Introducing solids and when to cut back on formula

Chantal - posted on 12/21/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )




I am wondering when people started cutting back on formula or breast milk when introducing solids.

My boy (I have twins) was having 5.5 oz every 2.5 hours to 3 hours (plus 2 to 3 bottles at night), my girl was having 6.5 oz every 3 hours and no bottles at night

This is what our current schedule is like.

6:00 a.m. - regular bottle (5.5 and 6.5)

8:00 a.m. They have been eating approx 1.5 tbs of oatmeal every morning mixed with formula for the last couple of months. I have recently added fruit in the morning, but they are only eating about one tsp each.

10:30 - regular bottle

1:30 - regular bottle

4:30 - regular bottle

5:30 - dinner, they are having about 6 tsps of veggies.

7:30 - regular bottle

Do you think it's time to start cutting back on their formula now or are they eating so little solids, it doesn't matter? I don't want to overfeed them but I don't want them to be hungry either. Or worse, not be getting enough during the day and start waking up at night for feedings again! Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I'm curious to know when other people started cutting back on formula.


Sherri - posted on 12/21/2011




You do not cut back on formula even though they are eating solids. Almost all their calories and nutrition should be coming from the formula at this point not solids.

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I never cut back milk. Gabby just dropped feedings by herself. I believe a baby knows when they are full or hungry. The only way you can over feed them is if someone continues to give a bottle/breast after they stopped drinking because they want the last ounce finished or something along those lines.

Merry - posted on 12/29/2011




A year should be as much formula as they want. The solids really have little nutrients in them.
Let them cue you when they're hungry or full and don't worry so much about ounces and schedules of time!
My baby is the same age and her 'schedule' looks like this
-wakes around 830
Nurses around 10
10 to sleep
Wakes around 830 with a little snack.
Solids for her are whenever I'm eating and it's baby appropriate foods nd she's demanding it.
I try to avoid solids as it makes her spit up more and it is really not being digested well yet at her age.
So she is only allowed to eat whole foods.
Only fruits, veggies, meats, and starches. And only single ingredient stuff.
Don't worry! Breastfeeding moms have no idea how many ounces our baby's drink and if nature intended us to know then our boobs would be see through!

Donna - posted on 12/23/2011




Each child is different. I started feeding my son cereal at 7wks old and he started sleeping all night then. He still drank 32oz. of formula each day. He was eating fruits and veggies baby food at 2 1/2 months but didn't want as much formula by then. He was eating meats at 4 months. He threw his own bottle away at 10 months old although I did give him milk and milk products after that. He is now almost 17yrs. old. My daughter couldn't handle anything other than her formula until she was about 4 months old. I had to introduce her fruits and veggies to her slowly. It was a while before she started eating the meats but she did throw her bottle away at 11 months old. They both had the same pediatrician and he was okay with all of us. He told me the child would let me know themselves to just watch the babies cues. My daughter is now almost 10yrs. old.
Each child is different. Go by your baby's cues, they will let you know if you just stay tuned into what their reactions and little nuisances are. My son would have been starving if he had been fed nothing but formula or breatmilk until he was a year old but my daughter may have been able to handle it. So again, each child is different and they will let you know somehow if you just stay in tune with them.

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How old are they? Breastmilk or formula is supposed to be most of their diet until a year. I can't really tell you anything on cutting back ounces since all my kids were breastfed from the tap...

My twins were nursed every 3 hours til maybe 6 or 7 months (hard to remember... been a LONG time) when they were switched to a 4 hour nursing schedule... When we started weaning at 13 months they were nursing 3 times during the day and once or twice at night.

My son, on the other hand, wasn't eating solids even once a day on a daily basis til around a year and pretty much never went longer than 4 hours w/out nursing til around a year and a half.


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Merry - posted on 01/05/2012




Chantal, the studies showing that didn't control for breastfed vs formula fed. the increased risk for allergies is already added when you feed formula so solids make no added risk. But for a breastfed baby they have no added risk of allergies from formula so early solids can be an added risk to them.

So my dr, and many breastfeeding advocates recommend all babies wait for signs of readiness but especially breastfed babies be held off as long as possible because the insides of a fully breastfed baby are completely pure and healthy and when any non human food is introduced the insides do start to get tiny amounts of damage as they harden up to deal with foods.

Chantal - posted on 01/05/2012




The World Heath Organization suggests waiting until 6 months to start solids. According to my pediatrician, the reasoning behind it is because of allergies. She said studies have shown that waiting until 6 months has not made any difference so she believes you should start when the baby is ready (as long as it's not before 4 months).

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Our pediatrician was actually surprised when we hadn't started our son on solid food by 4 months old.

Sorry to say, but your pediatrician is going by outdated information. Its at least 6 months before starting on solids, and anything before a year is only practice foods.

Keri - posted on 12/29/2011




Our pediatrician was actually surprised when we hadn't started our son on solid food by 4 months old. He didn't say anything about cutting back on breastfeeding and formula (we used both because I went back to work). I think we bottle/breastfed until he was about 18 months, then it was all solid food.

Terry - posted on 12/23/2011




The docs say a year now. I say follow your instincts keeping docs instructions at hand.

Ianina - posted on 12/23/2011




With my twins who are the same age as yours, this is what happens...

6.30 am, 8 oz bottle
9.00 am 8 oz bottle
around 1pm, solids, 1 jar of veggies and 1 of fruits or yoghurt
around 2pm, half bottle each - nap time
wake up around 5 pm, 8 oz bottle if they are hungry
and around 4 hours later than the last bottle, another bottle for bed time

Lindsay - posted on 12/21/2011




My son is 8 months he eats some oatmeal and 6 ozs in morning but doesn't finish all of bottle lunch he has 2 size 2 jars of baby food then I wait an hour sometimes 2 then for dinner 2 jars then 8oz at bed which is usually 1-2 hours after dinner my son never finishes the bottle doc said he's doing fine

Elfrieda - posted on 12/21/2011




I don't think you need to worry about over-feeding your kids. Just pay attention to how much they drink. If they start leaving something in the bottle after a meal, you'll know to put in a little less next time. If you're worried that they are not eating enough, when they're hungry give them solids and then a bottle, rather than bottle first, then solids.

A few spoonfuls of solids won't make any difference. Have you noticed, it comes out almost looking the same as when it went in? I think the point is just to get their stomachs used to digesting something other than milk.

I didn't cut back on the bottles when my son was eating just a few spoonfuls, I think I waited until he was about 9 or 10 months before I started dropping bottle feeds in favour of solids. And that was more because he wasn't interested in the bottle because he was full, so I rearranged his schedule to accommodate that. I think I only started cutting back bottles faster than my son was rejecting them a few weeks before he turned one. After he was one, I gave him one nighttime bottle (4 oz decreasing to 2 oz) for another 2 months. (he was 14 months when I stopped -hallelujah! I hate washing bottles!:P)

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