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Old 08-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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How to keep supply when starting solids?

We've just started solids and I'm a little nervous that my supply will drop. I really do not want to add in pumping.. suggestions?

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Old 08-15-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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We've just started solids and I'm a little nervous that my supply will drop. I really do not want to add in pumping.. suggestions?
I never worried about supply personally, but if you are concerned, always nurse first then offer solids. Also a tablespoon is a serving size so start slowly and don't over feed solids. As long as you are nursing a lot you should be fine.
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Solids should be in addition to breastfeeding before 1 year of age. Always nurse first, solids second. Do not skip any nursing sessions and replace them with solids. Solids are for fun not nutrition when you start out. Many days my 1 year old only eats maybe 4 blueberries for the entire day! So start small.
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Solids are for fun before the first year. We nursed first and offered solids last. My son really did not eat solids till he was closer to 13-4 months old. He rather nurse. Now he is 16 mos and eating like a champ.
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Re: How to keep supply when starting solids?

When you first start solids, it's not like you're replacing all feedings with baby food. It's a very gradual progression and your milk supply will adjust as you go. At the beginnings, I was frequently pumping an ounce or two to mix in with the cereal or food, too. Up until at least 8-10 months old, you really don't need to offer baby food more than once or twice a day unless your baby is demanding real foods (some do, some would rather nurse all the time instead). It's more to get your baby used to eating than for real nourishment.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:30 AM   #7
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Re: How to keep supply when starting solids?

Look into baby-led weaning/baby-led solids. Aside from really supporting the idea that "food before one is just for fun", the process of learning how to feed him- or herself means that the inclusion of solids in the diet is much more gradual. Baby is going to let you know what HE wants. It's probably mostly going to be breastmilk! Always nurse for hunger, offer solids for fun or at mealtimes with the family.
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Don't wean at night. As much as it sucks because I work full time out of the home, I let the baby nurse on demand all evening and night long. I still get up 1-2 times a night. I am also still pumping 3x a day at work. Were at 9.5 months now and will reevaluate at one year. The plus side is I still have not had my period!
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