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#1 Kemma

Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:41 AM

DD2 is 8 months now and is down to about 4 day bf's.  she's eating breakfast lunch and dinner plus finger food (not much eaten) for morning and afternoon tea.

In the morning do you do solids first or milk?

#2 mandala

Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

I think the standard advice is to start solids before milk at around 8 months. However, I have always done milk first and will still offer at BF first at 13 months. I don't think it really matters unless you have a baby that will fill up on milk and then reject solids.

#3 ~Supernova~

Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:20 PM

Well DS hasn't had a bottle awake for months...we have to try to feed him one when he is asleep. So we've been doing food first since around 8mths I guess, but through necessity lol.

#4 lozoodle

Posted 06 February 2013 - 06:37 AM

With both of my girls I started solids before milk (other than first thing in the morning when they had a milk feed on first waking) at about 8-9 months. Milk was usually half hour or so later. Then at about 9 months they dropped to 3 bottles a day anyway.

Edited by lozoodle, 06 February 2013 - 06:37 AM.

#5 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:45 AM

Apart from a BF upon waking, I've always done solids before Bfeed. I didn't realise you were supposed to do it the other way around!

#6 Kemma

Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

Since starting this thread I've tried solids first and found it works better for us. DD is enjoying the food and trying different things and still having at least 4 BF's a day.  

She's recently started 'cruising' so I think she'll do we'll with the extra calories.  

#7 harryhoo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 02:17 PM

Hi. We switched to solids before bottle (EBM) at about nine months. The only time this changes is if DS wakes up before 7am. If he wakes before 7am he has bottle and then breakfast at about 7, but otherwise it's breakfast when he wakes up and bottle about half an hour to an hour later. I think we switched over then because I read that it was at about nine months when food started to become more important and DS was well established on three meals a day. For all his other bottles he had them after food.

#8 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

I continued doing the morning BF first - mainly because he is an early riser and I could take him back to bed with me, feed him and then let him play on the bedroom floor for a while before actually getting up.

#9 RachealJane

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:26 PM

After 12 months as food is just for fun before 1.

#10 Funwith3

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:34 PM

QUOTE (RachealJane @ 10/02/2013, 09:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
After 12 months as food is just for fun before 1.

Hmmm...not sure about that  unsure.gif

Milk alone isn't sufficient, so I wouldn't necessarily say food is just for fun before one year old. I think that reduces its importance. As it IS important.

Just had our 8 month health centre check up, OP. The maternal health nurse said that from now on its food before milk. But I really think do whatever works.

Edited by Funwith3, 10 February 2013 - 08:35 PM.

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