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Which takes priority formula or solids?

When baby sleeps/naps through a feed which takes precedence? The formula or the solids? We are just over 9 mo and I’m getting confused what to give her...our doctor (Kaiser) does not have a checkup between 6 and 12 months if your baby has been on track, gaining steadily, and meeting milestones. I hate to bother the doctor (and wait the requisite 48 hour turnaround time) with a question I’m sure the experienced mommies can already give me. I’m almost positive our LO’s top tooth (teeth?) are coming in...she’s had the same fussiness and drop in appetite that preceded her bottom two. With this she is also napping a little extra and often sleeps through a feed (whether home or at daycare). When she wakes up should we prioritize getting the same amount of formula in as would be normal for the day or just continue with the pattern wherever she is landing? She does BF, bottle, solid, bottle, solid, bottle, solid snack (like a teething cracker), BF goodnight. TYIA!

  • Cathy
    Feb 25

    Usually the rule is “food before one is just for fun.” So I would offer a bottle, and then maybe 30-45 minutes later try the food. If she’s been asleep for awhile she’s probably thirsty and will want the bottle. At this age the formula provides more nutrients than the food.

  • Chelsa
    Feb 25

    Our son just turned 13 months, and the doctor said breast milk or formula should be the primary source of nutrition at least until they’re 1. They can try solids to experiment.

  • Jennifer
    Feb 25

    Thank you! I’ll make sure I remind my husband and daycare to prioritize the formula first!

  • Julie
    Feb 25

    It really varies and depends on the child. The food before one is just for fun thing is not accurate. I actually went on a major deep dive to try to figure out where this phrase originated from and couldn’t find a reputable source. At 6 months, my daughter was drinking about 35oz of breastmilk per day. I exclusively pumped so I know exactly how much she drank. That amount wasn’t more or less whether she was drinking formula or BM. But by 9 months, she was drinking about 22oz of breastmilk per day, and around 4-6 oz of water from a sippy and a LOT of solids (back then, she ate anything I offered her, I call them the good old days, lol). I was concerned because I had read the food before one thing and I’d been told over and over how milk (breast or formula) was supposed to be her primary source of nutrition. Her pediatrician put me at ease and said that in reality they usually do see a steady decline in milk and an increase in solids around 8-10 months as a good indication that your child is perfectly on track and will likely transition to a full solids diet with milk as a supplement pretty easily. Sooo because of that big long reply, I would think that a quick call to the pediatrician to get their feedback would be a good idea, mostly because they all seem to have different philosophies on eating and all us moms and dads here on Winnie are truly winging it!!! 😁😃

  • Jennifer
    Feb 25

    Thanks Julie! I’ll definitely still submit my question to her online the way Kaiser lets me. Our LO isn’t losing weight so I’m not stressed about it, but I was wondering. Ours has definitely dropped her “milk” consumption as she’s gotten better at solids. She even shakes her head when she’s offered milk but a solid is in front of her (ie we are eating and trying to give her a bottle). 🤷🏻‍♀️ 🤣

  • Jenn
    Feb 26

    I just had my LO's 9 month check up and my PED told me my LO should be getting around 20 oz of formula a day and then the rest is solids. She said to switch and do solids first, but I know my LO and she wouldn't have any formula if she was offered solids first. So we are sticking with the schedule we have and just increasing the amount of solids we offer at each meal.

  • Jennifer
    Feb 26

    Just an update: our PED response was that either is fine, since she has been so good with solids, and to just let her consume whichever she prefers when offered after waking from a long nap. She said our new (lower) oz of formula intake is to be expected...we’re riding around 18-20 oz plus BF 2x per day and drop to 12-16 oz on days she sleeps long (but she doesn’t wake in the middle of the night hungry to make it up or anything). 🤷🏻‍♀️. Babies am I right? Lol😂