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I started my son on solid foods a few weeks back and now juice. Curious how often give or take, should he be breastfeeding. he has only been feeding 3 to 4 times a day now. Is this within reason?

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Asked by JaymieZ at 8:06 PM on Apr. 22, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Your child is going to need much more then that if he is around 6 months or so. Always breastfeed BEFORE offering any solids. Solids are not for nutritional purposes at this point and his main nutrients are to come from breastmilk / formula.


    Answer by Anonymous at 8:08 PM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • Breastmilk should remain the main source of nutrition until 12 months and a baby should still nurse at least 6 times a day until 12 months. Human milk is what babies need for brain growth and that's what's most important in the first year. Any food you give takes the place of perfect human milk. Many breastfed babies nurse 3-4 times just during the night up until 12 mo.


    Answer by Gailll at 8:11 PM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • Sounds fine to me. It will make weaning easier too. Though mine stopped nursing on his own at ten months. It depends on the child.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 8:11 PM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • Mine nursed 4-5 times/day between 8-12 months. Before that he was bfeeding 6 or so times/day, none at night since 2 months.

    Answer by missanc at 8:15 PM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • The first 2 answers are right. It doesn't sound like you're nursing enough to give your baby the nutrients he needs. He is only 5 months old. He should still be nursing every 2 to 3 hours. He should just now be starting solids (from now to around 10 months old giving solids is just for practice any way) and he doesn't need juice at all. My pediatrician says never give any juice before 8 months and really juice is just junk food any way. Don't let your baby fill up on juice. You need to continue nursing on demand until a year old.

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 9:22 PM on Apr. 22, 2010

  • Are you ALWAYS nursing before solids and juice? If not, you should be.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 4:10 PM on Apr. 23, 2010

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