Post # 1
My DS is 6 months old and I was EBF until he was 4.5 months old. At that time I started him on rice cereal, as he wasn’t satisfied after nursing. It made a huge difference, so in the past 6 weeks, I’ve increased his food to all types of fruits and vegetables and have just stared meat. He gets the equivalent of 3 ice cubes, 3 times a day. Up until now, I’ve continued to breast feed him as much as I did before he stated eating solids. For those of you in the same situation, did you conciously decrease your BF? Did your baby decrease nursing on their own? What was your feeding schedule?
Post # 2
No advice, but I’m expecting later this summer and would love to hear what other moms are doing.
Post # 3
We followed the “food before one just for fun” rule. Basically a baby before age one isn’t eating enough variety of foods or big enough quantities to meet their nutritional needs. Its great to let them experiment with different tastes and textures and practice chewing, swallowing, etc but until age one either nursing or formula needs to be their source of nutrition. So when we introduced solids at six months, we kept our regular nursing schedule. As we went on closer to 10 or 11 months, the nursing sessions got shorter and we dropped a session here or there, and now at 13 months we are down to 2-3 daytime sessions and 1 nightime session.
Post # 4
nikkialys: That’s pretty much what I thought. I definitely don’t want to decrease the breast feeding, then end up in a situation where my supply lessens and I have to supplement with formula.
Post # 5
We did BLW with our girl but I’ve always followed her lead and continued to feed her on demand (still nursing 4-6 times a day at 19 months). The majority of solids are less calorific and nutrient dense than breastmilk or formula so milk should form the basis of an infant’s diet, it’s also worth noting that the majority of mainstream nutrition advice is based on a child being weaned from the breast or formula at twelve months of age.
Kellymom actually recommends a diet of 75% breastmilk to 25% solids at twelve months, 50/50 at eighteen months and 25% breastmilk to 75% soids at two years.
Post # 6
Kemma: could you share any resources you found helpful on blw? DD is only 11 weeks but I would like to start researching now to decide what’s best.
What types of food did you start with? Did you skip purées altogether or just use sparingly?
Post # 7
MrsWBS: The Baby Led Weaning book and website is a great starting point, but it really comes down to doing what you feel comfortable with.
My LO wasn’t particularly keen on being spoon fed so she’s pretty much eaten table food (albeit slightly modified) since she started solids. We eat all our meals together and she eats a wide variety of foods although not in huge quantities! I should mention that LO is a breastfed baby and breastmilk still makes up a decent chunk of her diet at nineteen months.
Good foods to start with are roasted chunks of vegetables (carrots, potatoes, parsnips, sweet potatoes), avocado chunks, pieces of bananas – basically anything your LO can hold in her hand and shove into her mouth! It’s definitely ok to do purees though, just follow your LO’s lead and let her set the pace!