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    Default Solids, breastfeeding and comfort feeding

    My almost 6 month old was started on solids properly as of last week. She has shown an interest in food since 4 months so have let her lick my apple or cucumber here and there since about 4.5 mnths.

    She is probably having about 5 full baby spoons of puree one meal a day. She loses interest after a while though, chucks a fruity and then it's done. It's our first week so I'm well aware it takes some getting used to for both of us.
    But it doesn't seem to be reducing her breastfeeds at all. Is it just because of the amount of solids she is taking isn't really affecting her appetite for the breast? And then as she increases the amount taken at solids meals it will eventually replace that breastfeed for the day?

    I'm just finding it difficult to know when to slot in her solids meal. She feeds 4 hourly but lately has been comfort feeding to get to sleep but I don't think she's actually taking much milk as I don't feel letdown most of the time she's comfort feeding. But because we're just starting out I want to make sure she's properly hungry, but not frantically so, because either way she'll have no interest in her new food. Breakfast seems a bit difficult as at the moment she is waking CONSTANTLY through the night (I think we're having a wonder week!) and will only settle for the breast so I don't know if she's actually hungry in the morning since she's been having midnight (1am, 2am etc. lol) snacks! I've tried lunchtime, but think she's full from her night feeding and then her morning nap feed. (Yes I'm trying to get her out of the habit!) I have had more success with lunch and dinner though. It's just so hard to guage how much she's taking at these comfort feeds and how much she needs to fill her up. She won't take a bottle so I can't use that trick to tell.

    When did you notice a reduction in breastfeeds after starting solids?
    Which meal did you provide your baby with solids? And how long after a breastfeed did you feed your baby solids?

    p.s. should I wait until this wonder week is over and then try again? Breastmilk was sufficient for her. She gains weight well and isn't quite six months so it won't be nutritionally detrimental...or should I power on since she will have to get used it eventually?
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    Food before 1 is just for fun, it's not meant to be a breastmilk or formula replacement. My DDis the same age and will nibble (play, suck on, chop) on what I am having during the day at dinner time if she is awake I will offer her some. I don't worry about when her last feed was or is she is breastfeeding on demand and also feeds to sleep so I know she is getting enough

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    Sorry my DD is 6.5 months. If you think you should wait out the ww then you probably should instincts and all that.

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    Thanks Thermolicious! I definitely know she is getting enough the little porker lol! She is feeding more now than when she was newborn (separation anxiety after I left her at 11 weeks for a few hours has meant no sleeping through or naps without her boobies anymore, or anytime away from my chest lol). She was well up there on the scales my little chubba! But I just didn't know how the introduction of solids would affect her feeds. I demand feed her, but wasn't sure how it all works with the introduction of solids. I might keep going with the dinnertime feeds as that's when she's been the most receptive...like I said, I know she's getting enough to eat so that's the most important thing it's just a matter of getting her to try new things.

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    I would just sit her at the table with you for family meals and if she seems interested, then you can give her something that's how we did it and it has worked nicely

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    You seem to have quite the little grazer there on your hands much like my ds for the first few months!

    At this point I wouldn't worry too much since she's just started out so she'd just be experimenting with the new non breastmilk taste and texture! In a few more days try a different food purée (may be that she's just not found of that particular taste too). I found that my ds who began to show interest in food at 4.5 months hated farex rice feral so after a week of trialling that went straight to pumpkin and other veggie purée's. Every child is different.
    If in a week or so she's still finding it hard maybe try to cut out a couple of the comfort feeds (if you can tolerate the crying and constant rocking and soothing which will follow). By 6 months babies stop getting the required iron they need from breastmilk which is why it is very important they begin to provide meals which can provide this. Most maternal child health nurses will recommend that most babies from the age of 8 months onwards should be having three nutrious meals a day.

    Hoping the 'wonder week' is nearly
    over for you and your dd is almost back to normal.


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