ok, so I have been giving my daughter cereal and some vegetables for about a month now. I would like to know how you all are feeding your babies. Meaning, do you give the bottle or breast first then follow up with food, or food first then the milk. Do they take all of the milk along with the food or only half the amount they usually drink. My daughter drinks 8 ounces of formula and when she eats, she has 2 tablespoons of food and about 6-7 ounces of formula. Is that about right? Is she supposed to drink all the formula she normally drinks? Im still a little confused.

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Gillian - posted on 03/11/2009

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I feed my baby her normal milk feeds and strated weaning by giving her either baby rice, rusk and milk or puree veg after one feed, and let her eat as much as she wanted. Also gave her boiled cooled water to drink out of a beaker so she gets off a bottle asap. Am now giving her solids + milk at 2 meals a day

Donna - posted on 03/11/2009

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My daughter has 3 meals a day (Breakfast: porridge/cereal  Lunch: banana/pear/apple  Dinner: Homemade veg & Dessert) and usually drinks around 4-6oz after each feed, I also give her an extra bottle about 30 mins before bedtime.  She drinks around 18-24oz a day... I also give her water throughout the day!  I actually thought I was feeding her too much but from reading what everyone else does, I'm not too worried now :-)  She's a very happy and contented baby - sleeps around 12/13 hours at night and have a couple of naps in the day. x x

Tammy - posted on 03/11/2009

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To be honest i do the same as Joy really, and he is a happy and contented little boy, and he sleeps thro the night, was worried at first not knowing how much milk they should have etc, but like people say, they are human and we are all different, try not to worry about it too much but i know its easier said than done. Just to put my mind at rest, i always give him a yogurt or fromage frai after his lunch, so if he doesnt drink all his bottles i know he is getting enough calcium, but thats just to put my mind at rest! x

Joy - posted on 03/10/2009

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My son gets:



7am bottle



8am breakfast



11am bottle



12pm lunch



3pm bottle



5.30pm dinner



6.30pm bottle



7pm bed

Rebecca - posted on 03/10/2009

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I try to give my son the solid foods twice a day and I breastfeed on demand so I'm not sure exactly how much he gets everyday.  I like the gerber start healthy, stay healthy campaign.  They have sample menus and feeding guidelines on their website by how much and when they should be eating certain foods. I was confused about how much solids are in a serving and how many servings a day.

Renee - posted on 03/10/2009

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Quoting Shelly:

ok, so I have been giving my daughter cereal and some vegetables for about a month now. I would like to know how you all are feeding your babies. Meaning, do you give the bottle or breast first then follow up with food, or food first then the milk. Do they take all of the milk along with the food or only half the amount they usually drink. My daughter drinks 8 ounces of formula and when she eats, she has 2 tablespoons of food and about 6-7 ounces of formula. Is that about right? Is she supposed to drink all the formula she normally drinks? Im still a little confused.



My daughter gets 6 oz of formula when she gets up. 3-4 hours later a jar of stage 2 cereal then her 6 oz formula.  3-4 hours later 6 ozs formula then her last meal is 1/2 stage 2 dinner and 1/2 a stage 2 dessert.  30 minutes later 4-6 ozs of formula.  She sleeps well and is happy.

Cristina - posted on 03/10/2009

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I do this exact regimen and my son does great with it



I give him his normal 6 bottles a day, plus fruit and cereal in between the first and second bottle and vegetables and cereal between his third and fourth bottles, and then plain cereal between his fifth and sixth bottles. The trick is to not feed them solids when they are starving and ready for a bottle, just when they are slightly hungry. It took me a long time to get this schedule though! Good luck!!!

Rebekah - posted on 03/10/2009

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I give my son the bottle first because he gets impatient and the bottle calms him down.  Once he sees the spoon though, he'll unlatch from the bottle and eat his food.  He'll drink the bottle during and after his solids.  He drinks less when we give him solids, so I only make a 4 ounce bottle.



As long as your baby gets 24 ounces of BM/Formula in a 24-hour period, it won't matter how much solids your baby is taking in.  Just don't let them decrease their ounces below 24 before 1 year of age.

Courtney - posted on 03/10/2009

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I feed her the food first, then a bottle afterward. I usually try to feed her solids before she starts crying that she is hungry so it's easier to feed her.



It is normal for them to take a little less of the bottle when they have just eaten- their little bellies are full! Don't worry about it unless she stops taking her formula all together. As they get older, they will take less formula after eating solids. As long as they are within the range of total formula for the day (as your doctor tells you) they will be fine.



My son stopped having a bottle with a meal at about 10 months because he ate so much solid food! He still would have 3 8-oz bottles during the day, which was fine. They transition so fast!

Julia - posted on 03/10/2009

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I feed my daughter the food first and then the bottle. She always takes a 6 oz and she sucks that down like it was nothing. Now if she drinks less than that, then I would feed her alittle less of the food. So it sounds like you are doing wonderfully! I absolutely love the feeding stage.

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