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  1. Sylvia Zevallos says

    My son seems to fall into this category, I know for a fact he is eating too much solids. So what advice can you offer when your baby doesn’t want milk, he only wants solids? I’ve tried do many different kinds of formula and bottles and he doesn’t want/like it, he will go hungry and cry until he gets solids. My breastmilk supply has pretty much dried up because if this too, so he’s 5 months old and only getting about 300mL per day (that’s only because I ‘dreamfeed’ him at night while he’s sleeping). Any help you can offer to get him drinking milk AND sleep at night would be great!

    P.S. he wakes up many times at night because he’s hungry/thirsty, so his/my night sleep is terrible too. We’re stuck in this vicious cycle and I don’t know how to get out???

    • Debbye @ The Baby Sleep Site says

      Hi @Sylvia – Thanks for writing to us! Sorry to hear that it has been such a struggle to get formula or breastmilk into your little one! My first recommendation would be to speak with his doctor, so that the pediatrician can tell you just how much formula, breastmilk, and solids he should be eating for his specific weight and development. It’s great that you’re doing a dream feed! If you can get that feed to be even longer/for him to consume more at that feed, he may sleep longer too! Keep that up! Have you tried “hiding” formula or breastmilk in the solid foods? This is an easy way to get breastmilk or formula in your baby!
      Regarding sleep, have you signed up for any of our free sleep guides? I’d start here:
      Good luck Sylvia!!

  2. Christian Harrell says

    My baby is 5.1/2 months old and is breastfeeding, but I have been giving him one meal a day and he eats 2oz of fruit mixed with 1oz of breast milk and 2tbsp of rice cereal and one 2oz veggie each meal. I feel like I’m overfeeding but he is eating it all and still nursing an hour after before bed. It just seems like a lot of food for one meal.

  3. Carlene says

    What about stomach problems, my granddaughter already having problems with her bowel movement as well fur her mom and her family, I just found out has been giving her solid food since 5 months old. And a month ago she kept carrying her to doctors and three times back to back to emergency rooms, her stomach were in so much pain. I know it’s ok to feed solids but I believe you should speak with your doctor first, especially if you starting too early, because of the problem even we as adult have and we know to stay away from starch foods and sugar. Please explain

  4. Katia says


    Thank you for these great tips! I want to share my experiences with my son here. Now he is 2 years old. Until 6 months old, I gradually introduce him to solid foods together with a formula. Each time I gave him one type of solid foods – 2-3 teaspoons. These can be mashed cooked carrots or potatoes, or sweet potato, or other solid foods. This was like a food tasting for him. He learned the new tastes. Gradually I increased the amount of the solid foods. At 9 months old he was eating one full dose of solid foods instead of formula each day.

    Thank you again!

    • Kelly Stellato says

      Thank you for sharing your experience!

  5. Vee says

    Hi, my one year old has been diagnosed with mild microcephaly. I think all was well until we started solids. He really tucked in but the weaning guides i read said that if baby has milk before solids and feeds himself just let him tuck in. As we were weaning i possibly didnt provide complete nutrition as at first you just give certain foods. I now worry that he missed out on important nutrients for his brain or that caused a metabolic problem which led to slow brain growth. Do you think the way he was weaned might have caused the microcephaly?

    • Vikki says

      No, all the things your baby needed were in the breastmilk/formula. If he was still getting the right amount of this with the solids you offered (we are still feeding 3 bottles of formula with woods throughout the day) the weaning did not cause the issue. If he is off formula and drinking cows milk all he needs is a healthy balanced diet with plenty of veg for vitamins. Avoid allowing them to just eat beans on toast if you can veg veg veg, or find their favourite fruits for snacks and add fruit to cereal. I’d read ‘only vitamin D needs to be supplemented’ but this is found in oily fish and now their skin is developing protection cells after one year controlled sun creamed exposure to sunlight will help them produce vitamin D naturally.

      • Kelly Stellato says

        Hello Vee, this is Kelly, from The Start Baby on Solids Site and Baby Sleep Site. I am also a Registered Dietitian and I assume you, you did not cause microcephaly. If you are worried about his diet and very specific nutrient needs and if those needs are being met, please see a dietitian, the reassurance alone will be worth the visit!