Posted by Rowena on November 20, 2003 at 15:50:47:
In Reply to: 5 month feeding schedule posted by Marsha on November 20, 2003 at 12:06:19:
Solid foods offer no great nutritional value to a child's diet at 5 months of age. They are offered to provide a learning opportunity for the child to discover new tastes and textures and learn to eat from a spoon. Milk (breast or formula) is the most important food for a baby and provides all the vitamins and nutrients essential for a growing healthy child up to 6 months of age.
Provided solids don't interfer with the amount of milk your little one is drinking you can pretty much give her whatever she wants. To make sure she drinks her formula it is often wise to offer her formula first then follow up with solids 15 or 20 minutes later. (If she was offered solids before her formula or between formula feeds, it could possibly affect the amount of milk she takes when her bottle is next offered.) If you were to find the amount of milk she takes has decreased maybe she's overdoing the solids and you may need to cut back just a little and at those times.
Hope this helps