Should I reduce breastfeeding when I start my baby on solid food?

I just recently started my six month old with first foods (cereals, veggie purees, etc) and it's going well. He eats a small amount of food in the morning and evening, and the rest of the time is breastfed. I usually nurse him an hour or so before giving him his "breakfast" or "dinner", since I still want him to get most of his nutrition from breast milk. But I don't want to overfeed him. He's already a really big baby for his age. Should I treat the morning and evening meals as true meal replacements and not nurse him close to those meals?


Asked by Mamastheword at 11:30 PM on Nov. 30, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • GOOD job on going until 6 months! He is getting the best from you. Really everything that baby needs comes from your breast milk. Continue doing what you are doing though. BUT I usually reversed it. I fed my babies the solid foods first, then we finished it off by nursing. Then they were fast asleep. Baby will take what he needs. The food kind of fills him up more and sort of the first steps in the long weening process. By 1 yr old, your baby should be able to drink from a cup...just as if you were bottle feeding. I dont think you can overfeed a baby nursing. Give him what he needs but also make sure that he is not just nursing for security. :)

    Answer by Momforhealth at 11:41 PM on Nov. 30, 2008

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  • at 6 months, your baby is mostly just learning and practicing his eating skills. almost all his nutrients are still coming from you, so you shouldn't replace any nursings with food. i've always read that you should feed the solid food and then finish by nursing. at his age, i'm pretty sure he won't overeat. you'll know when he's done when he turns his head away or stops opening his mouth for the spoon. since he's getting his mommy milk still, it doesn't matter really how much he eats. like i said, it's mostly practice.

    Answer by pugmama at 12:12 AM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • nope don't lessen his milk as per all my breastfeeding books which I have about 7 of. Ask your pedi if it would make you feel better. Good luck.

    Answer by Happ-eToBme at 12:35 AM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • All through hyear one, the solids are "dessert." They are not to be their own meal. Give him his solids after nursing. it's OK if he eats only a small amount; this is an exercise in taste and texture only,. The nutrition is still in breastmilk.

    Replacing nursing with solids means depriving your baby of nutrients.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:10 AM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • Dont reduce BF'ing solids are ment to be given as a complement to BF'ing

    Answer by hautemama83 at 4:04 AM on Dec. 1, 2008

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  • thanks for all the great answers! :)

    i did try this morning to give him his cereal and applesauce first and then finished with nursing and i noticed that he barely wanted to nurse at all after having eaten his breakfast. so i think i'm going to stick to nursing first and feeding solids after, so that the breast milk is still the main event. i guess at some point in the coming six months, as i get closer to trying to wean him (i want to wean him by about 1 year), i'll reverse that and start focusing him more on the solids....

    Answer by Mamastheword at 1:37 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

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