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#1 of 5 Old 05-03-2009, 07:54 PM - Thread Starter
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I know each baby is different but I could use some rough guidelines.

My baby is 10 months old.
She continues to have breastmilk approximately every 4 hours and nurses throughout the night.

She seems to enjoying eating approximately 2-3 ounces of solid food during any particular meal.

We recently started a breakfast course and found that she loves it but now, I see she doesn't want as much for dinner or lunch. Sometimes, we'll just skip the solid and let her drink a little extra on the breast.

DH thinks that's just my imagination.

Should a 10 month old breastfed baby be eating 3 solid meals a day?
In either case is 2-3 ounces of solid food too little or too much?

Some moms I've spoken to tell me their kid eats whole jars of food. I'm not sure how much is in a jar as I make her food but I'm fairly certain it's more than 2-3 ounces.

Just curious to hear you experience.

Thanks in advance.


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My ds is 10 mo. and he barely eats anything. He mostly plays with food. Definetely no "jars".
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The amount you describe sounds reasonable to me.

I'm thinking 2-3 oz translates into 1/4 to 1/3 cup by volume? If so, that's what my ds eats when he's really hungry. Most times it's more like 2 tablespoons, roughly.

We also skip meals occasionally, especially if he sleeps through mealtime. It varies quite a bit from day to day.

I think the baby food jars are pretty small, though I don't use them myself. I know ds ate a whole single-serving cup of apple sauce at his grandma's last week, and I think that's like 4 oz.

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Jarred babyfood has a ton of water to make it smooth, so you really can't compare volume. A jar of premad baby food is probably the same as your LO eating 3/4 as much and having a small glass of water.
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i don't know in weight, but here's what my dd ate yesterday:

1 quarter of a piece of toast
4 inch long piece of corn on the cob
2 cherry tomatos
1 mini quiche (like jam tart size)
1 fish cake
half a banana

i don't think she's much of an eater either compared to what her puree fed baby friends eat, but written down like that it looks much more than i thought. hmmm.
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