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Introducing solid foods and breast feeding

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HelloMama Mon 03-Jan-05 21:32:56

My ds is 5 months and over the last few weeks we have introduced solids. Having started with single fruit and veg items, I have been using Hipp organic jars for the last few days. What do I do about continuing breast feeding?? At mealtimes I usually give him a small breastfeed (he doesn't really seem that interested at the moment) and then about half a jar. He also has breast feeds first thing in the morning, at bed time and during the night. So during the day he is now having 3 solid meals. Should i be introducing some water as well, or still be doing some additional breastfeeds as 'snacks'? He has been waking a lot during the night and I'm not sure if he is thirsty (my mums suggestion) or just unsettled from being away over xmas. All i know is that he doesn't seem that interested in the breast milk now he's having the solids, but my boobs are huge and its very uncomfortable!

Millie1 Mon 03-Jan-05 21:50:52

I think what I did at that stage (mushy brain refuses to remember detail!) was to give b/feeds in the morning, both nap-times and bedtime plus whatever he wanted during the night. I didn't b'f just before lunch or dinner cos it took the edge of his appetite. He's just learning to eat now so I think milk should still be the main part of his diet - though others may disagree!!!

Hope this helps a bit.

sweetkitty Mon 03-Jan-05 21:52:05

hi hellomama

Don't have a solution but my DD is at the same stage (funny enough since we met at the July/August babies meet) anyway shes not cut down on any breastfeeds yet she has at least 6 a day (and the odd calming one thrown in) we are only up to 2 meals a day sometimes she takes the lot other times shes not that interested.

The whole weaning thing confuses me everyone has a different opinion re timing 4-6 months, giving water, offering boob or solids first.

I'll keep an eye on this thread

pootlepod Mon 03-Jan-05 22:00:03

From what I remember, when LO was eating about half a jar's worth, I found it easier to breastfeed 'away' from the solids. Think I

feed early am, and on proper waking,
solids at 10.30am ish,
feed at 11am ish, 2pm ish,
solids at 4-5pm,
feed at 6-7pm.

She quickly dropped that 11am breastfeed and that made things easier. I gave water with meals though she has never been a big drinker. Hope that helps.

HelloMama Mon 03-Jan-05 22:41:26

Thanks for your messages so far. Hi sweetkitty! I agree that weaning is quite confusing. I'm really looking forward to hearing all the recommendations from the MN experts, as so far I'm just making it up as we go along...!

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