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How often should I be feeding him solids and breast milk?

Hi Leanne
My 9month old is a great eater! He`s still on the breast as well which I am happy to continue with. My question is how often should I be feeding him solids and breast milk and should he be having snacks during the day? I`m a first time mum and a little unsure if I am feeding him too much or not enough! He will take the breast anytime it is offered but I dont think he is always hungry when he does take it.
An idea of a daily routine would be great
Many thanks
Kim

Leann...
Answer: Hi Kim, Yes routines can be hard with infants as they are always changing, just as you get used to one routine another one creeps in. Most bubs about this age will have about 3 breastfeeds a day and 3 meals plus two snacks. You can also now switch to offering solids before breastfeeds which can really help establish a good routine. On routines I found Karitane was really helpful, they recommend the following for bubs 9-12 months:
  • Up time 3 ½ to 4 hours. Milk Feed. Breakfast. Play. Sleep (1 to 2 hrs).
  • Up time 3 ½ to 4 hours. Lunch. B`feed. Play. Sleep (approx. 1 hr). Afternoon tea. Play.
  • Up time 3 ½ to 4 hours. Solids. Bath. Milk feed. Quiet time. Bed time.
It`s good to remember that babies and children have only enough stores of energy to last them up to 3 hours, so you will also know that they need a little something within this time span. Also even bubs are good at self-regulation and in fact its important to honour this for later eating habits. So go with his indications of when he has had enough. I hope that helps. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 01 May 2009