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    Default Almost 6 month old prefers solids

    Hi all

    My son is almost 6 months old and has been having 3 solid meals a day for a few weeks now.

    I always offer a bottle first (4 times per day), but he will only ever really drink approx 100mls. It's always a struggle to get him to finish a bottle. However when he is offered solids he will eagerly put away a large quantity of food.

    I'm only a bit concerned because most people say that milk should be their primary source of nutrition for the first 12 months and yet each day he will struggle to drink a decent amount. I don't remember the last time he finished a bottle.

    Does anyone else have any experience with this?

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    If he is drinking 4x100mls per day and is having dairy such as cheese, yogurt, weetbix with milk etc i wouldn't worry too much. If he's a good weight I think it's fine.

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    Try cutting back the amount of solids - 6 months is way too young , he could never get the required fat/protein/vitamin amounts he needs for this critical growth period from food alone , formula is definitely the main source of nutrition until 12 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Try cutting back the amount of solids - 6 months is way too young , he could never get the required fat/protein/vitamin amounts he needs for this critical growth period from food alone , formula is definitely the main source of nutrition until 12 months
    But he is not having food alone, he is still having milk!

    Op do not discourage him from solids while he is eating well. Ideally at 6mths bub should be having about 500mls per day so if he is having 400ml I'm sure he will be fine. If he stopped milk altogether at this point then I would worry. In the meantime go with the flow, if he has a growth spurt he may decide he wants more milk, this is what I found with my ds. If your really worried you can give him vitamin drops. A good internet site to visit for reassurance is the baby centre.
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    if he was closer to 10-12mths of age i wouldnt be too worried, he could just be starting to self wean or be ready to drop a milk feed but 6mths is so young! They still need all their milk feeds (formula or breastmilk) to be able to get all their required amounts of nutrients for growth and development. Soon he will be mobile (if not already!) and will need all the calories he can get, solids wont provide this for him. I was always told "food before one is fun" as in, it's not supposed to be classed as a meal or milk replacement before 12mths ( i know you're not replacing milk feeds).
    I guess i would reduce the solids. Offer at the times you usually do but half or quater the amount. Or let him eat something himself, ie a piece of fruit (in one of those mesh holder things) or vege at his own pace. He will probably stop when he's had enough or gets tired of it. Then he will hopefully drink more milk next feed.
    But if he's thriving and meeting milestones and you have discussed this with your CHN, then you are entitled to do as you want, after all you're his mum and only you know whats best for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    Try cutting back the amount of solids - 6 months is way too young , he could never get the required fat/protein/vitamin amounts he needs for this critical growth period from food alone , formula is definitely the main source of nutrition until 12 months
    This

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    Thanks everyone, it's so hard to know what to do. I feel like following his lead which means more solids and don't stress abut the milk but I'm scared of doing he wrong thing by him in the long run. I try and mix in milk where I can, weetbix, homemade custard etc.

    He is otherwise a very happy and healthy bub, sleeps well etc.

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    My bub is 7 months and still has 5 bottles a day (4 x 180 and 1 x 240 before bed) and 3 meals a day - BLW.

    I am totally a follow your baby's lead supporter, but I'd be a bit concerned if DS was only having 400ml's day. I think it's worth cutting down the amount of solids and see if he ups his milk intake. At that age the nutrition they get from breastmilk/formula.

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    Ds started eating very early....he loved food. By 6 months he was offered 3 bottles of formula a day and he also ate brekkie/lunch/dinner. Never had a problem. He lost interest in bottles very quickly and started to put a fight with it. I went with the flow with him and he is fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Funnels View Post
    Thanks everyone, it's so hard to know what to do. I feel like following his lead which means more solids and don't stress abut the milk but I'm scared of doing he wrong thing by him in the long run. I try and mix in milk where I can, weetbix, homemade custard etc.

    He is otherwise a very happy and healthy bub, sleeps well etc.
    You can also add it to purée fruit and veg.
    Maybe try offering some in a sippy cup in place of water?


 

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