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breastfeeding and solids

my daughter is 6 months old and i have been breastfeeding on demand since she was born. i introduced solids to her at 4 months and now thats all she wants to eat.(she just started rejecting breast milk starting about a week ago) it seems like shes weening herself. im not to sure what to do she really only wants milk right b4 bed. what should i do? (i have already tried giving her breast milk b4 she eats solids and after and she'll eat off breast for about 5 minutes and then stop and spit it all up 10 minutes later)

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Asked by indecisive_mama at 2:58 PM on May. 21, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • She needs the nutrition of breast milk until she is at least one; and really until two (This is the recommendation of the World Health Organization). Solids given to babies before they turn one are not for nutrition, they are for the experience of eating. I would stop solids for a few day, to get her back on track (you started a bit early), then give her a bit of avocado or baked sweet potato to restart the process.

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:02 PM on May. 21, 2009

  • i agree with the first answer. solids are definitely NOT supposed to replace breastmilk in the first year. they are only for tasting and experience. breastmilk ONLY for at least the first 6 months (because of open/closed gut), and even then it is usually better to wait until after 7 months (or until baby shows interest in eating). cut the solids, nurse more. if she is spitting up a lot after nursing, maybe you should take a look at your diet to see if something YOU are eating is causing that. babies do spit up though, and sometimes they can go through phases with that as well (if baby has become more active recently that could be a cause). cut down (or out) the solids, nurse as often as baby wants. breastmilk is the perfect nutrition for the first year of life!

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 3:25 PM on May. 21, 2009

  • If she's refusing breastmilk, stop all solids for a week or so so she can nurse. Then ONLY offer solids after nursing. RIGHT after, not 20 minutes or an hour later. If she doesn't nurse well, she can't have any.

    Answer by Arisce at 3:34 PM on May. 21, 2009

  • Refuse solids then...breastmilk is the most important thing right now and nutritionally she doesn't need them ti around 12 months...stop them and then slowly go bck after shes nursing right again, no it won't make her happy but its for the best...this is why solids are recommended to start after 6 months and only tiny amounts AFTER nursing

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 4:13 PM on May. 21, 2009

  • my daughters doctor told me that if she was ready to eat solids at 4 months then go ahead and go for it...

    Answer by indecisive_mama at 5:37 PM on May. 21, 2009

  • your doctor has old information that is for formula feeders. breastfed babies don't need solids doing the first year. you can look this information up on any reputable and trusted site. but now that you know, you need to do what's best for your baby, and that is more nursing! babies may not like everything we do, but we are the mothers and it is our job to do what is best for our children (whether they like it or not).

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 8:03 AM on May. 22, 2009

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