eating is a social activity, etc. -- not because they actually need those foods for nutritional reasons.

So really you can just keep feeding him whenever he's hungry, just like before :)

Joahna - posted on 01/23/2010




HI Jeanne-
I agree with Lisa, breastfeeding on demand is the best way to go at this age.

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