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Should I BF my little one before solid meals? I've been feeding her solids in between BF time and she's doing ok with solids but isn't a huge eater so far. I'm curious how others do it? Thanks!
DS has a "meal" (oatmeal with a fruit mixed in) in the morning at day care, replacing one bottle. He also has yogurt during the day, but still has 2 bottles while at day care. At night I nurse when we get home, give him some solids...usually a vegetable and some crackers. Then we nurse before bed. He nurses a couple times during the night and in the morning before day care.
We started solids at 6 months and I don't think DS really became interested until about 8 months-ish. Recently, he has been really interested and cries when the food is gone. I am following his cues and feed him more, if he wants. I don't want to "limit" what he is getting, but would like BM to be at least 50% of his calories for the first year. I plan to continue to BF in the morning and night until DS is 2. But, like I said, I am following DS's cues and plans may change. Hope that helps!
I'm still trying to get this down too. I nurse DS before leaving for work, then he has breakfast (cereal and fruit) and a bottle, lunch (veggie) and a bottle, a bottle in the afternoon, I nurse him when I get home at 5 and then give him supper around 6. Then I nurse him before bed and usually once in the middle of the night. The day time feedings are kind of random still.
So really, I do both...before or after. He is still drinking a lot of breastmilk...I'm working on getting him on more solids. We still aren't on a strict schedule, like pp said, I feed him when he is hungry. Sometimes he eats solids better if he has nursed before.
I always nursed before solids, but I also had no plans to wean close to 1 year. Giving solids before nursing can be a weaning technique. My goal was to make it to at least 2 years.
Our schedule at 9-10 months was:
6am - nurse9am - nurse or bottle at daycarenoon - nurse1pm - solids (usually jar food plus some table foods or finger foods)3:30pm - nurse6:00pm - nurse6:30pm - solids (jar plus table foods)8:30pm - nursemidnight - nurse3am - nurse