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How Will Starting Solids Affect My Baby’s Milk Intake?
How Will Starting Solids Affect My Baby’s Milk Intake?

Baby's Milk Intake After Starting Solids

Updated over a week ago

Introducing solids is an exciting milestone in your baby’s development, but it can also bring changes to their milk intake. Here’s what you should expect as you begin this new journey:

Before Starting Solids:

  • Prior to solids, babies typically consume 6-8 bottles or have around 8 nursing sessions during the day, with possible additional feedings at night, depending on their age.

Incorporating Solids into the Routine:

  • Transitioning with Purees: To smoothly integrate solids into your baby’s diet, consider offering purees as a supplement to milk feeds rather than a replacement. This can make the transition easier for both you and your baby.

  • Timing: We recommend waiting about 30 minutes to an hour after a milk feeding before introducing purees. This timing helps manage your baby’s hunger and ensures they’re ready to explore new tastes and textures without being too full or too hungry.

Changes in Milk Interest:

  • Decreased Milk Interest: It’s normal for babies to exhibit less interest in milk as they start exploring solids. Their growing awareness and curiosity about the world can also make them more distracted during milk feedings.

  • Creating a Conducive Environment: Finding a quiet, distraction-free spot for nursing or bottle-feeding can help maintain focus and ensure your baby takes in enough milk during this transition period.

Balancing Milk and Solids:

  • As solids become a more significant part of your baby’s diet, you might notice slight adjustments in their milk intake. However, milk (breastmilk or formula) should still remain a primary source of nutrition until the age of 1. The introduction of solids complements milk feedings, providing additional nutrients and helping your baby practice new eating skills.

Consultation with Healthcare Professionals:

  • Monitoring your baby’s growth, development, and reaction to the introduction of solids while managing milk intake is crucial. Consult with your pediatrician to ensure your feeding strategy supports your baby’s nutritional needs and developmental milestones.

Introducing solids is a gradual process that varies for each baby. Observing your baby’s cues and adjusting feedings as needed can help maintain a balanced diet that supports healthy growth and development.

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