Breastfeeding and Solid Foods

Baby eating baby food (blended green beans)

Baby eating baby solid food (blended green beans) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If your baby has started eating solid food and your milk supply has dropped, it’s usually nothing to be alarmed about. It is a normal and natural process. As baby gets more calories and nutrition from solid foods his need for breastfeeding diminishes. Some babies are very curious about food or simply want to participate with everyone else at mealtime.

I knew I wanted to exclusively breastfeed my daughter until she was 6 months old before starting her on solid foods. What I know now that I didn’t know then, was that she is always wanting to do things beyond her age. She’s one of these kids that can’t wait to grow up. When she was 4 months old she was ready to eat. She gave all the indicators, but I wasn’t ready yet and kept putting her off. Finally a little before she turned 5 months I introduced solid foods and she loved it. She was a natural eater right from the beginning. (When I say “solid food” I’m not talking about steaks – I’m talking about the finely pureed beginning baby food in jars.)

At that time I had rescued my milk supply from its earlier lows and while it fluctuated as it adjusted to her food intake, it balanced out quickly and wasn’t an ongoing issue. For us, breastfeeding and solid foods were a winning combination and I suspect it will be for you too.

If your baby is newly into solid foods you may experience a similar period of adjustment to your breastfeeding and milk production.

What is the first food you introduced to your baby? And how did it go? Share your experience in the comments below! heart-logo

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