Post # 1
My son is 9 days shy of 4 months and hardly takes any formula. Up until 4 weeks ago he happily took 200ml 5 times a day. Now I’m lucky if he takes 100ml 5-7 times a day (no night feeds). He’s just woke up and had 60ml and wont take any more. He had a viral infection 4 weeks ago and spent a night in hospital for observation, but they said just give him what he wants as he is putting on 150-200g a week. They also said he wasnt teething at the time, but he seems to be now (again), he started at around 2 months.
Should I speak to our doctor about starting solids? His weight gain has slowed, but he is not about to fade away. I’d prefer to wait it out until 6 months, but I’m concerned that he might be ready earlier.
Post # 3
If you don’t want to do it til 6 months, you really shouldn’t let a bit of a weight lull push you into it. As you mentionned, he was sick. Its very possible he has a spurt coming up soon & he’ll start eating much more/putting on weight.
Either way starting solids really isn’t a decision you & your dr can make – it really depends on your baby since his swallow reflex might not be ready. If you DO want to try, see how he takes it – If he pushes it out of his mouth give him a couple of weeks and try again.
Post # 4
Personally, I think the closer to six months you can delay the introduction of solids, then the better. From a calorie standpoint, I think formula is about 20 or so calories per ounce, whereas solids aren’t not usually as calorie dense and therefore filling your LO up on solids might actually decrease his formula intake.
Have you tried varying up the way you bottle feed your little guy or changing to a faster flow teat? Smaller, but more frequent feeds? Waking LO for a dream feed? Feeding him outside or using the paced method of bottle feeding?
ETA – Your LO will show you when he’s ready for solids, you won’t be able to eat a thing without him giving you the look and lunging for your food!
Post # 5
I agree with others that it’s best to wait until as close to 6 months as possible. It sounds like you’re bottle feeding…? Have you thought about switching to ‘hungrier baby’ formula? It’s meant to help delay weaning for babies that show signs earlier. We switched to using that for one of our girls and she’s doing much better on it.