Starting Solids-I'm confused

We've started introducing solids, but I'm confused on how much my son should be eating along with his formula

He has no problem eating a 2.5 oz serving of a vegetable, but should he take an entire bottle (usually 7 oz for him) afterward or do I subtract those 2.5 oz from what he would normally eat and then follow with 4.5 oz of formula?
I have the same question with his oatmeal. If I add oatmeal to 4 ounces of formula, how much formula should he take after that? An entire bottle or just 3 ounces?

I'm clueless and probably completely overanalyzing this.
Yes, you're over-analyzing it. That's probably the single-biggest drawback to formula feeding...knowing the exact number of ounces ingested. If he was breastfed, you wouldn't know how many ounces he was taking, so why would you need to know with formula? I'd just feed him til he seems satisfied.
RCXW - you beat me to is. Once he finishes the solids, finish up with the bottle.

I realize that not everyone can breastfeed, but try for your next child. It's the greatest thing. Easy, convenient, cheap. It took me til my last child to get really good at it in bed, but that is the way to go!@
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I say, start with the bottle first...since milk (whether breast or formula) should be their number one source of nutrition until they are a year old. The solids are just for experimenting, even if he has a few tablespoons, it's a start. They don't need to fill up on them at this point, imo.

with the oatmeal, I'd just mix a couple of tablespoons with some formula and spoon feed it to him after his bottle.
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I say, start with the bottle first...since milk (whether breast or formula) should be their number one source of nutrition until they are a year old. The solids are just for experimenting, even if he has a few tablespoons, it's a start. They don't need to fill up on them at this point, imo.
Originally Posted by Mamacurl3
This is what I was thinking, but didn't reply because I can't speak from experience. I heard a saying at a LLL meeting that "food before one is just for fun" - meaning just as you said that breastmilk (or formula) should be their primary source of nutrition until age 1.
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That's what I'd always heard and done with my kids anyway. I guess doing what works best for you and your baby is ultimately the answer though.
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We haven't started solids yet, but everything I've been told or read says to nurse first and then offer just a taste. With nursing, they quit when they've had enough, so I would say to do the same with the bottle. I also agree that everything says that breast milk (or formula) should be the primary source of nutrition for the entire first year.
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I nursed on demand and then did "breakfast, lunch and dinner" of solids whenever I had my meals. I wasn't expecting him to eat much and wasn't even worried about whether he was hungry or not. I just found this more convenient since I was already in the kitchen making my own meals, so he could have a bit of whatever I was eating.


Yes, you're over-analyzing it. That's probably the single-biggest drawback to formula feeding...knowing the exact number of ounces ingested. If he was breastfed, you wouldn't know how many ounces he was taking, so why would you need to know with formula? I'd just feed him til he seems satisfied.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
You mean you didn't have a volume meter on your breasts?

Since your baby is still under a year old, their main nutrition should come from breastmilk or formula. So I would feed your son formula first and then whichever solids you are offering.


susancnw - No offense, but the O.P. wasn't looking for advice on breastfeeding. We don't know the reasons behind her choice...nor is it any of our business.
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I'm with madscientist. With my first, I did the whole baby cereal, jarred food stuff until she was closer to a year. Too much like work of you ask me! LOL I had my second and third on finger foods by the time they were 6.5mos (started solids with my second at 4.5mos and my third closer to 6mos). I did to a bit of baby cereal to get the used to manipulating solid foods in their mouths, and started gently with single ingredient foods (bits of cooked veggies, rice, toast, crackers, fruits etc) then gradually moved up to mixed foods. Cheerios are an awesome finger food, I broke them in half to start, let them run the show (working on that pincer grasp). It's nice to be able to put food on their tray and have them feed themselves during family dinner.
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This clears up a lot. Thanks for the info. Just when I think I've got this baby thing figured out something simple comes along and throws me for a loop
We started River with Rice Cereal and then moved on to jar foods. We do the food first though twice a day and the following bottle after those 2 solid feedings we make only like 5 ounces. He eats even after he is full and so it will all come back up if we give him an entire bottle after he eats real food.
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I was nursing when my son finally started solids, but was told at this age breastmilk/formula is is primary source of nutrition, because it(not solids has EVERYTHING he needs). With that said, what I did was nurse(formula feed-whatever you are doing) FIRST, then maybe half an hour later give solids. That way you KNOW he is getting all the nutrition he needs, and the solids is just extra for getting use to the future.
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We are coming to that point very soon. Baby G has his well-baby appt. on Friday and that is on the top of my list of questions.

I love G's pediatrician she is this really beautiful sexy Irish woman with five kids of her own. And she has all the answers! And she always gets right back to you. I have even had to call on the weekend to get a RX refilled. She is amazing!
From what I understand, if you're going to give baby cereal, it's a good idea to mix it up with a little apple or white grape juice rather than milk or formula all the time. The juice "liberates" the iron in the cereal much better than milk or formula can.
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