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?