Post # 1
My son is 5 months old. He just started solids yesterday. My doctor only told me to start giving him one jar of Stage 1 baby food a day for 3 days and then switch to a new food and repeat. I ended up splitting up the jar for a breakfast feeding and a dinner feeding. I am just so confused as to when to give him milk and how much. I am only breast feeding (no formula). I don’t know if I give less oz of milk or less feedings? I found a Gerber chart online but it is too detailed and has you giving a whole bunch of different foods and milk throughout the day. I am only on the basic stages right now. If anyone has any feedback or a good website with info I’d appreciate it!
Post # 3
I am trying to remember but I believe my son ate just about the same amount of milk (we had to use formula) when I introduced solids at that time. Perhaps just slightly less formula. That is still the primary source of nutrition so you don’t want to see too much of a reduction with the breastmilk or else I think that means you are giving too much solids. One small jar a day (split into two meals is fine, I just did one meal at that time, though) shouldn’t make too much a difference in the milk intake. As you gradually increase the solid amounts over the next few months, you’ll gradually reduce the milk intake. Well, your son will gradually have less milk since he’ll be more full from the solids. As for when, I kept the bottles at the same time of day. I just added in the breakfast, then dinner, then lunch and for us it didn’t affect the time of his bottles much. Hope I didn’t confuse you more! There really is no hard and fast rules on this, as every baby is different. You’ll develop a routine that works for you. As long as you don’t give too many solids in the first few months so that he gets plenty of breastmilk, he’ll do great. The three day rule is great for checking for allergies. I just introduced one or two new foods a week and would also wait 3-4 days before giving a new one. Good luck!
Post # 4
Not a mom, but the little boy I nanny for (5.5 months) just started on solids. Our pediatrician has him on just rice cereal for now, he’s feeding as normal, with cereal one hour after a feeding as so he’s not starving or full when being fed. He’s still consuming the same amount of breastmilk as he was previously with the additional 4 ounces or so being used to mix the cereal. This is probably of no help since we started with cereal as per our doctor & not fruits or veggies.
Post # 5
If you do not want to lose your milk supply nurse him FIRST. I would start with one feeding a day.
Post # 6
@Adeline4: It is hard deciding for another human being what, when and how much they want to eat.
Most sources recommend baby still be nursed(or given formula) first so they get their nutrition .
This is the information we use.
Post # 7
Thank you everyone for your responses. This was all so extremely helpful!!
Post # 8
@Adeline4: Are you planning on bf’ing past one at all? Kellymom has some great info on introducing solids and if you are planning on extended bf’ing then you certainly don’t need to rush your LO. Kellymom recommends a balance of 75% breastmilk and 25% solids for a baby who is continuing to be breastfed at twelve months of age.
I’d suggest just offering solids at lunchtime for the first few weeks and making sure that your LO doesn’t reduce his milk intake. Breastmilk is far more calorific than solids so too many solids can have a negative effect on weight gain. Continue to feed on demand and just follow your little guy’s lead!
Post # 9
@Adeline4: The general “rule” of thumb is food before one, only for fun. Your baby should nurse or be feed breastmilk before eating solids at this point. He should still be getting all of his nutrition from your milk and the solids are just to experience, not actually nurish right now.