Do Babies Drink Less When They Start Solids?

Do Babies Drink Less When They Start Solids?

Do Babies Drink Less When They Start Solids?


Your baby's main source of nutrition for the first months of life is breast milk or formula.  Will that decrease once solids are introduced?


Your little one has been growing well with breast milk or the bottle.  Both types of milk provide your baby with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrition that is important to their development.  When you introduce solids as well, what happens to their appetite?  Does this mean that they will drink less and eat more?



Your Baby's Diet

By the time your baby starts showing interest in solids like cereal or oatmeal, they may be drinking about 32 ounces of breast milk or formula in a 24-hour period.  That is actually the most that your baby needs.  If your baby is still hungry after finishing a bottle, this is a good time to start solids.  Infants between 4-6 months old only need about 1 to 2 teaspoons of cereal a day.  By 6 to 8 months, this amount jumps to 4 to 8 tablespoons of cereal per day with the addition of fruits and vegetables.  Before they turn 1 year old, there is plenty of variety including dairy and protein.  Finger foods work fine motor skills as well as fill the belly.


With all of these new additions to their diet, your baby still needs breast milk or formula.  There will be days where you may find that they consume less milk and more solids.  The opposite can also be true.  It is important to offer the breast or bottle before solids so that they are getting the core nutrition they need.  As long as your baby is satisfied and averaging about 24 to 32 ounces of milk a day, then your baby is fine.  If you still have concerns, talk to your pediatrician.  They can help check that your little one is healthy and gaining enough weight.


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