Transitioning from exclusively breast/bottle fed to starting solids
Up until weaning begins, breastfeeding and/or formula is all you and your baby have known. So it’s only natural to feel unsure about how to transition onto solid foods.
It's good to remember that your baby’s regular milk, be that breastmilk or formula, can stay as their main source of nutrition up until the age of 1 year.
Meaning you can continue to offer your baby their milk feeds at the same time (if formula feeding, the same amount in ounces) as you have been doing prior to starting solids.
Your baby will give you signals when they’re ready to reduce their milk feeds and the amount you offer to them. Either by refusing breast/bottle feeds when offered at the time they would normally receive them or by not crying for these feeds.
Try not to worry about how weaning and breast/bottle feeding will fit into one. And equally don’t feel like food must replace their milk feeds, because you may find they still want as much milk as they did before beginning to explore foods.
It’s important to remember they’re growing all the time, not just in size but also physically, which requires added energy, you may even find they increase their milk feeds for a short while, this is all normal.
Our best advice is that you allow them the freedom to transition from solely reliant on you feeding them to independently feeding themselves.
The more freedom you give them to take control of their own hunger, the easier the changes will be for both you and your baby.
Try to relax and enjoy watching their independence grow!
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